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130217 – “Federal Court win by Yindjibarndi means Fortescue must negotiate with them”

Posted in NEWS on 17/02/2013 by D

* Gerry Georgatos, Indymedia Australia: 
Federal Court win by Yindjibarndi means 
Fortescue must negotiate with them
* CAAMA: Yindjibarndi 1 – Fortescue Metals Group 0: 
court ruling favours the mob !
* YAC: Cause to come home – Yindjibarndi Federal Court win
* YAC: Truth is the Best Defense – Yindjibarndi Federal Court win
* ABC Indigenous: Yindjibarndi court decision brings ‘tears of joy’
* NIRS: Former FMG employee allegedly threatens to sue 
National Indigenous Times
* Background to the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)

* Other articles

* GERRY GEORGATOS, INDYMEDIA AUSTRALIA: 
FEDERAL COURT WIN BY YINDJIBARNDI MEANS 
FORTISCUE MUST NEGOTIATE WITH THEM

– Analysis / Opinion

Indymedia Australia: 
Federal Court win by Yindjibarndi means 
Fortescue must negotiate with them
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/13/federal-court-win-by-yindjibarndi-means-fortescue-must-negotiate-with-them
13 Feb 13: “On Tuesday February 12, the Yindjibarndi 
Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) won a huge outcome in the 
Federal Court with Justice Kerracher stating that only the 
YAC are authorised to negotiate with mining companies over 
certain Yindjibarndi Country. The claim area includes the 
vacant Crown land where Fortescue Metals Group is 
developing the Firetail mine site. This is a massive blow 
to Fortescue who have been securing access to the site 
through the controversial Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi 
Aboriginal Corporation (WMYAC) which is not a federally 
prescribed negotiating body and which was allegedly 
contrived into existence by Fortescue and who are funded 
by Fortescue, which Fortescue admits.” Gerry Georgatos

* CAAMA: 
YINDJIBARNDI 1 – FORTESCUE METALS GROUP 0 
– COURT RULING FAVOURS THE MOB !

– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
Yindjibarndi 1 – Fortescue Metals Group 0 
– court ruling favours the mob !
http://caama.com.au/yindjibarndi-1-fortescue-metals-group-0-court-ruling-favors-the-mob
15 Feb 13: “Traditional land owners in Western Australia’s 
Pilbara region have won a a major battle against mining 
giant FMG with the Federal court ruling the Yindjibarndi 
Aboriginal Corporation is now the only group legally 
permitted to represent local stakeholders. A breakaway 
Yindjibarndi group has moved to accept Fortescue Metals 
Group;s $4 million benefits package… which would allow the 
mining giant to develop the multi-billion dollar iron ore 
mine in but the court has overruled the powers of this 
group. … Michael Woodley CEO of the Yindiijbarndi 
Aborignal Corporation says … “

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/am-15-02.mp3
15 Feb 13: “Traditional land owners in Western Australia’s 
Pilbara region have won a a major battle against mining 
giant FMG with the Federal court ruling the Yindjibarndi 
Aboriginal Corporation is now the only group legally 
permitted to represent local stakeholders.”

* YAC: CAUSE TO COME HOME – YINDJIBARNDI FEDERAL COURT WIN

– News

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation: Cause to come home
Yindjibarndi Federal Court win
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/?p=3080
13 Feb 13: “On 12 February, Federal Court Justice, Neil 
McKerracher, handed down a decision that validated the vote 
of the Yindjibarndi people to authorise a new and unified 
Applicant group of twelve Yindjibarndi men and women to run 
the Yindjibarndi #1 Claim-this includes the Area of vacant 
crown land where Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) is developing 
the Solomon Hub and ‘Firetail’ mine. The conditions that 
were attached to the authorization means that these 
Applicants must also act in concert with the Yindjibarndi 
Aboriginal Corporation (YAC), and get YAC’s written consent 
for any agreement that affects the Claim Area. … “

* YAC: 
TRUTH IS THE BEST DEFENSE – YINDJIBARNDI FEDERAL COURT WIN

– News

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation: Truth is the Best Defense
Yindjibarndi Federal Court win 
Bid to shut down voice of the National Indigenous Times
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/?p=3055
“Yesterday justice was served in the Federal Court when the 
voice of the majority of the Yindjibarndi People was 
affirmed. The court authorised a Yindjibarndi plebiscite, 
of 24 March 2012, which elected 12 Applicants who 
unequivocally support the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal 
Corporation (YAC); and who oppose Fortescue Metals Group’s 
(FMG) grossly inequitable land use agreement and 
aggressive intervention in the Yindjibarndi community. 
The decision means that YAC is now the only organisation 
entitled by law to speak for the Yindjibarndi country 
where FMG are mining.”

* ABC INDIGENOUS: 
YINDJIBARNDI COURT DECISION BRINGS ‘TEARS OF JOY’

– News

ABC Indigenous: 
Yindjibarndi court decision brings ‘tears of joy’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-14/yindjibarndi-court-decision-brings-tears-of-joy/4519098/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
14 Feb 13: “The Federal Court has ruled the Yindjibarndi 
Aboriginal Corporation the only group legally permitted to 
represent traditional landowners in an ongoing Pilbara 
mining dispute. … Yindjibarndi’s CEO, Michael Woodley, 
says the door is always open for FMG to negotiate a new 
deal. “What is also open as well is for the Yindjibarndi 
people who moved away from the YAC and formed the breakaway 
group, are also willing to come back into the fold and 
start moving towards a positive part that gives 
Yindjibarndi people best outcomes that we all deserve,” 
he said.”

* NIRS: 
FORMER FMG EMPLOYEE ALLEGEDLY THREATENS TO SUE 
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS TIMES

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Former FMG employee allegedly threatens to sue 
National Indigenous Times
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7841-former-fmg-employee-allegedly-threatens-to-sue-national-indigenous-times
13 Feb 13: “The chief executive of the Yindjibarndi 
Aboriginal Corporation in Western Australia’s Pilbara has 
criticised a former Fortescue Metals Group worker for 
allegedly threatening to sue the National Indigenous Times. 
Times reporter Gerry Georgatos has published articles 
containing allegations Michael Gallagher, when working for 
FMG, had a conflict of interest when dealing with the 
Yindjibarndi people for a mining agreement. Yindjibarndi 
boss Michael Woodley says Mr. Gallagher doesn’t want 
certain articles published because the allegations are 
damning. … “

* BACKGROUND TO THE YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (YAC):

Last updated: 13 February 2013

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

* OTHER ARTICLES: 

– Analysis / Opinion

arena: Opportunity Lost
Marcia Langton’s Boyer Lectures
http://www.arena.org.au/2013/02/opportunity-lost/
February 2013: “It is possible that Langton’s five lectures 
will rank as a particularly shameful episode in the ABC’s 
history. For five weeks, audiences were subjected to the 
kind of vitriol and empirically unfounded claims against 
the Left and environmentalists usually confined to Andrew 
Bolt’s columns or Alan Jones’ broadcasts. Where was the 
so-called ‘balance’ that ABC management invokes usually to 
placate the Right, but never the Left? … “

– Audio

SBS Living Black: NAIDOC 2013 Theme Announced
By Marc Tong
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/254298/t/NAIDOC-2013-Theme-Announced/in/english
15 Feb 13: “This year’s NAIDOC theme honours the 50th 
anniversary of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions of 1963. One of 
the most courageous acts of self-determination, but one of 
the least well known, will be celebrated as the focal point 
of NAIDOC 2013. …  
“We Value the Vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963”, 
honours the fight for recognition by the Yolgnu people that 
also served as an important catalyst leading up to the 1967 
referendum. … Co-Chair of the National NAIDOC committee 
is Torres Striat Islander man Ben Mitchell. He shares with 
Marc Tong his views on recognition, past, present and 
future.”

SBS Living Black: ‘Good Faith’ in Native Title
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/254294/t/-Good-Faith-in-Native-Title/in/english
15 Feb 13: “Proposed changes to Native Title Legislation 
sees its stakeholders discuss the issue of ‘good faith’ in 
the negotiation process. Some of the major players in the 
business of Native Title gathered in Redfern to discuss 
proposed government amendments to the way it operates. The 
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal 
and Torres Strait Islander Affairs is holding an inquiry 
into the Native Title Amendment Bill 2012. The current Bill 
aims to streamline the processes for Indigenous Land Use 
agreements, and requires stakeholders to “negotiate in good 
faith” on Native Title outcomes. … “

– – –

130211 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 44 events from 13 February 2013

Posted in NEWS on 11/02/2013 by D

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia 
– 44 events from 13 February 2013

Click on the links for details of the events … 

Event: 13 February 2013: various locations in Australia
National Apology Day
“Commemmoration of the day ex-Prime Minister 
Kevin Rudd moved a Motion of Apology to the 
Indigenous Peoples in the House of Representatives, 
apologising for past laws, policies and practices that 
devastated the Indigenous Peoples 
(particularly those of the Stolen Generation).”
“The NSDC holds annual celebratory events on the 
Anniversary of the Apology (13 February each year) 
as a mark of respect of the achievement that was 
the apology to the Stolen Generations, 
but also as an act of reminder to the broader public, 
to the country’s politicians and policy makers, 
that sorry is more than a word, and that communities, 
Stolen Generations focussed community and peak body 
organisations, and government politicians and policy 
makers must continue to work together in order 
to achieve key outcomes for the Stolen Generations.”
Event details: http://www.nsdc.org.au/events-info/the-apology-to-australias-indigenous-peoples
Event summary: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223021
Event summary: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=984
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#february
See Kevin Rudd’s 2008 Apology Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3TZOGpG6cM

Event: Wed 13 February 2013: North Terrace, Adelaide, SA
The Apology: 5 Years On
“Reconciliation SA is pleased to welcome the 
Hon. Kevin Rudd as the Keynote speaker at the 
Annual Anniversary of the National Apology 
to the Stolen Generations Breakfast. 
The breakfast is held to honour the members 
of the Stolen Generation and continue to inform the 
non-Aboriginal community about their ongoing needs.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/31026/
See Kevin Rudd’s 2008 Apology Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3TZOGpG6cM

Event: Wed 13 February 2013: Botanic Gardens, Adelaide, SA
5th Anniversary of the National Apology 
– Remembering the Stolen Generation
“Transport: If members of the Stolen Generation 
require transport to the event please contact … “
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/31015/
See Kevin Rudd’s 2008 Apology Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3TZOGpG6cM

Event: Wed 13 February 2013: Melbourne CBD, Vic
Public meeting: 
Commemorating the 5th anniversary of the national apology
“Reconciliation Victoria will commemorate the 
5th Anniversary of the National Apology at Federation 
Square with a free breakfast, speeches, a performance 
by the Kutcha Edwards Trio and a screening 
of Kevin Rudd’s Apology Speech.”
“An event to continue the journey towards 
healing and recognition, and show support 
for members of the stolen generation.”
Event details: http://www.reconciliationvic.org.au/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/commemorating-the-5th-anniversary-of-the-national-apology
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/vic/event/31009/
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53179
Flyer: www.reconciliationvic.org.au/user-data/event-galleries/Apology_Breakfast/Melbourne_Apology_Day_2013_Flyer.pdf
See Kevin Rudd’s 2008 Apology Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3TZOGpG6cM

Event: 13 February 2013: Barton, Canberra, ACT
Constitutional Recognition Forum
Tanya Hosch and Jason Glanville
National Press Club of Australia Forum
“A big moment in history beckons. 
To vote at a referendum so the first Australians, 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 
are recognised in our Constitution.”
Event details: http://www.npc.org.au/speakers/tanya-hosch-and-jason-glanville.html

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

Event: Thu 14 February 2013: Waterloo, Sydney, NSW
Rally 9th Anniversary of TJ Hickey’s death: 
9 Years Too Long! Re open the TJ inquiry!
Demand justice for TJ and all other Deaths in Costody!
Organised by the Hickey family and the 
Indigenous Social Justice Association: http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm
Flyer: http://indymedia.org.au/files/flyer%20front%209th%20anniversary%20tj%20hickey%20rally%2014%20feb%202013%20raul%20+%20shelly%20with%20changes.pdf
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/9-years-too-long-re-open-the-tj-inquiry
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53144
TJ Petition: https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/re-open-the-coronial-inquiry-into-t-j-hickeys-death-stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody-now
WGAR Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody
WGAR Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-the-justice-for-kumentjaye-briscoe-campaign

Event: Thu 14 February 2013: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT
Monsoon Movies Film Festival
Kanyini Film screening
Organised by Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/monsoon-movies-film-festival/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/survival-day-film-screening-january-26-2013/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/
About the film: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanyini_%28film%29

Event: 14 – 24 February 2013: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic
Jacky Green: Flow of Voices
Paintings from the Gulf of Carpentaria
With photographs and videos by Jessie Boylan
Opening: Thu 14th February 2013
Opened by Jacky Green, Prof. Jon Altman and Dr Sean Kerins
Centre For Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU
“I want the government and mining companies to 
know that we are still here. We aren’t going anywhere. 
We aren’t dead yet. We are still here, feeling the country.”
Event details: http://www.arena.org.au/2013/01/jacky-green-flow-of-voices/

Event: 16 February 2013: Castlemaine, Vic
‘Lurujarri Dreaming’ documentary – Castlemaine Sneak Preview
Save the Kimberley Benefit Concert
“‘Lurujarri Dreaming’, a 26 minute educational animated 
documentary- outlines the Goolarabooloo tribe’s recent 
history and rich cultural connection to country, 
using the nine day Lurujarri Heritage Trail as it’s 
main structural thread. The main narrator, a young 
Goolarabooloo tracker named Brian Councillor, 
guides the viewer along the Lurujarri Heritage Trail, 
introducing people and places.”
Event details: http://www.lurujarri.blogspot.com.au/
WGAR Background to the Walmadan Tent Embassy, WA: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/walmadan-tent-embassy-james-price-point-north-of-broome-kimberley-region-wa

Event: Sat 16 February – Sun 21 April 2013: Adelaide, SA
Exhibition: Good Strong Powerful
“In partnership with Arts Access Darwin, 
this touring exhibition will showcase the extraordinary 
works that have been produced through Art Centres 
in the Northern Territory by established and 
emerging Indigenous artists with disabilities.”
“The exhibition includes artists from 
Ngaruwanajirri on Bathurst (Tiwi) Island, 
Mwerre Anthurre Artists, based at Bindi Inc. in Alice Springs 
and Julalikari Arts in Tennant Creek.”
“It is envisioned that this exhibition will work towards 
raising the profile of artists who too often are 
placed into a narrow ‘art therapy’ model, 
yet their practice is often groundbreaking.”
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/sa/event/31037/

