130130 – Broome ‘army ready’ for war on Kimberley gas hub: Save The Kimberley

* Save The Kimberley:
Broome ‘army ready’ for war on Kimberley gas hub
* Broome Community No Gas Campaign:
Decision “insulting joke” to Aboriginal heritage
* Perth Now: Broome and the gas hub – a town divided
* The West: Premier heckled by protesters
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign,
James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* ‘concerned Australians’:
Stronger Futures Legislation passed into Law on 29 June, 2012
* Paddy Gibson, Solidarity:
NT Liberals betray Aboriginal communities with cuts and more cops
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* SMH: Indigenous party rallies in Canberra
[Australian First Nation’s Political Party]

* Tracker:
Aboriginal ALP members put hands up against Peris nomination
* ABC: Indigenous ALP members nominate against Peris

* Socialist Alternative: What’s to celebrate on Invasion Day?
* Socialist Alternative: Poems of resistance on Invasion Day
* Sovereign Union: Invasion Day 2013 – 26 January
* ABC AM Audio:
Indigenous Australians mark 75 years since Day of Mourning protests
* SBS World News:
Remembering 1938 ‘Day of Mourning’ declaration
* Sovereign Union: Invasion Day 2013 – Melbourne March

* SAVE THE KIMBERLEY:
BROOME ‘ARMY READY’ FOR WAR ON KIMBERLEY GAS HUB

– News

Save The Kimberley:
Broome ‘army ready’ for war on Kimberley gas hub
http://www.savethekimberley.com/2013/01/21/broome-army-ready-for-war-on-kimberley-gas-hub/
20 Jan 13: “AN army of thousands will join a blockade at
James Price Point as protesters yesterday warned that the
campaign to stop the $40 billion Kimberley gas hub would be
the biggest since saving old-growth forests. Local Broome
Resident and anti gas hub campaigner Shaun Clark is one of
thousands opposed to the Kimberley gas hub. … The Broome
community says drill rigs and machinery for the final phase
of exploration which the Woodside-led consortium will carry
out regardless of whether it decides to proceed with a gas
hub will be “blocked at all costs”.”
Trevor Paddenburg, The Sunday Times

See:

About Save The Kimberley
http://www.savethekimberley.com/about-us/
“Save The Kimberley is an independent awareness organisation.
We are a not-for-profit, 100% volunteer run group which is
made up of a diverse and passionate group of individuals
– traditional custodians, local Kimberley community, and
other committed Australians from all parts: we are business
owners, administrators, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians
and media professionals.”

* BROOME COMMUNITY NO GAS CAMPAIGN:
DECISION “INSULTING JOKE” TO ABORIGINAL HERITAGE

– Statement

Decision “insulting joke” to Aboriginal heritage
GLW: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53159
27 Jan 13: “The Broome Community No Gas Campaign released
this statement on January 15. ***
Traditional custodians have responded to revelations that
state minister Peter Collier has authorised Woodside to
destroy sacred sites on the Kimberley coast, north of
Broome, as part of its exploration and assessment work at
the controversial James Price Point gas hub site.
Spokesperson and Goolarabooloo law boss Phillip Roe says he
and senior law boss Joseph Roe had not been given prior
notice of the decision and had learnt about it via the
media.
“This shows an outrageous disregard for the profound
impacts of such a decision on our proven and substantial
culture and heritage,” Roe said from his home on the
Kimberley coast at Walmadan near the James Price Point gas
hub site.
“The decision is an insulting joke.” … ”

See:

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

* PERTH NOW: BROOME AND THE GAS HUB – A TOWN DIVIDED

– News

Perth Now: Broome and the gas hub – a town divided
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/broome-and-the-gas-hub-a-town-divided/story-e6frg13u-1226563454799
28 Jan 13: “SHAUN Clarke opens the gate and looks up and
down the street. Carefully. The 44-year-old former
Department of Environment ranger is always careful, these
days. Broome is not the carefree holiday town it once was.
… Mr Clarke was the first person to lock himself to
machinery during the long-running protest at James Price
Point, the rocky beach with steep blood-red cliffs, 50km
north of Broome that has become a focal point for WA’s
latest clash of development versus conservation.”

