130214 – Muckaty Northern Territory exhibition to open at Adelaide Fringe festival: BNI

* BNI: Nuclear waste in the spotlight, Muckaty in the frame:
Northern Territory exhibition to open at Adelaide Fringe festival
* Event: Exhibition by Human Rights Activist, Jagath Dheerrasekara:
Manuwangku – Under the Nuclear Cloud: 14 Feb – 22 Mar 13
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump

* SNAICC News:
Know your rights: Resource on the United Nations
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

* Sovereign Union: The Apology is still an empty vessel

* NIRS: Kowanyama wants housing but not with 40-year leases

* SBS Radionews Audio: Remembering Indigenous defence service

* The Wire: Cultural ties improve vocational opportunities

* Other articles

* BNI:

– Media Advisory

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
Nuclear waste in the spotlight, Muckaty in the frame:
Northern Territory exhibition to open at Adelaide Fringe festival.
11 Feb 13: “A photo exhibition profiling the Northern
Territory region targeted for a federal nuclear waste dump
is launching at the internationally renowned Adelaide
Fringe festival this Thursday February 14. …
Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud is a series of
photographs by Jagath Dheerasekara presenting the community
and country around Muckaty, 120 kilometres north of Tennant
Creek in the NT. For over five years this area has been
the focus of federal government pressure as a site to dump
radioactive waste. The federal plan is deeply unpopular
and is being actively opposed.
Muckaty Traditional Owners Isobel Phillips and Doris Kelly
will travel to attend the opening and speak about the
community campaign opposing the waste dump.
Natalie Wasley from the Beyond Nuclear Initiative is
coordinating the exhibition’s national tour and will also
speak at the event. … ”


About Beyond Nuclear Initiative
“The Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) aims to highlight the
adverse impact of the uranium and wider nuclear industry in
Australia and promote a nuclear-free future. …
The project focuses on the interface between the nuclear
industry and Indigenous people. BNI is a joint project of
the Arid Lands Environment Centre, Australian Conservation
Foundation and Friends of the Earth Australia.”


– Event

Event: 14 February – 22 March 2013: Marleston, Adelaide, SA
Manuwangku – Under the Nuclear Cloud
Exhibition by Human Right Activist, Jagath Dheerrasekara
The Light Gallery: http://lightgallery.ccp.sa.edu.au/
Adelaide Fringe 2013: http://issuu.com/adelaidefringe
Opening: Thu 14 Feb 2013 6-8pm
Artist talk commenses 5pm before opening
“Muckaty, which traditional owners call Manuwangku,
is situated 120 km north of Tennant Creek,
Northern Territory and is slated for a federal radioactive
waste storage facility.”
“Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud is a photographic
narrative of the spirit, the connection to land and
the collective voice of the community that came through
by photographer Jagath Dheerasekara (www.jd.photoshelter.com)
living there and experiencing their socio-cultural life.”
“It is a testimony to the resilience of the community
and captures the determination of people bound
together through a common struggle to keep
their traditional land free from nuclear waste.”
“This traveling exhibition is a collaborative project
with the Manuwangku (Muckaty) Traditional Owners,
the Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) and
the Amnesty International.”
Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI): http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/
Amnesty International Australia: http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights
Event details: http://lightgallery.ccp.sa.edu.au/?event-items=fringe-2013-manuwangku-under-the-nuclear-cloud-by-jagath-dheerasekara
Event details: http://lightgallery.ccp.sa.edu.au/
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/31014/
Event details on page 121: http://issuu.com/adelaidefringe/docs/2013_adelaide_fringe_guide
WGAR Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump in NT: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia


Last updated: 2 January 2013



– News

Know your rights – Resource on the United Nations
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
13 Feb 13: “Know Your Rights is a publication created for
young Indigenous peoples from around the world between the
ages of 13 to 18 years. The document provides an overview
of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples (Declaration) in a clear and accessible
way. … Know your rights is a useful resource for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, and
those working with these young people, to assist them to
learn about the Declaration and how to use it to improve
access to and enjoyment of their human rights.”


SNAICC Background
“SNAICC has a membership base of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander community-based child care agencies,
Multi-functional Aboriginal Children’s Services, creches,
long day care child care services, pre schools, early
childhood education services, early childhood support
organisations, family support services, foster care
agencies, link up and family reunification services,
family group homes, community groups and voluntary
associations, and services for young people at risk.”


