130115 – Child abuse inquiry lacks Indigenous focus: Greens (SBS World News Video & newsTracker)

* SBS World News Video & newsTracker: 
Child abuse inquiry lacks Indigenous focus: Greens
* Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne: 
Greens welcome Royal Commission

* Amnesty: 
DPP’s failure to investigate Briscoe’s death: 
a blight on the justice system
* Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign

* NIRS: 
New support for Perth domestic violence sufferers announced
* Augusta-Margaret River Mail: 
New service a stand against ‘Aboriginal inequalities’

* Media release: 
[Brisbane] Sovereign Embassy supporters to rally outside court 
[Fri 11 Jan 13]
* Background to Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy, 
Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld

* Other articles

* SBS WORLD NEWS VIDEO & NEWSTRACKER: 
CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY LACKS INDIGENOUS FOCUS: GREENS

– Video and News

Child abuse inquiry lacks Indigenous focus: Greens
SBS World News Video: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1726178/Child-abuse-inquiry-lacks-Indigenous-focus-Greens
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/child-abuse-inquiry-lacks-indigenous-focus-greens/
11 Jan 13: “The Australian Greens are concerned the federal 
government’s royal commission into child sexual abuse lacks 
a focus on such activities in Aboriginal communities. … 
“Our only concern is the absence of specific reference to 
Aboriginal abuse,” Greens leader Christine Milne said in a 
statement. “We certainly encourage the commissioners to 
ensure that they visit indigenous communities, examine the 
issues specific to them, and take into account the cultural 
sensitivities surrounding giving evidence.””

– Related News

Koori Mail: AIDA backs Milroy appointment
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
11 Jan 13: “THE Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association 
(AIDA) has congratulated its former President Professor 
Helen Milroy on her appointment as one of six members of 
the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child 
Sexual Abuse. Prof Milroy is a Palyku woman with family 
from the Pilbara region, Australia’s first Aboriginal 
doctor, first Aboriginal psychiatrist, and only Aboriginal 
child and adolescent psychiatrist. AIDA President Dr Tammy 
Kimpton said Prof Milroy was an obvious choice for the role 
and would ‘add critical understandings to shape the Royal 
Commission’s deliberations and recommendations to 
government’.”

See: 

WGAR News: 
SNAICC News: Royal Commission must ensure the engagement of 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (8 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/08/wgar-news-act-of-recognition-is-an-absolute-insult-to-first-nations-peoples-michael-ander

WGAR News: 
SNAICC News: NATSILs and SNAICC joint submission on the 
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to 
Child Sexual Abuse (3 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/03/wgar-news-a-decision-to-discriminate-brisbane-book-launch-darwin-introduction-to-the-book

WGAR News: 
The Wire: Call for indigenous commissioners to head up 
abuse investigation 
[Interview with Tjanara Goreng Goreng] (22 Nov 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/21/wgar-news-the-wire-call-for-indigenous-commissioners-to-head-up-abuse-investigation

See: 

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal 
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

* AUSTRALIAN GREENS LEADER SENATOR CHRISTINE MILNE: 
GREENS WELCOME ROYAL COMMISSION

– Media Release

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne: 
Greens welcome Royal Commission
http://christine-milne.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-welcome-royal-commission
11 Jan 13: “The Australian Greens welcome today’s 
announcements progressing the Royal Commission into 
institutional child sexual abuse. 
Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said 
“I reiterate my hope that this can bring some peace to 
shattered lives, help bring perpetrators to justice, lift 
the shadow off all those good people in the church striving 
to do good for others, and make sure churches and other 
organisation can never again cover-up child abuse or allow 
victims to be ignored. 
“Our only concern is the absence of specific reference to 
Aboriginal abuse. We certainly encourage the Commissioners 
to ensure that they visit indigenous communities, examine 
the issues specific to them, and take into account the 
cultural sensitivities surrounding giving evidence. 
“I want to thank the Prime Minister for her consultation in 
developing the terms of reference, and commit to looking at 
the legislation when it is provided with a view to 
facilitating its passage through the parliament.””

See: 

About Christine Milne
http://christine-milne.greensmps.org.au/about
1 Jan 12: “Christine Milne, Senator for Tasmania and Leader 
of the Australian Greens, is one of Australia’s most 
experienced and respected environmental and community 
activists, with a career spanning 30 years.”

* AMNESTY: 
DPP’S FAILURE TO INVESTIGATE BRISCOE’S DEATH: 
A BLIGHT ON THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

– News

Amnesty International Australia: 
DPP’s failure to investigate Briscoe’s death: 
a blight on the justice system
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/30817/
10 Jan 13: “The decision by the Department of Public 
Prosecutions not to investigate the death of Kwementyaye 
Briscoe in a police cell in January 2012 is another 
shocking blight on the justice system and its treatment of 
Indigenous Australians. … “It is reprehensible and 
incredibly sad that a young man taken into custody on the 
premise he will be safer in a cell because of his 
intoxication level, as a result of inhumane treatment, 
died alone there,” said Monica Morgan, Manager of Amnesty 
International’s Indigenous Rights Program. “Adding to Mr 
Briscoe’s family distress … they are notified there will 
be no investigation into the criminal liability of the 
police that were responsible for him at the time of his 
death.”

– Video

SBS Video: NITV News – 11 January part 3
http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/14354499823/NITV-News-11-January-part-3
[NITV news coverage (including Amnesty’s Monica Morgan) 
about Mr Briscoe.]

