WGAR News: Aboriginal Nations assert sovereignty over the Northern Murray Darling Basin

Newsletter date: 19 April 2012

* Aboriginal Nations assert sovereignty over the Northern Murray Darling Basin
* Workshop on legal and political implications of claims to Aboriginal sovereignty
* Interview with Michael Anderson, founder of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* SBS Living Black: WA's Government remains silent on its stolen wages offer
* SBS Living Black: New Representative Group for Aboriginal & TSI with disabilities
* More Intervention: Lecture by 3 UTS experts in Indigenous law reform
* Sydney book launch: "NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations"
* More 'Stronger Futures' Legislation related articles
* Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles


- Media Release

Fred Hooper, Chairperson, Northern Murray Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN)
17 Apr 12: "21 Aboriginal Sovereign First Nations of the northern Murray Darling Basin demand that federal and state governments recognise that they have never ceded or acquiesced sovereignty, dominion or ultimate title over the lands, subsurface, all waters, natural resources and airspace within the northern Murray-Darling Basin. We demand that state and federal governments revoke all water licenses within the northern Murray-Darling Basin and establish new arrangements for dealing with water from a base of Aboriginal sovereignty, dominion and ultimate title over all water. It is also understood that a further 21 Aboriginal sovereign First Nations in the southern Murray Darling Basin have asserted their sovereignty, dominion and ultimate title."

- Audio

The Wire: Indigenous nations call for sovereignty over the Northern Murray Darling Basin
Produced by Marty McCarthy
18 Apr 12: "21 Aboriginal nations in New South Wales and Queensland have united to demand control over water flows in the Northern Basin of the Murray Darling be returned to them. The Chairperson of the Northern Murray Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations, Fred Hooper, says Aboriginal people never gave up their sovereignty over the Basin in the first place, and are calling for it to be returned.
Featured in story:
Fred Hooper, Northern Murray Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations"

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 18.04.2012
18 Apr 12: "A group of 21 Aboriginal nations in the northern Murray Darling Basin are demanding that all water licences be revoked and that the rivers’ water be dealt with from a base of Aboriginal sovereignty, dominion and ultimate title."

- News

Koori Mail: Scrap Murray Darling plan, says group
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
18 Apr 12: "A GROUP of 21 Aboriginal nations within the northern Murray Darling Basin have demanded that all water licences be revoked and that the rivers' water be dealt with from a base of Aboriginal sovereignty, dominion and ultimate title. The Northern Murray Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN) says the proposed Murray-Darling Basin plan fails to recognise the sovereign rights of Aboriginal peoples, and the Murray Darling Basin Authority and state and federal governments should enter into immediate negotiations for a treaty with the Aboriginal nations of the northern basin."

- Related Video

YouTube: River Country Spirit Ceremony ( Murrundi Ruwe Pangari Ringbalin)
24 Nov 10: "Aboriginal peoples along the Murray--Darling rivers in South-Eastern Australia say their river is sick and their country is dying. Ngarrindjeri Elder, Major Sumner, brought people together to dance and heal the spirit of the river for the River Country Spirit Ceremony. Together they journey from Murra Murra to the Murray Mouth. Along the way they tell their stories about their river country."

- Related Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: Aboriginal Murray River Nations Take Part In Ancient Pilgrimage
18 Apr 12: "Aboriginal river nations from Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia are taking part in the ancient pilgrimage, Ringbalin, to help save the Murray River. ... An ancient pilgrimage called Ringbalin, 23-hundred kilometre of dancing to help save Australia's greatest river, the Murray is in the third year of its revival. ... Led by Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner, the elders, traditional dancers and supporters will stop beside the river every night, performing the stories of their people and the ancestral beings that created the rivers." By Michelle Lovegrove