Event: Sat 16 February 2013: West End, Brisbane, Qld
In Conversation with Mary Graham: 
ANTaR Qld AGM Guest Speaker
“Mary Graham is the guest speaker at 4:45 pm, 
talking about the hard questions: 
What kind of country do we live in now? 
What do we want it to be like? 
What can we do to make a different dreaming? 
What does sovereignty mean? 
How will it be good for Australia? 
What is ‘civilised’? What is racism?”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/213
Event details: http://antarqld.org.au/node/212

Event: Sun 17 February 2013: West Perth, WA
Flying Foam Massacre Remembrance Day
“In memory of the 17 February 1868 
Flying Foam Massacre of the Yaburara people 
of the Burrup, there will be a Stand Up for 
the Burrup photo-shoot action at the the 
WA Parliament House … “
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53248

Event: Fri 22 February 2013: Sydney CBD, NSW
The Wilderness Society Sydney Inc: 
Festival for the Kimberley
“Calling all Sydneysiders: This is your chance 
join us for a fun-filled day to bring the stunning 
beauty of the Kimberley region to Sydney, 
and to stand in solidarity with the people of 
Broome against industrialisation as a result of the 
planned James Price Point gas hub.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley.html
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/festival-for-the-kimberley
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/kimberley-portal-page/2/1/kimberley-events
WGAR Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

Event: Sun 24 February 2013: Fremantle, Perth, WA
Concert for the Kimberley: 
A concert and march in the heart of Fremantle
The Wilderness Society WA Inc
“Join us in Fremantle on Sunday 24 February 2013 
for a free, open-air concert featuring the 
John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, Ball Park Music, 
special guest Dr Bob Brown, and others.”
“This concert and rally is a call to arms for 
all West Australians to stand up and protect 
one of our finest national treasures, 
The Kimberley,” says John Butler
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/concert-for-the-kimberley-a-concert-and-march-in-the-heart-of-fremantle
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/53255
WGAR Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

Event: 26 February to 3 March 2013: 
South Bank Parklands, Brisbane, Qld
Clancestry
“Clancestry is a festival celebrating the arts and 
cultural practices of the world’s First Nation’s 
Peoples. The festival draws on rich spiritual 
culture and provides a space to connect with 
other clan groups across the country and the 
globe. In presenting performances, workshops, 
free events and conversations the festival 
moves beyond transactional contact into 
deeper relationships between all peoples.”
Festival includes: 
* 26 – 28 February 2013: Clancestry Conversations
* Sat 2 March 2013: Black Arm Band’s dirtsong
Event details: http://www.qpac.com.au/event/Clancestry_13.aspx
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/213
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.989fm.com.au/events/

Event: 27 February 2013: State Library, South Brisbane, Qld
Deepen the Conversation: A Burning Landscape
“The Biggest Estate on Earth. 
Historian Bill Gammage explodes the myth that 
pre-European settlement Australia was an 
untamed wilderness, revealing the complex, 
country-wide systems of land management 
used by Aboriginal people.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/213
Event details: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/calevents/general/talks/deepen/burning-landscape

Event: Fri 1 March 2013: Adelaide, SA
146th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk 
around Government House
Gather at dusk on the first Friday of the month 
(except January and February)
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to 
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and 
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other 
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations, 
their families and communities left behind, 
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

Event: Mon 11 March 2013: Mona Vale, Sydney, NSW
Information night: Guest Speaker: 
Shane Phillips (CEO of Tribal Warrior)
Hosted by Aboriginal Support Group 
– Manly Warringah Pittwater (ASG): 
“Australia’s 2013 Local Hero Explains the 
Tribal Warrior Mentor Program; 
An initiative that focuses on simple life skills, 
teaching & mentoring.” 
“”We target young offenders who have been 
referred to us by Police & Juvenile justice 
with the aim of getting them ready for 
work and gearing them to stay focused 
on their own personal situation””
Event details: http://www.asgmwp.net/Calendar.htm
Event details: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm
Event details: www.asgmwp.net/TribalWarrior.pdf

Event: Sat 16 March 2013: Cherbourg, Qld
Ration Shed Tour
“When our Elders were moved off the land and 
taken to Cherbourg they were cut off from their 
traditional sources of food and were given 
weekly rations of mainly flour, sugar, tea, sago, 
rice, split peas and meat. The rations were 
given from a wooden shed which we have 
restored and call The Ration Shed Museum. 
We use the Ration Shed as a space to tell our stories.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/213
Event details: http://rationshed.com.au/

Event: Mon 18 March 2013: Qld
Annual ANTaR Qld 
Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Award
“We are happy to announce that the 
Annual ANTaR Qld Closing the Gap in Indigenous 
Health Award will continue to be hosted with a 
Parliamentary sponsor and will continue to highlight 
the wonderful success stories in health from around 
our State.” 
“In negotiation with the new Government and Minister Elmes, 
the Award ceremony has been rescheduled to 
coincide with National Close the Gap Day in March 2013. 
Details will be sent out closer to the date.”
Event summary: http://antarqld.org.au/node/207
Event details: http://antarqld.org.au/

Event: 20 March 2013: Parliament House, Canberra
International Day for the 
Elimination of Racial Discrimination Panel
“21 March is the International Day for the Elimination 
of Racial Discrimination. To commemorate this day the 
Australian Human Rights Commission, in partnership 
with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship 
and the UN Information Centre for Australia, 
New Zealand and the South Pacific, will hold a 
high-level event at Parliament House in support 
of the National Anti-Racism Strategy and the 
‘Racism. It Stops with Me’ campaign.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#march

Event: 21 March 2013: various locations internationally
UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
“Racism continues to cause suffering for millions of 
people around the world…. I look to all people to join 
the United Nations in our drive to eliminate racism. 
We must, individually and collectively, 
stamp out racism, stigma and prejudice.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: Thu 21 or Fri 22 March 2013: various locations in Australia
National Close the Gap Day
“A day for Australians to join together and remind 
political leaders to close the life expectancy gap 
between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians 
within a generation.” ATSI Support
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People 
still die 10-17 years younger than other Australians. 
Closing this health gap cannot be done overnight. 
We need a long-term commitment with adequate 
funding, and investment in real partnerships.” Oxfam
Event details: https://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/national-close-the-gap-day/
Event details: http://webfw.oxfam.org.au/act/events/close-the-gap-day/attend
Event summary: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223027
Event details: http://humanrights.gov.au/social_justice/health/index.html
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#march
Event details: https://www.oxfam.org.au/explore/indigenous-australia/close-the-gap
Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/nsw/event/30976/

Event: Thu 21 March 2013: Broadway, Sydney, NSW
Rally Against Racism
Protest: 
On the International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
and ‘National Close the Gap Day’
STOP ‘Stronger Futures’ – NO to 10 more years of Intervention
STOP the expansion of income management: 
Not in the NT, not in Bankstown not anywhere
STOP Black Deaths in Custody 
– Justice for Kwementyaye Briscoe and all victims
Speakers include: 
* Sue Gillett, Bankstown Aboriginal activist and STICS member
* Ray Jackson, Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
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/
ISJA info: http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm
WGAR Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention
WGAR Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws
WGAR Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody
WGAR Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-the-justice-for-kumentjaye-briscoe-campaign

Event: Fri 11 January until Sun 24 March 2013: Footscray, Melbourne, Vic
Reflect Exhibition
Koorie Space – Footscray Community Arts Centre
Opening: Fri 11 January
Reflect Floor-talk Sat 12 January: http://footscrayarts.com/1/wominjeka-2013-floor-talks/
“The capacity for art to enable people to reconnect 
with their cultural heritage and to assist in their 
recovery is central to my philosophy of the 
power of art to heal and inspire people to 
positively identify with their Aboriginality.” Maree Clarke
Event details: http://footscrayarts.com/access-blog-event/reflect/
Event details: http://footscrayarts.com/koorie-space/upcoming-events/

Event: 28 March to 14 April 2013: Belconnen, Canberra, ACT
I Do Have a Belief: 
Kevin Gilbert (1933-1993) Art Retrospective
Location: Belconnen Arts Centre
Producer: Gilbert Family
“I Do Have a Belief is an exhibition and events 
celebrating the life of Kevin Gilbert and his contribution 
to the local community, advancing human and political 
rights and Aboriginal sovereignty at a national and 
international level.”
“The showcasing of his creative work includes 
unseen oils, lino‑prints, published poetry, 
political works, and photographic murals.”
Special events will be held on: 
* 1 April at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and on 
* 6 April at the Belconnen Arts Centre
Event details: http://www.canberra100.com.au/calendar/view/751/i-do-have-a-belief—kevin-gilbert-1933-1993-art-retrospec/
Event details: http://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/
eBooks by Kevin Gilbert (1933 – 1993) Launching 22nd February 2013: http://kevingilbert.org/
Other Centenary of Canberra Aboriginal events: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/actindnetwork/message/20210
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Event: Easter Weekend Thu 28 March – 31 March 2013: Melbourne, Vic
Marxism 2013 Conference
Featured Speakers: 
Gary Foley, Aboriginal activist: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/107-gary-foley.html
Diane Fieldes, Aboriginal rights campaigner: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/153-diane-fieldes.html
Allyson Hose, campaigner against the NT Intervention: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/154-allyson-hose.html
Kim Bullimore, anti-racism campaigner: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/170-kim-bullimore.html
Event details: http://www.marxismconference.org/

Event: Fri 29 March to Sun 7 April 2013: 
Melbourne-Adelaide-the uranium hotspots of SA and back!
Radioactive Exposure Tour 2013
“Friends of the Earth is hosting the annual 
Radioactive Exposure Tour. These tours have 
exposed thousands of people first-hand to 
the realities of ‘radioactive racism’ and to the 
environmental impacts of the nuclear industry.”
“After travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide 
we will head through Port Augusta and 
visit the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Then we’ll 
travel north to the SA desert, we’ll visit BHP 
Billiton’s Olympic Dam uranium mine at 
Roxby Downs, … we’ll hopefully get to spend 
time with Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, … “
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/456894601029352/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/radioactive-exposure-tour-0
Tours in previous years: http://www.foe.org.au/anti-nuclear/issues/oz/radtour
Background to Port Augusta Aboriginal Tent Embassy: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/gugada-embassy-be-established-pt-augusta
More about the Embassy: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-16/indigenous-protesters-urge-sovereignty-treaty/4203182
WGAR Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/13/background-to-expansion-of-olympic-dam-mine-challenge-south-australia
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Event: Fri 5 April 2013: Adelaide, SA
147th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk 
around Government House
Gather at dusk on the first Friday of the month 
(except January and February)
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to 
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and 
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other 
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations, 
their families and communities left behind, 
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

Event: 30 Sep 2012 – 19 April 2013: Qld
State of Emergency Exhibition
“During the Commonwealth Games in 1982, 
Brisbane came alive with political demonstrations for 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander civil liberties 
and land rights. This incredible exhibition allows you to 
relive and reflect on this politically significant time 
through original footage and photographs, and 
personal stories from the advocates of this 
revolutionary movement.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/213
Commonwealth Games Demonstrations- Brisbane 1982: http://www.kooriweb.org/foley/images/history/1980s/82games/gamesppdx.html

Event: Fri 3 May 2013: Adelaide, SA
148th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk 
around Government House
Gather at dusk on the first Friday of the month 
(except January and February)
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to 
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and 
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other 
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations, 
their families and communities left behind, 
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

Event: 25 January – 25 May 2013: Canberra, ACT
Centenary of Canberra celebrates First Australians
“As we celebrate Canberra’s 100th birthday in 2013, 
we recognise Aboriginal people’s continuing connection 
to this place, a connection that spans some 20,000 years.”
Includes Kevin Gilbert (1933-1993) Art Retrospective: http://www.canberra100.com.au/calendar/view/751/i-do-have-a-belief—kevin-gilbert-1933-1993-art-retrospec/
Event details: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/actindnetwork/message/20210

Event: 26 May 2013: various locations in Australia
National Sorry Day
Event details: http://www.nsdc.org.au
Event details: http://antar.org.au/
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#march
Background: http://www.nsdc.org.au/events-info/the-history-of-national-sorry-day
Background: http://antar.org.au/reports/sorry-day-a-reminder-unfinished-business

Event: 27 May until 3 June 2013: various locations in Australia
National Reconciliation Week
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/projects/national-reconciliation-week
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#march

Event: 3 June 2013: various locations in Australia
Mabo Day
Event details: http://www.mabonativetitle.com/home.shtml
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#march
NIRS: Sam Watson says Mabo Day a better day for national celebration: 
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7719-sam-watson-says-mabo-day-a-better-day-for-national-celebration
WGAR Background to Mabo and Native Title: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

Event: 3 – 5 June 2013: Alice Springs, NT
National Native Title Conference 2013: 
Shaping the Future
This year’s themes include, 
The Native Title Act 20 years on and where to from here?
“The Native Title Research Unit co-hosts the 
Annual National Native Title Conference. 
The conference is co-hosted by a native title 
representative body (NTRB) and permission is sought 
from local traditional owners to hold the 
conference in their country.”
“The conference engages with native title as 
an active agenda for justice for people and country 
– both before and after the outcome of native title 
determination, and within the broader compass 
of traditional ownership.”
Event details: http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/ntru/ntc13.html
Event summary: [scroll down page] http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#march
WGAR Background to Mabo and Native Title: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

Event: 4 to 6 June 2013: Cairns, Qld
SNAICC’s Fifth National Conference
For Our Children: Living and Learning Together
Organised by SNAICC: 
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
Keynote Speakers: 
* Marta Maurás Perez (Chile)
* Cindy Blackstock (Canada)
* Assoc. Prof. Cynthia Kiro (New Zealand) – of Maori descent
* Prof. Judy Atkinson – a Jiman and Bundjalung woman
* Kathy Guthadjaka (Gotha) – a Gatjirrk Warramiri woman 
living at Gawa (north-east Arnhem Land)
“The SNAICC National Conference is the largest 
conference of its type in the southern hemisphere 
and provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and 
Torres Strait Islander organisations, policy makers, 
researchers, government representatives, other 
non-government organisations and industry 
representatives to gather and make renewed 
commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait 
Islander children.”
Keynote Speakers: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=931
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=67
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=965

