130218 – Who Gets To Develop James Price Point?: Deborah Ruiz Wall, New Matilda

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 20/02/2013 by D

* Deborah Ruiz Wall, New Matilda:
Who Gets To Develop James Price Point?
* ABC: Wilderness Society challenges gas hub approvals
* Kimberley Page: Rachel Siewert on gas hub emmisions
* The West: Govt defends axing of greenhouse gas controls
* Kimberley Campaign Events
* Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign:
James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

* The Wire interviews Manawangu (Muckaty) Traditional Owners
Isobel Phillips & Doris Kelly
* Tennant & District Times:
Nuke waste in focus, Muckaty in the frame
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump

* Other articles

* DEBORAH RUIZ WALL, NEW MATILDA:
WHO GETS TO DEVELOP JAMES PRICE POINT?

– Analysis / Opinion

New Matilda: Who Gets To Develop James Price Point?
http://newmatilda.com/2013/02/14/who-gets-develop-james-price-point
14 Feb 13: “As the push for economic development continues
in the Kimberley, conflicting definitions of ownership
remain at issue in the dispute over Woodside’s gas project
… Walmadany-James Price Point, the chosen LNG Precinct
site is subject to a joint native title claim by
Traditional Owners, Goolarabooloo and Jabirr Jabirr. The
fundamental principle for any economic development of
Aboriginal traditional lands is Indigenous Full Prior
Informed Consent (IFPIC), a policy that was adopted in the
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People by the
United Nations … ” By Deborah Ruiz Wall

* ABC: WILDERNESS SOCIETY CHALLENGES GAS HUB APPROVALS

– News

ABC: Wilderness Society challenges gas hub approvals
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-12/wilderness-society-challenges-gas-hub-approvals/4514260
12 Feb 13: “The Supreme Court has begun hearing a challenge
by the Wilderness Society and a traditional landowner to
the environmental approvals granted for the $30 billion
Kimberley gas hub. The society, together with traditional
landowner Richard Hunter, launched the legal action against
the Environmental Protection Authority and the Environment
Minister Bill Marmion. They are applying to have the court
overturn an EPA report and subsequent ministerial decisions
to approve the project, alleging apparent bias and failure
to follow procedure.”

* KIMBERLEY PAGE: RACHEL SIEWERT ON GAS HUB EMMISIONS

– News

Kimberley Page: Rachel Siewert on gas hub emmisions
http://www.kimberleypage.com.au/2013/02/rachel-siewert-on-gas-hub-emmisions/
12 Feb 13: “Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says the WA
government is imposing no emmisions requirements on the
proposed gas hub. “The proposed LNG hub at James Price
Point represents a huge increase in greenhouse gas
emissions,” Senator Siewert said. “When I questioned the
Department of Climate Change, they said it was a matter for
WA and they would be taking no action over the WA
Government’s removal of emission requirements on the
project’s emissions.””

* THE WEST: GOVT DEFENDS AXING OF GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROLS

– News

The West: Govt defends axing of greenhouse gas controls
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/a/-/national/16117839/govt-defends-axing-of-greenhouse-gas-controls/
12 Feb 13: “A Government department overseen by Premier
Colin Barnett pushed for pollution restrictions on Woodside
Petroleum’s $40 billion gas hub to be lifted just weeks
before WA’s Environment Minister axed them. … Documents
obtained by Environs Kimberley under Freedom of
Information laws show the DSD appealed against an
Environmental Protection Authority report which
recommended Browse have stringent pollution controls.
These included keeping emissions below a minimum level and
having the performance of the companies involved
independently assessed and publicised.”
Daniel Mercer, The West Australian

* KIMBERLEY CAMPAIGN EVENTS:

– Events

Event: Fri 22 February 2013: Sydney CBD, NSW
The Wilderness Society Sydney:
Festival for the Kimberley
Guest speakers:
* Reverend Ray Minniecon
* Glen Klatovsky,
National Kimberley campaigner for the Wilderness Society
Includes:
* ‘Lurujarri Dreaming’ documentary – Sydney Sneak Preview
“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 including agenda: [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
Event details: http://www.liveguide.com.au/Events/832301/Matty_Shields_Samantha_Hamilton_Paul_Greene_and_the_Other_Colours_Rhythm_Hunters_Gambirra_Pasko/Festival_for_the_Kimberley
Flyer: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/Save-the-Kimberley/Fest4Kim_FLYER.pdf
Agenda: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/Save-the-Kimberley/Fest4Kim-Agenda.pdf
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
“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.savethekimberley.com/2013/02/12/concert-for-the-kimberley/
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: Wed 27 February 2013: Hyde Park, Perth CBD, WA
Kimberley Starlight Films – Hyde Park
The Wilderness Society WA
“Join us for an amazing collection of short films
produced of the last two years in the Kimberley.
Get a snap shot of the amazing culture, Heritage
and community campaign to protect the Kimberley.”
Event details: https://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/kimberley-starlight-films-hyde-park
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: 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

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

Last updated: 10 February 2013

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

* THE WIRE INTERVIEWS MANAWANGU (MUCKATY) TRADITIONAL OWNERS
ISOBEL PHILLIPS & DORIS KELLY:

– Audio Interviews

The Wire: Muckaty owners spread message through photography
Produced by Annie Hastwell
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10023
14 Feb 13: “An exhibition of daily life in Manawangku
country, the area around Muckaty station currently slated
for a nuclear waste dump, opens in Adelaide tonight. The
exhibition “Manawangku-Under a Nuclear Cloud features
photographs by Jagath Dheerasekara. It is making its way
around the country.
Featured in story:
* Isobel Phillips, Manawangku traditional owner
* Doris Kelly, Manawangku traditional owner
* Natalie Wasley”

– Event

Event: 14 February – 22 March 2013: Marleston, Adelaide, SA
Manuwangku – Under the Nuclear Cloud
Exhibition by Human Rights 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.”
Interviews with Manawangku traditional owners Isobel Phillips & Doris Kelly: http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10023
Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI): http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2013/02/12/nuclear-waste-in-the-spotlight-muckaty-in-the-frame-northern-territory-exhibition-to-open-at-adelaide-fringe-festival/
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
Tennant & District Times: http://www.tennantcreektimes.com.au/story/1303825/nuke-waste-in-focus-muckaty-in-the-frame/
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

See:

WGAR News: Muckaty Northern Territory exhibition to open at
Adelaide Fringe festival: BNI (14 Feb 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/13/wgar-news-muckaty-northern-territory-exhibition-to-open-at-adelaide-fringe-festival-bni

* TENNANT & DISTRICT TIMES:
NUKE WASTE IN FOCUS, MUCKATY IN THE FRAME

– News

Tennant & District Times:
Nuke waste in focus, Muckaty in the frame
http://www.tennantcreektimes.com.au/story/1303825/nuke-waste-in-focus-muckaty-in-the-frame/
15 Feb 13: “THE proposed nuclear waste dump at Muckaty is
back in the spotlight now an exhibition has opened at the
Adelaide Fringe Festival. Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear
Cloud opened at Adelaide’s Light Gallery in Marleston last
night. The series of photographs by Jagath Dheerasekara
profiles the people from Muckaty whose land has been
targeted by the deeply unpopular Federal Government plan.
Traditional owners, Isobel Phillips and Doris Kelly
attended the opening and spoke about the community
campaign opposing the dump.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 14 February 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk – Aunty Lilla Watson & Aunty Mary Graham
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
14 Feb 13: Tiga Bayles interviews
Aunty Lilla Watson & Aunty Mary Graham
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/aunty-lilla-watson-aunty-mary-graham-2/

– News

SNAICC News:
New resource aims to assist the healing of children and families
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=991
13 Feb 13: “SNAICC has published a new resource looking at
promising practices in the area of healing for Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander children and families. Healing
programs in Australia are at a new frontier. Prime
Minister Kevin Rudd’s National Apology in 2008 and the
establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Healing Foundation helped put healing at the
forefront of the national conversation for Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people. Healing in Practice
documents programs that enhance Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander children and families capacity for
healing, … ”

– Media Release

Central Land Council:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012
http://www.clc.org.au/media-releases/article/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-peoples-recognition-bill-2012/
13 Feb 13: “The Central Land Council has welcomed the
passing of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Peoples Recognition Bill 2012 in the Australian Parliament.
CLC Director David Ross said the bi-partisan support for
the Bill gave everybody hope that a referendum could
succeed and carry Australia into a more modern era of race
relations.
“I have been enormously heartened by the support in the
Australian Parliament today and the goodwill exhibited by
both parties for this recognition of Aboriginal people,”
Mr Ross said.”