The Wire: Murray Plan will please noone say Greens
Produced by Annie Hastwell
12 Apr 12: "Submissions for the Murray Darling Basin Plan close tomorrow and tensions are rising in communities along the river as people have their last say on the issue before the decision is made. Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will take part in a debate on the issue tonight, with Federal water Minister Tony Burke and Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham. She says the current plan is doomed to failure unless it revises upwards the amount of water to be returned and also supports many more creative solutions to water saving along the river.
Featured in story: Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young"

- Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service: Basin Authority expresses appreciation for community input
18 Apr 12: "The Murray Darling Basin Authority has completed its 20-week consultation process, where it appealed to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people for their opinions on the draft Plan. Director of Indigenous Engagement with the Authority, Neil Ward, says he's pleased with the submissions made and work done by the region's Aboriginal groups. He says it's important to consider their opinions on the draft, with more than 400 submissions made by Indigenous stakeholders for deliberation in the final version of the Plan."

- Related Media Release

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
First Peoples must be involved in water management
2 Apr 12: "It is time for sustainable management of Australian water systems to value and incorporate Aboriginal peoples’ priorities and knowledge, Congress Co‐Chair Les Malezer told the First Peoples National Water Summit in Adelaide.
"The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples clearly articulates Indigenous peoples’relationship with lands and waters and specifies actions that should be carried out to enable our rights and interests to be recognised," he said.
It is one of a range of international agreements that recognises our intrinsic relationship with our lands and waters. ... "


- Upcoming events

Event: Wed 23 May 2012: Wollongong, NSW
Litigating the Boundaries of Sovereignty
- Symposium Day 1
Location: University of Wollongong
Jointly organised by:
* Legal Intersections Research Centre, University of Wollongong
* School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University
"On 26 January 2012, on the day of the 40th anniversary of
the establishment Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra,
a number of prominent Aboriginal activists advanced an
articulated claim to the continuity of Aboriginal
sovereignty in Australia. ... [This is] a one-day workshop to
explore the legal and political implications of those claims."
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/litigating-boundaries-soverei...

Event: 23 and 24 May 2012: Wollongong, south of Sydney
Interim Aboriginal unity government assembly
Held at the Sandon Point Aboriginal Embassy
"All Aboriginal nations are being called on to send two
delegates to the inaugural assembly of the interim national
unity government in Wollongong in May.
"This gathering to form the Interim Sovereign Union
National Unity Government is so important, as the federal
government and their Uncle Tom collaborators are working
overtime to indoctrinate our children and youth into their
way of thinking by falsely promoting that recognition in
the Constitution will give our people something,"
the spokesman of the movement, Michael Anderson, writes in
a media release."
"On the first day, 23rd of May, two universities, South Cross
and Wollongong law faculties will host a law symposium to
discuss the continuing sovereignty of Aboriginal people as
an introduction to this history-making event."
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/call-delegates-aboriginal-uni...
Sovereign Union - National Unity Government: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/


- Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let's Talk
Michael Anderson - Founder of the Tent Embassy
16 Apr 12
Listen to this interview on-line:

- Tent Embassy News

National Indigenous Radio Service: Moree continues sovereignty campaign through new Embassy
17 Apr 12: "A co-founder of the Goomeroi Tent Embassy at Moree in far north New South Wales says she's happy with the level of support they're received from the local community. This comes despite an incident last week where three car-loads of hoons vandalised the campsite, spraying debris onto tents by doing burn-outs close to where people were making preparations for the day's festivities. Goomeroi woman Bronwyn Spearim says the Moree Embassy was inspired by other Aboriginal Tent Embassies around Australia and those who continue to work toward Indigenous sovereignty."

Courier-Mail: Embassy growing in numbers
12 Apr 12: "THE Musgrave Park Sovereign Tent Embassy is here to stay and is receiving donations of food, blankets and firewood from supportive community members. ... Mr Tyson, 22, from the Meerooni people of the Gurang Gurang nation, said the group had grown to about 20 "floating" members, and in the past 10 days had erected extra tents. Residents from neighbouring homes had offered to let group members use their showers, too, he said."