Event: Sat 6 July to Sun 14 July 2013: 
North of Broome on the Dampier Peninsula, Kimberley, WA
The Lurujarri Dreaming Trail
Walk the Trail with us in 2013
“In 1987, Paddy Roe initiated the Lurujarri Heritage 
Trail as a trigger to encourage the members of the 
Goolarabooloo community to be walking the Country 
again, as had always been done; to conserve; 
renew and stay connected with their heritage and 
traditional skills and to keep the same alive for 
generations to come. He also sought to wake up 
non-Aboriginal people to a relationship with the land; 
to foster trust; friendship and empathy between the 
indigenous community and the wider Australian 
and International communities.”
Event details: http://www.goolarabooloo.org.au/lurujarri.html
Event details: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/lurujarri-heritage-walking-trail-kimberley.htm
WGAR Background to the Walmadan Tent Embassy, WA: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/walmadan-tent-embassy-james-price-point-north-of-broome-kimberley-region-wa

Event: 7 to 14 July 2013: various locations in Australia
National NAIDOC Week
The focus city for National NAIDOC celebrations is Perth
Event details: http://www.naidoc.org.au/

Event: 4 August 2013: various locations in Australia
National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=843
Event summary: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html

Event: 9 August 2013: various locations internationally
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2005 – 2015
Event details: [scroll down page] http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/indigenous-peoples-of-the-world
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: 10 December 2013: various locations internationally
UN International Human Rights Day
Event details: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/education/commemorate_hr_day/index.html
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: 20 December 2013: various locations internationally
UN International Human Solidarity Day
Event details: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/international-human-solidarity-day
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/humansolidarityday/

Event: 26 January 2014: various locations in Australia
Sovereignty Day / Invasion Day / Survival Day / Day of Mourning
Event details: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/australia-day-invasion-day
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/46475
Event details: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223015

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

Posted in NEWS on 11/02/2013 by D

* 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.”

130116 – Fears SA laws will cause higher Aboriginal incarceration rates: NITV News

Posted in NEWS on 16/01/2013 by D

* NITV News: 
Fears SA laws will cause higher Aboriginal incarceration rates
* CAAMA: 
Mundine calls for national summit to tackle incarceration rates
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* Tracker: Qld child protection inquiry resumes

* NIRS: 
Indigenous medical expert appointed as Royal Commissioner

* Other articles

* NITV NEWS: 
FEARS SA LAWS WILL CAUSE HIGHER ABORIGINAL INCARCERATION RATES

– Video

SBS World News: 
Fears SA laws will cause higher Aboriginal incarceration rates
Source: Jeremy Geia, NITV News
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1726838/Fears-SA-laws-will-cause-higher-Aboriginal-incarce
14 Jan 13: “While the rate of Indigenous incarceration is on 
the rise across Australia, South Australian community 
leaders are calling for a rethink on a new bill which could 
see more people going to jail for not paying fines, NITV 
News reports. … The Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement says 
it’s concerned the State’s proposed ‘Penalty Enforcement 
Bill’ could see people jailed for not meeting unpaid fines. 
Legal Aid’s Lawyer Christopher Charles says current 
legislation allows the magistrate to consider incidents 
case by case. But he says under the new laws, discretionary 
powers and other provisions that allow people to perform 
community service to pay off their debt will be removed.”

See: 

NITV News
http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/#Menu:News%20&%20Sport.children.6
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/specialcoverage/399/NITV-News

* CAAMA: 
MUNDINE CALLS FOR NATIONAL SUMMIT TO TACKLE INCARCERATION RATES

– News

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
Mundine calls for national summit to tackle incarceration rates.
http://caama.com.au/mundine-calls-for-national-summit-to-tackle-incarceration-rates
14 Jan 13: “Warren Mundine, prominent Australian Aboriginal 
leader is calling for a national summit to tackle the 
alarming rates of Indigenous incarceration. GenerationOne 
head, Warren Mundine, told reporters from the ABC that the 
rising incarceration levels for Aboriginal youth is a 
ticking time bomb for both the Aborignal community and the 
wider Australian community. Mr Mundine told reporters the 
Aboriginal population makes up 2 to 3 per cent of the 
Australian population… and yet it is over 53 per cent of 
the juvenile justice and prison rates.”

See: 

WGAR News: 
ABC: Indigenous leader urges action on jail ‘time bomb’ 
[call for a national summit] (12 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/11/wgar-news-briscoe-family-condemns-nt-prosecutor-decision-on-anniversary-of-briscoe-death-

See: 

About CAAMA
http://caama.com.au/
“The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) 
began operations in 1980 and was the first Aboriginal group 
to be allocated a broadcasting license. The Aboriginal 
people of Central Australia own CAAMA through an 
association regulated under the Incorporations Act, and its 
objectives focus on the social, cultural and economic 
advancement of Aboriginal peoples.”

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY: 

Last updated: 12 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

* TRACKER: QLD CHILD PROTECTION INQUIRY RESUMES

– News

newsTracker: Qld child protection inquiry resumes
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/qld-child-protection-inquiry-resumes/
14 Jan 13: “QUEENSLAND: Queensland’s child protection 
inquiry will examine the over-representation of young 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the state’s child 
protection system this week. … The Brisbane hearing has 
called on nine witnesses, including Indigenous elders, 
parents, academics and representatives from service and 
legal providers, to give evidence. Witnesses have already 
told the inquiry Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 
children are nine times more likely than other children to 
be subject to a protection order or an out of home care 
order in Queensland.”

– Event

Event: 14, 15 and 16 January 2013: Brisbane, Qld
Show your support at the 
Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry
“Please come and support key Aboriginal and 
Torres Strait Islander child and family advocates 
calling for proficient Aboriginal and Torres Strait 
Islander child protection framework with greater 
responsibility, accountability and authority 
held by the community.”
Event details: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/
Event details: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/show-your-support-at-the-queensland-child-protection-commission-of-inquiry/

See: 

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal 
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

* NIRS: 
INDIGENOUS MEDICAL EXPERT APPOINTED AS ROYAL COMMISSIONER

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Indigenous medical expert appointed as Royal Commissioner
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7740-indigenous-medical-expert-appointed-as-royal-commissioner
14 Jan 13: “The Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced 
Professor Helen Milroy as a Royal Commissioner into child 
sexual abuse in Australian institutions. Professor Milroy 
is currently the Director of the Centre for Aboriginal 
Medical and Dental Health at the University of Western 
Australia. “Professor Helen Milroy […] is a consultant 
psychiatrist with extensive experience in child and 
adolescent health, including the mental health impacts of 
child sexual assault,” said Ms. Gillard. The experienced 
Aboriginal health profession and Palkyu woman … “

Koori Mail: AIDA backs Milroy appointment
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
11 Jan 13: “THE Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association 
(AIDA) has congratulated its former President Professor 
Helen Milroy on her appointment as one of six members of the 
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual 
Abuse. Prof Milroy is a Palyku woman with family from the 
Pilbara region, Australia’s first Aboriginal doctor, first 
Aboriginal psychiatrist, and only Aboriginal child and 
adolescent psychiatrist. AIDA President Dr Tammy Kimpton 
said Prof Milroy was an obvious choice for the role and 
would ‘add critical understandings to shape the Royal 
Commission’s deliberations and recommendations to 
government’.”

See: 

WGAR News: Child abuse inquiry lacks Indigenous focus: Greens 
(SBS World News Video & newsTracker) (15 Jan 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/15/wgar-news-child-abuse-inquiry-lacks-indigenous-focus-greens-sbs-world-news-video-newstrac

WGAR News: 
SNAICC News: Royal Commission must ensure the engagement of 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (8 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/08/wgar-news-act-of-recognition-is-an-absolute-insult-to-first-nations-peoples-michael-ander

WGAR News: 
SNAICC News: NATSILs and SNAICC joint submission on the 
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to 
Child Sexual Abuse (3 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/03/wgar-news-a-decision-to-discriminate-brisbane-book-launch-darwin-introduction-to-the-book

WGAR News: The Wire: 
Call for indigenous commissioners to head up abuse investigation 
[Interview with Tjanara Goreng Goreng] (22 Nov 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/21/wgar-news-the-wire-call-for-indigenous-commissioners-to-head-up-abuse-investigation

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.”

* OTHER ARTICLES: 

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/am-15-1.mp3
15 Jan 13: “Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has 
announced that his Government would give ongoing funding 
for a new legal service to assist aboriginal families in 
the fight against violence and sexual assault.”

– – –

130115 – Child abuse inquiry lacks Indigenous focus: Greens (SBS World News Video & newsTracker)

Posted in NEWS on 16/01/2013 by D

* SBS World News Video & newsTracker: 
Child abuse inquiry lacks Indigenous focus: Greens
* Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne: 
Greens welcome Royal Commission

* Amnesty: 
DPP’s failure to investigate Briscoe’s death: 
a blight on the justice system
* Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign

* NIRS: 
New support for Perth domestic violence sufferers announced
* Augusta-Margaret River Mail: 
New service a stand against ‘Aboriginal inequalities’

* Media release: 
[Brisbane] Sovereign Embassy supporters to rally outside court 
[Fri 11 Jan 13]
* Background to Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy, 
Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld

* Other articles

* SBS WORLD NEWS VIDEO & NEWSTRACKER: 
CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY LACKS INDIGENOUS FOCUS: GREENS

– Video and News

Child abuse inquiry lacks Indigenous focus: Greens
SBS World News Video: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1726178/Child-abuse-inquiry-lacks-Indigenous-focus-Greens
newsTracker: http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/child-abuse-inquiry-lacks-indigenous-focus-greens/
11 Jan 13: “The Australian Greens are concerned the federal 
government’s royal commission into child sexual abuse lacks 
a focus on such activities in Aboriginal communities. … 
“Our only concern is the absence of specific reference to 
Aboriginal abuse,” Greens leader Christine Milne said in a 
statement. “We certainly encourage the commissioners to 
ensure that they visit indigenous communities, examine the 
issues specific to them, and take into account the cultural 
sensitivities surrounding giving evidence.””

– Related News

Koori Mail: AIDA backs Milroy appointment
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
11 Jan 13: “THE Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association 
(AIDA) has congratulated its former President Professor 
Helen Milroy on her appointment as one of six members of 
the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child 
Sexual Abuse. Prof Milroy is a Palyku woman with family 
from the Pilbara region, Australia’s first Aboriginal 
doctor, first Aboriginal psychiatrist, and only Aboriginal 
child and adolescent psychiatrist. AIDA President Dr Tammy 
Kimpton said Prof Milroy was an obvious choice for the role 
and would ‘add critical understandings to shape the Royal 
Commission’s deliberations and recommendations to 
government’.”

See: 

WGAR News: 
SNAICC News: Royal Commission must ensure the engagement of 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (8 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/08/wgar-news-act-of-recognition-is-an-absolute-insult-to-first-nations-peoples-michael-ander

WGAR News: 
SNAICC News: NATSILs and SNAICC joint submission on the 
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to 
Child Sexual Abuse (3 Dec 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/03/wgar-news-a-decision-to-discriminate-brisbane-book-launch-darwin-introduction-to-the-book

WGAR News: 
The Wire: Call for indigenous commissioners to head up 
abuse investigation 
[Interview with Tjanara Goreng Goreng] (22 Nov 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/21/wgar-news-the-wire-call-for-indigenous-commissioners-to-head-up-abuse-investigation

See: 

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal 
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

* AUSTRALIAN GREENS LEADER SENATOR CHRISTINE MILNE: 
GREENS WELCOME ROYAL COMMISSION

– Media Release

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne: 
Greens welcome Royal Commission
http://christine-milne.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/greens-welcome-royal-commission
11 Jan 13: “The Australian Greens welcome today’s 
announcements progressing the Royal Commission into 
institutional child sexual abuse. 
Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said 
“I reiterate my hope that this can bring some peace to 
shattered lives, help bring perpetrators to justice, lift 
the shadow off all those good people in the church striving 
to do good for others, and make sure churches and other 
organisation can never again cover-up child abuse or allow 
victims to be ignored. 
“Our only concern is the absence of specific reference to 
Aboriginal abuse. We certainly encourage the Commissioners 
to ensure that they visit indigenous communities, examine 
the issues specific to them, and take into account the 
cultural sensitivities surrounding giving evidence. 
“I want to thank the Prime Minister for her consultation in 
developing the terms of reference, and commit to looking at 
the legislation when it is provided with a view to 
facilitating its passage through the parliament.””

See: 

About Christine Milne
http://christine-milne.greensmps.org.au/about
1 Jan 12: “Christine Milne, Senator for Tasmania and Leader 
of the Australian Greens, is one of Australia’s most 
experienced and respected environmental and community 
activists, with a career spanning 30 years.”

* AMNESTY: 
DPP’S FAILURE TO INVESTIGATE BRISCOE’S DEATH: 
A BLIGHT ON THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

– News

Amnesty International Australia: 
DPP’s failure to investigate Briscoe’s death: 
a blight on the justice system
http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/30817/
10 Jan 13: “The decision by the Department of Public 
Prosecutions not to investigate the death of Kwementyaye 
Briscoe in a police cell in January 2012 is another 
shocking blight on the justice system and its treatment of 
Indigenous Australians. … “It is reprehensible and 
incredibly sad that a young man taken into custody on the 
premise he will be safer in a cell because of his 
intoxication level, as a result of inhumane treatment, 
died alone there,” said Monica Morgan, Manager of Amnesty 
International’s Indigenous Rights Program. “Adding to Mr 
Briscoe’s family distress … they are notified there will 
be no investigation into the criminal liability of the 
police that were responsible for him at the time of his 
death.”

– Video

SBS Video: NITV News – 11 January part 3
http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/14354499823/NITV-News-11-January-part-3
[NITV news coverage (including Amnesty’s Monica Morgan) 
about Mr Briscoe.]

