130206 – “Urgent Protest on the Governments constitutional recognition bill” [Thu 7 February 2013]

* “Urgent Protest on the Governments
constitutional recognition bill” [Thu 7 February]

* “Recognition Bill forced on First Nations people
against their will” Press Release

* NIRS:
No jurisdiction for Act of Recognition: Sovereignty campaigner

* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* Other articles

* “URGENT PROTEST ON THE GOVERNMENTS
CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION BILL”
[THU 7 FEBRUARY]

– Event

Urgent Protest on the Governments constitutional recognition bill
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/
“First Nations people are urgently requested to attend a
Protest at Parliament House, Canberra this Thursday 7th
February.
The Australian government intends to continue debate and
vote on the bill for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples recognition, Labor’s alternative bill to the
referendum on constitutional recognition.
This rush appears to be a set-up to kill off the growing
concerns regarding the legislation among First Nations
people and serve as a cover-up of the governments human
rights and discrimination record and their contempt towards
First Nations people.
Thursday 7th
– Meet at Embassy 8:30am
– Outside Parliament house 9:00am”

Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/protest-feb7.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.”

Treaty Republic – About Robbie Thorpe
http://treatyrepublic.net/node/64
“Treaty Republic is directed by Aboriginal activist Robbie
Thorpe. Treaty Republic is committed to issues relating to
Australian history, Indigenous sovereignty, lack of treaty,
land-rights justice, genocide, national denial and ‘Pay the
Rent’.”

* “RECOGNITION BILL FORCED ON FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE
AGAINST THEIR WILL”
PRESS RELEASE

– Press Release

Recognition Bill forced on First Nations people against their will
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/recognition-bill-forced-first-nations-people-against-their-will
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/recognition-bill-forced-first-nations-people-against-their-will
4 Feb 13: “On February 7 the Australian Senate will vote on
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Recognition Bill 2012 despite overwhelming opposition to
constitutional inclusion by the majority of Aboriginal
people and the government’s own acknowledgement that the
proposed changes to the constitution would be rejected by a
referendum.
“This shows the paternalistic contempt that the Federal
Government and politicians have for Aboriginal people has
not changed in 112 years,” said Kooma man, Wayne Wharton,
of the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy.
The Federal Government spent millions through organisations
like the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and
You Me Unity using their hand-picked, overpaid
representatives to try and sell a referendum on
constitutional inclusion to Aboriginal people, but in
every community they went to it was overwhelmingly
rejected. … ”

* NIRS:
NO JURISDICTION FOR ACT OF RECOGNITION:
SOVEREIGNTY CAMPAIGNER

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
No jurisdiction for Act of Recognition: Sovereignty campaigner
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7806-no-jurisdiction-for-act-of-recognition-sovereignty-campaigner
4 Feb 13: “The Federal Government’s push for legislation
recognising Indigenous people in the Constitution has been
approved by a Senate committee despite opposition from
some Aboriginal groups. … Convenor of the Original
Sovereign Tribal Federation Mark McMurtrie criticises the
move, saying the Commonwealth Government doesn’t have the
jurisdiction to pass such legislation. “The Act of
Recognition is a sly, underhanded tactic by the Gillard
Parliament to try and force the tribal sovereigns of this
country to come under their corporate jurisdiction,” says
Mr McMurtrie.”

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 THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 4 February 2013

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

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

4 Feb 13: “Veteran Territory Senator Trish Crossin has
criticised the Federal Labor Party for trying to use the
Northern Territory to get its first indigenous federal
member and says it needs a strategy to encourage more
Aboriginal people into its ranks .. particularly in the
other states.”

– News

newsTracker: NT govt still fighting to save Nhulunbuy
http://tracker.org.au/2013/02/nt-govt-still-fighting-to-save-nhulunbuy/
5 Feb 13: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: NT Chief Minister Terry
Mills is continuing his fight to save an alumina refinery
and the outback town that relies on it, despite a company
report indicating the plant should be shut. On Monday Mr
Mills flew to Canberra and met Resources Minister Martin
Ferguson, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and others. “All I
can say at this point is that there has been welcome
cooperation from Minister Ferguson and also from the
Coalition,” Mr Mills said after the meetings. “Finding
creative solutions to challenging problems,” he told the
ABC.”

newsTracker:
National Indigenous network to highlight cancer rates
http://tracker.org.au/2013/02/national-indigenous-network-to-highlight-cancer-rates/
5 Feb 13: “NATIONAL: A nationwide agency set up to tackle
high rates of cancer among Aboriginal people hopes to push
Indigenous cancer into the spotlight. The National
Indigenous Cancer Network (NICaN) will undertake Indigenous
cancer research as well as help deliver support to
communities. “The mortality rate among Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people with cancer is about 30 per
cent higher than that of non-Indigenous people”, said NICaN
co-ordinator Gail Garvey, who launched the centre on World
Cancer Day in Sydney on Monday.”

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