130128 – Protest over land council mining plans: Mel Barnes, Green Left

* Mel Barnes, Green Left: Protest over land council mining plans

* Brisbane Times: Indigenous rally on Australia Day in Qld
* SMH: Sodden but not sunk: How Queenslanders marked Australia Day
* Sovereign Union: Invasion Day March Brisbane 2013
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Background to Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy,
Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld

* SBS Radionews Audio: Reviewing the MDGs: Pt 2
[Millennium Development Goals]

* Operation Kimberley Miinimbi Update:
No place sacred as Woodside prepares to destroy burial sites
and ancient culture for gas in the Kimberley
* Broome Community No Gas Campaign:
Why is the Broome Community opposed to the development?
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign
– James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* Green Left: Aboriginal freedom fighters commemorated

* Other articles

* MEL BARNES, GREEN LEFT:
PROTEST OVER LAND COUNCIL MINING PLANS

– News

Green Left: Protest over land council mining plans
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53154
26 Jan 13: “Members of dozens of local Aboriginal Land
Councils protested outside the office of the NSW Land
Council on January 25. The peak body of Aboriginal affairs
has been criticised for applying for exploration permits
for uranium and coal seam gas in areas throughout NSW.
Chairperson of the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council,
Roy “Dootch” Kennedy, told Green Left Weekly they were
protesting because of serious concerns about the effects
of mining and the lack of consultation about the decision.”
By Mel Barnes

– Event

Event: Fri 25 January 2013: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Protest NSW Land Rights
“Protest 10am 25/1/13 at NSW ALC …
as support to Uncle Dootch Kennedy in Yuin country
& Illawarra in addressing NSWALC move into Mining
exposed by Media in 2012.”
“NSW Land Rights becoming mining operator affects
us all and we have had no consultation or respect
shown to date to local Aboriginal people, comunities
and 1st Nations”
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/408445595901074/

See:

Mel Barnes – Green Left Weekly
http://www.greenleft.org.au/taxonomy/term/967

About GLW – the need for alternative media
http://www.greenleft.org.au/about
“In these days of growing media concentration, Green Left
Weekly is a proudly independent voice committed to human
and civil rights, global peace and environmental
sustainability, democracy and equality.”

– Related Video

NITV News – 25 January part 1
http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/15779907987/NITV-News-25-January-part-1
[The protest is covered first in this news bulletin.]

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Geoff Scott’s mining plans facing protest
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2388-geoff-scotts-mining-plans-facing-protest.html
26 Jan 13: “Hundreds of members of Local Aboriginal Land
Councils from the metropolitan regions of Sydney are
expected to converge on the offices of the New South Wales
Aboriginal Land Council on Friday to protest against the
way the NSWALC is seeking to introduce mining operations
into the region. The protest has been called because Local
Aboriginal Land Councils claim they are fed up with the
lack of consultation from… ”

* BRISBANE TIMES: INDIGENOUS RALLY ON AUSTRALIA DAY IN QLD

– News

Brisbane Times: Indigenous rally on Australia Day in Qld
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-national/indigenous-rally-on-australia-day-in-qld-20130126-2ddq2.html
26 Jan 13: “Australia Day has opened old wounds for
Brisbane’s indigenous population, who say their places of
worship aren’t being respected by authorities. About 300
indigenous Australians and their supporters rallied outside
Parliament House on Saturday, calling for sovereignty to be
awarded to the first Australians. “Only then can we build a
just republic for all who call this place home,” Wayne
Wharton said. Mr Wharton was one of three indigenous people
arrested at South Brisbane’s Musgrave Park in December when
authorities closed down the Aboriginal tent embassy and
extinguished the “sacred fire”.” Kym Agius

– Event

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Brisbane, Qld
Invasion Day rally and march: 2013, Brisbane
Event summary: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=477882215581619&set=a.470053989697775.98606.469659059737268&type=1&theater
Event summary: http://www.facebook.com/events/539100446101895/
Event summary: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/invasion-day-march-rally-concert/
Event summary: http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/invasion-day3.jpg

* SMH:
SODDEN BUT NOT SUNK:
HOW QUEENSLANDERS MARKED AUSTRALIA DAY

– News

SMH:
Sodden but not sunk: How Queenslanders marked Australia Day
http://www.smh.com.au/queensland/sodden-but-not-sunk-how-queenslanders-marked-australia-day-20130126-2dds0.html
26 Jan 13: “At Southbank, Australia Day has opened old
wounds for Brisbane’s indigenous population, who say their
places of worship aren’t being respected by authorities. …
Mr Wharton was one of three indigenous people arrested at
South Brisbane’s Musgrave Park in December when authorities
closed down the Aboriginal tent embassy and extinguished
the “sacred fire”. … Protesters on Saturday marched from
parliament house to the park, where they re-lit the sacred
fire.” Ellen Lutton and Kym Agius

– Event

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Brisbane, Qld
Invasion Day rally and march: 2013, Brisbane
Event summary: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=477882215581619&set=a.470053989697775.98606.469659059737268&type=1&theater
Event summary: http://www.facebook.com/events/539100446101895/
Event summary: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/invasion-day-march-rally-concert/
Event summary: http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/invasion-day3.jpg