– Letter

The Apology is still an empty vessel: Sovereign Union
12 Feb 13: “Letter to Members of both Houses of Parliament
– copy
Re: Australian Government continuing assimilation policy
for Aboriginal Nations and Peoples …
On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the National Apology
delivered by former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, we believe
it is timely to analyse its implications. We acknowledge
the significance of the Apology and its cathartic impact,
however, hidden within the Apology is a very clever
manipulation of English words that excuses the actions of
the Commonwealth government being complicit and a silent
player in authorising and legitimising the actions of
Australian state governments. The Commonwealth Government’s
1937 sponsored Aboriginal Welfare conference clearly
defines the Commonwealth government’s role in these acts
of genocide.
The 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of
the Crime of Genocide includes in its definition of: …
Sincerely, Michael Anderson, Convenor,
Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia”


About ‘Sovereign Union’
“This is the official website of the Sovereign Union of
First Nations and Peoples in Australia. …
As First Nations Peoples it is now imperative that we unite
and rebuild as sovereign independent nations, in order to
assert our sovereign title and rights throughout Australia.
This will be a major political and legal fight, but it is
our future for not just us, but for our children and our

– Related Audio

SBS Radionews Podcasts:
The Stolen Generations apology, five years on
By Murray Silby
12 Feb 13: “Five years on from Kevin Rudd’s historic
apology to the Stolen Generations on February 13, 2008,
emotions still run strongly through the Indigenous people
it was directed towards. And in some cases, relief or joy
at the time of the apology have more recently been replaced
by frustration or anger at the lack of progress in relation
to compensation for victims of the policy. Murray Silby

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

13 Feb 13: “* Renewed calls for compensation from the
Northern Territory Stolen Generations on the 5th
anniversary of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudds National
Apology to Aboriginal and Islander Australians.”

MPs to address racist language in the Australian Constitution
13 Feb 13: “It’s five years today since Kevin Rudd as prime
minister made the landmark apology to Indigenous
Australians for the grief, mistreatment and suffering
endured since European settlers landed two centuries ago.
There’s still more to be done, including reworking the
outdated and racist wording of the Constitution. In
Canberra today MPs will take the next step towards that
reform. Peter Lloyd reports.”

– Related News

newsTracker: Lower house passes recognition bill on Sorry Day
13 Feb 13: “NATIONAL: Aboriginal leader Mick Gooda hopes an
Act of Recognition will pass parliament on the fifth
anniversary of the apology to the Stolen Generations.
Debate on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Recognition Bill 2012 will resume in the lower house on
Wednesday. In September, the federal government shelved
plans to hold a referendum on the constitutional
recognition of Aboriginal people because of a lack of
public awareness on the issue. Instead, it has introduced
to parliament an Act of Recognition as a stepping stone
towards constitutional change.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
5th Anniversary of National Apology
13 Feb 13: “Reconciliation Australia’s Co-Chair Tom Calma
says the National Apology should be celebrated each year as
a reminder we still have a long way to go for equality. Mr.
Calma says the process of social justice and reconciliation
began with the Apology. “We need to take the opportunity to
educate the general population about our life
circumstances so they better understand our history.
“We are in our predicament, for many of us, not because we
chose to, but because government policies have put us into
that situation. … “”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Canberra concert will mark apology fifth anniversary
13 Feb 13: “The head of Stolen Generation support group,
the Healing Foundation, says five year celebrations since
the apology provide an opportunity to reinforce the
benefits of healing and reconciliation to the public. …
Mr. Donavan says he’s in Canberra to mark the milestone
and he’s today reflecting on the impact on his family.
“I think every single one of us in Australia has a role to
play in recognising the symbolism of what those words
actually meant five years ago when Kevin Rudd did make the
apology. “We can all take practical measures to bring great
changes in everyone’s lives.””


– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Kowanyama wants housing but not with 40-year leases
12 Feb 13: “NIRS/98.9fm: The Deputy CEO of the Kowanyama
Shire Council in far north Queensland says the community
will see the beginning of a new housing project when the
wet season is over. … But Mr. Sands [Robbie Sands] has
lashed out at the government for attempting to make the
community sign 40-year leases as a condition for the
project’s funding. “Back in 2008, when the Labor Government
rolled this program out, the community and the council,
through the vision of the community, resisted signing over
all of our houses … “We were going back to the old
superintendent and manager days. … “”


About the National Indigenous Radio Service
“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.”


– Audio

SBS Radionews Podcasts: Remembering Indigenous defence service
By Karen Ashford
12 Feb 13: “Moves are being finalised for a national
memorial in Adelaide to recognise Indigenous Australians
who served in the armed forces. Records show Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islanders served in the armed forces from the
Boer War onwards. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
War Memorial Committee says after six years of fundraising,
it’s exceeded its target of $750,000 for a bronze sculpture
by noted artist Robert Hannaford. Chair of the committee,
Marj Trapp, told Karen Ashford it’s hoped the memorial may
help explain what’s behind some long-standing mysteries.”


