130126 – Day of Mourning protest: The most significant moment in Aboriginal political history: NIRS

* NIRS: Day of Mourning protest:
The most significant moment in Aboriginal political history
* NIRS: Australia Day a “race-based” celebration
* Joseph Toscano, Anarchist World – 3CR Audio:
Inappropriate ‘Australia Day’, Invasion Day
* Peter Gebhardt, The Age: A national day of shame
* NIRS: Treaty demands to be outlined at Melbourne protest
* WGAR News: Aboriginal Sovereignty Day, Invasion Day
and Survival Day Events: Sat 26 January 2013

* Tracker: Win for tent embassy activists
* NIRS:
Court lifts bail conditions for Brisbane Embassy three
* NIRS:
Embassy member disappointed not to be allowed to light sacred fire
* Background to Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy,
Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld

* SNAICC News: The Lowitja Institute needs your support
* The Lowitja Institute: The MCG Congress Lowitja Statement

* SNAICC News:
Campaign aims to reduce high number of our children
in child protection system

* CAAMA:
Central Australian Stolen Generations and Families
have concerns about Royal Commission!
* Background: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
responses to Royal Commission into child sexual abuse

* Kirk McKenzie, New Matilda: The New Offence And Insult Regime

* Other articles

* NIRS:
DAY OF MOURNING PROTEST:
THE MOST SIGNIFICANT MOMENT IN ABORIGINAL POLITICAL HISTORY

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Day of Mourning protest:
The most significant moment in Aboriginal political history
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7784-day-of-mourning-protest-the-most-significant-moment-in-aboriginal-political-history
24 Jan 13: “An expert in Indigenous political advocacy says
the 1938 Day of Mourning protest in Sydney is alongside the
most significant moments in Aboriginal political history.
The University of Newcastle’s John Maynard will take part
in the 75 year anniversary celebrations of the Aborigines
Progress Association’s protest at the Yabun Festival in
Sydney tomorrow. It’s known as the first national
Indigenous protest in Australia’s history. Professor
Maynard says he hopes the event gains national recognition.”

See:

– Event

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Glebe, Sydney, NSW
26 January Australia Day / Survival Day
Yabun festival 2013, Sydney
“Celebrates the survival of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture.”
“Yabun is the largest single day Indigenous
festival drawing an audience of between
10,000 and 15,000 and is one of the most
important Indigenous music events in the
country reflecting the huge wealth of
Indigenous creative talent.”
“Alongside all the wonderful music,
you can soak up some culture and area
information from some of the community’s
most influential leaders and informational
booths including:
* The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence,
* The Redfern Legal Centre,
* Wirringa Bay Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre
* Amnesty International”
“Yabun 2013 will be celebrating the
20th Anniversary of Gadigal Information Service,
10 years of Koori Radio’s Young Black and
Deadly project and the 75th Anniversary of the
National Aborigines Progressive Association.”
Event details: http://www.homeaway.com.au/info/holiday-ideas/events-festivals/new-south-wales-events-festivals/sydney-events/yabun-festival-2013
Event details: http://www.yelp.com.au/events/glebe-yabun-festival
Event details: http://www.pleasetakemeto.com/australia/sydney/yabun-festival-2013-9127032
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/yabun.festival/info
Event details: http://www.sydney.com/events/yabun-2011?gclid=COz5lNrDp7QCFQFKpgodTXoARw
Event summary: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#january
Background: http://www.gadigal.org.au/Index.aspx
Background: http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/lryb/resistance/activism.html

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.”

* NIRS: AUSTRALIA DAY A “RACE-BASED” CELEBRATION

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Australia Day a “race-based” celebration
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7782-australia-day-a-qrace-basedq-celebration
24 Jan 13: “Leading Tasmanian Aboriginal lawyer Michael
Mansell has slammed Australia Day as a ‘race-based’
celebration and will join protestors as they march through
the streets of Hobart on January 26. The march begins at
Hobart’s Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, finishing with a
series of speeches outside Parliament House. Invasion Day
demonstrations are also planned in Brisbane, Melbourne,
Canberra and several other locations in Australia.”

See:

– Event

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Hobart, Tas
Aboriginal protest rally on Australia day
“You are invited to attend an invasion day protest
rally hosted by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.”
“The rally will finish at Parliament House Lawns
where a commemoration will be held to honour the
lives, land and rights stolen during the white invasion.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/tas/event/30830/

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.”

* JOSEPH TOSCANO, ANARCHIST WORLD – 3CR AUDIO:
INAPPROPRIATE ‘AUSTRALIA DAY’, INVASION DAY

– Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
Anarchist World – 24 Jan 2013
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
Listen to this program on-line: http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2013-01-23-78548.mp3
24 Jan 13: “Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboy Heener memorial,
inappropriate ‘Australia Day’, Invasion Day, fly the
Aboriginal flag on Invasion Day and much much more.”
By Joseph Toscano

See:

Who we are: 3CR Community Radio 855 AM
http://www.3cr.org.au/about_3CR
“The radio station was established in 1976 to provide a
voice for those denied access to the mass media,
particularly the working class, women, Indigenous people
and the many community groups and community issues
discriminated against in and by the mass media.”

