WGAR News: "Frontier wars remembered on ANZAC Day" Koori Mail

Newsletter date: 26 April 2012

* Koori Mail: Frontier wars remembered on ANZAC Day
* Ray Jackson, ISJA: NSW police 'too deadly'!
* Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Bulli, NSW
* Corroboree at Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park
* Let's Talk: Live from Moree Tent Embassy, NSW
* Update on the Nyoongar Tent Embassy, Perth, WA
* Background to the Aboriginal Tent Embassies
* Other articles


- News

Koori Mail: Frontier wars remembered on ANZAC Day
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Apr 12: "A SMALL contingent of Aboriginal people and supporters marched outside the Australian War Memorial in Canberra this morning to commemorate those killed during Australia's frontier wars. Although not officially part of the ANZAC Day Parade, the group led by Canberra Aboriginal Tent Embassy co-founder Michael Anderson brought up the rear of the parade, flanked by police. Mr Anderson said it was time that wider Australia faced up to its history of Aboriginal massacres, and recognised the Aboriginal people who not only fought for their own country during the colonial invasion but also for Australia in every major conflict overseas."

- ANZAC Day Aboriginal events

Event: ANZAC Day 25 April 2012: Canberra, ACT
Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars
- Anzac Day march in Canberra
Michael Anderson said "Last year we started
Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars by joining on behind the
Anzac Day march in Canberra and we received enormous
support from the public at this time.
Now we need to keep it going.
We have commenced a process to highlight the wars fought on
Australian soil since 1788, when our country was taken by
superior force, at gunpoint, and those who stood in the way
were shot.
What we need to do now is to keep identifying that there
has been warfare; that blood has been spilt on the wattle;
and there is an ongoing war of attrition against Aboriginal
Peoples to this day. ...
Joining the Anzac march is NOT a protest.
It is a remembering of the wars and the losses of those
who suffered."
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/13/wgar-news-lest-we-forget-the-frontier...
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/lest-we-forget-frontier-wars-...
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/anzac-day-%E2%80%93-those-who...

Event: ANZAC Day 25 April 2012: Mt. Ainslie, Canberra, ACT
Aboriginal and TSI Commemorative Ceremony
"This commemorative ceremony is conducted to remember those
Indigenous Australians who have served in the Australian
forces since 1901. It is hosted by members of the
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans and Services
Association Australia (ATSIVSAA), an Indigenous veterans
advocacy group, and is open to all members of the public."
Event details: http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/atsivsaa/

Event: ANZAC Day 25 April 2012: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
2012 - Redfern ANZAC Day March and Commemorative Service
Honouring our Aboriginal & TSI Servicemen and Servicewomen
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012-redfern-anzac-day-march-and-commemorative-s...

- Related Audio Interviews

The Wire: Indigenous Australians mark Anzac Day in their own ways
Produced by Tim Roxburgh
24 Apr 12: "Julia Gillard will be commemorating ANZAC day at Gallipoli, but there are some chapters of our war history much closer to home that some indigenous Australians will be trying to draw attention to. Scholars like Professor Mick Dodson say that the contribution of Indigenous war veterans hasn’t been sufficiently recognized. Other groups will be commemorating wars and massacres that aren’t traditionally remembered at ANZAC day - the conflicts that occurred during white settlement.
Featured in story:
* Professor Mick Dodson - Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies
* Michael Anderson - Euahlayi leader and organiser of Canberra commemoration"

- Related News

NZ Herald: Aboriginal activists warmly recieved in Anzac Day march
26 Apr 12: "Activists urging recognition of colonial Australia's frontier wars and the treatment received by Aboriginal servicemen after their return from the two world wars were applauded as they marched in Canberra yesterday. The small group of about 20, carrying Aboriginal flags and banners and accompanied by a didgeridoo, joined the tail of the national Anzac Day parade, behind columns of veterans that included a detachment of New Zealanders. Led by Michael Anderson, one of the founders of the capital's tent embassy, ... "

9 News: 40,000 attend Canberra Anzac Day services
25 Apr 12: "Aboriginal Tent Embassy co-founder Michael Anderson, along with about 30 others, gathered at the lower end of Anzac Parade and followed behind the parade. However, they were stopped by police at the entrance to a cordoned-off area near the Stone of Remembrance. "We had about three jeerers, but other than that, we got applause," Mr Anderson told AAP. The group was marching to protest massacres committed during so-called "frontier wars" following the arrival of the first Europeans."

