130202 – UN Intervention called for at James Price Point: Hands Off Country

* Hands Off Country:
UN Intervention called for at James Price Point
* The West: Push for UN to visit gas hub
* Respect and Listen: Save the Kimberley:
Report on Walmadany – James Price Point
* Hands Off Country: Video: Barnett Blooms in Broome
* The West: Premier coy on ways to stop FLNG
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign,
James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* NIRS:
Income management admin costs over a million a year: Report
[sic – actually the amount is over one hundred million a year]
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* NIRS:
Sovereignty before constitutional recognition: Smallwood
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* NIRS: Nuclear industry “irresponsible” on Maralinga issue
* Background to Justice for
Aboriginal victims of Maralinga nuclear tests

* NIT:
Ryan’s defence of mining plan dismissed by angry protesters

* SBS World News Video: Saltwater/Yabun festivals shine

* Other articles

* HANDS OFF COUNTRY:
UN INTERVENTION CALLED FOR AT JAMES PRICE POINT

– News Compilation

Hands Off Country:
UN Intervention called for at James Price Point
http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/un-intervention-called-for-at-james.html
31 Jan 13: “The project has also angered environmentalists
and concerned paleontologists, with the state government’s
bid to compulsorily acquire the land after a legal stoush
between native title claimant groups proving a particularly
contentious issue.
“We are supposed to have the right for free and prior
informed consent; instead we get the compulsory acquisition
of our land,” Goolarabooloo elder Phillip Roe said.
“We’re supposed to have the right to protect our law,
culture and sites, but when we ask for our sites to be
protected, the state government approves their destruction.
“When we try to stop this destruction, we’re given move on
notices from the police and told we’ll be arrested.””
[This article includes links to several other news items
on the call for a UN intervention at James Price Point.]

* THE WEST: PUSH FOR UN TO VISIT GAS HUB

– News

The West: Push for UN to visit gas hub
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/newshome/16027378/appeal-push-for-un-to-visit-gas-hub/
30 Jan 13: “KRED Enterprises, a charitable trust set up by
the Kimberley Land Council and representing three native
title groups in the region, last week requested a UN visit
to ensure the rights of native title holders are protected
under resource development agreements. Today, the
Goolarabooloo people said they had sent an urgent appeal to
the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples, telling it their rights under 15 articles of the
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples are being
violated by the State Government and resource companies.”
AAP, The West Australian

* RESPECT AND LISTEN: SAVE THE KIMBERLEY:
REPORT ON WALMADANY – JAMES PRICE POINT

– Report

Respect and Listen: Save the Kimberley:
Report on Walmadany – James Price Point
[scroll down to bottom of page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley/save-the-kimberley.html
“At our WRN meeting in September, we were privileged to hear
from Deborah Wall OAM who is working on her PhD Thesis
which is focussed on Walmadany – James Price Point.
Some of the key points and aspects related to:
The clash between two cosmologies: a land-based cosmology
culture and a Western commodity economy culture makes the
narrative of connection to Country difficult to represent
in a political process that values the prospect of
industrialization in West Kimberley. Deborah talked about
the story of how Paddy Roe formed the Goolarabooloo
organisation and the Lurujarri Heritage Trail and how the
concept of ‘heritage’ was represented in Goolarabooloo and
the WA Government’s websites. … ”

See:

Respect and Listen – Kimberley
http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley.html

Respect and Listen – Home
http://www.respectandlisten.org/

* HANDS OFF COUNTRY: VIDEO: BARNETT BLOOMS IN BROOME

– Video

Hands Off Country: Barnett Blooms in Broome
http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/barnett-blooms-in-broome.html
30 Jan 13: “The Broome Community No Gas Campaign is
therefore calling on the Minister Burke to immediately
appoint an independent expert panel to identify what the
social impacts of the proposed gas hub project are likely
to be on the town of Broome, and to evaluate whether they
are addressed by the WA Government’s plans outlined in the
SAR. No decision on approval for the project should be made
until the issue of social impacts has been addressed to the
satisfaction of the Broome community.”