* SOVEREIGN UNION: INVASION DAY MARCH BRISBANE 2013

– Photos

Sovereign Union: Invasion Day March Brisbane 2013
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/493
“Source & larger collection:
Brisbane Aboriginal-Sovereign Embassy 101 Photo’s”

– Event

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Brisbane, Qld
Invasion Day rally and march: 2013, Brisbane
Event summary: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=477882215581619&set=a.470053989697775.98606.469659059737268&type=1&theater
Event summary: http://www.facebook.com/events/539100446101895/
Event summary: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/invasion-day-march-rally-concert/
Event summary: http://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-events/
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/invasion-day3.jpg

See:

About ‘Sovereign Union’
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/3
“This is the official website of the Sovereign Union of
First Nations and Peoples in Australia. The Sovereign Union
was first formed at a meeting on 12-14 June 1999 on Mt
Kaputar, near Narrabri, NSW. A delegation was sent to
Geneva to the UN Working Group of the Commission on Human
Rights to take our sovereign voices to the international
community. The Sovereign Union was further formalised with
a Foundation Meeting of the ‘Sovereign Union – interim
Unity Government’ at the Kuradji Tent Embassy, near
Wollongong, New South Wales on May 25 2012.”

* 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

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

Last updated: 26 January 2013

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

* SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO: REVIEWING THE MDGS: PT 2
[MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS]

– Audio

SBS Radionews Podcasts: Reviewing the MDGs: Pt 2
By Andrea Nierhoff
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/251350/Reviewing-the-MDGs-Pt-2
27 Jan 13: “As Australia portrays itself as a champion of
the world’s disadvantaged, critics point to the plight of
its own indigenous people. … But there are critics of
Australia’s performance on the MDGs. And there are those
who say Australia shouldn’t be portraying itself as a
champion of the world’s disadvantaged when it has a poor
record of looking after its own disadvantaged – notably its
Indigenous people. Andrea Nierhoff reports. … Anthony
Zwi is a professor of global health and development at the
University of New South Wales. He argues that in
Australia’s case, the way the MDGs are assessed is hiding
the true situation of its Indigenous people. … ”

* OPERATION KIMBERLEY MIINIMBI UPDATE:
NO PLACE SACRED AS WOODSIDE PREPARES TO DESTROY BURIAL SITES
AND ANCIENT CULTURE FOR GAS IN THE KIMBERLEY

– News

Sea Shepherd Australia: Operation Kimberley Miinimbi Update
No place sacred as Woodside prepares to destroy burial sites
and ancient culture for gas in the Kimberley
http://www.seashepherd.org.au/news-and-media/2013/01/25/operation-kimberley-miinimbi-update-1481
25 Jan 13: “As Sea Shepherd’s fleet awaits the whale
poachers in the Southern Ocean, Woodside prepares to attack
our planet’s oldest culture and its largest humpback whales
nursery. … Spokesperson and Goolarabooloo Law Boss
Phillip Roe says he and senior law boss Joseph Roe had not
been given prior notice of the decision but had learnt
about it via the media. “Why do we have to hear on the
radio that Woodside has been given permission to destroy
our Country, Law and Culture. It’s not right. The evidence
from our old people and from us about this Country is
clear and has just been ignored,” Roe said.”

See:

Who We Are – Sea Shepherd’s Mission Statement
http://www.seashepherd.org.au/who-we-are/
“Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
(SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife
conservation organization. Our mission is to end the
destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the
world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems
and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action
tactics to investigate, document, and take action when
necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the
high seas.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Times:
Goolarabooloo Law Bosses lift the ante in
Woodside battle over gas hub plan
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2382-goolarabooloo-law-bosses-lift-the-ante-in-woodside-battle-over-gas-hub-plan.html
26 Jan 13: “Traditional custodians, Goolarabooloo Law Bosses,
Phillip Roe and Richard Hunter have responded to State
Government authorisation of sacred site trespass with anger
and they have declared they will fight them in the courts
and at Walmandan in standing their ground to stop any
desecration of sacred ground.”

* BROOME COMMUNITY NO GAS CAMPAIGN:
WHY IS THE BROOME COMMUNITY OPPOSED TO THE DEVELOPMENT?

– Statement

Broome Community No Gas Campaign:
Why is the Broome Community opposed to the development?
http://www.broomenogas.org/FAQRetrieve.aspx?ID=43947
“The Broome community is opposed to the development because
they believe it will have wide range of environmental,
cultural and social impacts on life in our town and on the
nearby country. Most people have visited the Pilbara and
seen the impacts that major resource development projects
bring. Our concerns include: …
* The development area contains a number of registered
Aboriginal heritage sites important to the Goolarabaloo
Traditional Owners, who are opposed to the project.
* A song line of importance to all Aboriginal people in the
area runs from the tip of the Dampier Peninsula to Broome,
passing through the area of the plant.”