See:

WGAR News: Sovereign Union serves the Crown with
formal objection to the Act of Recognition (15 Feb 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/15/wgar-news-sovereign-union-serves-the-crown-with-formal-objection-to-the-act-of-recognitio

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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. … “

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130216 – Let’s Talk: Live Broadcast 5th Anniversary of the Apology Link-Up Event

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 17/02/2013 by D

* Let’s Talk:
Live Broadcast 5th Anniversary of the Apology Link-Up Event
* Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews Chris Graham
about the National Apology
* NIRS: Chris Graham slams lack of compensation and
change for Stolen Generations
* Shelter SA:
Mr Rudd, why aren’t you talking about self-determination
* Fiona Arney, The Conversation:
Making the national apology count for Indigenous children
* Greens MLC Tammy Franks:
Five or Fifteen Years After Saying Sorry is High Time to Make Amends
* NIRS: Unfinished business:
Call for compensation for NT Stolen Generations
* The Wire interviews Christine Jacques Doolan
of the Stolen Generations Alliance
* CAAMA: Stolen Gen in Centre say “The Apology” means little for them!
* NIRS: High incarceration rates amongst Stolen Generations a problem
* NITV: Five years on from apology to Stolen Generations

* News on Justice for TJ Hickey

* Other articles

* LET’S TALK:
LIVE BROADCAST 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE APOLOGY LINK-UP EVENT

– Audio

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk – Live Broadcast 5th Anniversary of the Apology Link-Up Event
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
15 Feb 13: “* Sheryl Sandy, CEO of Link-Up
* Sam Watson, Chair of Link-Up
* Uncle Des Sandy, Yuggera Tradition Owner
* Jack Munro, Stolen Generations member, Link-Up helped Jack
find his father in 2012.
* Dr Norman Sheehan, Associate Professor at the Centre for
Indigenous Knowledge and Design Anthropology at
Swinburne University”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/live-broadcast-5th-anniversary-of-the-apology-link-up-event/

* LET’S TALK’S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS CHRIS GRAHAM ABOUT THE NATIONAL APOLOGY:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk – Chris Graham
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
13 Feb 13: Tiga Bayles interviews Chris Graham
“Freelance Journalist and an editor for Tracker Magazine
Speaking about the National Apology, Gawad Kalinga,
Closing the Gap and Grog bans”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/chris-graham-66/

* NIRS:
CHRIS GRAHAM SLAMS LACK OF COMPENSATION AND
CHANGE FOR STOLEN GENERATIONS

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Chris Graham slams lack of compensation and
change for Stolen Generations
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7851-chris-graham-slams-lack-of-compensation-and-change-for-stolen-generations
15 Feb 13: “NIRS/98.9fm: A leading journalist in Indigenous
affairs says little has come from Kevin Rudd’s apology to
the Stolen Generations after its fifth anniversary. In
2008, then-Prime Minister Rudd tabled a motion in
Parliament apologising to Indigenous Australians for past
government removal policies. Tracker Magazine’s Chris
Graham told 98.9fm Mr. Rudd’s apology was merely an act to
benefit himself and, if he was sincere, he would have
paved the way for compensation.”

* SHELTER SA:
MR RUDD, WHY AREN’T YOU TALKING ABOUT SELF-DETERMINATION

– Media Release

SHELTER SA Media Release
– Mr Rudd, why aren’t you talking about self-determination
Lateral Love Australia: http://lateralloveaustralia.com/2013/02/13/shelter-sa-media-release-mr-rudd-why-arent-you-talking-about-self-determination/
13 Feb 13: “More than 600 people showed their commitment to
the journey of healing for the Stolen Generations by
attending the Reconciliation SA Annual Anniversary of the
National Apology to the Stolen Generations Breakfast, held
in South Australia. The breakfast honoured members of the
Stolen Generations and informed the non-Aboriginal
community about their ongoing needs – it was great to see
many members of the Stolen Generations and their families
in attendance. …
Mr Rudd talked about the issues the Stolen Generations
continue to face, … Mr Rudd wants Aboriginal attendance
to proportionately match non-Aboriginal representation
amongst our university students. Dr. Alice Clark, Executive
Director of Shelter SA said “We can all appreciate this
sentiment on this important day of recognition but there
are glaring omissions in Mr. Rudd’s speech” and asked
“why isn’t anybody talking about self-determination or the
cultural safety and wellbeing of all Aboriginal and Islander
(including the Torres Strait) peoples within the university
system?”.
No-one, including Mr. Rudd, seems to be paying attention to
the particular housing needs of Aboriginal people … ”

– Event

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

See:

WGAR News: Sovereign Union:
The Apology is still an empty vessel (14 Feb 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/13/wgar-news-muckaty-northern-territory-exhibition-to-open-at-adelaide-fringe-festival-bni

* FIONA ARNEY, THE CONVERSATION:
MAKING THE NATIONAL APOLOGY COUNT FOR INDIGENOUS CHILDREN

– Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation:
Making the national apology count for Indigenous children
http://theconversation.edu.au/making-the-national-apology-count-for-indigenous-children-12190
13 Feb 13: “Five years ago, Kevin Rudd made an apology to
the Stolen Generations of this country for the wholesale
practice of removing Aboriginal children from their
families … Can we now as a nation say that we have
provided Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children the
promised future, “a future where this Parliament resolves
that the injustices of the past must never, never happen
again”? Unfortunately, the past is reflected in our current
care and protection systems for children and young people.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are
over-represented in these systems at a rate eight to ten
times that of non-Aboriginal children.”
Fiona Arney, Chair and Director,
Australian Centre for Child Protection
at University of South Australia

* GREENS MLC TAMMY FRANKS:
FIVE OR FIFTEEN YEARS AFTER SAYING SORRY IS HIGH TIME TO MAKE AMENDS

– Media Release

Tammy Franks MLC:
Five or Fifteen Years After Saying Sorry is High Time to Make Amends
http://www.tammyfranks.org.au/2013/02/13/five-or-fifteen-years-after-saying-sorry-is-high-time-to-make-amends/
13 Feb 13: “On the fifth anniversary of the historic
federal apology to the Stolen Generations, or Sorry Day,
Greens’ Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation spokesperson
Tammy Franks MLC, has called on the Weatherill State
government to show commitment to active reconciliation by
making amends and supporting a reparations tribunal for
the victims and survivors of the Stolen Generations. …
“The time for words is now done and the time for action
has come. Real reparations, including compensation, are
urgently needed. It holds practical and symbolic meaning
to living members of the Stolen Generations and would also
assist in addressing the ongoing disadvantage faced by
their families and communities who were and are deeply
damaged by past policies of forced removal.
“On this special anniversary I call for all sides of
politics to take the apology a step further and turn the
words ‘I’m sorry’ into a genuine act of Reconciliation
and work together to provide reparations,” Ms Franks
concluded.”