See:

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

* THE WEST: PREMIER COY ON WAYS TO STOP FLNG

– News

The West: Premier coy on ways to stop FLNG
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/a/-/wa/16031768/premier-coy-on-ways-to-stop-flng/
31 Jan 13: “Premier Colin Barnett will not rule out using
the State’s petroleum approvals system to block offshore
processing of gas from Woodside’s $40 billion Browse
project. Mr Barnett repeated his assertion yesterday that
he had the power to stop Woodside and its joint venture
partners from shifting their focus from the James Price
Point site, to a cheaper floating LNG solution favoured by
Shell. “It’s the State’s gas, the gas belongs two thirds to
the Commonwealth and one third to the State …,”
Mr Barnett said in Albany.”
Peter Kerr and Keir Tunbridge, The West Australian

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

Last updated: 31 January 2013

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

* NIRS:
INCOME MANAGEMENT ADMIN COSTS OVER A MILLION A YEAR: REPORT
[sic – ACTUALLY THE AMOUNT IS OVER ONE HUNDRED MILLION A YEAR]

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Income management admin costs over a million a year: Report
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7801-income-management-admin-costs-over-a-million-a-year-report
31 Jan 13: “A new report by the Australian National Audit
Office has found the Federal Government spends more than
$100 million per year to administer income management in
the Northern Territory. … The scheme costs the
Commonwealth Government between $6,600 and $7,900 dollars
per person, per year.
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney’s Paddy Gibson says
he condemns the Government’s decision to maintain
compulsary income management. “It’s just appalling that the
government would prioritize controlling and demonising
people through the income management system … ”
[said Paddy Gibson]”

See:

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us
“For over three decades, NIRS has provided a radio
programming and media marketing service for over 140
Indigenous community radio stations. We continue to deliver
24 hours of programming each day throughout all major
metropolitan, regional and, perhaps most importantly,
remote communities.”

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

Last updated: 30 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

* NIRS:
SOVEREIGNTY BEFORE CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION: SMALLWOOD

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Sovereignty before constitutional recognition: Smallwood
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7800-sovereignty-before-constitutional-recognition-smallwood
31 Jan 13: “Leading Aboriginal academic Gracelyn Smallwood
says recognising Indigenous Australians in the Constitution
without first dealing with the issue of sovereignty will be
a fruitless exercise. … James Cook University’s Gracelyn
Smallwood says sovereignty and a treaty must come first.
“If I had a dozen eggs in a basket, and I had to take two,
it has to be sovereignty and treaty. “The third one is a
bill of rights. … “We’re the only colonised country
that’s still debating whether First Nations Australians
are human beings or still flora and fauna. We haven’t even
given treaty a go.””

See:

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us
“NIRS strives to provide a range of voices for Indigenous
communities via a schedule of various radio programs,
supported by a national satellite service. It is argued the
NIRS satellite footprint is the largest in the southern
hemisphere.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 31 January 2013

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

* NIRS: NUCLEAR INDUSTRY “IRRESPONSIBLE” ON MARALINGA ISSUE

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Nuclear industry “irresponsible” on Maralinga issue
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7796-nuclear-industry-qirresponsibleq-on-maralinga-issue
31 Jan 13: “The Co-Chair of the Australian Nuclear Free
Alliance says Aboriginal victims of British atomic testing
in central Australia should be adequately compensated. A
British court recently ruled British veterans of the
nuclear testing at Maralinga couldn’t prove their illnesses
were connected to their work in the 1950s and 60s. Arabana
man Peter Watts from South Australia says the British
Government is shirking its responsibility by refusing to
acknowledge the effects of nuclear testing.”

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 JUSTICE FOR
ABORIGINAL VICTIMS OF MARALINGA NUCLEAR TESTS:

Last updated: 24 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/21/background-to-justice-for-aboriginal-victims-of-maralinga-nuclear-tests

* NIT:
RYAN’S DEFENCE OF MINING PLAN DISMISSED BY ANGRY PROTESTERS

– News

National Indigenous Times:
Ryan’s defence of mining plan dismissed by angry protesters
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2426-ryans-defence-of-mining-plan-dismissed-by-angry-protesters.html
31 Jan 13: “An angry mob of First Nations people
representing Local Area Land Councils throughout New South
Wales delivered the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council
(NSWALC) a blunt message at a protest rally last Friday –
“Consult us before mining in our Country”. And New South
Wales Aboriginal Land Council Chairman, Stephen Ryan was
delivered a warning by Gomeroi leader Alf Priestly, who
told the Chairman the NSWALC was not welcome on Gomeroi
Country if they brought with them mining licences. … ”

See:

National Indigenous Times – About Us
http://www.nit.com.au/about-us.html
“The National Indigenous Times first hit the streets on
February 27, 2002. The paper is staffed and owned by
Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and we are proud
of the dedicated team of predominantly Indigenous
Australian writers and columnists who contribute to the
publication. It does not, and has never, received
Government grants or funding.”