See: 

Amnesty International Australia: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/
“Amnesty International is committed to ensuring the United 
Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ is 
implemented locally and nationally through legislation, 
policies and programs.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE JUSTICE FOR KUMENTJAYE BRISCOE CAMPAIGN: 

Last updated: 12 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-the-justice-for-kumentjaye-briscoe-campaign

* NIRS: 
NEW SUPPORT FOR PERTH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUFFERERS ANNOUNCED

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
New support for Perth domestic violence sufferers announced
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7738-new-support-for-perth-domestic-violence-sufferers-announced
14 Jan 13: “The Western Australian Government has announced 
a new legal service centre for Indigenous victims of 
domestic physical and sexual abuse will be built for Perth. 
The Government says six hundred thousand dollars will be 
spent on the service, with Legal Aid WA and the Aboriginal 
Legal Service advising the need for the facility. 
Attorney-General Michael Mischin says support services told 
him they’re often unable to assist victims of family 
violence because the same services represent the accused.”

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.”

* AUGUSTA-MARGARET RIVER MAIL: 
NEW SERVICE A STAND AGAINST ‘ABORIGINAL INEQUALITIES’

– News

Augusta-Margaret River Mail: 
New service a stand against ‘Aboriginal inequalities’
http://www.margaretrivermail.com.au/story/1233045/new-service-a-stand-against-aboriginal-inequalities/?cs=12
14 Jan 13: “A new legal service for indigenous victims of 
domestic abuse is a firm-stand against “generations of 
Aboriginal inequalities”, according to victim advocates. 
Premier Colin Barnett announced on Sunday that the WA 
government would commit $600,000 a year to establish the 
metropolitan legal service, to assist victims of family 
violence and sexual abuse. … Victims of Crime advocate 
and aboriginal lawyer Dr Hannah McGlade said the issue of 
indigenous support had been raised for many years and the 
announcement of the new service was a “momentous day for 
Perth”.”

* MEDIA RELEASE: 
[BRISBANE] SOVEREIGN EMBASSY SUPPORTERS TO RALLY OUTSIDE COURT 
[FRI 11 JAN 13]

– Media Release

Media release: 
Sovereign Embassy supporters to rally outside court
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/484#media
4ZZZ Brisbane: http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/community-notices/events/media-release-sovereign-embassy-supporters-rally-outside-court
11 Jan 13: “Supporters of the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign 
Embassy will gather outside the Brisbane Magistrates Court 
this Friday as three Embassy members again face court for 
defending the Sacred Fire. … Wayne Wharton, Boe Spearim 
and Hamish Chitts were arrested on December 12 when the 
Brisbane City Council and over 80 police forcibly evicted 
the Embassy and desecrated the Sacred Fire. Since their 
arrest, the three have been excluded from the Embassy site 
by the draconian bail conditions placed upon them, which 
will be challenged in court this Friday.”

See: 

WGAR News: Brisbane Times: 
Aborigines’ claim on Musgrave Park set to be tested in court 
(13 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/13/wgar-news-government-must-do-the-right-thing-by-maralinga-victims-greens-senator-scott-lu

WGAR News: Adelaide Now: 
[Brisbane] Tent embassy land ‘for Aboriginal use’ (13 Jan 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/13/wgar-news-government-must-do-the-right-thing-by-maralinga-victims-greens-senator-scott-lu

* BACKGROUND TO BRISBANE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN EMBASSY, 
MUSGROVE PARK, SOUTH BRISBANE, QLD:

Last updated: 13 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-musgrave-park-south-brisbane-qld

* OTHER ARTICLES: 

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Greens call for Maralinga nuclear compensation push
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7737-greens-call-for-maralinga-nuclear-compensation-push
14 Jan 13: “The Australia Greens have called on the Federal 
Government to do more for Aboriginal groups exposed to the 
effects of British nuclear testing at Maralinga in South 
Australia in the 1950s and 60s. Federal Senator Scott 
Ludlam says victims of the atomic testing should be 
properly compensated. But a British court recently ruled 
that British veterans who participated in the tests could 
not prove their illnesses were caused by exposure to 
radiation. Senator Ludlam says despite this, the Government 
should urge their British counterparts to compensate 
Maralinga residents with a grace payment.”

Australian: 
History will prove us right on gas pipeline: WA Premier
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/history-will-prove-us-right-on-gas-pipeline-wa-premier/story-e6frgczx-1226553110631
14 Jan 13: “WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett has 
likened criticism of Woodside’s proposed gas hub at James 
Price Point to the ridicule that dogged other massive 
engineering projects, such as the ambitious pipeline 
designed by Charles Yelverton O’Connor to carry water from 
Perth to the goldfields.”

Australian: Top End housing program money ‘wasted’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/top-end-housing-program-money-wasted/story-e6frgczx-1226553134851
14 Jan 13: “THE Coalition has rubbished Labor’s 
“disingenuous” claims of having improved indigenous living 
standards by meeting housing targets, declaring instead 
that through waste and mismanagement the government has 
squandered a once-in-a-generation opportunity. MPs in 
Canberra and Darwin attacked the federal and former 
Northern Territory governments for failing to alleviate 
overcrowding, presiding over shoddy workmanship and not 
engaging with indigenous people properly.”

Australian: Loophole on jailing kids may be closed
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/loophole-on-jailing-kids-may-be-closed/story-fn59niix-1226552343690
12 Jan 13: “WEST Australian Attorney-General Michael 
Mischin has supported a further toughening of mandatory 
sentencing laws blamed for contributing to the nation’s 
highest rates of Aboriginal incarceration. Mr Mischin said 
there were good arguments for removing loopholes from WA’s 
three-strikes legislation for children and adults who 
continue to commit burglaries, home invasions and assaults.”

130114 – Background: Calls for ‘Stronger Futures’ laws to be subject to Human Rights scrutiny

Posted in NEWS on 16/01/2013 by D

Background info page: 
Background: Calls for ‘Stronger Futures’ laws to be 
subject to Human Rights scrutiny: 
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/07/background-calls-for-stronger-futures-laws-to-be-subject-to-human-rights-scrutiny

CONTENTS: 

* Take Action regarding 
Human Rights compliance for ‘Stronger Futures’ laws
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/09/take-action-regarding-human-rights-compliance-for-stronger-futures-laws
(Last updated: 18 July 2012)

* Media Releases, Letters, Statements 
calling for ‘Stronger Futures’ Human Rights compliance
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/09/media-releases-letters-statements-calling-for-stronger-futures-human-rights-compliance
(Last updated: 25 July 2012)

* Analysis and Opinion regarding 
‘Stronger Futures’ Human Rights compliance
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/09/analysis-and-opinion-regarding-stronger-futures-human-rights-compliance
(Last updated: 28 June 2012)

* News Articles regarding 
‘Stronger Futures’ Human Rights compliance
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/09/news-articles-regarding-stronger-futures-human-rights-compliance
(Last updated: 19 December 2012)

– – – 

See also: 

Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

Background to support for the Yolngu statement and 
opposition to the ‘Stronger Futures’ laws
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/10/background-to-support-for-the-yolngu-statement-and-opposition-to-the-stronger-futures-law

Background to the Ampilatwatja Anti-Intervention Walk-off, 
Northern Territory (NT), Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/21/background-to-the-ampilatwatja-anti-intervention-walk-off-northern-territory-nt-australia

Background to Income Management for APY Lands 
in South Australia
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/14/background-to-income-management-for-apy-lands-in-south-australia

130113 – Government must do the right thing by Maralinga victims: Greens Senator Scott Ludlam

Posted in NEWS on 16/01/2013 by D

* Greens Senator Scott Ludlam: 
Government must do the right thing by Maralinga victims
* ABC: No way forward for Maralinga victims

* Brisbane Times: 
Aborigines’ claim on Musgrave Park set to be tested in court
* Adelaide Now: 
[Brisbane] Tent embassy land ‘for Aboriginal use’
* Background to Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy, 
Musgrave Park, South Brisbane, Qld

* NIRS: 
Ramindjeri lawman slams SA Government for destruction of burial site
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* CAAMA: Aboriginal owned & operated youth program funding cut

* Jepke Goudsmit, Green Left: 
Kinetic Energy brings solidarity with Aboriginal struggles

* Other articles

* GREENS SENATOR SCOTT LUDLAM: 
GOVERNMENT MUST DO THE RIGHT THING BY MARALINGA VICTIMS

– Media Release

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam: 
Government must do the right thing by Maralinga victims
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/government-must-do-right-thing-maralinga-victims
11 Jan 13: “The Greens have called on the Government to 
ensure victims of the atomic testing at Maralinga are 
properly compensated after a British court decision 
overnight shattered hopes for justice. 
Greens spokesperson for nuclear policy, Senator for Western 
Australia Scott Ludlam, said the hopes of Australians 
exposed to nuclear testing in the 1950s were dealt a 
serious blow by another UK court ruling against 
compensation. 
“In 2010 the British courts ruled British veterans who 
participated in nuclear tests in Australia could not sue 
the Defence Ministry because they could not prove their 
illnesses were caused by exposure to radiation. Now, 
Aboriginal people exposed to the same toxic tests have 
been told their legal fight is over for the same reason. 
“Foreign Minister Bob Carr should be on the phone urging 
the British Government to deal directly with the victims 
– outside of court – and compensate them appropriately 
with an act of grace payment.” 
Senator Ludlam said the veterans have said the exposure 
caused cancer, birth defects amongst their children, and 
other disorders such as anaemia. … “

See: 

About Scott Ludlam
http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/about
1 Jan 2012: “Scott Ludlam is an Australian Greens Senator 
for Western Australia. Elected in November 2007, he is one 
of ten Australian Greens in the current Parliament and is 
the spokesperson for Communications, Housing, Heritage, 
Nuclear Issues, Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities.”

* ABC: NO WAY FORWARD FOR MARALINGA VICTIMS

– News

ABC: No way forward for Maralinga victims
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-11/fight-over-for-maralinga-victims/4460542?section=justin
11 Jan 13: “Aboriginal people exposed to British atomic 
tests in the South Australian outback have been told by 
lawyers their fight for compensation is over because it is 
impossible to prove radiation caused their illnesses. Seven 
atomic bombs were detonated at Maralinga in the 1950s and 
’60s on land that has since between handed back to 
traditional owners. … The movement’s [Aboriginal Legal 
Rights Movement] director of legal services Christopher 
Charles says the firm is unable to mount a case because it 
cannot prove ionising radiation is dangerous to human 
health.”

* BRISBANE TIMES: 
ABORIGINES’ CLAIM ON MUSGRAVE PARK SET TO BE TESTED IN COURT

– News

Brisbane Times: 
Aborigines’ claim on Musgrave Park set to be tested in court
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/aborigines-claim-on-musgrave-park-set-to-be-tested-in-court-20130111-2ckij.html
11 Jan 13: “Indigenous people’s claim over a section of 
Brisbane’s Musgrave Park could soon be tested in court for 
the first time. The area in question is a small parcel of 
land within the park, listed on Brisbane City Council 
documents as ‘Area C’ in a Deed of Grant in Trust (Dogit), 
which the Beattie government issued in 1999. The small 
area, which is where the Sovereign Aboriginal Embassy was 
established in March last year, is listed as “for 
Aboriginal purposes and no other purpose”. … Wayne ‘Coco’ 
Wharton, Bogaine Skuthorpe-Spearim and Hamish Chitts were 
among those arrested … ” Amy Remeikis

* ADELAIDE NOW: 
[BRISBANE] TENT EMBASSY LAND ‘FOR ABORIGINAL USE’

– News

Adelaide Now: Tent embassy land ‘for Aboriginal use’
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/breaking-news/tent-embassy-land-for-aboriginal-use/story-e6frea7l-1226552058028
11 Jan 13: “POLICE couldn’t legally evict three Aboriginal 
activists from a tent embassy in Brisbane’s Musgrave Park 
because the land has been set aside for Aboriginal use, a 
court has heard. Wayne Wharton, Bogaine Skuthorpe-Spearim 
and Hamish Chitts were arrested at the Aboriginal tent 
embassy shortly after midnight on December 12. The trio 
appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday 
applying to amend their bail conditions, which state they 
cannot return to the park.” Miranda Forster

– Related News

Courier Mail: 
Three men, including Musgrave Park Aboriginal tent embassy 
leader Wayne Wharton, face court over protest with police
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/three-men-including-musgrave-park-aboriginal-tent-embassy-leader-wayne-wharton-face-court-over-protest-with-police/story-e6freoof-1226552082357
11 Jan 13: “THREE Aboriginal men charged when the Musgrave 
Park tent embassy was dismantled by police in December last 
year face an uncertain wait after a Brisbane magistrate 
reserved his decision to grant bail allowing them to visit 
the site. … Barrister Andrew Preston argued the land the 
Aboriginal people occupied at Musgrave Park was freehold 
and granted to the Brisbane City Council in trust for 
Aboriginal purposes on July 29, 1999.” Brooke Baskin

* BACKGROUND TO BRISBANE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGN EMBASSY, 
MUSGROVE PARK, SOUTH BRISBANE, QLD:

Last updated: 4 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/brisbane-aboriginal-sovereign-embassy-musgrave-park-south-brisbane-qld

* NIRS: 
RAMINDJERI LAWMAN SLAMS SA GOVERNMENT FOR 
DESTRUCTION OF BURIAL SITE

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Ramindjeri lawman slams SA Government for 
destruction of burial site
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7733-ramindjeri-lawman-slams-sa-government-for-destruction-of-burial-site
11 Jan 13: “A senior tribal law man of the Ramindjeri 
people of South Australia says a failure to recognise 
Indigenous sovereignty in Australia has led to the 
destruction of an Aboriginal burial site. Karno Walker of 
the Ramindjeri Heritage Association says 48 bags of 
Aboriginal remains have been collected on the first day of 
monitoring alone from a Southern Expressway Duplication 
construction site. Mr. Walker says the SA Government failed 
to properly consult with the Ramindjeri people on the 
development which is an insult to their status as a 
sovereign people.”

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 THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 4 January 2013

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

* CAAMA: ABORIGINAL OWNED & OPERATED YOUTH PROGRAM FUNDING CUT

– News

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
Aboriginal owned & operated youth program funding cut
http://caama.com.au/aboriginal-owned-operated-youth-program-funding-cut
12 Jan 13: “An Aboriginal justice agency has expressed 
discontent at Government funding cuts to an Indigenous 
owned and operated program which works with at-risk youth… 
The Balunu Foundation youth camp allowed disadvantaged 
Aboriginal youths to re-connect to their culture and 
identity by dealing with the underlying issues faced… 
while providing them with the essential skills, knowledge 
and confidence they need in order to make the right choices.”