* PETER GEBHARDT, THE AGE: A NATIONAL DAY OF SHAME

– Analysis / Opinion

The Age: A national day of shame
Australia Day stands as a reminder of massacres.
Why should Aborigines celebrate it?
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/a-national-day-of-shame-20130123-2d7b3.html
24 Jan 13: “What might an Aboriginal person say of
Australia Day? Why should the Aborigines celebrate that
day? It was the day that marked the theft of a land (terra
nullius), the day that marked the theft and abduction of a
people, of a culture, the day that initiated the pathways
to the Stolen Children and, to our ultimate shame, the
deaths in custody. It is a day that stands as a reminder of
massacres. The wind-stench of bodies burned in bonfires
hangs heavy upon the nation’s conscience and in the clouds.”
By Peter Gebhardt,
a poet, a retired County Court judge, a former principal

* NIRS: TREATY DEMANDS TO BE OUTLINED AT MELBOURNE PROTEST

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Treaty demands to be outlined at Melbourne protest
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7783-treaty-demands-to-be-outlined-at-melbourne-protest
24 Jan 13: “Melbourne Aboriginal rights campaigner Robbie
Thorpe says any treaty signed between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians must not be on the terms of the
Australian Government. Mr. Thorpe will join protestors as
they march through the streets of Melbourne on Saturday to
mark Invasion Day. The demonstrators will deliver a
proclamation outlining their issues and demands on the
steps of Victoria’s Parliament House. Mr. Thorpe says
treaties in Canada and New Zealand are a benchmark, but
aren’t without flaws.”

See:

– Events

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic
Invasion Day 26th January Melbourne Rally & March
* Rally on Wurundjeri Country
* Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to country
* Speakers and forums
* March down Gertrude St to Treasury Gardens
for the ‘Share the Spirit Festival
“This is a call out to all people of this land to step
forward and right the wrongs together and build
some momentum against the out of control
machine that threatens our very existence as
the oldest living culture in the world, and
together has human beings.
So bring your flags and banners and come along
and hear speakers talk about the Stronger futures act,
basics card, Native Title, Constitutional reform,
deaths in custody, racism, KODE school closures in Victoria,
Victorian update on N,T, environment, mining, Capitalism
and our black political history and its relevance today.”
Event details: http://allevents.in/events/invasion-day-26th-january-melbourne-rally-amp-march/116674955170738
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53131
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/invasion-day-melb.jpg

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Melbourne CBD, Vic
Festival: Share the Spirit Indigenous music festival
Part of Melbourne’s official Survival Day celebrations
75th Anniversary of the Day of Mourning
“This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the
Day of Mourning, a protest organised by the
Aboriginal Progressive Association against the
injustices surrounding the treatment of Aboriginal
People in Australia held on January 26, 1938.
The festival boasts an eclectic mix of established
and emerging local Indigenous artists who will
perform side-by-side to celebrate what Indigenous
people achieved 75 years ago, increase awareness
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, whilst
contributing to the process of political change,
reconciliation and national excellence.”
Event details: http://www.sharethespiritfestival.com/SHARE_THE_SPIRIT_FESTIVAL/Share_the_Spirit_2012.html
Event details: http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/melbourne_details.php?id=53446
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/52993

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.”

* WGAR NEWS:
ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY DAY, INVASION DAY
AND SURVIVAL DAY EVENTS: SAT 26 JANUARY 2013

Last updated: 22 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/16/wgar-news-aboriginal-sovereignty-day-invasion-day-and-survival-day-events-sat-26-january-

* TRACKER: WIN FOR TENT EMBASSY ACTIVISTS

– News

newsTracker: Win for tent embassy activists
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/win-for-tent-embassy-activists/
24 Jan 13: “QUEENSLAND: … Wayne Wharton, Bogaine
Skuthorpe-Spearim and Hamish Chitts were arrested in
inner-city Musgrave Park shortly after midnight on December
12. … The three men were charged with contravening a
police direction and granted bail but banned from entering
the park. They appealed the bail condition, arguing it was
an assault on their religious freedom. Brisbane Magistrate
John Costello ruled on Tuesday the restriction was “unduly
harsh” and allowed them to return to the site on the
condition they did not light a fire or erect a tent.”

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.”