See:

WGAR News: Sovereign Union:
The Apology is still an empty vessel (14 Feb 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/13/wgar-news-muckaty-northern-territory-exhibition-to-open-at-adelaide-fringe-festival-bni

* NIRS:
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
CALL FOR COMPENSATION FOR NT STOLEN GENERATIONS

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Unfinished business:
Call for compensation for NT Stolen Generations
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7842-unfinished-business-call-for-compensation-for-nt-stolen-generations
13 Feb 13: “Members of the Northern Territory Stolen
Generations are calling on the Federal Government to pay
compensation for past wrongs. Northern Territory Stolen
Generations Aboriginal Corporation Director Eileen
Cummings says it’s been five years since the National
Apology and now is the time to act. She says they
welcomed the National Apology but there is still
unfinished business.”

* THE WIRE INTERVIEWS CHRISTINE JACQUES DOOLAN
OF THE STOLEN GENERATIONS ALLIANCE:

– Audio

The Wire:
Kevin Rudd meets with Stolen Generations five years after Apology
Produced by Lisa Burns
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10017
13 Feb 13: “Today has been a historic day for Indigenous
Australians. The House of Representatives have passed an
Act of Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples, pre-empting a future Constitutional
Referendum. This coincides with with the 5th anniversary
of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology.
Featured in story:
* Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia
* Christine Jacques Doolan,
South Australian Representative, Stolen Generations Alliance”

* CAAMA:
STOLEN GEN CENTRE SAY “THE APOLOGY” MEANS LITTLE FOR THEM!

– Photos

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Stolen Gen in Centre say “The Apology” means little for them!
http://caama.com.au/stolen-gen-in-centre-say-apology-means-little-for-them
14 Feb 13: “Central Australian members of the Stolen
Generations say nothing has changed for them since former
PM Kevin Rudd made the National Apology 5 years ago. Each
year fewer and fewer members gather at “The Bungalow” in
Alice Springs to remember their shared history ….but
the Commonwealth’s ongong failure to recognise and
compensate them ….continues to cause ongoing grief.”

– Audio

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

14 Feb 13: “Central Australian members of the stolen
generations say nothing has changed for them since the
National Apology made by Kevin Rudd five years ago.”

* NIRS:
HIGH INCARCERATION RATES AMONGST STOLEN GENERATIONS A PROBLEM

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
High incarceration rates amongst Stolen Generations a problem
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7838-high-incarceration-rates-amongst-stolen-generations-a-problem
13 Feb 13: “The convenor of a Stolen Generations issues
group says high Indigenous incarceration rates remain a
key issue to address amongst victims of government removal
policies. Five years since the national apology to the
Stolen Generations by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is
being marked today. Jim Morrison from Bringing Them Home
WA says a survey taken a year after the apology found a
third of Aboriginal prisoners in New South Wales were
victims of the Stolen Generations. Mr. Morrison says
addressing the impacts of the Stolen Generations needs to
be a holistic approach.”

See:

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

* NITV: FIVE YEARS ON FROM APOLOGY TO STOLEN GENERATIONS

– Videos

SBS World News:
Five years on from apology to Stolen Generations
Source: NITV News
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1733962/Five-years-on-from-apology-to-Stolen-Generations
14 Feb 13: “Today marks the fifth anniversary of Kevin
Rudd’s apology to the Stolen Generations. NITV News looks
back at the history of each state and territory’s apology.”

* NEWS ON JUSTICE FOR TJ HICKEY:

– News

newsTracker: Family want new TJ Hickey investigation
http://tracker.org.au/2013/02/family-want-new-tj-hickey-investigation/
15 Feb 13: “NEW SOUTH WALES: Supporters of Thomas “TJ”
Hickey have presented a petition to the NSW government
calling for a fresh investigation into the Aboriginal
youth’s death. Family and friends marched through central
Sydney to NSW Parliament on Thursday, exactly nine years
after the 17-year-old died while fleeing from police on a
bicycle on February 14, 2004. TJ was thrown off his bike
and impaled on a fence, sparking riots in the inner Sydney
suburb of Redfern. Protesters yelled, “We want justice!”
outside Parliament House … ”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
‘We believe we have a case against police involved in Hickey death’
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7852-we-believe-we-have-a-case-against-police-involved-in-hickey-death
15 Feb 13: “The Indigenous Social Justice Association
says it wants the reopening of the inquiry into the death
of TJ Hickey because there’s evidence that was never put
to it. A rally was held in Redfern in Sydney yesterday
marking nine years since the teenager’s passing. The
parents of the 17-year-old and the local community blamed
police for his death, but an inquest cleared police of
any role in the incident. ISJA spokesperson Ray Jackson
says a petition for the inquiry to reopen containing
fifteen hundred signatures has been presented to the New
South Wales Government.”

Socialist Alternative: “They say accident, we say murder!”
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7657:%E2%80%9Cthey-say-accident-we-say-murder%E2%80%9D&Itemid=454
14 Feb 13: “”They say accident, we say murder!” shouted
protesters during a march called to bring justice for TJ
Hickey, who died in Sydney at the hands of the cops on St
Valentine’s day nine years ago. … TJ’s mother Gail, his
Family, his Community, the Indigenous Social Justice
Association, and other supporters continue to call for
justice for TJ and his Family – and all those other
families affected by deaths in custody. The ninth
anniversary protest saw a petition demanding that TJ’s
case be reopened, that important evidence be examined and
that witnesses be heard.” By Petra Weber

– Event

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

Solidarity Online:
“Captain’s pick” Nova Peris will make NT Labor’s problems worse
http://www.solidarity.net.au/53/captain%E2%80%99s-pick-nova-peris-will-make-nt-labor%E2%80%99s-problems-worse/
Febrauary 2013: “Prime Minister Julia Gillard has appointed
Indigenous former-Olympian Nova Peris as the lead candidate
on the Labor Party’s Northern Territory (NT) Senate ticket
for the September federal election. This virtually
guarantees that Peris will be the first Indigenous Labor
representative in the federal parliament. This so-called
“captain’s pick”, however, is cynical tokenism that will
only add to Labor’s crisis. This turn to celebrity rides
rough-shod over the local committed Labor members and
branches and has increased the disillusionment with Labor.
Labor leaders’ use of “star power” candidates like
Peter Garrett, Maxine McKew and now Peris, is part of the
general, long-term deterioration of Labor, desperate to
find ways to try to maintain votes as it slides in the
polls but remains determined to continue along its
right-wing policy trajectory.” By Paddy Gibson

– News

SNAICC News: Justice reinvestment inquiry – have your say!
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=994
14 Feb 13: “Justice reinvestment approaches to criminal
justice have been gaining momentum within Australia over
the past few years – justice reinvestment looks for
alternatives for imprisonment. Currently the Legal and
Constitutional Affairs Committee is conducting an inquiry
into the “value of a justice reinvestment approach to
criminal justice in Australia.” The Committee will produce
a report on its recommendations by 16 May 2013.”

SNAICC News: Mixed progress in the latest Closing the Gap report
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=997
15 Feb 13: “SNAICC has welcomed the positive news contained
in the report – notably the improvements in child mortality
rates and enrolments in early childhood services. However,
SNAICC points out that enrolment is just the first step to
access. We need to ensure that the barriers to attendance
and engagement by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
children are removed so that we can measure real outcomes.
SNAICC has called on governments to guarantee funding and
other support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
services … ”

SNAICC News: First Peoples Disability Network (Australia) website
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=995
14 Feb 13: “First Peoples Disability Network (Australia)
website has a number of publications on the site including
several that relate to the implementation of the National
Disability Insurance Scheme in Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander communities. The site was developed by Mark
Quinlan. First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) is a
national peak organisation thatl represents 37% of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia
who are living with a disability and also their families
and carers.”