See: 

About CAAMA
http://caama.com.au/
“The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) 
began operations in 1980 and was the first Aboriginal group 
to be allocated a broadcasting license. The Aboriginal 
people of Central Australia own CAAMA through an 
association regulated under the Incorporations Act, and its 
objectives focus on the social, cultural and economic 
advancement of Aboriginal peoples.”

* JEPKE GOUDSMIT, GREEN LEFT: 
KINETIC ENERGY BRINGS SOLIDARITY WITH ABORIGINAL STRUGGLES

– Review

Green Left: 
Kinetic Energy brings solidarity with Aboriginal struggles
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53084
11 Jan 13: “Sydney-based Kinetic Energy Theatre Company’s 
team of six actors performed their show about the 
Australian 1965 “freedom ride” at Sydney University on 
December 14. The performance was part of a conference 
organised by the Aboriginal Studies Association and 
attended by teachers and Aboriginal counsellors from all 
over NSW. The show tells the story of how the freedom 
ride came about, with prominent students such as Jim 
Spigelman and Ann Curthoys at the helm, and how the first 
Aboriginal student ever to enrol at uni and get a degree, 
Charlie Perkins, took on his legendary role as leader and 
activist.” 
By Jepke Goudsmit, co-director of Kinetic Energy and Kinetic Jazz

– Event

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Enmore, Sydney, NSW
Reflection – Australia Day Special
Kinetic Jazz Festival
“Wiradjuri elder Ray Jackson will acknowledge the 
traditional owners of this land, and reflect on the 
significance of this day. As an act of solidarity with 
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island nations of 
this stolen continent, patrons may apply for and 
be issued with an Aboriginal passport today. 
NB: Bring $10 plus a passport photo.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://kineticjazz.com/Kinetic_Jazz_Festival/Program.html
Article: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53084

See: 

About GLW – the need for alternative media
http://www.greenleft.org.au/about
“In these days of growing media concentration, Green Left 
Weekly is a proudly independent voice committed to human 
and civil rights, global peace and environmental 
sustainability, democracy and equality.”

* OTHER ARTICLES: 

– News

Koori Mail: AIDA backs Milroy appointment
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
11 Jan 13: “THE Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association 
(AIDA) has congratulated its former President Professor 
Helen Milroy on her appointment as one of six members of 
the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child 
Sexual Abuse. Prof Milroy is a Palyku woman with family 
from the Pilbara region, Australia’s first Aboriginal 
doctor, first Aboriginal psychiatrist, and only Aboriginal 
child and adolescent psychiatrist. AIDA President Dr Tammy 
Kimpton said Prof Milroy was an obvious choice for the role 
and would ‘add critical understandings to shape the Royal 
Commission’s deliberations and recommendations to 
government’.”

Koori Mail: Housing ‘ahead of schedule’
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
11 Jan 13: “The Federal Government says more than 5000 
homes in remote Indigenous centres have now been 
refurbished or rebuilt, almost two years ahead of schedule. 
The work is part of the National Partnership Agreement on 
Remote Indigenous Housing.”

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
NRL players camp to focus on learning about culture
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7736-nrl-players-camp-to-focus-on-learning-about-culture
11 Jan 13: “National Rugby League Indigenous player manager 
Dean Widders says a camp for Indigenous players in February 
will aim to connect them with their culture and 
communities. Kangaroos stars Greg Inglis and Johnathan 
Thurston are organising the first ever camp for all 
Indigenous NRL players on the Sunshine Coast in the week of 
the All Stars match. Mr. Widders says the Indigenous Player 
Leadership Camp shows how seriously the players take their 
position as community role models.”

– – –

130112 – Briscoe family condemns NT prosecutor decision on anniversary of Briscoe death: Media Release

Posted in NEWS on 16/01/2013 by D

* Briscoe family condemns NT prosecutor decision on anniversary 
of Briscoe death: Media Release
* Tracker: Family, lawyers condemn DPP decision over Briscoe death
* Tracker: NT denies closing door on Briscoe talks
* Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign

* NIRS: Incarceration should be “matter of last resort”
* ABC: Indigenous leader urges action on jail ‘time bomb’
[call for a national summit] 
* ABC The World Today Audio: 
Jobs not jail for troubled Indigenous youths: Mundine
[call for a national summit] 
* ABC: Indigenous youth justice summit call dismissed
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* NIRS: 
Government ‘doesn’t want to hear bad news about income management’
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* Sovereign Union: Sovereign Union and Our Political Future
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* Joseph Toscano, Anarchist World 3CR: 
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener – freedom fighters execution

* NIRS: 
Parties must detail Indigenous policies before election: Congress
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

* NIRS: Illawarra LALC slams state body on mining plans

* Other articles

* BRISCOE FAMILY CONDEMNS NT PROSECUTOR DECISION ON ANNIVERSARY 
OF BRISCOE DEATH: MEDIA RELEASE

– Media Release

Briscoe Family Condemns NT Prosecutor Decision On 
Anniversary Of Briscoe Death
IRAG: http://rollbacktheintervention.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/mr-dpp-re-briscoe-case-8-1-13.pdf
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17062:northern-territory-briscoe-family-condemns-nt-prosecutor-decision-on-anniversary-of-briscoe-death&catid=24&Itemid=57
8 Jan 13: “The family of Kwementyaye Briscoe have condemned 
a recent decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions 
(DPP) in the NT not to investigate potential criminal 
charges against the police officers responsible for Mr 
Briscoe’s death. 
The decision to take no further action was made close to the 
anniversary of Mr Briscoe’s death in custody in the Alice 
Springs watch house on 4 January 2012. 
On the advice of prominent barrister Greg Barnes, Shine 
Lawyers wrote to the DPP in December 2012, outlining 
potential charges which could be laid against some of the 
police officer/s involved in the death of Mr Briscoe 
including potential manslaughter and “failure to rescue” 
offenses. 
NT DPP Director Richard Coates has responded to Shine 
Lawyers by ruling out any investigation, citing the 
Coroner’s failure to recommend charges as the reason the 
matter will not be pursued. 
George Newhouse, the head of Shine Lawyers Social Justice 
Team says the lack of action by the DPP highlights 
fundamental flaws in the justice system when it comes to 
dealing with Aboriginal people. … “

See: 

IRAG
http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/irag/
“The Intervention Rollback Action Group is made up of 
volunteers from community groups and organisations who meet 
regularly to discuss issues that arise from the impact of 
the Northern Territory Emergency Response 
(Intervention/Invasion). The group supports individuals and 
community groups to deal with those issues and take 
appropriate action.”

Who We Are – Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=68&Itemid=67
“Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources is a worldwide 
network of organizations, academics, activists, indigenous 
groups, and others representing indigenous and tribal 
peoples.”

* TRACKER: FAMILY, LAWYERS CONDEMN DPP DECISION OVER BRISCOE DEATH

– News

newsTracker: 
Family, lawyers condemn DPP decision over Briscoe death
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/family-lawyers-condemn-dpp-decision-over-briscoe-death/
9 Jan 13: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: Lawyers for the family of an 
Aboriginal man who died in police custody last year have 
condemned the NT’s Director of Public Prosecutions for 
failing to investigate the death. … The coronial report 
into his death found numerous police errors the night he 
was locked up, stating police care was “completely 
inadequate and unsatisfactory, and not sufficient to meet 
his medical needs”. But the NT DPP has decided it will not 
investigate potential criminal charges for police officers 
on duty on the night of Mr Briscoe’s death, Shine Lawyers 
said in a statement.”

See: 

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal 
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

– Related News

NT News: Compensation offer withdrawn over Briscoe death
http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2013/01/09/316537_ntnews.html
9 Jan 13: “THE lawyer for the family of a man who died in 
custody has threatened to sue the police officers on duty 
if the NT Government refuses to give them compensation. 
Lawyer for Kwementyaye Briscoe’s family, George Newhouse 
said the NT Government has decided not to give an ex gratia 
payment until the family had exhausted all civil 
proceedings against those associated with Mr Briscoe’s 
death. But Attorney General John Elferink denied the 
government had refused to negotiate an ex gratia payment.”

* TRACKER: NT DENIES CLOSING DOOR ON BRISCOE TALKS

– News

newsTracker: NT denies closing door on Briscoe talks
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/nt-denies-closing-door-on-briscoe-talks/
10 Jan 13: “NORTHERN TERRITORY: Northern Territory 
Attorney-General John Elferink says claims his government 
is trying to avoid compensation talks with the family of a 
man who died in police custody may be part of a legal 
strategy. “This looks more like a strategy that they are 
employing to get the government all twitchy about opening 
the doors for negotiation,” Mr Elferink told AAP on 
Wednesday. “Those doors were never closed and even if you 
go through the normal civil process of litigation the 
negotiation door is never closed.””

See: 

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal 
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE JUSTICE FOR KUMENTJAYE BRISCOE CAMPAIGN: 

Last updated: 8 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-the-justice-for-kumentjaye-briscoe-campaign

* NIRS: INCARCERATION SHOULD BE “MATTER OF LAST RESORT”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Incarceration should be “matter of last resort”
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7725-incarceration-should-be-qmatter-of-last-resortq
8 Jan 13: “The Indigenous Social Justice Association says 
something must be done about the rising incarceration rates 
of young Indigenous people nation-wide. … Association 
President Ray Jackson says Aboriginal children are treated 
badly within the juvenile justice system. “The magistrates, 
especially out in western New South Wales, are absolutely 
going berserk with their sentences. “Where is the 
understanding that, as the Royal Commission [into Indigenous 
deaths in custody] recommendations stated, incarceration is 
a matter of last resort? “That doesn’t seem to apply to 
magistrates anymore.””

See: 

Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne: 
Who we are and what we stand for
http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm
“The Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne 
(ISJA – Melb) was established in January 2005 to organise a 
Melbourne rally and march as part of a National Day of 
Action (NDA) to mark the first anniversary of the death of 
Kamilaroi teenager, TJ Hickey in Redfern, and to demand a 
fresh inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his death. 
… ISJA – Melb primary objective is to stop Aboriginal 
deaths in custody and support Aboriginal peoples’ quest for 
justice. However, recognises that the struggle to end 
Indigenous deaths in custody cannot be separated from the 
wider campaign for Indigenous rights. This is why we also 
work to advance campaigns to recognise the Sovereignty of 
Australia’s many Indigenous nations and the negotiation of 
genuine treaties with these nations and why we oppose the 
Federal Government’s intervention into NT Aboriginal 
communities.”

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.”

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Current youth policies not working: Lawyer
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7731-current-youth-policies-not-working-lawyer
10 Jan 13: “President of the Indigenous Lawyers Association 
of Queensland says the rate of Aboriginal juvenile 
incarceration is alarming. The Australian Institute of 
Health and Welfare recently released a report which shows 
the national rate of Aboriginal youth detention has risen 
to a rate of 31 times the non-Indigenous rate, which is up 
from 27 times in 2008. Joshua Creamer says the main concern 
is that as the children get older, they might continue to 
commit offences and move into adult prisons.”

Australian: 
Disparity in black sentences ‘perverse’, says Mick Gooda
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/disparity-in-black-sentences-perverse-says-mick-gooda/story-fn9hm1pm-1226550754153
10 Jan 13: “ABORIGINAL leader Mick Gooda has questioned 
sentencing disparities in the nation’s courts that display 
a bizarre leniency towards violent black-on-black crimes 
yet lock children in juvenile prisons in white-dominated 
regional towns for minor offences. The Aboriginal and 
Torres Strait Islander Justice Commissioner said yesterday 
he despaired at a justice system that seemed to say it was 
“all right for Aboriginal men to bash women but ‘steal 
something (and) we’ll come down on you like a tonne of 
bricks’ “.”

* ABC: INDIGENOUS LEADER URGES ACTION ON JAIL ‘TIME BOMB’
 [CALL FOR A NATIONAL SUMMIT]

– News

ABC Indigenous: 
Indigenous leader urges action on jail ‘time bomb’
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-09/indigenous-leader-calls-for-action-on-youth-jail-rates/4458048/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
9 Jan 13: “One of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous 
leaders is calling for a national summit on Aboriginal 
justice issues to reverse soaring incarceration levels. 
National and state statistics show Indigenous youths are 
being locked up at an alarming rate. Warren Mundine says 
the incarceration rates have doubled in the past decade. 
“You’ve got figures of the Aboriginal population making up 
between 2 to 3 per cent of the Australian population and 
yet it is over 53 per cent of the juvenile justice and jail 
prison rates,” he told The World Today.” By Emily Bourke

See: 

ABC Indigenous – About this Website
http://www.abc.net.au/indigenous/about/default.htm
“Welcome to ABC Indigenous – our new online portal for 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ABC 
Indigenous has replaced the pre-existing Message Stick 
gateway. The Indigenous portal was ‘soft-launched’ on 
Tuesday 2 June, 2008. The portal is designed to reflect 
current issues in the Indigenous community.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/am-10.1.12.mp3
10 Jan 13: “Warren Mundine, prominent Aboriginal leader 
is calling for a national summit to tackle the 
alarming rates of Indigenous incarceration.”

* ABC THE WORLD TODAY AUDIO: 
JOBS NOT JAIL FOR TROUBLED INDIGENOUS YOUTHS: MUNDINE
 [CALL FOR A NATIONAL SUMMIT]

– Audio

ABC The World Today: 
Jobs not jail for troubled Indigenous youths: Mundine
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2013/s3666476.htm
9 Jan 13: “One of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous 
leaders is calling for a national summit on Aboriginal 
justice issues to reverse soaring incarceration levels. 
Warren Mundine says Aboriginal youths are being jailed 
at double the rate of a decade ago. He says going to jail 
is now a culturally acceptable rite of passage for young 
Aboriginal men and boys. And he’s accused state and 
federal governments of creating a so-called Indigenous 
prison industry. … 
WARREN MUNDINE: You’ve got figures of, you know, the 
Aboriginal population making up between 2 to 3 per cent of 
the Australian population and yet it is over 53 per cent 
of the juvenile justice and jail prison rates.”