* SBS WORLD NEWS VIDEO: SALTWATER/YABUN FESTIVALS SHINE

– Video

SBS World News: Saltwater/Yabun festivals shine
Source: NITV, SBS
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1731115/SaltwaterYabun-festivals-shine
28 Jan 13: “The Saltwater Freshwater Festival is emerging
as one of the biggest New South Wales events on Survival
Day. NITV’s Nancia Guivarra went to Taree to bring us this
showcase of the event. … Jeremy Donovan … delivered the
keynote speech at the Taree new citizen’s ceremony. “You
see the flags raised predominantly the union jack and the
Australian flag and its was challenging for me to stand up
and make a speech about what is Australia day but I think I
always remind myself on today that we have a cultural
responsibility to celebrate our identity our successes and
you know what we’re still here,” Mr Donovan said.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

SBS Living Black: Making History on Sydney’s Harbour Bridge
By Loni Cooper
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/252173/t/Making-History-on-Sydney-s-Harbour-Bridge/in/english
31 Jan 13: “The Aboriginal flag and the Australian flag
raised and flown together for the first time on Survival
Day 2013. The Aboriginal flag has flown on the Sydney
Harbour Bridge many times but it might surprise you to know
that Survival Day, 2013 was the first time it has flown
beside the Australian flag. The flags were raised on the
Harbour Bridge during the WugulOra ceremony. Victor
Dominello is the New South Wales Minister for Aboriginal
Affairs and was present at the ceremony. … He spoke to
Loni Cooper about the historic event.”

– Video

SBS World News: We’ve let Aboriginal kids down: ombudsman
Source: AAP, NITV
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1732485/Weve-let-Aboriginal-kids-down-ombudsman
1 Feb 13: “The NSW ombudsman says efforts to wipe out child
sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities aren’t working and
the plan’s single biggest investment is close to being
branded a failure. Ombudsman Bruce Barbour’s fourth report
on the Interagency Plan to Tackle Child Sexual Assault in
Aboriginal Communities found little sign indigenous
communities were better able to address child sexual abuse
and the underlying causes. The report, tabled in the state
parliament on Thursday, found only four per cent of NSW
children in 2011 were Aboriginal, yet they accounted for
10 per cent of reported child sex abuse victims.”

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times Editorial:
Australia or Invasion Day
http://www.nit.com.au/editorial/2406-australia-or-invasion-day.html
31 Jan 13: “The vexed question that arises around this time
every year is do we, as an Indigenous collective, celebrate
the 26th day of January as Australia Day or Invasion Day?
The answer is quite simple: some of our mob do and some of
our mob don’t. In many ways the principal commonality we
share as a discrete race of people is that we are all
descendants of the First Australians. And in saying this
I’m not… ”

Crikey:
Aboriginal leaders must inspire the nation to recognise
http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/01/09/aboriginal-leaders-must-inspire-the-nation-to-recognise/
9 Jan 13: “The campaign to have Aboriginal Australians
recognised in the constitution has stalled. Leaders must
tap into the culture to inspire a nation to say “yes”, says
former ministerial adviser Rita Markwell. With Australians
unlikely to vote on any constitutional change to recognise
Australia’s first peoples until at least 2015, campaigners
need to take greater control of the issue and its destiny.
For indigenous leaders it’s probably the greatest test of
leadership since the native title negotiations over two
decades ago.” By Rita Markwell

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Terminally-ill man released from custody in Perth
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7797-terminally-ill-man-released-from-custody-in-perth
31 Jan 13: “An Indigenous rights advocate in Perth says
it’s a win for the community that a terminally-ill man was
released from custody yesterday. The man, who reportedly
was recently diagnosed with kidney and liver failure, was
released from Casurina prison after a court ruling. He was
detained on remand for breaching a move-on notice and his
jailing was protested by his family. Noongar Tent Embassy
spokesperson Marianne McKay says it’s concerning he was
jailed in the first place, but he can now spend time with
his family.”