SOVEREIGN UNION - National Unity Government
'Sovereign Union' - Asserting Aboriginal Sovereignty into Governance

Treaty Republic:
Indigenous Australia Sovereignty, Genocide, Land Rights and Pay the Rent Issues

Aboriginal Tent Embassy 40th
40 Years Stronger - Sovereignty Never Ceded
[Canberra, ACT]

Facebook: Goomeroi Sovereign Tent Embassy
[Moree, NSW]

Facebook: Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park
[Musgrave Park, Brisbane, Qld]

Facebook: Nyoongar Tent Embassy
[Perth, WA]

Welcome to our website... Nyoongar Tent Embassy
[Perth, WA]

WGAR News: Force used to suppress the Aboriginal sovereignty movement: Michael Anderson (27 Mar 12)
[Several articles on the Nyoongar Tent Embassy in Perth, WA.]

WGAR News: Tent Embassy set up in Portland’s Market Square, Vic (1 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/01/wgar-news-press-conference-on-stronge...
[Portland, Vic]

The Spec: Council plans to close embassy
[Portland, Vic]

YouTube: Aboriginal tent embassies - Canberra & Sandon Point
[Canberra, ACT & Sandon Point, Wolloongong, NSW]

SPATE's 11th Anniversary Ceremony & Family Day
[Sandon Point, Wolloongong, NSW]

Bulahdelah Bypass:
* Aboriginal Heritage of and on the Alum Mountain
* Bulahdelah Aboriginal Tent Embassy
[scroll down page] http://bulahdelahbypass.wordpress.com/q-questions-and-answers/
[Bulahdelah, NSW]

Manning River Times: Tent embassy evicted
[Bulahdelah, NSW]

Facebook: Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Aboriginal Tent Embassy
[Canberra, ACT]

YouTube: Aboriginal Tent Embassy 40 years stronger march, Sovereignty Day, 26 Jan 2012
[Canberra, ACT]

WGAR News: Eyewitness accounts of the Tent Embassy protest on Invasion Day / Sovereignty Day (2 Feb 12)
[Canberra, ACT]

WGAR News: More on the Aboriginal Tent Embassy protest on Invasion Day (8 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/08/wgar-news-four-actions-to-help-stop-t...
[Canberra, ACT]

WGAR News: Tent Embassy protest interviews with Michael Anderson, Jeff McMullen, Chris Graham, etc (9 Feb 12)
[Canberra, ACT]

WGAR News: "The tent embassy: fact v fiction, black v white" by Chris Graham (20 Feb 12)
[Canberra, ACT]


- Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: Western Australia’s Government Remains Silent On Its Stolen Wages Offer
16 Apr 12: "The Western Australian government has not improved its offer to Aboriginal Stolen Wages victims, despite continued criticism of it being too little, too late, for too many. The government last month announced an offer of two-thousand dollars per person, for Aboriginal people whose wages were withheld between 1905 and 1972. ... Opposition Spokesman on Indigenous Affairs Ben Wyatt, tells Garfield Samuels the issue will only make the relationship worse between Aboriginal people and the state government" By Michelle Lovegrove


- Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: New Representative Group For Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islanders With Disabilities
16 Apr 12: "After thirteen years of advocacy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with disabilities now have a representative group. According to Damien Griffis, Chief Executive Officer of the First Peoples Disability Network, there are twice as many Indigenous Australians with a disability than non-Indigenous Australians with a disability. He explains to Biwa Kwan that the problem is compounded by a number of social and cultural issues." By Biwa Kwan


- Upcoming event

Event: Tue 24 April 2012: UTS, Ultimo, Sydney, NSW
Public Lecture: UTSpeaks: More Intervention
"Will the Government’s Stronger Futures law
reforms aid indigenous communities or
further divide Australia’s people?"
Lecture by three UTS experts in Indigenous law reform:
* Nicole Watson
* Alison Vivian
* Craig Longman
All are senior researchers with the UTS
Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning
Event details: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events/2012/04/more-intervention
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/utspeaks-more-intervention
Event details: http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/sites/all/files/pdfs/event/utspeaks_more_inte...