* ABC: INDIGENOUS YOUTH JUSTICE SUMMIT CALL DISMISSED

– News

ABC: Indigenous youth justice summit call dismissed
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-11/elferink-on-mundine-indigenous-youth-summit-call/4461082
11 Jan 13: “Northern Territory Attorney-General John 
Elferink has dismissed calls from a prominent national 
Indigenous leader to tackle soaring incarceration levels of 
Aboriginal youth. Warren Mundine, who heads up the 
Generation One Indigenous employment initiative, says more 
diversionary programs and resources are needed to keep 
young people out of jail. He is calling for a national 
summit on Aboriginal justice issues. Mr Mundine has accused 
state, territory and federal governments of creating a 
so-called Indigenous prison industry. Mr Elferink says it 
is not the Territory Government’s responsibility.” 
By Melanie Arnost

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY: 

Last updated: 9 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

* NIRS: 
GOVERNMENT ‘DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR BAD NEWS ABOUT INCOME MANAGEMENT’

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Government ‘doesn’t want to hear bad news about income management’
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7729-government-doesnt-want-to-hear-bad-news-about-income-management
9 Jan 13: “A senior researcher of Indigenous policy says the 
Federal Government is ignoring reports about the failure of 
income management in Northern Territory Indigenous 
communities. The University of Technology, Sydney’s Eva Cox 
says the scheme doesn’t improve the well-being of Aboriginal 
people in the NT. She also says the system is financially 
unviable, costing $80 a week per person in administration. 
Ms. Cox says research conducted by a number of organisations 
has shown no positive effects of income management, but the 
Government is looking the other way.”

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 ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Last updated: 30 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 30 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* SOVEREIGN UNION: SOVEREIGN UNION AND OUR POLITICAL FUTURE

– Analysis / Opinion

Sovereign Union: Sovereign Union and Our Political Future
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sovereign-union-and-our-political-future-0
“Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia 
The survival of our Mother Earth and our very right to exist 
is what we have to defend. … 
The Sovereign Union is an organisation that does not accept 
the right of the existing pseudo-government of Australia to 
rule over the rights of our Peoples. We have to understand 
that there are a number of International Court of Justice 
decisions that clearly state that Sovereignty remains with 
the People. (Western Sahara Case and others) The 
international objectives of the Sovereign Union are to have 
our Peoples recognised as ‘Peoples’ under the international 
legal definition. By campaigning to have this recognised we, 
as First Nations Peoples, have the international right as 
independent Peoples to assert the right of 
self-determination under international law.”

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.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 4 January 2013

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

* JOSEPH TOSCANO, ANARCHIST WORLD 3CR: 
TUNNERMINNERWAIT AND MAULBOYHEENER – FREEDOM FIGHTERS EXECUTION

– Audio

3CR Community Radio 855 AM – Podcasts
Anarchist World – 9 Jan 2013
[scroll down page] http://www.3cr.org.au/podcast
[download this program] http://pod.3cr.org.au/pod/3CRCast-2013-01-08-69660.mp3
9 Jan 13: “Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener- freeedom fighters execution, 
the earth, direct action and more”

– Event

Event: Sun 20 January 2013: Melbourne, Vic
Commemorating the Freedom Fighters 
Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheener
Please bring flowers
Lest We Forget
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/freedom-fighters.jpg

See: 

Who we are – 3CR Community Radio 855 AM
http://www.3cr.org.au/about_3CR
“The radio station was established in 1976 to provide 
a voice for those denied access to the mass media, 
particularly the working class, women, Indigenous people 
and the many community groups and community issues 
discriminated against in and by the mass media.”

* NIRS: 
PARTIES MUST DETAIL INDIGENOUS POLICIES BEFORE ELECTION: CONGRESS

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Parties must detail Indigenous policies before election: Congress
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7724-parties-must-detail-indigenous-policies-before-election-congress
8 Jan 13: “The National Congress of Australia’s First 
Peoples says the major political parties must clarify their 
positions on Indigenous self-determination before this 
year’s Federal election. Congress co-chair Lez Malezer says 
2013 will be an important year for Indigenous Australians, 
with elections to be held for both the Congress itself and 
the Federal Government. … “We will want to know what the 
position of the parties is in relation to Congress and 
particularly about self-determination and decision-making 
about Aboriginal people.””

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 NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLES:

Last updated: 5 May 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

* NIRS: ILLAWARRA LALC SLAMS STATE BODY ON MINING PLANS

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Illawarra LALC slams state body on mining plans
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7727-illawarra-lalc-slams-state-body-on-mining-plans
9 Jan 13: “The chair of the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land 
Council in New South Wales has described the state’s peak 
land council as going ‘rogue’ on the issue of mining 
industry involvement. The New South Wales Aboriginal Land 
Council is in the process of getting more involved in 
mining, particularly the coal seam gas, uranium and coal 
industries. Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy from the Illawarra council 
is concerned about potential environmental impacts of 
mining in his region and says the issue must be discussed. 
… The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council says it 
does plan to consult with local councils on the issue.”

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.”

– Related News

Koori Mail: Gas protest planned
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
9 Jan 13: “NSW Aboriginal Land Council CEO Geoff Scott is 
unfazed by the threat of an anti-coal seam gas protest 
outside his Parramatta office. NSWALC has applied for 
petroleum exploration licences across much of the state, 
sparking Aboriginal activist Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy to plan a 
protest for 25 January. Mr Scott confirmed that NSWALC had 
also taken the initial steps to apply for a uranium 
exploration licence, saying the land council would not be 
digging an open-cut mine but was exploring ways of putting 
money in Aboriginal hands.”

* OTHER ARTICLES: 

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Demand for language preservation funding ‘not being met’
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7723-demand-for-language-preservation-funding-not-being-met
8 Jan 13: “An Aboriginal language preservation worker from 
northern New South Wales says governments haven’t matched 
the demand for funding for language projects. Gary Williams 
from the Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture 
Cooperative says his group works to protect and revitalise 
a number of languages, including Bundjalung and 
Gumbayngirr. Mr. Williams says while more people are 
getting involved language programs, financial support is 
hard to come by.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
What about our heritage?
http://caama.com.au/what-about-our-heritage
9 Jan 13: “Michael Mansell, respected Aboriginal human 
rights campaigner in Tasmania has expressed his 
disappointment at the mainstream media’s failure to report 
on the affects the bush fires have had on state’s 
Aboriginal heritage. The Tasmanian bushfires and their 
devastating effects on the state’s residents have been 
largely reported on in the Australian media…but Michael 
Mansell says of all the media reports on the bush fires, he 
has not heard a word of mention of the fires affects on 
Aboriginal people and Aboriginal heritage.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/am-8.1.13-updated.mp3
8 Jan 13: “An Aboriginal human rights campaigner in 
Tasmania has expressed his dissappointement at the 
mainstream media’s failure to report on the affects the 
bushfires have had on state’s Aboriginal heritage.”

– Analysis / Opinion

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. They need to campaign, inspire and 
alliance-build in a hazardous environment, where … ” 
Rita Markwell

130111 – Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia – 45 events from 11 January 2013

Posted in NEWS on 16/01/2013 by D

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia 
– 45 events from 11 January 2013

Click on the links for details of the events … 

Event: Fri 11 until Sat 19 January 2013: Footscray, Melbourne, Vic
Wominjeka 2013
Koorie Space – Footscray Community Arts Centre
“Wominjeka means ‘welcome’ in the language 
of the Kulin Nation. Wominjeka has developed as 
FCAC’s annual celebration of Australia’s 
Indigenous artistic and cultural practices; 
and the launch of the Centre’s annual program.”
Event details: http://footscrayarts.com/access-blog-event/wominjeka-2013/
[From this link there are links to other activities, including: 
Fri 11 January until Sun 24 March: Reflect Exhibition
Tue 15 January: Black Screen January Screening
Tue 15 – Wed 16 January: KOPI Workshop
Sat 19 January: Dirtsong Musical]
Event details: http://footscrayarts.com/koorie-space/upcoming-events/

Event: Fri 11 January until Sun 24 March 2013: Footscray, Melbourne, Vic
Reflect Exhibition
Koorie Space – Footscray Community Arts Centre
Opening: Fri 11 January
Reflect Floor-talk Sat 12 January: http://footscrayarts.com/1/wominjeka-2013-floor-talks/
“The capacity for art to enable people to reconnect 
with their cultural heritage and to assist in their 
recovery is central to my philosophy of the 
power of art to heal and inspire people to 
positively identify with their Aboriginality.” Maree Clarke
Event details: http://footscrayarts.com/access-blog-event/reflect/
Event details: http://footscrayarts.com/koorie-space/upcoming-events/

Event: 14, 15 and 16 January 2013: Brisbane, Qld
Show your support at the 
Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry
“Please come and support key Aboriginal and 
Torres Strait Islander child and family advocates 
calling for proficient Aboriginal and Torres Strait 
Islander child protection framework with greater 
responsibility, accountability and authority 
held by the community.”
Event details: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/
Event details: http://www.989fm.com.au/events/show-your-support-at-the-queensland-child-protection-commission-of-inquiry/

Event: Tue 15 January 2013: Adelaide, SA
Kimberley documentary premiere screening
“The Wyldeclan documentary film making team 
are touring their new film 
‘LURUJARRI-THE DOCUMENTARY’ and you 
are invited to the Adelaide premiere screening. 
At The Wilderness Society SA campaign centre 
we will show a couple of short films, hear from 
the filmakers then screen the feature documentary. 
There will be a Q and A after the film.”
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/555566751137924/
About the Film: http://wyldeclan.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/lurujarri-documentary_20.html
WGAR Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

Event: Fri 18 January 2013: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic
Kimberley documentary Melbourne premiere screening
LURUJARRI-THE DOCUMENTARY- Melbourne Premiere
“The Wyldeclan documentary film making 
team are touring their new film 
‘LURUJARRI-THE DOCUMENTARY’ and you are 
invited to the very exciting Melbourne premiere screening. 
At The Wilderness Society Vic campaign centre 
(the Loft, Leval 2) we will show a couple of short films, 
hear from the filmakers then screen the feature 
documentary. There will be a Q and A after the film. 
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/526497800717607/
About the Film: http://wyldeclan.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/lurujarri-documentary_20.html
WGAR Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

Event: Sun 20 January 2013: Melbourne, Vic
Commemorating the Freedom Fighters 
Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheener
Please bring flowers
Lest We Forget
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2013/gatherings/freedom-fighters.jpg

Event: 23 November 2012 to 20 January 2013: Leichhardt, Sydney, NSW
Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative presents: 
Ripple Effect: Boomalli Founding Members Exhibition
25th Anniversary Exhibition
* Officially opened by Gary Foley. 
* Exhibition runs until January 20 
(gallery closed over Christmas & New Years). 
Featuring works by: 
* Bronwyn Bancroft, 
* Euphemia Bostock, 
* Brenda L Croft, 
* Fiona Foley, 
* Fernanda Martins, 
* Arone Raymond Meeks, 
* Tracey Moffatt, 
* Avril Quaill, 
* Michael Riley, 
* Jeffrey Samuels. 
Event details: http://www.boomalli.com.au/
Event details: http://www.artguide.com.au/features/recommended/ripple-effect-boomalli-founding-members-exhibition/
Interview with Curator Keith Munro: http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/keith-munro/

Event: 25 January – 25 May 2013: Canberra, ACT
Centenary of Canberra celebrates First Australians
“As we celebrate Canberra’s 100th birthday in 2013, 
we recognise Aboriginal people’s continuing connection 
to this place, a connection that spans some 20,000 years.”
Includes Kevin Gilbert (1933-1993) Art Retrospective: http://www.canberra100.com.au/calendar/view/751/i-do-have-a-belief—kevin-gilbert-1933-1993-art-retrospec/
Event details: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/actindnetwork/message/20210

Event: 26 January 2013: various locations in Australia
Sovereignty Day / Invasion Day / Survival Day
“‘Australia Day’, also known as Survival Day, 
Invasion Day and Sovereignty Day: 
a commemmoration of the day white settlers 
landed in Australia and a day to reflect on the 
controversial past of Australia and steer 
towards a better society.” 
“Australia Day – No time to celebrate: 
Australia Day is traditionally the most racist 
day of the year for Aboriginal people. 
When people celebrate on January 26, 
there is no escaping the fact they are celebrating 
the day that one race of people invaded another 
race of people’s country and took control of 
Aboriginal lands and tried to dominate Aboriginal 
people. Invasion Day, as it should be called, 
celebrates the dispossession of land, culture, 
and way of life of Aborigines.” Jay McDonald, GLW
Event details: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223015
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/46475

Event: 26 January 2013: Canberra, ACT
Memorial Corroboree for Isabell Edith Coe
Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra
“The Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra will be holding 
a Memorial Corroboree that will coincide with the 
protest sites’ commemoration of 26 January 1972, 
in recognition of the continuous fight for Aboriginal 
Sovereignty.”
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2012/gatherings/coe2.jpg
WGAR News: The Wire: Influential tent embassy activist passes away: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/15/wgar-news-the-wire-influential-tent-embassy-activist-passes-away-isabel-coe
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Melbourne CBD, Vic
Festival: Share the Spirit Indigenous music festival
Part of Melbourne’s official Survival Day celebrations
75th Anniversary of the Day of Mourning
“This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the 
Day of Mourning, a protest organised by the 
Aboriginal Progressive Association against the 
injustices surrounding the treatment of Aboriginal 
People in Australia held on January 26, 1938. 
The festival boasts an eclectic mix of established 
and emerging local Indigenous artists who will 
perform side-by-side to celebrate what Indigenous 
people achieved 75 years ago, increase awareness 
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, whilst 
contributing to the process of political change, 
reconciliation and national excellence.”
Event details: http://www.sharethespiritfestival.com/SHARE_THE_SPIRIT_FESTIVAL/Share_the_Spirit_2012.html
Event details: http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/melbourne_details.php?id=53446
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/52993

Event: 26 January 2013: Belgrave, Melbourne Vic
Belgrave Survival Day: 
A concert to celebrate survival of indigenous 
culture locally and nationally
“The sixth annual Belgrave Survival Day 
will this year focus on children’s activities, 
hip hop and the 150th anniversary of 
Cooranderrk as a we again celebrate the 
survival of the oldest living culture on earth.”
“The Wurundjeri: 
The land that Belgrave Survival Day falls upon 
is part of the Wurundjeri nation that lived here 
for tens of thousands of years before the 
colonial settlers re-named the area 
Belgrave in the late 19th century.”
Event details: http://belgravesurvivalday.org/
Flyer: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/images/2012/gatherings/survival-day.jpg