See:

Broome Community No Gas Campaign – About Us
http://www.broomenogas.org/AboutUs.htm
“The Broome Community No Gas Campaign is a coalition of
concerned community members dedicated to stopping the
proposed industrial development at James Price Point
(Walmadany), north of Broome.”

* 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

* GREEN LEFT: ABORIGINAL FREEDOM FIGHTERS COMMEMORATED

– News

Green Left: Aboriginal freedom fighters commemorated
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53148
26 Jan 13: “Over 150 people attended a public rally to
demand a memorial and park to commemorate two Aboriginal
freedom fighters, Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, on
January 20 in Melbourne. Tunnerminnerwait and
Maulboyheenner were the first two men executed in Melbourne
on January 20, 1842. The rally was addressed by various
activists, including anarchist Joseph Toscano and Socialist
Alliance member Davie Thompson. Toscano said the two men
were among 16 Tasmanian Aborigines brought to Melbourne in
1839 to be “civilised.”” By Hashim bin Rashid,
a member of the Awami Workers’ Party in Pakistan

– Event

Event: Sun 20 January 2013: Melbourne, Vic
Commemorating the Freedom Fighters
Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheener
Please bring flowers
Lest We Forget
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/freedom-fighters.jpg

See:

WGAR News: Joseph Toscano, Anarchist World 3CR:
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener
– freedom fighters execution (12 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/11/wgar-news-briscoe-family-condemns-nt-prosecutor-decision-on-anniversary-of-briscoe-death-

See:

Hashim bin Rashid – Green Left Weekly
http://www.greenleft.org.au/taxonomy/term/4563

About GLW – the need for alternative media
http://www.greenleft.org.au/about
“In these days of growing media concentration, Green Left
Weekly is a proudly independent voice committed to human
and civil rights, global peace and environmental
sustainability, democracy and equality.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times: Editorial: Positive news stories?
http://www.nit.com.au/editorial.html
26 Jan 13: “As a big consumer of the media – both print and
electronic – I find the dearth of news coverage of
successful Indigenous Australians abhorrent. I preface my
comments by acknowledging the enormous work our superstar
athletes such as Thurston (rugby league)”

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Japarta Ryan names Invasion Day for
national launch of First Nations
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2381-japarta-ryan-names-invasion-day-for-national-launch-of-first-nations.html
26 Jan 13: “Maurie Japarta Ryan has nominated Invasion Day,
January 26 to launch his First Nations Political Party
nationally. Mr Ryan will launch the FNPP onto the national
political landscape on the steps of Old Parliament House on
the very spot where former Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam
announced his sacking by the English Queen’s
representative Governor-General, John Kerr.”

National Indigenous Times:
Exclusive: Native Title Tribunal inquiry
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2390-native-title-tribunal-inquiry.html
26 Jan 13: “The National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT)
President, Graeme Neate and the Tribunal’s Registrar,
Stephanie Fryer-Smith have launched an external inquiry
into a former State Manager after reports published in the
National Indigenous Times revealed allegations of various
improprieties in reference to undeclared interests by its
employee to the Tribunal. High Court of Australia officers
have arrived in Western Australia as part of this inquiry
and have been interviewing people – with only the notice of
a few hours. The National Indigenous Times was present when
one High Court officer arrived to interview a person
connected with the raising of the allegations.”

National Indigenous Times:
McGlade’s campaign for family violence aid receives a boost
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2391-mcglades-campaign-for-family-violence-aid-receives-a-boost.html
26 Jan 13: “Human rights lawyer and Noongar, Dr Hannah
McGlade said it was 20 years ago in 1993 the West
Australian Supreme Court Taskforce on Gender Bias
recognised Aboriginal women in Perth needed a separate
legal service. Now it looks likely it will become a reality
with the West Australian Government committing $600,000 a
year to establish a metropolitan legal service for
Indigenous victims of family violence… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Helen Milroy appointed to Royal Commission on child sex abuse
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2389-helen-milroy-appointed-to-royal-commission-on-child-sex-abuse.html
26 Jan 13: “Descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara
region of Western Australia, Professor Helen Milroy has
been appointed as one of the Commissioners to the Federal
Government’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses
to Child Sexual Abuse. Six commissioners will examine past
and current sexual abuse in organisations, including
archdioceses and their churches… ”

National Indigenous Times: Maralinga compensation disgrace
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2385-maralinga-compensation-disgrace.html
26 Jan 13: “Long suffering Aboriginal victims of the
British atomic tests at Maralinga and Emu Fields have been
told by lawyers a class action for compensation would fail
and the fight in the courts is over because the Federal
Government has claimed it is impossible to adequately prove
radiation from the atomic blasts specifically caused their
illnesses and the premature deaths. Maralinga victim Yami
Lester said the claim was rubbish… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Duffy lashes media for negative portrayal of Indigenous people
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2380-duffy-lashes-media-for-negative-portrayal-of-indigenous-people.html
26 Jan 13: “Mainstream media misrepresents Indigenous
Australians as drunks when the majority live wholesome
lives without alcohol or domestic violence, a senior
Indigenous leader has told the Queensland Government’s
Inquiry into Child Protection.”

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