- Upcoming event

Event: Fri 4 May 2012: Chippendale, Sydney, NSW
Sydney Book Launch:
"NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations"
Launched by:
* Graeme Mundine,
Executive Officer, ACM Sydney Archdiocese
* Amy McQuire, Editor, Tracker Magazine
"Beautifully illustrated, this hard-backed book
gives voice to the views of Aboriginal people
living under the Intervention."
Published by ‘concerned Australians': http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/
Invitation: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Austr...
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/facts/films-and-literature/book-nt-consul...
Event details: http://www.respectandlisten.org/
Book review: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Austr...
Short Book review:
Book order form: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/concerned-Austr...

- Review

Review of the book
NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations
""NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations", published in February 2012, is an important sequel to the highly regarded "This Is What We Said" (February 2010) and "Walk With Us" (August 2011). Between June and August 2011 the Australian Government conducted Stronger Futures Consultations in Northern Territory communities with the stated purpose of finding out what worked and what didn’t work under the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) - commonly called the Intervention - which started in 2007. This book is presented in a most accessible and attractive format with highlights of quotations taken from ten consultations which were independently recorded. Beautifully illustrated, this hard-backed book gives voice to the views of Aboriginal people living under the Intervention. ... " By Cathy Gill and Sabine Kacha


- Photos

Green Left: Photos: Darwin rally rejects racist NT intervention
13 Apr 12: "These photos are from the rally was organised by the Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition on April 9. The rally spoke out against the ALP government's "Stronger Futures" package - which would extend the racist NT intervention for an extra 10 years! The national convergence for refugee rights attended and supported the rally. Every single Aboriginal speaker spoke out in favour of refugee rights and the refugee convergence speaker spoke out against the NT intervention."

- Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 17.04.2012
17 Apr 12: "* The co chair of Australia’s peak national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders has questioned the Gillard labor governments commitment to engage and work with the new group at the level which had been originally intended.
* The Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner says any positive aspects of the proposed Stronger Futures Legislation may not be realised unless Aboriginal people can take ownership of their problems and own the solutions.
* The Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen Szoke has again re iterated the Australian Human rights Commission concerns over the proposed Stronger futures legislation for aborignal people in the Northern Territory."

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
13 Apr 12: "A rally in Darwin has heard that Aboriginal people are sick and tired of being told by Government hat they can and can’t do and that internationally Australia’s image has changed into what once used to be South Africa where apartheid was practiced. Dr Djinyini Gondara told the gathering that the government must withdraw the proposed Stronger Futures legislation because it dehumanises Aboriginal people and continues the disaster of the Northern Territory Intervention."

- Audio Interview

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
YOLNGU woman speaks up on Intervention
13 Apr 12: "Miriam Yirrinba Dhurrkay is a proud Aboriginal woman from Galliwinku in the Top End. She shares her thoughts on CAAMA about the impact of the NT Intervention (both good and bad) and asks an important question....why does the proposed Stronger Futures Legislation only apply to her people."

- News

Journey: Church disappointed by Senate Report into Stronger Futures
12 Apr 12: "THE Uniting Church in Australia has expressed its disappointment in the Senate Report into the Stronger Futures Legislation. General Secretary of the Northern Synod, Mr Peter Jones, who appeared at the Darwin hearings for the Senate Inquiry,expressed his concern over the harsh and disempowering legislation that the Senate Report supports. "Since day one of the Intervention, we have seen the dismal failure of top-down approaches to addressing the real problems of Indigenous disadvantage. ... " said Mr Jones."


