130210 – Call for Royal Commission into Native Title: The Wire

* The Wire: Call for Royal Commission into Native Title
* Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation: 
FMG’s Native Title “Racism” Unravels
* Background to Mabo and Native Title
* Background to the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)

* SBS Radionews Audio: 
Listing of Tarkine Indigenous sites welcomed

* Chris Graham At Large: 
Grog is a killer, but it’s far less dangerous than politics

* ABC: Gas hub future unclear after native title dispute
* Hands Off Country: 
Fifteen thousand call on Burke to stop the destruction of 
Aboriginal burial grounds at James Price Point
* Hands Off Country: 
Why Protect The West Kimberley?: Carmen Lawrence
* Respect and Listen: 
Save the Kimberley: Poems by Deborah Wall
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign, 
James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* YouTube: 
Australian Constitution is invalid – Ex-Solicitor Wayne Leonard

* SBS Living Black Audio: Prisons versus Treatments

* Other articles

* THE WIRE: CALL FOR ROYAL COMMISSION INTO NATIVE TITLE

– Audio Interview

The Wire: Call for Royal Commission into Native Title
Produced by Bill Walter
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9992
7 Feb 13: “The long and complicated story of the 
Yinjibarndi people’s tense Native Title negotiation with 
the Fortescue Metals Group has driven the Gerry Georgatos 
of National Indigenous Times to call for a Royal Commission 
into what he believes are racist negotiation tactics. 
Wirlu-Murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation chairman 
turned whistleblower Bruce Woodley last year alleged that 
Fortescue established and funded his organisation as a 
breakaway from the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation. He 
suggested that the breakaway group were then recognised by 
the mining giant as representative of the Yindjibarndi 
people in negotiations. … 
Featured in story: 
Gerry Georgatos – National Indigenous Times”

See: 

About The Wire
http://www.thewire.org.au/about.aspx
“The Wire is a daily current affairs program broadcast 
exclusively on Community and Indigenous radio stations 
around Australia.”

See: 

National Indigenous Times: Exclusive breaking news 
– Native Title bombshell – racism at its worst
http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2437-native-title-bombshell-racism-at-its-worst.html
6 Feb 13: “Gerry Georgatos. In recent months The National 
Indigenous Times has investigated the long standing divide 
between the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) and 
the Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation 
(WYMAC). The National Indigenous Times brought to the fore 
two whistleblowers – lawyer Kerry Savas, who worked for 
the WYMAC for 18 months and the Chairman of the Board of 
the WYMAC, their senior most Elder, Bruce Woodley. At the 
same time as these whistleblowers told the nation of 
orchestrated underhandedness by one of the nation’s 
wealthiest resource companies, … “

* YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION: 
FMG’S NATIVE TITLE “RACISM” UNRAVELS

– News

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation: 
FMG’s Native Title “Racism” Unravels
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/?p=2997
6 Feb 13: “Gerry Georgatos of the National Indigenous Times 
writes “abuse and trampling of inalienable rights” in FMG’s 
native title dealings with the Yindjibarndi People is 
racist, and calls for a Royal Commission. This week he 
reports new evidence of intermeddling involving former FMG 
staffer, Michael Gallagher.”

See: 

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/

* BACKGROUND TO MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:

Last updated: 2 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

* BACKGROUND TO THE YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (YAC):

Last updated: 1 February 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/27/background-to-the-yindjibarndi-aboriginal-corporation-yac

* SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO: 
LISTING OF TARKINE INDIGENOUS SITES WELCOMED

– Audio

SBS Radionews Podcasts: 
Listing of Tarkine Indigenous sites welcomed
By Andrew Bolton
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/253256/Listing-of-Tarkine-Indigenous-sites-welcomed
8 Feb 13: “The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has welcomed 
National Heritage listing of Indigenous sites in Tasmania’s 
Tarkine Wilderness region. However, conservationists have 
accused the Federal Government of betraying the environment 
by not listing the entire Tarkine area. Federal Environment 
Minister Tony Burke says he had to draw a line that would 
incorporate natural values without delivering unacceptable 
social and economic outcomes. The protection offered by the 
listing covers only about four percent of the Tarkine or 
just 15,000 hectares out of 434,000. Andrew Bolton 
reports.”

* CHRIS GRAHAM AT LARGE: 
GROG IS A KILLER, BUT IT’S FAR LESS DANGEROUS THAN POLITICS

– Analysis / Opinion

Chris Graham At Large: 
Grog is a killer, but it’s far less dangerous than politics
http://chrisgrahamatlarge.com/2013/02/08/grog-is-a-killer-but-its-far-less-dangerous-that-politics/
8 Feb 13: “THERE’S no question that grog kills a lot of 
Aboriginal people, and destroys a lot of Aboriginal lives. 
It’s a major problem in many communities around the country. 
But for all the damage grog can do to an Aboriginal 
community, it’s nothing compared to the damage wrought by 
politics. … The solution to problems like drinking lie in 
the communities where the drinking occurs. … With 
support, Aboriginal communities have the governance and 
the capacity to make their own decisions.” Chris Graham, 
the former and founding editor of the 
National Indigenous Times, and Tracker magazine

See: 

About Chris Graham
http://chrisgrahamatlarge.com/about-chris-graham/
“Chris Graham is the managing editor and founder of Tracker 
magazine, owned by the mighty NSW Aboriginal Land Council. 
He’s also the former and founding editor of the National 
Indigenous Times (NIT). … Chris has won a Walkley Award 
for Excellence in Indigenous Affairs reporting, a Walkley 
High Commendation, and has twice been awarded the Human 
Rights Award – Print Category for his Indigenous affairs 
reporting.”