National Indigenous Times:
Yabun Festival continues to celebrate survival after
invasion of First Nations
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2425-yabun-festival-continues-to-celebrate-survival-after-invasion-of-first-nations.html
31 Jan 13: “While non-Indigenous Australia celebrated 225
years of occupation with the slogan, “celebrate because we
get to do it all again tomorrow”, Indigenous Australians
mourned invasion and celebrated survival. In Sydney, the
Yabun Festival brought families and communities together
for the 11th year with a great celebration of Indigenous
culture.”

National Indigenous Times:
Calma calls for debate on Australia Day date
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2424-calma-calls-for-debate-on-australia-day-date.html
31 Jan 13: “Tom Calma has called for a national debate on
whether Australia Day should be moved to a more neutral
date. Dr Calma, who was named Australian of the Year for
the Australian Capital Territory for his work as an
inspirational advocate for human rights and social justice
and is a well known and highly respected Elder, also served
as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
Commissioner.”

National Indigenous Times:
Wirlu-murra considers ending the control of white managers
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2423-wirlu-murra-considers-ending-the-control-of-white-managers.html
31 Jan 13: “The Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal
Corporation (WYMAC) is on the verge of Black control of
Black affairs but there remains some internal challenges
after a special board meeting last week discussed whether
to bring the goup’s senior most Elder of the Wirlu-murra
Board Chairman, Bruce Woodley to account for revealing
publicly to the National Indigenous Times allegations
against the Wirlu-murra’s Native Title Manager, Michael… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Kids are now facing lengthy stints locked up in
Heakea’s adult prison
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2420-kids-are-now-facing-lengthy-stints-locked-up-in-heakeas-adult-prison.html
31 Jan 13: “Children, mostly Aboriginal children, could be
held in a West Australian adult prison for up to six months
after the damage done to a Perth Juvenile detention centre
following a riot last week. Children rights advocates and
lawyers have slammed this outcome while others have called
for answers about the cause of the riots which is
deteriorating conditions in the juvenile facility.”

National Indigenous Times: Gillard’s motives questioned
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2419-gillards-motives-questioned.html
31 Jan 13: “Some of the Northern Territory’s leading
Indigenous leaders have questioned the Prime Minister’s
motives in her plan to parachute Nova Peris into the Senate
at the next Federal election, claiming more qualified
Indigenous Australians were not given the opportunity
because they were too outspoken about the Federal
Government’s Indigenous policies, including the Northern
Territory Intervention.”

National Indigenous Times:
Activist claim banning sacred fire is a
suppression of religious rights
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2417-activist-claim-banning-sacred-fire-is-a-suppression-of-religious-rights.html
31 Jan 13: “A high profile Aboriginal activist and
co-founder of the Sovereignty Tent Embassy at Musgrave Park
in Brisbane said his bail conditions not to light the
sacred fire at the Tent Embassy site is a suppression of
his religious rights and an assault on his culture. Mr
Wayne ‘Coco’ Wharton, Kooma man, said “The government and
the courts allow the Catholics, Anglicans, Hindus, Jews,
Greeks and Italians… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Adam Giles claims Gillard’s choice was for a “pet Aborigine”
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2413-adam-giles-claims-gillards-choice-was-for-a-pet-aborigine.html
31 Jan 13: “Rising Aboriginal Northern Territory politician
Adam Giles has slammed Julia Gillard’s “captain’s pick” of
Nova Peris for the Senate. He accused the Prime Minister of
making a choice based on race rather than merit and
suggesting Ms Peris would be a “pet Aborigine” in the
parliament. “If you want to have an Aboriginal person in
the Australian parliament, you have to build that from the
branch level, … ”

National Indigenous Times:
Hampton’s poacher jibe at Land Council protest angers
Illawarra’s Yuin people
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2409-hamptons-poacher-jibe-at-land-council-protest-angers-illawarras-yuin-people.html
31 Jan 13: “When New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council
(NSWALC) South Coast Councillor, Jack Hampton called his
own Yuin people poachers, they were more than outraged,
they say they were betrayed. Members of the Yuin, First
Nations people of the region which includes the Illawarra
region on the New South Wales south coast, have called for
Mr Hampton to be disciplined by NSWALC and they are
considering legal action… ”

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