Human Rights Petition: Australian Government: Stop Stronger Futures and support Aboriginal self-determination in the NT

Stand for Freedom: There can be no reconciliation without justice:

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Legislation

WGAR News: "Listening But Not Hearing" - Audio recordings from the launch of the report (3 Apr 12)

WGAR News: Responses to Ten-Year Funding of NT Aboriginal Communities (1 Apr 12)

WGAR News: STICS: Aunty of deaths in custody victim speaks out against 'Stronger Futures' (24 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/24/wgar-news-call-for-delegates-to-inter...

WGAR News: Photograph your feet and 'Stand For Freedom' (24 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/24/wgar-news-call-for-delegates-to-inter...

WGAR News: Stand For Freedom campaign delivers a petition to the Senate signed by 33,000 people (22 Mar 12)

WGAR News: Responses to Senate Committee report on 'Stronger Futures' New NT Intervention laws (18 Mar 12)

WGAR News: Greens Senator Rachel Siewert provides an overview: "Ending the NT Intervention" (15 Mar 12)

WGAR News: Senate Inquiry into Stronger Futures releases it's report (15 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/15/wgar-news-greens-senator-rachel-siewe...

WGAR News: 28 Leading Australians call on Government to abandon the Stronger Futures legislation (14 Mar 12)

WGAR News: "Hear the Voice of the People!": Video of Senate Hearing at Maningrida 22 February 2012 (13 Mar 12)

WGAR News: New report into 'Stronger Futures' consultations by Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS (9 Mar 12)
[New university report entitled 'Listening but not Hearing']

WGAR News: Former PM Malcolm Fraser launches new report into consultations (9 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/09/wgar-news-new-report-into-stronger-fu...

WGAR News: Our Generation and ANTaR have launched a new video and campaign (8 Mar 12)

WGAR News: NITV Current Affairs present the Stronger Futures Forum shot on location in Maningrida (3 Mar 12)

WGAR News: Press Conference on Stronger Futures legislation by Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (1 Mar 12)

WGAR News: "NT Aboriginal leaders reject Stronger Futures" Tracker (23 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/23/wgar-news-nyoongar-tent-embassy-march...

WGAR News: New Website for Stronger Futures info and submissions (21 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/21/wgar-news-news-of-the-nyoongar-tent-e...

WGAR News: Book report launched: "NT Consultations Report 2011: By Quotations" (19 Feb 12)
[Includes link to transcripts of consultations and book of quotations: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/ ]

WGAR News: More on the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill (9 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/09/wgar-news-tent-embassy-protest-interv...

WGAR News: Submissions received on Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill (8 Feb 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/08/wgar-news-four-actions-to-help-stop-t...

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures: New compilation weblink -Petition -NITV Forum

Stop the Intervention: Stronger Futures Media Coverage

Main Government page for Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011 and two related bills:

Direct Government link to view all uploaded submissions

Direct Government link to view all uploaded hearing info


Creative Spirits: Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER) - "The Intervention": http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-terr...

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) - NT Intervention: http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney): http://stoptheintervention.org/

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Ending the NT Intervention: http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/ntintervention

Tracker - NT Intervention: http://tracker.org.au/tag/nt-intervention/

Crikey - NT Intervention: http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

Stand for Freedom: There can be no reconciliation without justice: http://standforfreedom.org.au/

Our Generation: http://ourgeneration.org.au/

'concerned Australians': Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group): Mparntwe - Alice Springs: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

Treaty Republic - NT Intervention: http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

New Matilda - northern territory intervention: http://newmatilda.com/tag/northern-territory-intervention

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

Equality Rights Alliance: Women's Experience of Income Management in the Northern Territory: http://www.equalityrightsalliance.org.au/projects/womens-experience-inco...