* NIRS:
COURT LIFTS BAIL CONDITIONS FOR BRISBANE EMBASSY THREE

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Court lifts bail conditions for Brisbane Embassy three
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7781-court-lifts-bail-conditions-for-brisbane-embassy-three
24 Jan 13: “The three people arrested at Musgrave Park’s
Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy in early December
last year have had their bail conditions lifted. A
Magistrate ruled this morning Boe Spearim, Hamish Chitts
and Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton will now be able to return to the
park. They’ll now be able to attend Brisbane’s Invasion Day
events this Saturday at the site. But the Magistrate said
the three men won’t be able to relight the sacred fire or
erect tents at the site.”

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.”

* NIRS:
EMBASSY MEMBER DISAPPOINTED NOT TO BE ALLOWED
TO LIGHT SACRED FIRE

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Embassy member disappointed not to be allowed
to light sacred fire
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7785-embassy-member-disappointed-not-to-be-allowed-to-light-sacred-fire
24 Jan 13: “The three people arrested at Musgrave Park’s
Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy in early December
last year say they’re pleased to have had their bail
conditions lifted. A Magistrate ruled today Boe Spearim,
Hamish Chitts and Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton will now be able to
return to the park in time for Brisbane’s Invasion Day
events this Saturday. But the Magistrate said the three
men are banned from relighting the sacred fire or erecting
tents at the site. … defendant Boe Spearim is angered by
the fact he’ll be unable to partake in relighting the fire
on Invasion Day.”

– Related News

Brisbane Times:
Aboriginal activists say a ‘sacred fire’ in a Brisbane park
will be re-lit
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/aboriginal-activists-say-a-sacred-fire-in-a-brisbane-park-will-be-relit-20130124-2d8y3.html
24 Jan 13: “Three aboriginal activists arrested during the
disbanding of the Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy in Musgrave
Park say a “sacred fire” will be re-lit, as they continue
their fight to have their claim over the historical site
recognised. Wayne “Coco” Wharton, Bo Spearim and Hamish
Chitts were charged with contravening a police direction
not to re-enter Musgrave Park, following their attempt to
re-establish a tent embassy on the West End site on
December 12. … ” Amy Remeikis

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.”

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

Last updated: 24 January 2013

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

* SNAICC NEWS: THE LOWITJA INSTITUTE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

– News

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News: The Lowitja Institute needs your support
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=964
24 Jan 13: “The future of the Lowitja Institute is under a
cloud as it seeks to secure funding from the Australian
Government beyond June 2014. The Lowitja Institute
(National Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Health Research) is an innovative research body
that brings together Aboriginal organisations, academic
institutions and government agencies to facilitate
collaborative, evidence-based research into Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Health. … The Lowitja Institute
currently has CRC funding through till June 2014. As yet,
it has not been able to gain a commitment from the
Australian Government to fund it beyond this time.”

See:

SNAICC Background
http://www.snaicc.org.au/about/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=1
“The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child
Care (SNAICC) is the national non government peak body in
Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children and families.”

* THE LOWITJA INSTITUTE: THE MCG CONGRESS LOWITJA STATEMENT

– Statement

The Lowitja Institute: The MCG Congress Lowitja Statement
http://www.lowitja.org.au/mcg-congress-lowitja-statement
15 Nov 12: “The Lowitja Institute is Australia’s only
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research
institute. It began as the Cooperative Research Centre for
Aboriginal and Tropical Health based in Darwin in 1997. It
then became the CRC for Aboriginal Health and has been able
to secure three rounds of funding from the Commonwealth CRC
program as a public good CRC. This source of funding will
cease from 30 June 2014 but the need for a national
research institute in Aboriginal health funded by the
Australian government remains. There is currently no
commitment for ongoing funding from the Australian
government and the Lowitja Institute has been endeavouring
to secure private sponsorship to make up this shortfall.
While private sponsorship is a valid source of
supplementary income it should not be used to replace the
obligation of the Australian government to ensure there
continues to be a viable, national research institute in
Aboriginal health – The Lowitja Institute. … ”
“192 supporters so far… Please add your support above”

See:

The Lowitja Institute – About Us
http://www.lowitja.org.au/about-us
“The Lowitja Institute, Australia’s National Institute for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research, is
an innovative research body that brings together Aboriginal
organisations, academic institutions and government
agencies to facilitate collaborative, evidence-based
research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.”

* SNAICC NEWS:
CAMPAIGN AIMS TO REDUCE HIGH NUMBER OF OUR CHILDREN
IN CHILD PROTECTION SYSTEM

– News

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care:
SNAICC News: Campaign aims to reduce high number of
our children in child protection system
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=960
24 Jan 13: “A national campaign is being planned to address
the dramatic over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander children and young people in the child
protection system.
A team of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
organisations, led by SNAICC, has met with representatives
from many major national and state-based peak organisations
from across the sector. … There was overwhelming
agreement at both meetings that a campaign was urgently
needed to break the cycle of persistent and systematic
removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
and young people from their families, communities and
culture.”