See: 

Amnesty International Australia: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/
“Amnesty International is committed to ensuring the United 
Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ is 
implemented locally and nationally through legislation, 
policies and programs.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE JUSTICE FOR KUMENTJAYE BRISCOE CAMPAIGN: 

Last updated: 12 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-the-justice-for-kumentjaye-briscoe-campaign

* NIRS: 
NEW SUPPORT FOR PERTH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUFFERERS ANNOUNCED

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
New support for Perth domestic violence sufferers announced
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7738-new-support-for-perth-domestic-violence-sufferers-announced
14 Jan 13: “The Western Australian Government has announced 
a new legal service centre for Indigenous victims of 
domestic physical and sexual abuse will be built for Perth. 
The Government says six hundred thousand dollars will be 
spent on the service, with Legal Aid WA and the Aboriginal 
Legal Service advising the need for the facility. 
Attorney-General Michael Mischin says support services told 
him they’re often unable to assist victims of family 
violence because the same services represent the accused.”

See: 

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us
“The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a 
national service provided from a hub station residing in 
Brisbane. It networks material for Indigenous media 
organisations that don’t have the staffing or capital 
requirements to provide a 24-hour high quality broadcast to 
their audience.”

* AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER MAIL: 
NEW SERVICE A STAND AGAINST ‘ABORIGINAL INEQUALITIES’

– News

Augusta-Margaret River Mail: 
New service a stand against ‘Aboriginal inequalities’
http://www.margaretrivermail.com.au/story/1233045/new-service-a-stand-against-aboriginal-inequalities/?cs=12
14 Jan 13: “A new legal service for indigenous victims of 
domestic abuse is a firm-stand against “generations of 
Aboriginal inequalities”, according to victim advocates. 
Premier Colin Barnett announced on Sunday that the WA 
government would commit $600,000 a year to establish the 
metropolitan legal service, to assist victims of family 
violence and sexual abuse. … Victims of Crime advocate 
and aboriginal lawyer Dr Hannah McGlade said the issue of 
indigenous support had been raised for many years and the 
announcement of the new service was a “momentous day for 
Perth”.”

* MEDIA RELEASE: 
[BRISBANE] SOVEREIGN EMBASSY SUPPORTERS TO RALLY OUTSIDE COURT 
[FRI 11 JAN 13]

– Media Release

Media release: 
Sovereign Embassy supporters to rally outside court
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/484#media
4ZZZ Brisbane: http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/community-notices/events/media-release-sovereign-embassy-supporters-rally-outside-court
11 Jan 13: “Supporters of the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign 
Embassy will gather outside the Brisbane Magistrates Court 
this Friday as three Embassy members again face court for 
defending the Sacred Fire. … Wayne Wharton, Boe Spearim 
and Hamish Chitts were arrested on December 12 when the 
Brisbane City Council and over 80 police forcibly evicted 
the Embassy and desecrated the Sacred Fire. Since their 
arrest, the three have been excluded from the Embassy site 
by the draconian bail conditions placed upon them, which 
will be challenged in court this Friday.”

See: 

WGAR News: Brisbane Times: 
Aborigines’ claim on Musgrave Park set to be tested in court 
(13 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/13/wgar-news-government-must-do-the-right-thing-by-maralinga-victims-greens-senator-scott-lu

WGAR News: Adelaide Now: 
[Brisbane] Tent embassy land ‘for Aboriginal use’ (13 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/13/wgar-news-government-must-do-the-right-thing-by-maralinga-victims-greens-senator-scott-lu

* BACKGROUND TO BRISBANE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN EMBASSY, 
MUSGROVE PARK, SOUTH BRISBANE, QLD:

Last updated: 13 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-musgrave-park-south-brisbane-qld

* OTHER ARTICLES: 

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Greens call for Maralinga nuclear compensation push
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7737-greens-call-for-maralinga-nuclear-compensation-push
14 Jan 13: “The Australia Greens have called on the Federal 
Government to do more for Aboriginal groups exposed to the 
effects of British nuclear testing at Maralinga in South 
Australia in the 1950s and 60s. Federal Senator Scott 
Ludlam says victims of the atomic testing should be 
properly compensated. But a British court recently ruled 
that British veterans who participated in the tests could 
not prove their illnesses were caused by exposure to 
radiation. Senator Ludlam says despite this, the Government 
should urge their British counterparts to compensate 
Maralinga residents with a grace payment.”

Australian: 
History will prove us right on gas pipeline: WA Premier
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/history-will-prove-us-right-on-gas-pipeline-wa-premier/story-e6frgczx-1226553110631
14 Jan 13: “WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett has 
likened criticism of Woodside’s proposed gas hub at James 
Price Point to the ridicule that dogged other massive 
engineering projects, such as the ambitious pipeline 
designed by Charles Yelverton O’Connor to carry water from 
Perth to the goldfields.”

Australian: Top End housing program money ‘wasted’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/top-end-housing-program-money-wasted/story-e6frgczx-1226553134851
14 Jan 13: “THE Coalition has rubbished Labor’s 
“disingenuous” claims of having improved indigenous living 
standards by meeting housing targets, declaring instead 
that through waste and mismanagement the government has 
squandered a once-in-a-generation opportunity. MPs in 
Canberra and Darwin attacked the federal and former 
Northern Territory governments for failing to alleviate 
overcrowding, presiding over shoddy workmanship and not 
engaging with indigenous people properly.”

Australian: Loophole on jailing kids may be closed
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/loophole-on-jailing-kids-may-be-closed/story-fn59niix-1226552343690
12 Jan 13: “WEST Australian Attorney-General Michael 
Mischin has supported a further toughening of mandatory 
sentencing laws blamed for contributing to the nation’s 
highest rates of Aboriginal incarceration. Mr Mischin said 
there were good arguments for removing loopholes from WA’s 
three-strikes legislation for children and adults who 
continue to commit burglaries, home invasions and assaults.”

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