ANTaR (Justice, Rights and Respect for Australia's First Peoples) - NT intervention: http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/nt_intervention

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective): http://maicollective.blogspot.com/

The Conversation - After the Intervention: http://theconversation.edu.au/pages/after-the-intervention

Australian Human Rights Commission: Northern Territory 'Emergency Response' intervention: http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/intervention/index.html

Jobs with Justice: http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com/

Amnesty International Australia: Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention: http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/24460/

Students For Indigenous Rights - UQ: The Northern Territory Intervention: http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-fact...

Defending Indigenous Rights: http://defendingindigenousrights.wordpress.com/

Intervention walk-off's Blog: http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC: Australia's compliance with CERD - Fact Sheet 2: Northern Territory Intervention: http://www.hrlrc.org.au/files/Fact-Sheet-2-NT-Intervention.pdf

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/39732

Adelaide Stop the Intervention: http://www.stoptheintervention.com.au/

Central Land Council: The Australian Government Intervention 2007: http://www.clc.org.au/Media/issues/intervention/intervention_intro.html

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights): http://wgar.wordpress.com/


- Photos

Tracker: NATIONAL: The first march of the 40th anniversary was peaceful, but attracted little media attention.

See Video of peaceful march:

YouTube: Aboriginal Tent Embassy 40 years stronger march, Sovereignty Day, 26 Jan 2012

- Analysis / Opinion

Green Left: Activists mount court challenge to Olympic Dam mine
14 Apr 12: "Whatever BHP Billiton wants to expand operations at its huge Olympic Dam copper, gold and uranium mine, Australian authorities are almost frantic to give it. Clear violations of environment laws are not even being allowed to stand in the way. But where governments have shirked their responsibilities, eco-activists have stepped up to defend the environment. On April 3 and 4 a federal court in Adelaide heard a challenge to the mine expansion. A ruling is expected in coming weeks. Prominent environmental campaigner Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, an elder of the Arabunna people of northern South Australia, lodged the challenge." By Renfrey Clarke, Adelaide

Green Left: Australia’s ugly history of nuclear racism
14 Apr 12: "The nuclear industry has been responsible for some of the crudest racism in Australia's history. This racism dates from the British nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s but it can still be seen today. The British government conducted 12 nuclear bomb tests in Australia in the 1950s, most of them at Maralinga in South Australia. Permission was not sought from affected Aboriginal groups such as the Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara, Tjarutja and Kokatha. Thousands of people were adversely affected and the impact on Aboriginal people was particularly profound." By Jim Green, national nuclear campaigner with Friends of the Earth Australia

- News

Koori Mail: Anzac march plan
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php?page=Current+Edition
18 Apr 12: "ABORIGINAL leaders have defended moves to highlight the frontier wars during Anzac Day marches amid claims that it would be disrespectful. Canberra Aboriginal Tent Embassy founder Michael Anderson has called on Aboriginal people across the country to march on Anzac Day in commemoration of frontier wars 'perpetuated by British invaders and the ongoing war of attrition against Aboriginal Peoples'. Particularly, he wants anyone interested to carry a banner for one of the wars or massacres that occurred."

Indigenous Peoples: Muckaty Traditional Owners Block Highway To Protest Proposed Nuclear Waste Site
14 Apr 12: "Monday (April 9), the traditional owners of Muckaty, a sacred site, cut traffic on a highway near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, to protest against the proposed site of radioactive waste on their land. ... Tessa Dowdell, one of the activists against the storage site, explains that they must continue to pressure the government to ensure protection of this sacred site."

- Audio Interview

SBS Living Black: Government Backs Recommendations On Northern Territory Youth Suicide Prevention
12 Apr 12: "The federal government is backing recommendations in a report into youth suicide in the Northern Territory. ... An inquiry has found that suicides of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under the age of 15 in the Northern Territorry are five times the national rate. ... The Gone Too Soon report, has found that specialist police, youth workers and mental health staff are needed in at-risk areas to help stem the high rate of young people killing themselves. ... The Northern Territory's Children's Commissioner Howard Bath reveals to Karen Ashford the severity of the problem."

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