130204 – NT leader: Nova Peris is wrong, Stronger Futures must go: STICS

* STICS: NT leader: Nova Peris is wrong, Stronger Futures must go
* 4 Feb 13 Event:
STICS meeting – Guest speaker from the NT – Marie Ellis
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* ABC Radio National – Awaye!:
The Letters Patent [1836 South Australia]
* change.org Petition: Jay Weatherill Premier of South Australia:
Uphold the 1836 SA Letters Patent

* ACF:
New Kimberley parks welcomed but jettison JPP gas hub plans
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign,
James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* Other articles

* STICS:
NT LEADER: NOVA PERIS IS WRONG, STRONGER FUTURES MUST GO

– Media Release

Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney:
NT leader: Nova Peris is wrong, Stronger Futures must go
http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/press-releases/nt-leader-nova-peris-is-wrong-stronger-futures-must-go-4-2-13
4 Feb 13: “Aboriginal leader Marie Ellis from Amoonguna
near Alice Springs is visiting Sydney for a Strong Women’s
conference. She will speak at a Stop the Intervention
Collective Sydney (STICS) meeting on Monday night to
discuss deteriorating conditions in her community under
the Stronger Futures policy, which extends key NT
Intervention powers for a further ten years.
Ms Ellis has expressed disappointment with the
pre-selection of Nova Peris to to top of the NT Labor
Senate ticket. She says NT Aboriginal Labor politician
Marion Scrymgour was overlooked because of her stance
against the Intervention and Stronger Futures.
“Nova Peris said the Intervention was a failure, but she
supports Stronger Futures – what we call ‘Stolen Futures’.
She seems to have no idea of the chaos and trauma that is
still being put on the people.”
“Come to my community and you’ll see all they have is a
fancy new name, conditions are actually getting worse on
the ground. All the racist policies are still in place.”
… ”

See:

Stop the Intervention
http://stoptheintervention.org/
“STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney) is an open
collective of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people
committed to the repeal of the NT Intervention and the
struggle for Aboriginal self-determination.”

* 4 FEB 13 EVENT:
STICS MEETING – GUEST SPEAKER FROM THE NT – MARIE ELLIS

– Event

Event: Mon 4 February 2013: Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
Stop the Intervention Collective special meeting:
Guest speaker from the NT:
Marie Ellis, President Amoonguna community
“Marie Ellis has been a leading Aboriginal voice
opposing the Intervention and the devastation it
has caused at Amoonguna, her community near
Alice Springs. At this special STICS meeting,
Marie will give us the latest news from the NT
and discuss the struggle to re-establish community
control and fight for the return of resources lost
through the Intervention and Shire reforms.”
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151391541035141&id=106800130140
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-the-Intervention-Collective-Sydney/106800130140
STICS info: http://stoptheintervention.org/
WGAR Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

See:

Stop the Intervention
http://stoptheintervention.org/
“STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney) is an open
collective of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people
committed to the repeal of the NT Intervention and the
struggle for Aboriginal self-determination.”

WGAR events postings:
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/03/about-wgar-news-wgar-events-postings

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

Last updated: 2 February 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

* ABC RADIO NATIONAL – AWAYE!: THE LETTERS PATENT
[1836 SOUTH AUSTRALIA]

– Audio

ABC Radio National – Awaye!: The Letters Patent
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/awaye/the-letters-patent/3803030
4 Feb 12: “we bring you a feature that explores one of the
most unequivocal statements on Aboriginal rights ever
drafted – the 1836 Letters Patent which defined the
boundaries of the newly-created colony of South Australia.
The British Colonial Office – at least on paper – wanted to
avoid the worst excesses of colonisation and so it drafted
a special provision in the Letters Patent to protect the
rights of Aboriginal people in perpetuity. In plain
English it said that nothing in the document negated the
rights of Aboriginal people to the land they occupied
before the colony had come into existence, their prior
ownership of the land. … But the clear promise of land
rights decreed in the Letters Patent was – in practice
– never kept.”

See:

Awaye! – About Us
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/awaye/about/
“Awaye! is produced and presented by Aboriginal
broadcasters and is Australia’s only national Indigenous
arts and culture program.”

* change.org PETITION:
JAY WEATHERILL PREMIER OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA:
UPHOLD THE 1836 SA LETTERS PATENT

– Petition

change.org Petition:
Jay Weatherill Premier of South Australia:
Uphold the 1836 SA Letters Patent
Petition by Lynette Crocker, Northfield, Australia
http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/jay-weatherill-premier-of-south-australia-uphold-the-1836-sa-letters-patent
“The King’s Seal Enshrined in Law
SA Natives Aboriginal Sovereignty …
This is important for protecting our rights as Aboriginal
People in South Australia. Contained in the Letters Patent
of 1836 “Always that nothing in those our Letters Patent
contained shall affect or be construed to affect the
rights of any Aboriginal Natives of the said Province to
the actual occupation or enjoyment in their own Persons or
in the Persons of their Descendants of any Lands therein
now actually occupied or enjoyed by such Natives”.
Please sign this petition and stand with us for our rights!”