– – –

130215 – Sovereign Union serves the Crown with formal objection to the Act of Recognition

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 15/02/2013 by D

* Sovereign Union serves the Crown with
formal objection to the Act of Recognition
* Sovereign Union: Open Letter to the Governor-General:
Sovereign Treaty not the Act of Recognition
* NIRS: Sovereignty campaigner disappointed by
Act of Recognition passing
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* Congress: Congress calls for hard yards on
substantive Constitutional reform
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

* News on Act of Recognition passing Lower House

* SOVEREIGN UNION SERVES THE CROWN WITH
FORMAL OBJECTION TO THE ACT OF RECOGNITION

– Media Release

Sovereign Union:
Sovereign Union serves the Crown with
formal objection to the Act of Recognition
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sovereign-union-serves-crown-formal-objection-act-recognition
13 Feb 13: “Aboriginal Sovereign Union diplomat Graham
Merritt, speaking today from Parliament House Canberra said:
“Today is an historic moment, when on behalf of the
Sovereign Union I am serving the Crown via the Governor
General Quentin Bryce and the Commonwealth Government of
Australia with our formal objection to the Act of
Recognition.
“This Act of Recognition is a sleight of hand, as the
Crown and Government continue to bypass proper recognition
of our continuing Sovereignty. The Commonwealth Government
is using the reform process to attempt to bring Sovereign
Aboriginal Nations and Peoples into the Constitution of a
foreign illegal occupying force.”
“Now that the Crown and Commonwealth Government have the
Sovereign Union’s written objections they cannot claim
ignorance of the significance of our Sovereign position,
nor do they have the free, prior and informed consent of
Aboriginal Nations and Peoples to usurp our sovereignty.”
… ”

* SOVEREIGN UNION:
OPEN LETTER TO THE GOVERNER-GENERAL:
SOVEREIGN TREATY NOT THE ACT OF RECOGNITION

– Open Letter

Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia:
Open Letter
Dear Governor-General,
Re: Sovereign Treaty not the Act of Recognition
[scroll down page] http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sovereign-union-serves-crown-formal-objection-act-recognition
13 Feb 13: “Please find attached Act of Sovereign Union
that has been endorsed and adopted by several and various
nations within Australia.
Correspondence between us, the Queen of England, Prime
Minister Ian Cameron of UK and his Parliament, which was
responded to by the British Foreign Office confirmed to us
that there has never been any form of Treaty, Compact or
arrangement that signified that Aboriginal Nations and
Peoples around this nation have ever ceded their
sovereignty to England during and after British invasion
in 1788, nor is there any evidence that Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Peoples have ever acquiesced to the
current Australian system after the establishment of the
various State legislatures nor to the Federal government
after Federation in 1901. …
Sincerely, Michael Anderson, Convenor,
Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia”

* NIRS: SOVEREIGNTY CAMPAIGNER DISAPPOINTED BY
ACT OF RECOGNITION PASSING

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Sovereignty campaigner disappointed by
Act of Recognition passing
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7840-sovereignty-campaigner-disappointed-by-act-of-recognition-passing
13 Feb 13: “Brisbane-based Indigenous rights campaigner
Wayne Wharton says Indigenous constitutional recognition in
its current proposed form isn’t compatible with
sovereignty. The Federal Government today successfully
passed the Act of Recognition, … Wayne Wharton says any
recognition of Indigenous people in the Constitution must
be along tribal lines. Mr. Wharton says he’s not concerned
sovereignty isn’t on the Government’s agenda because it’s
a discussion the Australian public needs to have, not
politicians.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 12 February 2013

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

* CONGRESS:
CONGRESS CALLS FOR HARD YARDS ON
SUBSTANTIVE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM

– News

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

* 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

* NEWS ON ACT OF RECOGNITION PASSING LOWER HOUSE

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Act of Recognition passes Lower House
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7837-act-of-recognition-passes-lower-house
13 Feb 13: “The Federal Government has this morning
succeeded in passing the Act of Recognition through the
House of Representatives. Prime Minister Julia Gillard told
Parliament the Act provides the pathway to recognition of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the
Constitution. “In difficult and volatile times, we have not
yet found the settled space in our national conversation to
make the promised referendum a reality.”

newsTracker: Lower house passes recognition bill
http://tracker.org.au/2013/02/lower-house-passes-recognition-bill/
13 Feb 13: “NATIONAL: Parliament has taken the next steps
towards constitutional reform, passing the Act of
Recognition on the fifth anniversary of the national
apology to the Stolen Generations. The lower house passed
the legislation that will create an Act of Recognition for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Prime Minister
Julia Gillard described the bill as a promise and an act of
preparation and anticipation for a referendum.”

Koori Mail: CLC backs Recognition Bill
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
13 Feb 13: “THE Central Land Council has welcomed
bipartisan support for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012, passed in the House
of Representatives this morning. CLC CEO David Ross says it
provides hope that a referendum on constitutional
recognition of Indigenous peoples could succeed and ‘carry
Australia into a more modern era of race relations’. Mr
Ross said he believed constitutional recognition would have
a profound and positive effect on Indigenous people all
over Australia.”

– Media Release

Greens Rachel Siewert / Christine Milne:
Act of Recognition an important marker on the road to
constitutional change
http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/act-recognition-important-marker-road-constitutional-change
http://christine-milne.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/act-recognition-important-marker-road-constitutional-change
13 Feb 13: “The Australian Greens welcome the passage of
the Act of Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Peoples as a major stepping stone towards a
referendum on the Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s
First Peoples. …
[Senator Rachel Siewert:] “It is important to remember that
the consequences of the action taken against the Stolen
Generations continues to affect our community today, and
will continue to do so into the future. This is why the
Greens have a Private Member’s Bill to ensure compensation
for the Stolen Generations.
“As such, it is important to ensure that we do not settle
for Acts of Parliament and instead continue to work
towards investments to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples.
“In particular, I today call on the Government to provide
ongoing funding for the Healing Foundation, who are
undertaking incredibly important work with members of the
Stolen Generation. Such a commitment would provide
important material support to assist those who continue to
suffer as a result of the policies of previous
Governments.” Senator Siewert said. … ”

– Audio

The Wire: Kevin Rudd meets with Stolen Generations
five years after Apology
Produced by Lisa Burns
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10017
13 Feb 13: “Today has been a historic day for Indigenous
Australians. The House of Representatives have passed an
Act of Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples, pre-empting a future Constitutional
Referendum. This coincides with with the 5th anniversary
of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology.
Featured in story:
* Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia
* Christine Jacques Doolan,
South Australian Representative, Stolen Generations Alliance”

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

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 15/02/2013 by D

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

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

* Sovereign Union: The Apology is still an empty vessel

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

* SBS Radionews Audio: Remembering Indigenous defence service

* The Wire: Cultural ties improve vocational opportunities

* Other articles

* BNI:
NUCLEAR WASTE IN THE SPOTLIGHT, MUCKATY IN THE FRAME:
NORTHERN TERRITORY EXHIBITION TO OPEN AT ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL

– Media Advisory

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
Nuclear waste in the spotlight, Muckaty in the frame:
Northern Territory exhibition to open at Adelaide Fringe festival.
http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2013/02/12/nuclear-waste-in-the-spotlight-muckaty-in-the-frame-northern-territory-exhibition-to-open-at-adelaide-fringe-festival/
11 Feb 13: “A photo exhibition profiling the Northern
Territory region targeted for a federal nuclear waste dump
is launching at the internationally renowned Adelaide
Fringe festival this Thursday February 14. …
Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud is a series of
photographs by Jagath Dheerasekara presenting the community
and country around Muckaty, 120 kilometres north of Tennant
Creek in the NT. For over five years this area has been
the focus of federal government pressure as a site to dump
radioactive waste. The federal plan is deeply unpopular
and is being actively opposed.
Muckaty Traditional Owners Isobel Phillips and Doris Kelly
will travel to attend the opening and speak about the
community campaign opposing the waste dump.
Natalie Wasley from the Beyond Nuclear Initiative is
coordinating the exhibition’s national tour and will also
speak at the event. … ”

See:

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

* EVENT:
EXHIBITION BY HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST, JAGATH DHEERRASEKARA:
MANUWANGKU – UNDER THE NUCLEAR CLOUD: 14 FEB – 22 MAR 13

– Event

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

* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

Last updated: 2 January 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia

* SNAICC NEWS:
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – RESOURCE ON THE UNITED NATIONS
DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (UNDRIP)

– News

SNAICC News:
Know your rights – Resource on the United Nations
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=988
13 Feb 13: “Know Your Rights is a publication created for
young Indigenous peoples from around the world between the
ages of 13 to 18 years. The document provides an overview
of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples (Declaration) in a clear and accessible
way. … Know your rights is a useful resource for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, and
those working with these young people, to assist them to
learn about the Declaration and how to use it to improve
access to and enjoyment of their human rights.”

See:

SNAICC Background
http://www.snaicc.org.au/about/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=1
“SNAICC has a membership base of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander community-based child care agencies,
Multi-functional Aboriginal Children’s Services, creches,
long day care child care services, pre schools, early
childhood education services, early childhood support
organisations, family support services, foster care
agencies, link up and family reunification services,
family group homes, community groups and voluntary
associations, and services for young people at risk.”

* SOVEREIGN UNION: THE APOLOGY IS STILL AN EMPTY VESSEL

– Letter

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

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. …
As First Nations Peoples it is now imperative that we unite
and rebuild as sovereign independent nations, in order to
assert our sovereign title and rights throughout Australia.
This will be a major political and legal fight, but it is
our future for not just us, but for our children and our
grandchildren.”

– Related Audio

SBS Radionews Podcasts:
The Stolen Generations apology, five years on
By Murray Silby
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/253744/The-Stolen-Generations-apology-five-years-on
12 Feb 13: “Five years on from Kevin Rudd’s historic
apology to the Stolen Generations on February 13, 2008,
emotions still run strongly through the Indigenous people
it was directed towards. And in some cases, relief or joy
at the time of the apology have more recently been replaced
by frustration or anger at the lack of progress in relation
to compensation for victims of the policy. Murray Silby
reports.”

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

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

ABC AM:
MPs to address racist language in the Australian Constitution
http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2013/s3689075.htm
13 Feb 13: “It’s five years today since Kevin Rudd as prime
minister made the landmark apology to Indigenous
Australians for the grief, mistreatment and suffering
endured since European settlers landed two centuries ago.
There’s still more to be done, including reworking the
outdated and racist wording of the Constitution. In
Canberra today MPs will take the next step towards that
reform. Peter Lloyd reports.”

– Related News

newsTracker: Lower house passes recognition bill on Sorry Day
http://tracker.org.au/2013/02/hopes-recognition-bill-will-pass-on-sorry-day/
13 Feb 13: “NATIONAL: Aboriginal leader Mick Gooda hopes an
Act of Recognition will pass parliament on the fifth
anniversary of the apology to the Stolen Generations.
Debate on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Recognition Bill 2012 will resume in the lower house on
Wednesday. In September, the federal government shelved
plans to hold a referendum on the constitutional
recognition of Aboriginal people because of a lack of
public awareness on the issue. Instead, it has introduced
to parliament an Act of Recognition as a stepping stone
towards constitutional change.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
5th Anniversary of National Apology
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7835-5th-anniversary-of-national-apology
13 Feb 13: “Reconciliation Australia’s Co-Chair Tom Calma
says the National Apology should be celebrated each year as
a reminder we still have a long way to go for equality. Mr.
Calma says the process of social justice and reconciliation
began with the Apology. “We need to take the opportunity to
educate the general population about our life
circumstances so they better understand our history.
“We are in our predicament, for many of us, not because we
chose to, but because government policies have put us into
that situation. … “”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Canberra concert will mark apology fifth anniversary
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7836-canberra-concert-will-mark-apology-fifth-anniversary
13 Feb 13: “The head of Stolen Generation support group,
the Healing Foundation, says five year celebrations since
the apology provide an opportunity to reinforce the
benefits of healing and reconciliation to the public. …
Mr. Donavan says he’s in Canberra to mark the milestone
and he’s today reflecting on the impact on his family.
“I think every single one of us in Australia has a role to
play in recognising the symbolism of what those words
actually meant five years ago when Kevin Rudd did make the
apology. “We can all take practical measures to bring great
changes in everyone’s lives.””

* NIRS: KOWANYAMA WANTS HOUSING BUT NOT WITH 40-YEAR LEASES

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Kowanyama wants housing but not with 40-year leases
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7832-kowanyama-wants-housing-but-not-with-40-year-leases
12 Feb 13: “NIRS/98.9fm: The Deputy CEO of the Kowanyama
Shire Council in far north Queensland says the community
will see the beginning of a new housing project when the
wet season is over. … But Mr. Sands [Robbie Sands] has
lashed out at the government for attempting to make the
community sign 40-year leases as a condition for the
project’s funding. “Back in 2008, when the Labor Government
rolled this program out, the community and the council,
through the vision of the community, resisted signing over
all of our houses … “We were going back to the old
superintendent and manager days. … “”

See:

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us
“For over three decades, NIRS has provided a radio
programming and media marketing service for over 140
Indigenous community radio stations. We continue to
deliver 24 hours of programming each day throughout all
major metropolitan, regional and, perhaps most importantly,
remote communities.”

* SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO: REMEMBERING INDIGENOUS DEFENCE SERVICE

– Audio

SBS Radionews Podcasts: Remembering Indigenous defence service
By Karen Ashford
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/253792/Remembering-Indigenous-defence-service
12 Feb 13: “Moves are being finalised for a national
memorial in Adelaide to recognise Indigenous Australians
who served in the armed forces. Records show Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islanders served in the armed forces from the
Boer War onwards. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
War Memorial Committee says after six years of fundraising,
it’s exceeded its target of $750,000 for a bronze sculpture
by noted artist Robert Hannaford. Chair of the committee,
Marj Trapp, told Karen Ashford it’s hoped the memorial may
help explain what’s behind some long-standing mysteries.”

* THE WIRE: CULTURAL TIES IMPROVE VOCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

– Audio Interview

The Wire: Cultural ties improve vocational opportunities
Produced by Melissa Lahoud
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10009
12 Feb 13: “Research suggests that young Aboriginal and
Islander people who are culturally aware enjoy better
vocational opportunities. A strong cultural identity can
double the employment chances of Aboriginal and Islander
students. A recent report reveals a solid link between
cultural identity and engagement in training and education.
An involvement in traditional events and economic
activities are some factors encouraging positive qualities
in students, which benefits their vocational opportunities
in major ways.
Featured in story: Michael Dockery – director of the
Centre for Labour Market Research at Curtin University”

See:

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

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

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

SBS Living Black: Trust and Prejudice
By Marc Tong
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/253302/t/Trust-and-Prejudice/in/english
8 Feb 13: “The latest Reconciliation Australia relationship
Barometer study reveals disappointing results between First
Nations and non-Indigenous people. Attitudes of trust and
prejudice between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
and non-Indigenous people have not improved in five years
except for those in organisations with Reconciliation
Action Plans. The third study since 2008 by Reconciliation
Australia has found that up to 87 per cent of each group
do not trust each other, while up to 72 per cent agreed
they were prejudiced against each other.”