* THE WEST: PREMIER HECKLED BY PROTESTERS

– News

The West: Premier heckled by protesters
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/15964908/premier-heckled-by-protesters/
28 Jan 13: “Colin Barnett’s election campaign sailed into a
storm last night when he came face-to-face with more than
100 jeering James Price Point protesters. … He told
people waving placards and banners he would be happy to
attend a public meeting in the town to discuss the planned
development. Mr Barnett said the social impact of the
proposed gas hub would be minimal on Broome, sparking jeers
from the crowd, some of whom had waited for almost two
hours for Mr Barnett to appear.”
Glenn Cordingley, The West Australian

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

Last updated: 28 January 2013

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

* ‘CONCERNED AUSTRALIANS’:
STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION PASSED INTO LAW ON 29 JUNE, 2012

– Info and Quotes

‘concerned Australians’:
Stronger Futures Legislation (and Associated Bills)
passed into Law on 29 June, 2012
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/media/Stronger_Futures_chart.pdf
“Essentially this package of legislation is a continuation
of the NT Emergency Response, widely known as the
INTERVENTION, and it is expected to remain in place for the
next ten (10) years. BEFORE passing this legislation
Senators travelled to the Northern Territory from Canberra
to hear what Aboriginal people had to say about the
proposed legislation. …
Did Aboriginal People in the Northern Territory consent to
this legislation? NO, there was no majority consent for the
Stronger Futures (and Associated Bills) Legislation”

See:

‘concerned Australians’
– without Justice there can be no Reconciliation
http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

* PADDY GIBSON, SOLIDARITY:
NT LIBERALS BETRAY ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES
WITH CUTS AND MORE COPS

– Analysis / Opinion

Solidarity:
NT Liberals betray Aboriginal communities with cuts and more cops
http://www.solidarity.net.au/52/nt-liberals-betray-aboriginal-communities-with-cuts-and-more-cops/
January, 2013: “The Country Liberal Party (CLP) government
in the Northern Territory (NT) have launched a series of
devastating cuts to public services and Aboriginal
organisations in their first mini-budget, handed down in
December. … For Aboriginal people in the NT, the cuts
have a particularly bitter edge. The CLP swept to power in
August 2012, on the back of Aboriginal anger at the
incumbent Labor government who had worked hand-in-glove
with the racist NT Intervention to cut community councils
and funding for homelands.” Paddy Gibson

See:

About Solidarity Online
http://www.solidarity.net.au/about-us/
“Solidarity is a socialist group with branches across
Australia. … We’re committed to building social movements
and the wider left, through throwing ourselves into
struggles for social justice, against racism and to
strengthen rank-and-file unionism. We’re active in the
movement for refugee rights, the climate action movement,
the Occupy movement, the campaign to scrap the NT
intervention and others.”

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Last updated: 24 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 31 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* SMH: INDIGENOUS PARTY RALLIES IN CANBERRA
[AUSTRALIAN FIRST NATION’S POLITICAL PARTY]

– News

SMH: Indigenous party rallies in Canberra
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/indigenous-party-rallies-in-canberra-20130126-2ddic.html
27 Jan 13: “An indigenous political party has held a rally
in the nation’s capital on Australia Day to mark its
planned participation in the federal election. Australian
First Nation’s Political Party (AFNPP) founder Maurie
Japarta Ryan on Saturday led a group of Aboriginal people
and supporters to the steps of Old Parliament House, across
the road from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.”

