130127 – ‘Tent Embassy’ returns to Heirisson Island: The West Australian

* The West Australian:
‘Tent Embassy’ returns to Heirisson Island
* Background to Nyoongar Tent Embassy,
Heirisson Island, Perth, WA
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* Tracker: Mature Australia needs new flag: academic

* SBS Living Black:
Approval Granted to Destroy Aboriginal Heritage Sites
* ABC: Number of land acquisition mistakes unknown
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign
– James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* SBS Living Black: No Criminal Charges Against Police
* Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign

* Other articles

* THE WEST AUSTRALIAN:
‘TENT EMBASSY’ RETURNS TO HEIRISSON ISLAND

– News

The West: ‘Tent Embassy’ returns to Heirisson Island
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/15955570/tent-embassy-heirisson-island/
25 Jan 13: “About 60 people have gathered on Heirisson
Island this morning for cultural talks and ceremony.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags festooned the
island, along with signs proclaiming it as the Noongar Tent
Embassy. Noongar Tent Embassy member Helen Corbett said the
group wanted to come to Matagarup, the traditional name for
the island, to “celebrate their rights as sovereign people”
and “educate people about the recognition of our
sovereignty.” … “The 25th was the last taste of freedom.
That’s the theme of today’s gathering. … “”
Rebecca Trigger, The West Australian

– Related Audio

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

25 Jan 13: “Former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
social justice commissioner Tom Calma wants a national
debate on whether Australia Day should be moved to a more
neutral date.”

* BACKGROUND TO NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY,
HEIRISSON ISLAND, PERTH, WA

Last updated: 20 August 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/nyoongar-tent-embassy-heirisson-island-perth-wa

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 26 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* TRACKER: MATURE AUSTRALIA NEEDS NEW FLAG: ACADEMIC

– News

newsTracker: Mature Australia needs new flag: academic
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/mature-australia-needs-new-flag-academic/
25 Jan 13: “Australian National University academic Dr John
Blaxland has revealed a new design that incorporates the
current Australian flag, the Union Jack and the Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander flags. … His design starts
with the black and red of the Aboriginal flag but replaces
the sun with the seven-pointed Federation Star. It is
filled with 250 dots to represent the range of indigenous
languages combined with the native tongues of immigrants.”

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.”

* SBS LIVING BLACK:
APPROVAL GRANTED TO DESTROY ABORIGINAL HERITAGE SITES

– Audio

SBS Living Black:
Approval Granted to Destroy Aboriginal Heritage Sites
By Marc Tong
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/251330/t/Approval-Granted-to-Destroy-Aboriginal-Heritage-Sites/in/english
25 Jan 13: “Traditional owners, environmentalists, the
Australian Greens and members of the Broome community in
Western Australia are outraged at the WA government’s
decision to approve the destruction of Aboriginal heritage
sites in the region. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Peter Collier has granted Woodside Energy Limited approval
under the WA Aboriginal Heritage Act, Section 18, to begin
investigative works as part of its $40 billion dollar
liquefied natural gas plans. … The traditional owners who
have claimed ownership over the area are the Goolarabooloo
people and the Jabir Jabir people.”

* ABC: NUMBER OF LAND ACQUISITION MISTAKES UNKNOWN

– News

ABC: Number of land acquisition mistakes unknown
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-24/grylls-defends-land-challenges/4481910
24 Jan 13: “The State Government says it still does not
know how many projects are vulnerable to legal challenge
because of mistakes made acquiring land. Late last year,
the Government was forced to restart the compulsory
acquisition of land north of Broome for the Browse LNG
project because the correct process had not been followed.
It was then revealed the same problem, a failure to notify
the Native Title Tribunal of the Government intention to
take the land, had been made on acquisitions dating back to
the 1990’s.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE SAVE THE KIMBERLEY CAMPAIGN
– JAMES PRICE POINT, NORTH OF BROOME, WA

Last updated: 25 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

* SBS LIVING BLACK: NO CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST POLICE

– Audio

SBS Living Black: No Criminal Charges Against Police
By Carla Mascarenhas
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/251328/t/No-Criminal-Charges-Against-Police/in/english
25 Jan 13: “The Northern Territory Director of Public
Prosecutions has defended his decision not to investigate
possible criminal charges in the case of Kwementyaye
Briscoe. Despite committing no crime, Kwementyaye Briscoe
was taken into custody for being drunk in January 2012. The
Northern Territory Coroner Greg Cavanagh found that the
probable cause of Mr Briscoe’s death was a combination of
being very drunk, positional asphyxia and aspiration,
which is the act of inhaling fluid into the bronchi and
lungs, that obstructed his airways.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE JUSTICE FOR KUMENTJAYE BRISCOE CAMPAIGN:

Last updated: 15 January 2013

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

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

25 Jan 13: “A leading Australian human rights advocacy
group says that the federal governments draft Human Rights
and anti discrimination Bill has the potential to make anti
discrimination laws in this country more effective but
government will still have the power to override them if it
sees thee need.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Constitutional recognition argued to protect against
discrimination
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7786-constitutional-recognition-argued-to-protect-against-discrimination
25 Jan 13: “The Co-Chair of the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples says the recognition of
Indigenous people in the Constitution is necessary to avoid
racially-discriminatory legislation. Les Malezer will
convene a discussion on sovereignty and constitutional
recognition in Canberra tomorrow. A Federal Parliamentary
Inquiry into constitutional recognition began this week.
Mr. Malezer told 98.9fm the Racial Discrimination Act isn’t
enough to protect Indigenous people from raced-based laws
and it must be done in the Constitution.”

newsTracker: Gillard challenged over NT senator plan
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/gillard-challenged-over-nt-senator-plan/
25 Jan 13: “NATIONAL: Prime Minister Julia Gillard
continues to be criticised for her decision to personally
elevate Olympian Nova Peris to the number one spot on the
Labor Northern Territory Senate ticket. … “What’s in fact
been done is to override the possibility … of a much better
qualified and experienced Aboriginal candidate in Marion
Scrymgour getting the nod in favour of someone who isn’t a
member of the Labor party, doesn’t live here, has never had
any involvement in politics. … ” [said former NT Labor
politician Ken Parish]”

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