– News

newsTracker: Lower house passes recognition bill on Sorry Day
http://tracker.org.au/2013/02/hopes-recognition-bill-will-pass-on-sorry-day/
13 Feb 13: “NATIONAL: Aboriginal leader Mick Gooda hopes an
Act of Recognition will pass parliament on the fifth
anniversary of the apology to the Stolen Generations.
Debate on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Recognition Bill 2012 will resume in the lower house on
Wednesday. In September, the federal government shelved
plans to hold a referendum on the constitutional
recognition of Aboriginal people because of a lack of
public awareness on the issue. Instead, it has introduced
to parliament an Act of Recognition as a stepping stone
towards constitutional change.”

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

newsTracker: Federal Court to take on native title role
http://tracker.org.au/2013/02/federal-court-to-take-on-native-title-role/
13 Feb 13: “NATIONAL: The Federal Court is a step closer to
being in charge of mediation of native title claims after
legislation passed the lower house. Previously, mediation
was done in the Native Title Tribunal but the Federal Court
has played more of a role since 2009. The government says
fully transferring the mediation and some other
administrative functions to the court would let the
tribunal focus on its core area of strength. The
legislation which passed the lower house on Tuesday
consolidates the tribunal and the court as a single
statutory agency to combine their administration.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Concern about adverse affects of economic development
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7831-concern-about-adverse-affects-of-economic-development
12 Feb 13: “An expert in environmental and resource
management says plans to develop northern Australia run the
risk of widening the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. A team
of researchers looking into mining and development
opportunities in the Top End say all proposed schemes could
disadvantage Indigenous people. Griffith University’s Sue
Jackson says some Indigenous groups have expressed their
concerned they’re being overlooked in the planning of
developments.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Drugs expert hopes cost-saving argument appeals to government
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7830-drugs-expert-hopes-cost-saving-argument-appeals-to-government
12 Feb 13: “NIRS/98.9fm: Aboriginal alcohol and drugs
expert Ted Wilkes says many young Indigenous people who
commit crimes are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
at the time. Associate Professor Wilkes is chair of the
National Indigenous Alcohol and Drugs Committee. He
advocates for a report released last week saying
governments could save millions by putting non-violent
offenders on rehab programs rather than in jails. He’s told
98.9fm it’s pointless for governments keep building prisons
for people who could be placed on diversionary programs.”

130213 – Michael Mansell continues call for community-driven rehabilitation programs: CAAMA

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 14/02/2013 by D

* CAAMA:
Michael Mansell continues call for community-driven
rehabilitation programs
* Carrie Fowlie, The Canberra Times:
Jail costly way to tackle scourge
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* The Wire interviews Liz Johnstone & Michael Mansell
on the Tarkine

* Amy McQuire, Tracker:
Greens call on NSW govt to get serious about culture and heritage

* Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews Alf Lacey & Michael Woodley
* YAC:
WMYAC documents confirm Michael Gallagher is FMG’s inside-man
* Background to the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)

* NIRS:
Evidence for Indigenous child protection control ‘undeniable’

* Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews Professor Ted Wilkes
* Professor Jon Altman, Crikey:
Seeking truth from facts in indigenous employment data
* Callum Denness, Crikey:
Not closing the gap: indigenous lifespans remain too short

* SBS Radionews Audio:
The Stolen Generations apology, five years on

* Other articles

* CAAMA:
MICHAEL MANSELL CONTINUES CALL FOR
COMMUNITY-DRIVEN REHABILITATION PROGRAMS

– Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Michael Mansell continues call for
community-driven rehabilitation programs
http://caama.com.au/michael-mansell-continues-call-for-community-driven-rehabilitation-programs
12 Feb 13: “In Tasmania the calls continue for Governments
to invest in community driven rehabilitation programs,
rather than spending more money locking Aboriginal people
up. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up
14.2 per cent of the Tasmanian population, but are only
3.6 per cent of the state’s total population, according to
figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s Michael Mansell joined
Nerida Currey on Strong Voices to share his views.”

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.”

* CARRIE FOWLIE, THE CANBERRA TIMES:
JAIL COSTLY WAY TO TACKLE SCOURGE

– Analysis / Opinion

The Canberra Times: Jail costly way to tackle scourge
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/jail-costly-way-to-tackle-scourge-20130211-2e8qp.html
12 Feb 13: “With nearly $3 billion spent each year in
Australia on building and operating prisons, the daily cost
borne by ACT taxpayers is nearly double that of the
national average. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people are grossly over-represented in the cost-ineffective
Australian, and ACT, criminal justice system. … More than
50 per cent of juveniles in detention are indigenous. The
ACT’s youth indigenous incarceration rate is the third
highest in Australia.” Carrie Fowlie,
executive officer of Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug
Association ACT,
member of Australian National Council on Drugs

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

Last updated: 7 February 2013

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

* THE WIRE INTERVIEWS
LIZ JOHNSTONE & MICHAEL MANSELL ON THE TARKINE:

– Audio Interview

The Wire:
Now that the Tarkine’s open for mining,
we take the local temperature
Produced by Hannah Sinclair
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10005
11 Feb 13: “The Tarkine region is now open for mining. But
how do the locals feel about it? A stretch of the coastline
will be included on the National Heritage List, due to its
Aboriginal value. While some members of the community have
welcomed the news, many say the Federal government should
have consulted them first. …
Featured in story:
* Liz Johnstone- The Wilderness Society
* Michael Mansell- Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre”

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.”

* AMY MCQUIRE, TRACKER:
GREENS CALL ON NSW GOVT TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT CULTURE AND HERITAGE

– News

newsTracker:
Greens call on NSW govt to get serious about culture and heritage
http://tracker.org.au/2013/02/greens-call-on-nsw-govt-to-get-serious-about-culture-and-heritage/
11 Feb 13: “NEW SOUTH WALES: The NSW Greens have called on
the state government to publicly release a report into
Aboriginal culture and heritage, four months after it
committed to standalone legislation. The working party, set
up to consider standalone laws by Labor in 2010, has
provided its report to Environment minister Robyn Parker,
the Greens say. But it is yet to be released publicly, as
promised by Ms Parker in estimates in October. Currently,
New South Wales is the only state without separate
legislation for the protection of Aboriginal culture and
heritage.” By Amy McQuire

See:

Stories by Amy McQuire – Tracker
http://tracker.org.au/author/amy/
“Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman
who hails from Rockhampton in Queensland.
She is editor of Tracker.”

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

* LET’S TALK’S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS
ALF LACEY & MICHAEL WOODLEY:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk – Alf Lacey & Michael Woodley
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
12 Feb 13: Tiga Bayles interviews Alf Lacey & Michael Woodley
“Alf Lacey, Mayor of Palm Island;
Michael Woodley, CEO of Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/alf-lacey-michael-woodley/

See:

Let’s Talk – 98.9FM
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
“Monday – Friday 9.00am – 10.00am:
Join Tiga Bayles and Karen Dorante (Fridays) focusing on
the issues relevant to First Nations people.”

About 989fm
http://www.989fm.com.au/about-989fm/
“To be an appropriate media service for the cultural and
economic independence of Indigenous people.”