* TRACKER:
ABORIGINAL ALP MEMBERS PUT HANDS UP AGAINST PERIS NOMINATION

– News

newsTracker:
Aboriginal ALP members put hands up against Peris nomination
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/aboriginal-alp-members-put-hands-up-against-nova-nomination/
28 Jan 13: “Three long-term Aboriginal ALP members have put
their hands up to contest pre-selection for a Northern
Territory senate seat against Prime Minister Julia
Gillard’s star candidate Nova Peris tomorrow. Marion
Scrymgour, a former deputy Chief Minister of the Territory,
Aboriginal MLA Karl Hampton and former ALP candidate Des
Rogers have all nominated. Last week, Ms Gillard announced
the former Olympian gold-medallist Peris would be on the
top spot of the ALP’s Senate ticket in the NT, knocking off
incumbent Trish Crossin and overriding the Northern
Territory branch of the party.” By Amy McQuire

See:

Stories by Amy McQuire
http://tracker.org.au/author/amy/
“Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman who
hails from Rockhampton in Queensland.
She is editor of Tracker.”

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

* ABC: INDIGENOUS ALP MEMBERS NOMINATE AGAINST PERIS

– News

ABC: Indigenous ALP members nominate against Peris
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-28/indigenous-alp-members-nominate-against-nova/4487080
28 Jan 13: “Several Indigenous members of the ALP in the
Northern Territory have nominated for pre-selection ballot
in protest against the Prime Minister’s intervention to
pick Nova Peris for the top spot on the Senate ticket. …
Des Rogers, an Indigenous member of the ALP in the Northern
Territory, still wants to register his discontent with the
decision to parachute in a candidate who was not a member
of the party. … Former Territory Labor minister Karl
Hampton also plans to lodge his nomination before tonight’s
deadline. … So too will Marion Scrymgour, an Indigenous
former Labor deputy chief minister.”

* SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE: WHAT’S TO CELEBRATE ON INVASION DAY?

– Analysis / Opinion

Socialist Alternative: What’s to celebrate on Invasion Day?
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7633:whats-to-celebrate-on-invasion-day?&Itemid=454
25 Jan 13: “January 26 is the celebration of the start of
one of the great crimes of capitalism: the brutal and
continuing process of genocide and dispossession of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. To mark this
occasion of mourning, and of resistance, we here reproduce
selected sections of the pamphlet Aborigines claim citizen
rights! written by Jack Patten and William Ferguson of the
Aborigines Progressive Association. The pamphlet was
circulated prior to the first Day of Mourning protest held
on 26 January 1938, the 150th anniversary of invasion.”

See:

WGAR News: Day of Mourning protest:
The most significant moment in Aboriginal political history:
NIRS (26 Jan 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/25/wgar-news-day-of-mourning-protest-the-most-significant-moment-in-aboriginal-political-his

See:

Socialist Alternative – What we stand for
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&layout=category&task=category&id=31&Itemid=401
“Socialist Alternative’s 2012 National Conference voted to
adopt a new Statement of Principles. The Principles will
provide the foundation for the organisation’s broader
political positions and analyses, and will guide the
organisation’s political practice.”

* SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE: POEMS OF RESISTANCE ON INVASION DAY

– Poetry

Socialist Alternative: Poems of resistance on Invasion Day
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7635:poems-of-resistance-on-invasion-day&Itemid=454
25 Jan 13: “January 26 is the celebration of the start of
one of the great crimes of capitalism: the brutal and
continuing process of genocide and dispossession of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. To mark this
occasion of mourning, and of resistance, we present two
poems by poet and resistance fighter Kevin Gilbert (from
his extraordinary collection The Blackside: People Are
Legends and other poems) and another from the Oodgeroo
Noonuccal (formerly Kath Walker), another legendary poet
and activist and the first Aboriginal to publish a book of
verse, We are Going: Poems.”

See:

Socialist Alternative – Where we came from
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=3912:where-we-came-from&Itemid=401
“Socialist Alternative stands in the tradition of
“socialism from below” which dates back to Karl Marx’s
famous declaration: “The emancipation of the working class
must be conquered by the working class themselves.””