Event: 26 January 2013: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT
Monsoon Movies Film Festival
Survival Day film screening: 
Murundak: Songs for Freedom
Organised by Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/monsoon-movies-film-festival/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/survival-day-film-screening-january-26-2013/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Glebe, Sydney, NSW
26 January Australia Day / Survival Day 
Yabun festival 2013, Sydney
“Celebrates the survival of Aboriginal and 
Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture.”
“Yabun is the largest single day Indigenous 
festival drawing an audience of between 
10,000 and 15,000 and is one of the most 
important Indigenous music events in the 
country reflecting the huge wealth of 
Indigenous creative talent.”
“Alongside all the wonderful music, 
you can soak up some culture and area 
information from some of the community’s 
most influential leaders and informational 
booths including:
* The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence,
* The Redfern Legal Centre,
* Wirringa Bay Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre
* Amnesty International”
“Yabun 2013 will be celebrating the 
20th Anniversary of Gadigal Information Service, 
10 years of Koori Radio’s Young Black and 
Deadly project and the 75th Anniversary of the 
National Aborigines Progressive Association.”
Event details: http://www.homeaway.com.au/info/holiday-ideas/events-festivals/new-south-wales-events-festivals/sydney-events/yabun-festival-2013
Event details: http://www.yelp.com.au/events/glebe-yabun-festival
Event details: http://www.pleasetakemeto.com/australia/sydney/yabun-festival-2013-9127032
Event details: https://www.facebook.com/yabun.festival/info
Event details: http://www.sydney.com/events/yabun-2011?gclid=COz5lNrDp7QCFQFKpgodTXoARw
Event details: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html#january
Background: http://www.gadigal.org.au/Index.aspx
Background: http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/lryb/resistance/activism.html

Event: Sat 26 January 2013: Adelaide, SA
145th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk 
around Government House
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to 
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and 
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other 
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations, 
their families and communities left behind, 
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/category/news/2012/10/candlelight-walk-2/
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

Event: 7 December 2012 to 26 January 2013: Wooloongabba, Qld
Art Exhibition: Claudia’s Story
featuring Claudia Janice Moodoonuthi
Woolloongabba Art Gallery
“Throughout the development of modern Aboriginal 
art there are many instances of Indigenous people 
reconnecting to their heritage through art. Rarely 
though, does one witness this in an artist of such 
a young age as Claudia Moodoonuthi. Born on 
the small and largely isolated Bentinck Island in 
the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1995 Moodoonoothi is 
already proving a formidable art talent.” By Susan McCulloch
Event details: http://wag.com.au/
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/207
Invite: http://wag.com.au/index.php/download_file/view/530/1/
Catalogue: http://wag.com.au/index.php/download_file/view/531/1/

Event: 19 November 2012 – 28 January 2013: Ultimo, Sydney, NSW
Koori Art Expressions
The Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on
Powerhouse Museum
“A highly imaginative and thoughtful selection of 
visual arts works created by Sydney school 
students from Kindergarten to Year 12 is 
now showing in Koori Art Expressions 2012. 
Over 70 works inspired by this year’s theme for 
NAIDOC Week and the 40th anniversary of the 
Aboriginal Tent Embassy, showcase individual, 
class and whole school projects from 26 Sydney 
schools.”
Event details: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/exhibitions/koori_art_expressions.php
Event details: http://www.vibe.com.au/newsite/news/koori-art-expressions
Event details: http://www.liveguide.com.au/Events/809169/Artists/Koori_Art_Expressions_2012
Event details: http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/about-us/news-at-det/news/powerhouse-of-indigenous-protest-celebrated-in-art
Media Release: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/media/?p=238
NITV Video: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/video/13115971822/Exhibition-celebrates-Aboriginal-Tent-Embassy
Slideshow of Artwork: http://www.slideshare.net/powerhousemuseum/koori-art-expressions-exhibition-walkthrough
Video Case Studies: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/exhibitions/koori_art_expressions_education.php
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Event: 29 January 2013: Petersham, Sydney, NSW
Invasion Day Special Screening and Fundraiser
The Inner West Film Forum
In the wake of Invasion Day 2013 
we present two important screenings …
* The Invasion Continues… Video from the NT Intervention. 
Presented by Paddy Gibson
* One People Sing Freedom (1988)
Event details: http://thepbc.org.au/happenings/inner-west-film-forum/
WGAR Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

Event: Thu 31 January 2013: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT
Monsoon Movies Film Festival
Mabo film screening
Organised by Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/monsoon-movies-film-festival/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/survival-day-film-screening-january-26-2013/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

Event: Tue 5 February 2013: West Perth, WA
Kimberley update for new and existing volunteers
– meet our new staff!
The Wilderness Society WA Inc
“The new year has brought with it many changes, 
including some great additions to our WA Perth 
campaign team. Join us in our offices in West 
Perth on Tuesday Feb 5th from 5:30pm to 
meet the new team, hear a campaign update and 
get involved in exciting actions and events coming up!”
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/regions/western-australia/meet-our-new-perth-team
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/kimberley-portal-page/2/1/kimberley-events
WGAR Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

Event: Wed 7 February 2013: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Next Meeting
Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne: http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm

Event: Thu 7 February 2013: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT
Monsoon Movies Film Festival
Croker Island Exodus film screening
Organised by Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/monsoon-movies-film-festival/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/survival-day-film-screening-january-26-2013/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

Event: 13 February 2013: various locations in Australia
National Apology Day
Event details: http://www.nsdc.org.au/events-info/the-apology-to-australias-indigenous-peoples
Event summary: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223021

Event: Thu 14 February 2013: Waterloo, Sydney, NSW
Rally 9th Anniversary of TJ Hickey’s death: 
9 Years Too Long! Re open the TJ inquiry!
Demand justice for TJ and all other Deaths in Costody!
Organised by the Hickey family and the 
Indigenous Social Justice Association: http://www.isja-msg.com/index.htm
Flyer: http://indymedia.org.au/files/flyer%20front%209th%20anniversary%20tj%20hickey%20rally%2014%20feb%202013%20raul%20+%20shelly%20with%20changes.pdf
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/9-years-too-long-re-open-the-tj-inquiry
WGAR Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody
WGAR Background to the justice for Kumentjaye Briscoe campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-the-justice-for-kumentjaye-briscoe-campaign

Event: Thu 14 February 2013: Fannie Bay, Darwin, NT
Monsoon Movies Film Festival
Kanyini Film screening
Organised by Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/monsoon-movies-film-festival/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/survival-day-film-screening-january-26-2013/
Event details: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

Event: Friday 22 February 2013: Sydney CBD, NSW
The Wilderness Society Sydney Inc: 
Festival for the Kimberley
“Calling all Sydneysiders: This is your chance 
join us for a fun-filled day to bring the stunning 
beauty of the Kimberley region to Sydney, 
and to stand in solidarity with the people of 
Broome against industrialisation as a result of the 
planned James Price Point gas hub.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.respectandlisten.org/kimberley.html
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/festival-for-the-kimberley
Event details: http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/kimberley-portal-page/2/1/kimberley-events
WGAR Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

Event: Fri 1 March 2013: Adelaide, SA
146th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk 
around Government House
Gather at dusk on the first Friday of the month 
(except January and February)
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to 
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and 
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other 
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations, 
their families and communities left behind, 
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

Event: Mon 18 March 2013: Qld
Annual ANTaR Qld 
Closing the Gap in Indigenous Health Award
“We are happy to announce that the 
Annual ANTaR Qld Closing the Gap in Indigenous 
Health Award will continue to be hosted with a 
Parliamentary sponsor and will continue to highlight 
the wonderful success stories in health from around 
our State.” 
“In negotiation with the new Government and Minister Elmes, 
the Award ceremony has been rescheduled to 
coincide with National Close the Gap Day in March 2013. 
Details will be sent out closer to the date.”
Event summary: http://antarqld.org.au/node/207
Event details: http://antarqld.org.au/

Event: Thu 21 or Fri 22 March 2013: various locations in Australia
National Close the Gap Day
“A day for Australians to join together and remind 
political leaders to close the life expectancy gap 
between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians 
within a generation.”
Event details: https://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/national-close-the-gap-day/
Event details: http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/key-resources/conferences?cid=994
Event summary: http://www.atsisupport.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=223027
Event details: http://humanrights.gov.au/social_justice/health/index.html
Event details: https://www.oxfam.org.au/explore/indigenous-australia/close-the-gap

Event: 21 March 2013: various locations internationally
UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: 28 March to 14 April 2013: Belconnen, Canberra, ACT
I Do Have a Belief: 
Kevin Gilbert (1933-1993) Art Retrospective
Location: Belconnen Arts Centre
Producer: Gilbert Family
“I Do Have a Belief is an exhibition and events 
celebrating the life of Kevin Gilbert and his contribution 
to the local community, advancing human and political 
rights and Aboriginal sovereignty at a national and 
international level.”
“The showcasing of his creative work includes 
unseen oils, lino‑prints, published poetry, 
political works, and photographic murals.”
Special events will be held on: 
* 1 April at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and on 
* 6 April at the Belconnen Arts Centre
Event details: http://www.canberra100.com.au/calendar/view/751/i-do-have-a-belief—kevin-gilbert-1933-1993-art-retrospec/
Event details: http://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/
eBooks by Kevin Gilbert (1933 – 1993) launching 2nd February 2013: http://kevingilbert.org/
Other Centenary of Canberra Aboriginal events: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/actindnetwork/message/20210
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Event: Easter Weekend Thu 28 March – 31 March 2013: Melbourne, Vic
Marxism 2013 Conference
Featured Speakers: 
Gary Foley, Aboriginal activist: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/107-gary-foley.html
Diane Fieldes, Aboriginal rights campaigner: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/153-diane-fieldes.html
Allyson Hose, campaigner against the NT Intervention: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/154-allyson-hose.html
Kim Bullimore, anti-racism campaigner: http://www.marxismconference.org/index.php/program/featured-speakers/item/170-kim-bullimore.html
Event details: http://www.marxismconference.org/

Event: Fri 29 March to Sun 7 April 2013: 
Melbourne-Adelaide-the uranium hotspots of SA and back!
Radioactive Exposure Tour 2013
“Friends of the Earth is hosting the annual 
Radioactive Exposure Tour. These tours have 
exposed thousands of people first-hand to 
the realities of ‘radioactive racism’ and to the 
environmental impacts of the nuclear industry.”
“After travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide 
we will head through Port Augusta and 
visit the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Then we’ll 
travel north to the SA desert, we’ll visit BHP 
Billiton’s Olympic Dam uranium mine at 
Roxby Downs, … we’ll hopefully get to spend 
time with Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, … “
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/456894601029352/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/radioactive-exposure-tour-0
Background to Port Augusta Aboriginal Tent Embassy: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/gugada-embassy-be-established-pt-augusta
More about the Embassy: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-16/indigenous-protesters-urge-sovereignty-treaty/4203182
WGAR Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/13/background-to-expansion-of-olympic-dam-mine-challenge-south-australia
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

Event: Fri 5 April 2013: Adelaide, SA
147th Justice and Peace Candle Light Walk 
around Government House
Gather at dusk on the first Friday of the month 
(except January and February)
“Join us on the Candle Light Walk to 
call for a Treaty and Bill of Rights, and 
to support the Ngarrindjeri and all other 
Aboriginal people and the Stolen Generations, 
their families and communities left behind, 
in their call for Peace and Justice.”
Event details: http://antarsa.auspics.org.au/
Background to the Candle Light Walk: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rmclc/CandleLightWalkHistory.htm

Event: 30 Sep 2012 – 19 April 2013: Qld
State of Emergency Exhibition
“During the Commonwealth Games in 1982, 
Brisbane came alive with political demonstrations for 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander civil liberties 
and land rights. This incredible exhibition allows you to 
relive and reflect on this politically significant time 
through original footage and photographs, and 
personal stories from the advocates of this 
revolutionary movement.”
Event details: [scroll down page] http://antarqld.org.au/node/207
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/201
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/206
Commonwealth Games Demonstrations- Brisbane 1982: http://www.kooriweb.org/foley/images/history/1980s/82games/gamesppdx.html

Event: 26 May 2013: various locations in Australia
National Sorry Day
Event details: http://www.nsdc.org.au
Event details: http://antar.org.au/
Background: http://www.nsdc.org.au/events-info/the-history-of-national-sorry-day
Background: http://antar.org.au/reports/sorry-day-a-reminder-unfinished-business

Event: 27 May until 3 June 2013: various locations in Australia
National Reconciliation Week
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au
Event details: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/projects/national-reconciliation-week

Event: 3 June 2013: various locations in Australia
Mabo Day
Event details: http://www.mabonativetitle.com/home.shtml
NIRS: Sam Watson says Mabo Day a better day for national celebration: 
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7719-sam-watson-says-mabo-day-a-better-day-for-national-celebration
WGAR Background to Mabo and Native Title: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title

Event: 4 to 6 June 2013: Cairns, Qld
SNAICC’s Fifth National Conference
For Our Children: Living and Learning Together
Organised by SNAICC: 
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care
Keynote Speakers: 
* Marta Maurás Perez (Chile)
* Cindy Blackstock (Canada)
* Assoc. Prof. Cynthia Kiro (New Zealand) – of Maori descent
* Prof. Judy Atkinson – a Jiman and Bundjalung woman
* Kathy Guthadjaka (Gotha) – a Gatjirrk Warramiri woman 
living at Gawa (north-east Arnhem Land)
“The SNAICC National Conference is the largest 
conference of its type in the southern hemisphere 
and provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and 
Torres Strait Islander organisations, policy makers, 
researchers, government representatives, other 
non-government organisations and industry 
representatives to gather and make renewed 
commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait 
Islander children.”
Keynote Speakers: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=931
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=67