* YAC:
WMYAC DOCUMENTS CONFIRM MICHAEL GALLAGHER IS FMG’S INSIDE-MAN

– Media Statement

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation:
WMYAC documents confirm Michael Gallagher is FMG’s inside-man
http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/?p=3022
12 Feb 13: “Internal documents, including minutes, invoices
and correspondence from Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal
Corporation (WMYAC)[1], covering a period from 14 June to 12
November 2012, which were provided to the Yindjibarndi
Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) [2] by WMYAC Chairman Bruce
Woodley, confirm Michael Gallagher’s effective role as
FMG’s paid agent and “puppet-master” inside the Wirlu-Murra
Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (WMYAC).”

See:

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

* BACKGROUND TO THE YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (YAC):

Last updated: 10 February 2013

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

* NIRS:
EVIDENCE FOR INDIGENOUS CHILD PROTECTION CONTROL ‘UNDENIABLE’

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Evidence for Indigenous child protection control ‘undeniable’
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7824-evidence-for-indigenous-child-protection-control-undeniable
11 Feb 13: “NIRS/98.9fm: An Aboriginal legal worker in
Queensland says it’s been made clear at an on-going inquiry
that Indigenous people must be in charge of Indigenous
child protection services. William Hayward is a
Developmental Officer at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Legal Service and has submitted to the Queensland
inquiry into child protection. Mr. Hayward told 98.9fm
moving away from Aboriginal-community controlled child
protection towards mainstreaming of services would be
risky.”

See:

WGAR News:
Let’s Talk’s Tiga Bayles interviews William Hayward of ATSILS
(8 Feb 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/07/wgar-news-marie-sailor-an-aboriginal-elder-whose-wages-were-stolen-accent-of-women-radio-

About the National Indigenous Radio Service
http://www.nirs.org.au/about-us
“For over three decades, NIRS has provided a radio
programming and media marketing service for over 140
Indigenous community radio stations. We continue to deliver
24 hours of programming each day throughout all major
metropolitan, regional and, perhaps most importantly,
remote communities.”

* LET’S TALK’S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS PROFESSOR TED WILKES:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk – Professor Ted Wilkes
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
8 Feb 13: Tiga Bayles interviews Professor Ted Wilkes
“Associate Professor, National Drug Research Institute
Speaking about The Productivity Commission Report that
highlighted the life expectancy gap for First Nations men
is 23 years, and women is 26 years.
The most recent ‘Closing The Gap’ Report”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/professor-ted-wilkes/

See:

WGAR News: Sovereignty not constitutional recognition the
key to closing the gap: The Wire (9 Feb 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/08/wgar-news-sovereignty-not-constitutional-recognition-the-key-to-closing-the-gap-the-wire

WGAR News: ANTaR: Reporting progress towards closing the
gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians (12 Feb 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/11/wgar-news-let-aboriginal-people-manage-their-own-affairs-canberra-brisbane-tent-embassies

Let’s Talk – 98.9FM
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
“Monday – Friday 9.00am – 10.00am:
Join Tiga Bayles and Karen Dorante (Fridays) focusing on
the issues relevant to First Nations people.”

About 989fm
http://www.989fm.com.au/about-989fm/
“98.9FM is part of the National Indigenous Radio Service
(NIRS), a satellite network of over 120 community radio
stations reaching the length and breadth of Australia.
NIRS will be co-located with 98.9fm at its new premises
in West End.”

* PROFESSOR JON ALTMAN, CRIKEY:
SEEKING TRUTH FROM FACTS IN INDIGENOUS EMPLOYMENT DATA

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey:
Seeking truth from facts in indigenous employment data
http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/02/11/seeking-truth-from-facts-in-indigenous-employment-data/
11 Feb 13: “There’s plenty of good news in the “closing the
gap” report on indigenous employment. But the program
outcomes are far from clear, writes ANU’s Professor Jon
Altman. The latest “closing the gap” report is full of the
usual glossy pictures of happy people and propaganda on how
much the government is doing for indigenous Australians 
- a list of programs and dollar inputs, little about
outcomes.” ANU’s Professor Jon Altman

See:

WGAR News: Sovereignty not constitutional recognition the
key to closing the gap: The Wire (9 Feb 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/08/wgar-news-sovereignty-not-constitutional-recognition-the-key-to-closing-the-gap-the-wire

WGAR News: ANTaR: Reporting progress towards closing the
gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians (12 Feb 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/11/wgar-news-let-aboriginal-people-manage-their-own-affairs-canberra-brisbane-tent-embassies

About Crikey
http://www.crikey.com.au/about/
“Crikey is Australian for independent journalism. There are
two arms to Crikey: our website and Crikey Insider, a daily
subscription email service.”

* CALLUM DENNESS, CRIKEY:
NOT CLOSING THE GAP: INDIGENOUS LIFESPANS REMAIN TOO SHORT

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey:
Not closing the gap: indigenous lifespans remain too short
http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/02/08/not-closing-the-gap-indigenous-lifespans-remain-too-short/
8 Feb 13: “Aborigines are living for about a decade less
than non-Aboriginal people. Crikey intern Callum Denness
asks the experts what should be done about it. Raising
Aboriginal life expectancy to that of the general
population is a key part of the federal government’s
“closing the gap” crusade - but a report out this week
shows little if any progress is being made. Indigenous
health experts are sceptical of the efforts being taken to
close the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal Australians - currently … ” Callum Denness

See:

WGAR News: Sovereignty not constitutional recognition the
key to closing the gap: The Wire (9 Feb 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/08/wgar-news-sovereignty-not-constitutional-recognition-the-key-to-closing-the-gap-the-wire

WGAR News: ANTaR: Reporting progress towards closing the
gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians (12 Feb 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/11/wgar-news-let-aboriginal-people-manage-their-own-affairs-canberra-brisbane-tent-embassies

About Crikey
http://www.crikey.com.au/about/
“The Crikey mission:
Crikey’s aim is very simple: to bring its readers the
inside word on what’s really going on in politics,
government, media, business, the arts, sport and other
aspects of public life in Australia. Crikey reveals how
the powerful operate behind the scenes, and it tackles
the stories insiders are talking about but other media
can’t or won’t cover.”

* SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO:
THE STOLEN GENERATIONS APOLOGY, FIVE YEARS ON

– Audio

SBS Radionews Podcasts:
The Stolen Generations apology, five years on
By Murray Silby
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/253744/The-Stolen-Generations-apology-five-years-on
12 Feb 13: ” Five years on from Kevin Rudd’s historic
apology to the Stolen Generations on February 13, 2008,
emotions still run strongly through the Indigenous people
it was directed towards. And in some cases, relief or joy
at the time of the apology have more recently been replaced
by frustration or anger at the lack of progress in relation
to compensation for victims of the policy. Murray Silby
reports.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let’s Talk – Les Malezer
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
11 Feb 13: Tiga Bayles interviews Les Malezer
“Co-Chair of National Congress
Speaking of the Bill of Recognition
being released 13th February”
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/les-malezer-15/

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
National political movement needed,
Congress a step in right direction: Historian
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7826-national-political-movement-needed-congress-a-step-in-right-direction-historian
11 Feb 13: “An expert in Aboriginal political history says
the National Congress of Australia’s First People is a step
towards greater national Indigenous political
representation. The University of Newcastle’s John Maynard
says the 1938 Day of Mourning protest in Sydney was an
example of a collective Indigenous voice being able to
gain Australia-wide attention. The protest recently
celebrated its 75th anniversary. Professor Maynard says
national representation is important …
“I think we’ve suffered greatly with the loss of ATSIC. … “”