– Audio Interview

The Wire: Cultural ties improve vocational opportunities
Produced by Melissa Lahoud
12 Feb 13: “Research suggests that young Aboriginal and
Islander people who are culturally aware enjoy better
vocational opportunities. A strong cultural identity can
double the employment chances of Aboriginal and Islander
students. A recent report reveals a solid link between
cultural identity and engagement in training and education.
An involvement in traditional events and economic
activities are some factors encouraging positive qualities
in students, which benefits their vocational opportunities
in major ways.
Featured in story: Michael Dockery – director of the
Centre for Labour Market Research at Curtin University”


About The Wire
“The Wire is available via the Community Radio Network
satellite and the CAAMA Radio satellite to more than 200
stations in city, regional, rural and remote communities,
including many remote Indigenous communities and including
places with no other broadcast media.”


– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
South Australian Government ignoring Kaurna’s plea about burial ground !
12 Feb 13: “Traditional owners of the Adelaide plains
region say that they are unable to take out an injunction
to halt a major road project because the federally funded
Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement spends most of its money
defending criminal cases – leaving little for civil cases
which are considered a low priority. Remains were found
late last year on the $407 million Southern Expressway
Duplication Project suggesting an ancient Aboriginal burial
ground …but Kaurna Elder Lynette Crocker says it is
unlikely funds will be available to mount a court

SBS Living Black: Trust and Prejudice
By Marc Tong
8 Feb 13: “The latest Reconciliation Australia relationship
Barometer study reveals disappointing results between First
Nations and non-Indigenous people. Attitudes of trust and
prejudice between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
and non-Indigenous people have not improved in five years
except for those in organisations with Reconciliation
Action Plans. The third study since 2008 by Reconciliation
Australia has found that up to 87 per cent of each group
do not trust each other, while up to 72 per cent agreed
they were prejudiced against each other.”

– News

newsTracker: Lower house passes recognition bill on Sorry Day
13 Feb 13: “NATIONAL: Aboriginal leader Mick Gooda hopes an
Act of Recognition will pass parliament on the fifth
anniversary of the apology to the Stolen Generations.
Debate on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Recognition Bill 2012 will resume in the lower house on
Wednesday. In September, the federal government shelved
plans to hold a referendum on the constitutional
recognition of Aboriginal people because of a lack of
public awareness on the issue. Instead, it has introduced
to parliament an Act of Recognition as a stepping stone
towards constitutional change.”

Congress: Congress calls for hard yards on substantive
Constitutional reform
“Congress welcomes the passage of the Act of Recognition in
the Federal Parliament but says the hard yards in achieving
substantive Constitutional reform are now just beginning.
“Today is the first test of multi-partisanship leadership,
now all parties must continue to work together to achieve
a referendum involving substantive reform not just symbolic
recognition,” said Congress Co-Chair Jody Broun. “Congress
calls for Constitutional reform that protects rights and
prohibits discrimination. “We now expect clear commitments
from all sides of politics to a referendum time-frame and
the concrete steps required to make it happen,” she said.”

newsTracker: Federal Court to take on native title role
13 Feb 13: “NATIONAL: The Federal Court is a step closer to
being in charge of mediation of native title claims after
legislation passed the lower house. Previously, mediation
was done in the Native Title Tribunal but the Federal Court
has played more of a role since 2009. The government says
fully transferring the mediation and some other
administrative functions to the court would let the
tribunal focus on its core area of strength. The
legislation which passed the lower house on Tuesday
consolidates the tribunal and the court as a single
statutory agency to combine their administration.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Concern about adverse affects of economic development
12 Feb 13: “An expert in environmental and resource
management says plans to develop northern Australia run the
risk of widening the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. A team
of researchers looking into mining and development
opportunities in the Top End say all proposed schemes could
disadvantage Indigenous people. Griffith University’s Sue
Jackson says some Indigenous groups have expressed their
concerned they’re being overlooked in the planning of

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Drugs expert hopes cost-saving argument appeals to government
12 Feb 13: “NIRS/98.9fm: Aboriginal alcohol and drugs
expert Ted Wilkes says many young Indigenous people who
commit crimes are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
at the time. Associate Professor Wilkes is chair of the
National Indigenous Alcohol and Drugs Committee. He
advocates for a report released last week saying
governments could save millions by putting non-violent
offenders on rehab programs rather than in jails. He’s told
98.9fm it’s pointless for governments keep building prisons
for people who could be placed on diversionary programs.”

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