* SOVEREIGN UNION: INVASION DAY 2013 – 26 JANUARY

– News and Photos

Sovereign Union: Invasion Day 2013 – 26 January
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/496
“Invasion Day is known as ‘Australia Day’ by the settlers
– Also known as ‘Survival Day’ by some of the remaining
First Nations peoples. Some First Nations gatherings were
held on the 25th January and named the ‘Last day of freedom’.
… The number of First Nations people has been reduced
dramatically since European settlement, they were shot,
diseased, raped, tortured, had their children taken from
them, punished for practising their customs and lore,
continually jailed for trivial crimes and were forcefully
removed from traditional lands.”

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.”

* ABC AM AUDIO:
INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS MARK 75 YEARS
SINCE DAY OF MOURNING PROTESTS

– Audio Interview

ABC AM:
Indigenous Australians mark 75 years
since Day of Mourning protests
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2013/s3677102.htm
26 Jan 13: “For many Indigenous Australians, today marks
the 75th anniversary of the fight for Aboriginal rights and
recognition. In 1938, a large group of Aboriginal people
gathered in Sydney at a protest they called The Day of
Mourning. The Indigenous demonstrators demanded full citizen
rights and equality, and the protest was the beginning of
the organised Aboriginal civil rights movement.
Will Ockenden reports.”

See:

WGAR News: Day of Mourning protest:
The most significant moment in Aboriginal political history:
NIRS (26 Jan 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/25/wgar-news-day-of-mourning-protest-the-most-significant-moment-in-aboriginal-political-his

* SBS WORLD NEWS:
REMEMBERING 1938 ‘DAY OF MOURNING’ DECLARATION

– News

SBS World News:
Remembering 1938 ‘Day of Mourning’ declaration
Source: Stefan Armbruster, SBS
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1729842/Remembering-1938-Day-of-Mourning-declaration
24 Jan 13: “As Australia Day celebrations get underway
around the country, it will also be the 75th anniversary of
the declaration of January 26 as a Day of Mourning. …
In 1938 a congress of Aboriginal people met in Sydney to
demand equality. Led by William Cooper, Jack Patten and
William Ferguson, they inspired generations of activists to
fight for their people’s rights. Stefan Armbruster reports
on the historic gathering and the calls for an end to
celebrations marking the arrival of the first fleet in
1788.”

See:

WGAR News: Day of Mourning protest:
The most significant moment in Aboriginal political history:
NIRS (26 Jan 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/25/wgar-news-day-of-mourning-protest-the-most-significant-moment-in-aboriginal-political-his

– Related News

9 News: Bashir recalls ‘day of mourning’
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/01/25/18/01/bashir-recalls-day-of-mourning
25 Jan 13: “The NSW governor has recalled the 1938
Aboriginal day of mourning in her Australia Day message but
says the nation is a more “inclusive, harmonious” place in
2013. Marie Bashir told guests at the official Australia
Day 2013 luncheon in Sydney on Friday that she was honoured
to hold the post of governor on the 225th anniversary of
the arrival of the First Fleet on NSW shores. “It is (also)
the 75th anniversary of the day of mourning, the 26th day
of January in 1938, when – as a little child – I waved a
flag at the incredibly wonderful procession … ” she said.

Australian: It’s ‘invasion day’ not Australia Day: MP
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/controversial-mps-invasion-day-tweets/story-fn3dxiwe-1226563615201
28 Jan 13: “FEDERAL Labor MP Steve Gibbons has referred to
Australia Day as “invasion day”, saying it’s odd
Australians celebrate it by “throwing dead animals on a
cooking fire” just as the displaced Aboriginal people did.
But after complaints from left and right, the outspoken
veteran MP for Bendigo has now clarified that he doesn’t
oppose the celebration of Australia Day outright.
“I don’t have a problem with people celebrating that day
but they should also acknowledge our history,” he tweeted
on Monday.”

* SOVEREIGN UNION: INVASION DAY 2013 – MELBOURNE MARCH

– Photos

Sovereign Union: Invasion Day 2013 – Melbourne March
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/491

– Event

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.facebook.com/events/116674955170738/
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/invasion-day-melb.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.”

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