* ACF:
NEW KIMBERLEY PARKS WELCOMED BUT JETTISON JPP GAS HUB PLANS

– Media Release

Australian Conservation Foundation:
New Kimberley parks welcomed but jettison JPP gas hub plans
http://www.acfonline.org.au/news-media/media-release/new-kimberley-parks-welcomed-jettison-jpp-gas-hub-plans
30 Jan 13: “The Australian Conservation Foundation has
today welcomed the West Australian government’s
announcement that it will create new marine and national
parks at Talbot Bay near the renowned Horizontal Falls
– warning however that any proposed gas hub development at
James Price Point still threatens to undermine the
environmental values of the region. …
“We are delighted that these areas have been recognised by
the state government for their outstanding natural beauty
and cultural significance,” said Australian Conservation
Foundation Kimberley program officer Wade Freeman. …
“However, we share the concerns of many in the communities
across the Kimberley about the threat of industrialisation.
“The Australian Conservation Foundation views the James
Price Point development as the thin end of the wedge that
will irreversibly change the very nature and character of
the region.
“To demonstrate its further commitment to the long term
protection of the Kimberley – it is now time for the
Barnett Government to accept the unfeasibility of the
on-shore gas processing hub at James Price Point,”
Mr Freeman said.”

See:

ACF – Protecting our Kimberley
http://www.acfonline.org.au/be-informed/northern-australia-nuclear/protecting-our-kimberley
“We’re committed to protecting the Kimberley from
inappropriate development and broad scale industrialisation.”

ACF – About us
Our vision and principles
http://www.acfonline.org.au/about-us
“ACF’s vision is a prosperous society in which the
principles of ecological sustainability, social justice and
human wellbeing are embedded in Australia’s decision-making
processes, in government, in business practices and in our
cultures.”

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

Last updated: 2 February 2013

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Letter

Crikey: The Northern Myth: ‘Gas to Gove’
– an open letter to the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2013/01/30/gas-to-gove-an-open-letter-to-the-chief-minister-of-the-northern-territory/
30 Jan 13: “In 1963 I signed the historic bark petition
which opposed the Gove refinery and bauxite mine and
started the land rights movement, and which is now
displayed in Parliament House, Canberra.
In 2011 I signed the historic mining agreement with Rio
Tinto Alcan which guarantees the refinery and bauxite mine
for another 42 years. How the wheel turns! … This is an
open letter from Wali Wunungmurra to Mr Terry Mills, Chief
Minister of the Northern Territory. Wali Wunungmurra was
born at Yirrkala in 1946. He is a Mala leader and law man
of the Dhalwanu nation of the Yolgnu in Arnhem Land. His
homeland is Gurrumurru.”

– Audio

ABC PM: NT mining town residents wait on Rio Tinto decision
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2013/s3680537.htm?site=indigenous&topic=latest
31 Jan 13: “The Northern Territory Government is making a
last ditch effort to secure the future of the mining town
of Nhulunbuy, on the Gove Peninsula, in east Arnhem Land.
Rio Tinto is considering mothballing its loss-making
alumina refinery as part of a review of its operations. The
company’s Gove site is the Northern Territory’s biggest
private enterprise. The Territory Government is trying to
strike a deal to pipe gas to Gove to help keep the
refinery open.”

– Media Releases

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Anti-Discrimination Bill amendments welcomed
http://humanrights.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2013/5_13.html
1 Feb 13: “President of the Australian Human Rights
Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs has welcomed the
announcement by the Attorney-General, The Hon Nicola Roxon
MP, that one of the most controversial provisions of the
Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 will be
amended or removed.
“The removal of Section 19(2)(b), which includes the test
of ‘offend or insult’, which has caused much heated debate,
is an eminently sensible option,” Commission President
Triggs said. “The ongoing focus on this provision only
served to distract from what is otherwise very worthy
legislation.””

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Social Justice Commissioner calls for greater cooperation
to tackle child sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities
http://humanrights.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2013/4_13.html
31 Jan 13: “The Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and
the Australian Human Rights Commission welcome the New
South Wales Ombudsman’s report on child sexual abuse in
Aboriginal communities and its recommendations.
“Sexual assault is unacceptable and is not part of
Aboriginal culture. As a society, our main aim should be to
protect our children from all forms of abuse, but we also
need to heal our victims and hold perpetrators accountable.
To do this we must address the causal factors and not just
the symptoms.” said Commissioner Gooda.”

– Audio

SBS Radionews Podcasts: ‘No surprise’ at Ombudsman report
By Kate Stowell
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/252277/-No-surprise-at-Ombudsman-report
1 Feb 13: “The Australian Centre of Child Protection says
the findings of the NSW Ombudsman’s report about the state
government’s response to rates of child sexual abuse come
as no surprise. … The report found that four per cent
of children in the state are indigenous, but they make up
10 per cent of reported child sex abuse victims. Professor
Fiona Arnie is Director of the Australian Centre of Child
Protection at the University of South Australia. She told
Kate Stowell she’s not surprised by the findings or the
Ombudsman’s 93 recommendations for change.”

– News

Koori Mail: Ombudsman call for child abuse action
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
1 Feb 13: “THE New South Wales Ombudsman has called for
better and more effective action on Aboriginal child sexual
abuse in a report tabled in the NSW Parliament yesterday.
Ombudsman Bruce Barbour said despite some good initiatives
the evidence showed ‘little improvement in the social and
economic conditions needed for Aboriginal communities to
effectively respond to child sexual abuse and its
underlying causes’.”

ABC Indigenous: Support aired for youth boot camp plans
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-01/support-aired-for-youth-boot-camp-plans/4496308/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
1 Feb 13: “An Aboriginal organisation says it has been
buoyed by the Northern Territory Government’s commitment to
tackle juvenile crime in central Australia but more is
needed. The Northern Territory Government says it wants to
establish a boot camp program in Alice Springs by the
middle of the year to deal with juvenile crime. Reg Hatch
from the Ngurratjuta Pmara Ntjarra Aboriginal Organisation
says the Government has put $1 million on the table but
much more is needed.”

– Audio

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

1 Feb 13: “The Queensland Government is set to overhaul a
scheme designed to tackle the over-representation of
Aboriginal and Islander Australians in the states criminal
justice system.”

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