* ABC: GAS HUB FUTURE UNCLEAR AFTER NATIVE TITLE DISPUTE

– News

ABC: Gas hub future unclear after native title dispute
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-07/native-title-claims-dispute/4507064?&section=news
7 Feb 13: “The Kimberley gas hub is facing further 
uncertainty, with the State Government to face competing 
native title claims over the site. For 15 years, the Jabirr 
Jabirr and the Goolarabooloo people have had a joint native 
title claim over the gas hub land, north of Broome. Two 
years ago, they signed a deal to allow Woodside and the 
State Government to build the LNG precinct. But the 
Goolarabooloo families remain fiercely opposed to the 
project and, after a two-day meeting in Broome, the two 
groups have voted to split up the claim.” Erin Parke

– Related News

National Indigenous Times: 
Phillip Roe says he would die to protect Goolarabooloo Country
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2449-phillip-roe-says-he-would-die-to-protect-goolarabooloo-country.html
7 Feb 13: “Goolarabooloo Senior Law Boss Phillip Roe hopes 
come May Woodside will decide to not proceed with the $40 
billion giant gas hub at James Price Point (Walmandan). If 
the go-ahead is given Mr Roe said he is prepared to die for 
his Country and that hundreds of Goolarabooloo will stand 
their ground. He will never give up the fight.”

National Indigenous Times: Barnett to pull out all stops
http://www.nit.com.au/news/2445-barnett-to-pull-out-all-stops.html
7 Feb 13: “Western Australia Premier, Colin Barnett is 
prepared to block all alternatives to the $40 billion James 
Price Point LNG hub proposal to ensure the hub is built. 
Woodside venture partner, Shell favours a cheaper floating 
LNG distant from the Kimberley’s pristine coastline – this 
story was first broken by the National Indigenous Times 
last year.”

* HANDS OFF COUNTRY: 
FIFTEEN THOUSAND CALL ON BURKE TO STOP THE DESTRUCTION OF 
ABORIGINAL BURIAL GROUNDS AT JAMES PRICE POINT

– News

Hands Off Country: 
Fifteen thousand call on Burke to stop the destruction of 
Aboriginal burial grounds at James Price Point
http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/tony-burke-must-act-now-burial-grounds.html
5 Feb 13: “Woodside were recently granted a Section 18 
permit from the West Australian State Government allowing 
them to destroy or alter the listed Aboriginal heritage 
sites in the area, which contain sacred and burial sites 
important to the traditional custodians, the Goolarabooloo. 
Similar applications in the 1990’s were turned back as the 
sites were deemed too culturally significant, yet there has 
been no indication from the state government as to what has 
changed since then to lessen this significance. 
Spokesperson Errol Roe continued, … “

* HANDS OFF COUNTRY: 
WHY PROTECT THE WEST KIMBERLEY?: CARMEN LAWRENCE

– News and Video

Hands Off Country: 
Why Protect The West Kimberley?: Carmen Lawrence
http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/why-protect-west-kimberley-carmen_3153.html
8 Feb 13: “Watch to the end … and share … everywhere 
” … I say these are their rights as a citizen. As 
citizens of Australia they shouldn’t have to sell off their 
heritage … to break the law. And of course it’s driven a 
wedge through local communities. It’s created a great deal 
of social unrest, and there’ll be more of that in the 
future. The West Kimberley is not a place for sale. It’s 
not a place that we can trash. And I for one don’t want to 
be part of the generation that’s responsible for doing 
that”. And Redhand seconds that!”

* RESPECT AND LISTEN: 
SAVE THE KIMBERLEY: POEMS BY DEBORAH WALL

– Poems

Respect and Listen: Save the Kimberley: Poems by Deborah Wall
[scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley/save-the-kimberley.html

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

Last updated: 4 February 2013

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

* YOUTUBE: 
AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION IS INVALID – EX-SOLICITOR WAYNE LEONARD

– Video

YouTube: 
Australian Constitution is invalid – Ex-Solicitor Wayne Leonard
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aKBbEZciKk
16 Oct 10: “The Australian constitution Wayne Leonard has 
discovered is in fact invalid. Australia is not a sovereign 
nation and remains a colony of the United Kingdom. This 
obviously has massive ramifications, most notably that it 
has never legally been a member of the United Nations 
because it is not in fact a nation meaning that all treaties 
involving Australia are void and invalid. The implications 
of all this are immense, effecting not only Australia but 
New Zealand and Canada.”

* SBS LIVING BLACK AUDIO: PRISONS VERSES TREATMENTS

– Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: Prisons versus Treatments
By Marc Tong
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/253292/t/Prisons-versus-Treatments/in/english
8 Feb 13: “A landmark independent report has found 
rehabilitation centres provides savings and social benefits 
when compared to prisons. An independent report has found 
that savings from using rehabilitation centres instead of 
prisons would be sufficient enough to treat all non-violent 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders. … 
Chair of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee, 
Nyoongar man Associate Professor Ted Wilkes says funding 
for treatment centres could have come from this savings.”

See: 

WGAR News: Treatment not prison for our mob: 
NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts (7 Feb 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/06/wgar-news-treatment-not-prison-for-our-mob-naccho-aboriginal-health-news-alerts

* OTHER ARTICLES: 

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/am-8-02.mp3
8 Feb 13: “* The federal Opposition Leader says that while 
governments may spend a lot of money on specific programs 
to help Aboriginal and Islander Australians….. there’s 
not enough personal engagement to see how the programs are 
impacting on them….where they actually live in the real 
world.
* A day after the Prime Minister delivered her Close the 
Gap Statement to Federal Parliament the leader of a 
Foundation delivering Aboriginal residential healing 
programs to youth at high risk  has travelled to Canberra 
to try and meet with the Ms Gillard about funding cuts to 
the essential program.”

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