Sat 6 July to Sun 14 July 2013: 
North of Broome on the Dampier Peninsula, Kimberley, WA
The Lurujarri Dreaming Trail
Walk the Trail with us in 2013
“In 1987, Paddy Roe initiated the Lurujarri Heritage 
Trail as a trigger to encourage the members of the 
Goolarabooloo community to be walking the Country 
again, as had always been done; to conserve; 
renew and stay connected with their heritage and 
traditional skills and to keep the same alive for 
generations to come. He also sought to wake up 
non-Aboriginal people to a relationship with the land; 
to foster trust; friendship and empathy between the 
indigenous community and the wider Australian 
and International communities.”
Event details: http://www.goolarabooloo.org.au/lurujarri.html
Event details: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/lurujarri-heritage-walking-trail-kimberley.htm
WGAR Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome

Event: 7 to 14 July 2013: various locations in Australia
National NAIDOC Week
The focus city for National NAIDOC celebrations is Perth
Event details: http://www.naidoc.org.au/

Event: 4 August 2013: various locations in Australia
National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/
Event details: http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=843
Event summary: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/events/index.html

Event: 9 August 2013: various locations internationally
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2005 – 2015
Event details: [scroll down page] http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/indigenous-peoples-of-the-world
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: 10 December 2013: various locations internationally
UN International Human Rights Day
Event details: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/education/commemorate_hr_day/index.html
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/

Event: 20 December 2013: various locations internationally
UN International Human Solidarity Day
Event details: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/international-human-solidarity-day
Event details: http://www.un.org/en/events/humansolidarityday/

130109 – Canadian PM to talk with Aboriginal leaders following hunger strike: Tracker

Posted in NEWS on 10/01/2013 by D

* Tracker: 
Canadian PM to talk with Aboriginal leaders following hunger strike
* CBC News Canada: 9 questions about Idle No More
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* Tracker: Concern at high Indigenous youth jail rate
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* Tracker: Doubts over income quarantine in APY Lands
* Background to Income Management for APY Lands in South Australia

* Kathy Marks, The National: 
Billionaire mining magnate accused of dividing indigenous communities
* Background to the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)

* NIRS: 
Sam Watson says Mabo Day a better day for national celebration
* Background to Mabo and Native Title

* ABC Video: Calls to pardon hanged Aboriginal man

* ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles

* Other articles

* TRACKER: 
CANADIAN PM TO TALK WITH ABORIGINAL LEADERS FOLLOWING HUNGER STRIKE

– News

newsTracker: 
Canadian PM to talk with Aboriginal leaders following hunger strike
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/canadian-pm-to-talk-with-aboriginal-leaders-following-hunger-strike/
7 Jan 13: “CANADA: Canada’s prime minister has agreed to 
talks with Indigenous leaders as a hunger strike by one 
native chief, demanding improvements to squalid living 
conditions on reserves, enters its fourth week. … 
Following complaints of poor results from last year’s 
summit, this new round of talks will focus on Indigenous 
treaty rights and economic development in impoverished 
native communities, Harper’s office said. “We see this as 
a good first step,” Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand 
Chief Alvin Fiddler said of Harper’s offer to meet.”

See: 

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal 
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

* CBC NEWS CANADA: 9 QUESTIONS ABOUT IDLE NO MORE

– News

CBC News Canada: 9 questions about Idle No More
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/01/04/f-idlenomore-faq.html?cmp=rss
5 Jan 13: “What’s the goal of the Idle No More protests? 
The movement says it wants to “stop the Harper government 
from passing more laws and legislation that will further 
erode treaty and indigenous rights and the rights of all 
Canadians.” The mission statement reads, “Idle No More 
calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors 
and fulfils Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land 
and water.” The Idle No More Facebook group, which has 
about 45,000 members, says its purpose is “to support and 
encourage grassroots to create their own forums to learn 
more about Indigenous rights and our responsibilities to 
our Nationhood via teach-ins, rallies and social media.””

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 4 January 2013

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

* TRACKER: CONCERN AT HIGH INDIGENOUS YOUTH JAIL RATE

– News

newsTracker: Concern at high Indigenous youth jail rate
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/concern-at-high-indigenous-youth-jail-rate/
7 Jan 13: “NEW SOUTH WALES: The number of Aboriginal 
children being jailed is soaring at an alarming rate, 
figures show. More than 250 Indigenous youth in 
northwestern NSW have been sentenced to juvenile prison 
terms during the past five years compared with only 12 
non-Aboriginal children, The Australian newspaper reported 
on Saturday. Figures from the Australian Institute of 
Health and Welfare show the national rate of Aboriginal 
juvenile incarceration has risen to 31 times the 
non-Indigenous rate, up from 27 times in 2008.”

See: 

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal 
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

– Related News

Australian: 
Kids prefer jail to abuse at home, says magistrate Roger Clisdell
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/kids-prefer-jail-to-abuse-at-home-says-magistrate-roger-clisdell/story-fn9hm1pm-1226549207731
8 Jan 13: “ABORIGINAL children in outback NSW are 
deliberately committing crimes so that they can be sent to 
jail to escape “constant and brutal domestic violence”, 
according to a serving magistrate who has decried a critical 
lack of sentencing options for some of the nation’s most 
disadvantaged children. Roger Clisdell has taken the 
extraordinary step of publicly highlighting the social 
catastrophe he sees unfolding daily in his courtroom in 
response to suggestions that country magistrates were 
punishing Aboriginal children with harsher sentences than 
city-based offenders.”

Australian: Juveniles missing shot at bail
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/juveniles-missing-shot-at-bail/story-fn9hm1pm-1226549163983
8 Jan 13: “JUDICIAL officers across the nation are 
concerned there is a major under-utilisation of bail for 
juvenile offenders, with indigenous children missing out 
the most. In Western Australia young Aborigines are 
disproportionately denied bail, but in Queensland, the 
Northern Territory, NSW and Victoria – as well as WA – 
there is growing concern from magistrates and others about 
the lack of granting of bail.”

Australian: Funding crisis for juvenile justice
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/legal-affairs/funding-crisis-for-juvenile-justice/story-e6frg97x-1226549207827
8 Jan 13: “THE nation’s children’s court system is damaged, 
starved of resources and handing out sentences that vary 
widely depending on where children live. The first national 
study of the country’s children’s courts, based on hundreds 
of interviews with magistrates, other judicial officers 
and a range of stakeholders, has called for an overhaul of 
the system.”

Australian: Call for review of juvenile sentencing
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/call-for-review-of-juvenile-sentencing/story-fn9hm1pm-1226548538532
7 Jan 13: “CRIMINAL lawyers are calling for an urgent 
review into consistency in sentencing following the release 
of statistics that show juvenile jail terms are handed out 
most frequently in NSW by magistrates in country towns, 
overwhelmingly to Aboriginal offenders. The NSW Hunter and 
mid-north coast regions topped the list for the number of 
juvenile jail terms, followed by the northern and 
northwestern regions, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics 
and Research figures showed.”

Australian: Black justice: bun theft worth a year’s jail
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/black-justice-bun-theft-worth-a-years-jail/story-e6frgczx-1226548576185
7 Jan 13: “AN Aboriginal boy found guilty of stealing a 
packet of hamburger buns was sentenced to 12 months’ jail 
in the NSW town of Parkes – an action that has sparked 
calls for a review of haphazard and inconsistent sentencing 
patterns. Sam Davies had a virtually clean criminal record 
when he appeared before a Parkes magistrate to deny the 
larceny charge, but it was not enough to prevent a sentence 
that stands as one of the harshest recorded in NSW in the 
past five years.”

Australian: 
Jailed for a gram of dope, Boney struggles to stay free
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/jailed-for-a-gram-of-dope-boney-struggles-to-stay-free/story-fn9hm1pm-1226547867186
5 Jan 13: “HE was never far from trouble and the police 
were never far behind. Yet when he was handed a juvenile 
jail sentence of 12 months for possessing hardly more than 
a gram of marijuana with a street value of about $10, 
Laurence Boney, then 17, was stunned.”

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY: 

Last updated: 21 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment-and-deaths-in-custody

* TRACKER: DOUBTS OVER INCOME QUARANTINE IN APY LANDS

– News

newsTracker: Doubts over income quarantine in APY Lands
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/doubts-over-income-quarantine-in-apy-lands/
8 Jan 13: “SOUTH AUSTRALIA: A scheme to manage welfare 
payments has stirred concern and confusion among remote 
Indigenous communities in South Australia, government 
documents show. Documents obtained under freedom of 
information show federal officials held consultations on 
income management with communities in the Anangu 
Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in May last 
year, alongside talks on a regional partnership agreement. 
Internal correspondence between Department of Indigenous 
Affairs (FAHCSIA) officials says “communities are getting 
confused with the volume of information we are presenting”.”

See: 

About Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/about-us/
“Tracker magazine is a publication of the NSW Aboriginal 
Land Council, Australia’s largest Aboriginal organisation.”

– Related News

ABC: Locals welcome remote welfare scheme
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-08/big-response-to-welfare-management-scheme/4456698/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
8 Jan 13: “More than 260 people on remote Aboriginal lands 
in South Australia’s outback volunteered for a Federal 
welfare management scheme in its first three months. Under 
the $3.8 million scheme, people on the APY Lands can 
volunteer to have 50 per cent of their income quarantined 
for food and household bills. The money is transferred to a 
BasicsCard and can only be spent on necessities.”

* BACKGROUND TO INCOME MANAGEMENT FOR APY LANDS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA:

APY Lands: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands 
(remote N-W of South Australia)

Last updated: 30 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/14/background-to-income-management-for-apy-lands-in-south-australia

* KATHY MARKS, THE NATIONAL: 
BILLIONAIRE MINING MAGNATE ACCUSED OF 
DIVIDING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

– News

The National: 
Billionaire mining magnate accused of dividing indigenous communities
http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/asia-pacific/billionaire-mining-magnate-accused-of-dividing-indigenous-communities
8 Jan 13: “SYDNEY // One of Australia’s richest men, the 
multi-billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest, who has 
committed himself to improving the lives of Aboriginal 
people, has been accused of dividing indigenous communities 
and paying off traditional owners to secure cut-price access 
to their land. Mr Forrest, whose Fortescue Metals Group 
(FMG) mines iron ore in the resource-rich Pilbara region of 
north-western Australia, has been trying for years to 
strike a deal with one of the local tribal groups, the 
Yindjibarndi people.” Kathy Marks

* BACKGROUND TO THE YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (YAC):

Last updated: 16 December 2012

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

* NIRS: 
SAM WATSON SAYS MABO DAY A BETTER DAY FOR NATIONAL CELEBRATION

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Sam Watson says Mabo Day a better day for national celebration
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7719-sam-watson-says-mabo-day-a-better-day-for-national-celebration
7 Jan 13: “Prominent Murri rights advocate Sam Watson has 
called for an alternative date for a national celebration 
day. Australia Day is currently celebrated on the 26th of 
January. Mr. Watson says the occasion has been largely 
marked by Indigenous Australians with a day to protest the 
start of European colonial occupation in 1788. … “We’ve 
put forward alternative dates, such as June the 3rd. June 
3rd, 1992, was the day in which the Mabo decision was 
handed down in the High Court of Australia. … “”

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 MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:

Last updated: 1 January 2013

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

* ABC VIDEO: CALLS TO PARDON HANGED ABORIGINAL MAN

– Video

ABC: Calls to pardon hanged Aboriginal man
Source: 7pm TV News QLD
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-05/calls-to-pardon-hanged-aboriginal-man/4454064
7 Jan 13: “Indigenous activists hold a smoking ceremony in 
Brisbane’s Post Office Square to call for an official 
pardon for an Aboriginal man hanged there more than 150 
years ago.”

– Event

Event: Sat 5 January 2013: Post Office Square, Brisbane, Qld
Dundalli Remembrance
Resistance leader for his land, people and culture – executed 1855
All welcome!
Facebook: Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy
Event details: [scroll down page] http://workersbushtelegraph.com.au/

* ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/am-4-1-13.mp3
4 Jan 13: “FORMER Northern Territory Administrator Ted Egan 
says Australia “returned to the 1950s” with the 2007 
Federal Intervention and that a new approach is needed that 
hands decision-making to Aboriginal communities. Mr Egan 
says he has never been more despondent about the prospects 
for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, declaring 
that after generations of policy failures the worst 
prophesies are now being fulfilled.”

– News

newsTracker: Doubts over income quarantine in APY Lands
http://tracker.org.au/2013/01/doubts-over-income-quarantine-in-apy-lands/
8 Jan 13: “Department notes say people in the Indulkana 
community of the APY Lands were worried that income 
management, which was introduced in October, was a “front 
for other things to come (similar to the NT intervention)”. 
… An APY Lands leader, Murray George, says community 
members overwhelmingly rejected proposals to introduce 
income management and urged the government to focus on 
issues of funding for communities and homelands. … Last 
year, FAHCSIA faced criticism for mishandling consultations 
with NT communities over plans to extend the intervention 
program, rebranded Stronger Futures, for another 10 years.”

* OTHER ARTICLES: 

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: 
http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/am-7-1-13.mp3
7 Jan 13: “* Things that are considered the most important 
to Aborignal people will not be reflected in any attempts 
at reconciliaiton unless the wider non indigenous 
population is prepared to accept the significance of their 
role as caretakers off country. 
* The destruction of two iconic Ghost Gums painted by 
Central australian artist Albert Namatjira has saddened 
many people according to the Territory Minister for 
Indigenous Advancement, Alison Anderson.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
CSG sparks heritage and water fears
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7720-csg-sparks-heritage-and-water-fears
7 Jan 13: “A voting member of the Illawarra Local 
Aboriginal Land Council in New South Wales says coal seam 
gas mining threatens a number of cultural heritage sites in 
the area. Yuin man Lyle Davis says CSG in the Wollongong 
area, south of Sydney, has the potential to damage the 
environment, in particular a number of waterways. Mr. Davis 
says a clever man, or kuradji, buried at Sandon Point is an 
example of a sacred site that shouldn’t be damaged.”

National Indigenous Radio Service: 
Labor warned to lift its game at national level
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7718-labor-warned-to-lift-its-game-at-national-level
7 Jan 13: “A former Labor candidate for South Australia and 
Aboriginal rights campaigner says the ALP is in danger of 
losing a large amount of Indigenous votes at a national 
level. Tauto Sansbury from Adelaide has slammed the Labor 
Government in SA for not addressing issues in the state 
relating to Indigenous people. He says he’s quit the ALP, 
but hasn’t yet decided which party is the best to improve 
the situation of Aboriginal South Australians.”

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