130212 – Let Aboriginal people manage their own affairs: Canberra & Brisbane Tent Embassies

Posted in NEWSLETTER on 14/02/2013 by D

* Aboriginal Tent Embassies in Canberra and Brisbane:
Let Aboriginal people manage their own affairs
* Jon Lamb, Socialist Alternative:
“They cannot put out the fire of sovereignty”
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
and the Aboriginal tent embassies

* ISJA: TJ Hickey: Nine Long Years…Time for Justice?
* Event: Rally 9th Anniversary of TJ Hickey’s death – 14 Feb 13
* Emma Murphy, Green Left:
NT government cuts services, reverses Aboriginal gains
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention

* ANTaR: Reporting progress towards closing the gap in life
expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians

* Other articles

* ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES IN CANBERRA AND BRISBANE:
LET ABORIGINAL PEOPLE MANAGE THEIR OWN AFFAIRS

– Open Letter

Green Left: Let Aboriginal people manage their own affairs
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53278
9 Feb 13: “The open letter below was released by the
Aboriginal Tent Embassies in Canberra and Brisbane of
February 8. ***
We are disappointed and outraged at the racist message
conveyed in the Australian article “Rivers of Grog” on
February 6. Those of us gathered at the Aboriginal tent
embassy in Canberra, in preparation for the protest against
legislative changes, completely reject the stereotypes
being used as wedge politics by the Australian Prime
Minister, Julia Gillard.
The prime minister should know better than to make cheap
political attacks on the world’s oldest culture. Our rivers
are sacred to our people. “Rivers of Grog” is a derogatory
term that maligns our sacred rivers.
Gamilaraay elder, Uncle Paul Spearim, and Brisbane
Aboriginal sovereign embassy youth representative, Boe
Spearim, have expressed their concerns that Aboriginal
people in Queensland and the Northern Territory will now
suffer the consequences of increased hostility and
suspicion about alcohol consumption.
The truth is 85% of all Aboriginal people choose not to
drink alcohol, whereas it is the reverse in the
non-Aboriginal population. … ”

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.”

* JON LAMB, SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE:
“THEY CANNOT PUT OUT THE FIRE OF SOVEREIGNTY”

– Analysis / Opinion

Socialist Alternative:
“They cannot put out the fire of sovereignty”
SA: http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7651:they-cannot-put-out-the-fire-of-sovereignty&Itemid=454
Direct Action: http://directaction.org.au/2013/they_cannot_put_out_the_fire_of_sovereignty
8 Feb 13: ” Last year marked an important turning point in
the struggle of Aboriginal people for justice and
sovereignty. The 40th anniversary commemoration of the Tent
Embassy in Canberra, culminating in the January 26 Invasion
Day protest, sparked a renewed fight by activists young and
old against the ongoing and institutionalised racism
endured by Aboriginal people. In the year since then,
sovereign tent embassies have been established across
Australia, with Aboriginal activists and their supporters
vowing to rekindle and rebuild a new movement for sovereign
rights. Already 2013 is shaping up as another year of
struggle.” Jon Lamb

See:

Socialist Alternative – Where we came from
http://www.sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=3912:where-we-came-from&Itemid=401
“Socialist Alternative stands in the tradition of
“socialism from below” which dates back to Karl Marx’s
famous declaration: “The emancipation of the working class
must be conquered by the working class themselves.”
Marx recognised that the horrors of capitalism could only
be abolished by workers’ revolution. But this would be a
thoroughly democratic revolution.”

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT
AND THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

Last updated: 10 February 2013

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

* ISJA: TJ HICKEY: NINE LONG YEARS… TIME FOR JUSTICE?

– Analysis / Opinion

TJ Hickey PR Final 2013 – Redfern-Waterloo Community Action
Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA):
TJ Hickey: Nine Long Years….Time for Justice?
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Redfern-Waterloo/message/7092
9 Feb 13: “So in the NINTH ANNIVERSARY, Gail, the Family,
the Communities where TJ lived, ISJA as well as other
supporters continue to call for Justice for TJ and all
Deaths in Custody. The call for Justice is the reopening
of a wider investigation into the facts, the appearance of
previously blocked witnesses and the presentation of all
other withheld evidence, so as to allow for a full
forensic examination of the facts to be finally able to
reach an honest and just conclusion, the TJ plaque must
finally be affixed to the fence line to remember TJ and
all NSW Deaths in Custody as well as to stop all Deaths in
Custody.
For more information contact Ray Jackson … or Raul Bassi”

* EVENT: RALLY 9TH ANNIVERSARY OF TJ HICKEY’S DEATH – 14 FEB 13

– Event

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

* EMMA MURPHY, GREEN LEFT:
NT GOVERNMENT CUTS SERVICES, REVERSES ABORIGINAL GAINS

– Analysis / Opinion

Green Left:
NT government cuts services, reverses Aboriginal gains
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53272
9 Feb 13: “Disturbingly, the Northern Territory now jails
Aboriginal adults and children at rates higher than
anywhere else in Australia, and these rates are rising.
Since the NT intervention – now called Stronger Futures
– was introduced almost six years ago, alcohol-related
police “incidents” have risen from 3239 incidents in 2007- 08
to 4870 in 2011. In June 2011, the overall imprisonment
rates of Aboriginal people in the NT had risen by 40%. But
the Deloitte report has been dismissed by NT attorney
general and corrections minister John Elferink, who said on
February 4 it would not influence the Country Liberal (CLP)
government’s policies.” By Emma Murphy

See:

Emma Murphy – Green Left Weekly
http://www.greenleft.org.au/taxonomy/term/653
“GLW author Emma Murphy”

About GLW – the need for alternative media
http://www.greenleft.org.au/about
“By printing the news and ideas the mainstream media won’t,
Green Left Weekly exposes the lies and distortions of the
power brokers and helps us to better understand the world
around us.”

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

Last updated: 7 February 2013

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

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

Last updated: 4 February 2013

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

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 31 December 2012

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

* ANTaR:
REPORTING PROGRESS TOWARDS CLOSING THE GAP IN LIFE EXPECTANCY
BETWEEN INDIGENOUS AND NON-INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS

– News

ANTaR:
Reporting progress towards closing the gap in life expectancy
between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
http://antar.org.au/news/reporting-progress-towards-closing-gap-life-expectancy-between-indigenous-and-non-indigenous
6 Feb 13: “The Indigenous Leadership Group of the Close the
Gap Campaign this morning met with the Prime Minister before
she tabled her annual report on progress in Closing the Gap.
They discussed critical developments for the 2013 year,
these being;
* The development of the National Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Health Plan
* The need for future commitment of funds as the National
Partnership Agreement on Closing the Gap in Indigenous
Health Outcomes comes to a close mid 2013.
* The Federal Election, as an opportunity for all political
parties engaged with health equality … ”

See:

WGAR News: Sovereignty not constitutional recognition the
key to closing the gap: The Wire (9 Feb 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/02/08/wgar-news-sovereignty-not-constitutional-recognition-the-key-to-closing-the-gap-the-wire

ANTaR – Statement of Purpose
http://antar.org.au/about/purpose
“ANTaR listens to and supports the aspirations of First
Peoples and works to educate the wider community, shape
public opinion, speak up against injustice and influence
public policy to advance our vision.”

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– News

ANTaR: Be part of history in the making – Feb 13
http://antar.org.au/news/be-part-history-making-feb-13
4 Feb 13: “A significant step along the road to
Constitutional Recognition is fast approaching. The Bill of
Recognition introduced to Federal Parliament in November is
expected to be voted on next Wednesday 13 February.
Read here how you can get involved.”

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