See:

SNAICC Background
http://www.snaicc.org.au/about/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=1
“The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child
Care (SNAICC) is the national non government peak body in
Australia representing the interests of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children and families.”

* CAAMA:
CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN STOLEN GENERATIONS AND FAMILIES HAVE
CONCERNS ABOUT ROYAL COMMISSION!

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Central Australian Stolen Generations and Families have
concerns about Royal Commission!
http://caama.com.au/central-australian-stolen-generations-and-families-have-concerns-about-royal-commission
24 Jan 13: “Central Australian Stolen Generations and
Families are concerned that the Royal Commission into
Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will become
just another report that sits on a shelf and goes nowhere.
Last week Members of the Northern Territory Stolen
Generations in the Top end welcomed the Royal Commission
into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse – but with concerns
that those who may wish to give evidence could be re
traumatized! Jackie Baxter Manager of the Central
Australian Stolen Generations and Families says that the
Stolen Generations and removal of children is a massive
money making venture for any government … ”

See:

About CAAMA
http://caama.com.au/
“The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA)
began operations in 1980 and was the first Aboriginal group
to be allocated a broadcasting license. The Aboriginal
people of Central Australia own CAAMA through an
association regulated under the Incorporations Act, and its
objectives focus on the social, cultural and economic
advancement of Aboriginal peoples.”

* BACKGROUND:
ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER RESPONSES TO
ROYAL COMMISSION INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

Last updated: 20 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/20/background-aboriginal-torres-strait-islander-responses-to-royal-commission-into-child-sex

* KIRK MCKENZIE, NEW MATILDA:
THE NEW OFFENCE AND INSULT REGIME

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: The New Offence And Insult Regime
http://newmatilda.com/2013/01/23/antidiscrimination-balancing-act
23 Jan 13: “The Government’s new anti-discrimination
legislation is a welcome consolidation of the old laws.
Kirk McKenzie looks at what’s behind Gillard’s changes to
what constitutes an insult. … Last November, federal
Attorney General Nicola Roxon released an “exposure draft”
of the bill intended to consolidate the existing
anti-discrimination regime: the Human Rights and
Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012. … Perhaps the most
formidable critic of the new bill is James Spigelman, the
former NSW Chief Justice who is now the Chairman of the
ABC.” By Kirk McKenzie

See:

newmatilda.com – About Us
http://newmatilda.com/about/
“The Mission
We believe that robust media is fundamental to a healthy
democracy – and there’s never been a more important time
for independent media in Australia. With shrinking media
diversity, and huge changes underway in delivery, there are
fewer and fewer outlets publishing independent-minded
journalism like ours.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6

24 Jan 13: “Growing condemnation of the decision by Prime
Minister Julia Gillard to nominate Nova Peris as Labor’s
number one Senate candidate in the Northern Territory with
claims that the Aboriginal Olympic athlete will be used as
a “show pony” by the government at an international level.”

SBS Radionews Podcasts:
Call for greater focus on prevention in youth justice
By Ryan Emery
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/251022/Call-for-greater-focus-on-prevention-in-youth-justice
24 Jan 13: “The head of the West Australian Aboriginal
Legal Service says the state’s youth justice system isn’t
working and it’s time to put more focus on prevention.
Dennis Eggington made his comments following a riot at the
state’s Banksia Hill Youth Detention Centre on Sunday. The
detainees have been moved to an adult prison while their
centre is repaired. Mr Egginton says the crucial time for
prevention is from birth up to the age of three. Ryan
Emery asked Mr Eggington if there was still a chance for
rehabilitation when a young person was detained.”

SBS Radionews Podcasts:
Inquiry looks at Indigenous referendum proposal
By Biwa Kwan
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/251054/Inquiry-looks-at-Indigenous-referendum-proposal
24 Jan 13: “A Federal Parliamentary inquiry has begun to
look at ways of ensuring Constitutional recognition is
achieved for Indigenous people. A referendum on the issue
is now being proposed for 2015. The new date was set after
the federal government shelved an earlier aim to hold the
referendum this year. Advocates say the inquiry is
important step in raising awareness of the issue, but that
there’s still a long way to win enough community support.
Biwa Kwan reports.”

– News

ANTaR:
Jacqui Phillips appeared before the Joint Select Committee
on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Peoples today
http://antar.org.au/news/jacqui-phillips-appeared-joint-select-committee-constitutional-recognition-aboriginal-and
22 Jan 13: “The Joint Select Committee met with key
stakeholders in Sydney today. Jacqui Phillips reiterated
ANTaR’s strong support for Constitutional reform to
recognise Australia’s First Peoples and to remove racially
discriminatory aspects from Australia’s founding document.”
Read Jacqui’s opening statement here:
http://antar.org.au/reports/opening-statement-joint-select-committee-constitutional-recognition-aboriginal-and-torres

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