Koori Mail: Honouring our diggers
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Apr 12: "ABOUT 500 people gathered in the Sydney suburb of Redfern this afternoon for the annual Black Diggers march. The crowd comprised of war veterans, their families and friends, community leaders and politicians commemorated the contribution of Aboriginal servicemen and women. Pastor Ray Minniecon told the Koori Mail the march was about ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander diggers got the respect they deserved. "They fought in every war and they're our black warriors but a lot of them didn't get the benefits of other diggers," Pastor Minniecon said. "We want to make sure history does not repeat itself. We want to make sure all our warriors are recognised in this country.""

Koori Mail: Mob out in force in Tville
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Apr 12: "THOUSANDS of people lined Townsville's Esplanade this morning to cheer on marchers in the far north Queensland city's Anzac Day Parade, many of them Indigenous. Amongst the marchers was former serviceman and Torres Strait Islander Elder Arthur Ahwang. Laying a wreath for Indigenous servicemen and women at the cenotaph in Townsville's Anzac Park was Robyn Illin whose father-in-law Alec Illin served during the Vietnam War."

National Indigenous Radio Service: War memorial group calls for monument to recognise Indigenous soldiers
24 Apr 12: "The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial Committee says the Indigenous Australians should be able to honour the fallen this ANZAC Day. After a five-year campaign to erect a war memorial dedicated to Aboriginal soldiers, Chair Marj Tripp says it's time Australia finally acknowledged Aboriginal service people. ... She says many Australians don't know the full extent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's service to their country."

newsTracker: Aboriginal diggers to be remembered
24 Apr 12: " ... the courage and sacrifice of indigenous warriors will be given particular recognition this Anzac Day, with the Returned and Service League (RSL) conducting special ceremonies across the state. Sub-branches in Corrimal, Wollongong, Walcha, Tamworth, Nambucca and Kempsey-Macleay have all agreed to include Aboriginal elements in their ANZAC Day commemorations. Elders will lay wreaths and speak about the particular sense of loss that indigenous families felt when relatives were killed and buried overseas."

Treaty Republic: 50 Aboriginal trackers left behind after the Boer War
"Between 1899 and 1902, fifty Aboriginal black trackers were summonsed by the British forces in South Africa to join the Boer war effort. Griffith University's Indigenous research fellow, Dr Dale Kerwin said that the black trackers came from all over the country but very little else is known about them. He claims they were left behind at the end of the war in 1902 because they were denied re-entry into Australia under the Immigration Protection Act, known as the White Australian Policy."


- Media statement

Ray Jackson: NSW police 'too deadly'!
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/ray-jackson-nsw-police-too-de...
GL: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50772
23 Apr 12: "Media statement by Ray Jackson, Indigenous Social Justice Association
On Tuesday April 24 at 1.30pm we will be holding a rally outside the NSW Parliament House to protest the violence and abuse of the NSW police as exampled by the circumstances at Kings Cross and five police-related deaths in custody so far this year already. ...
The April 22 shooting of two Aboriginal teenagers in a stolen car at Kings Cross focuses the mind on just how violent are the NSW Police Force and the police in the rest of this country.
I do not condone car theft (and yes I have suffered having my car stolen) or any other crime for that matter but I certainly would argue that the crime is hardly a hanging offence.
The allegedly stolen car had six young Aborigines, aged between 13 and 24, inside of it when the police drew their guns and fired through the windscreen. Why couldn't they shoot the tyres out? ... "

- Related Audio Interviews

The Wire: Community responds to police shooting at Kings Cross
Produced by Liz Cush
24 Apr 12: "Today several hundred people rallied at the NSW Parliament House in response to the dramatic police shooting at people in a stolen car. Two people are in hospital after they were shot by police in the allegedly stolen car as they drove through the busy main drag of Kings Cross on Saturday night. Mobile phone footage shows police punching a 17 year old in the face while he is lying face down on the ground, immediately after being dragged from the car. In the footage, the teenager is bleeding from gunshot wounds. Today the Indigenous Social Justice Association called for an independent investigation into the police actions.
Featured in story:
* Ray Jackson, President, Indigenous Social Justice Association
* Peter Boyle, Socialist Alliance"

- Related Videos

Sovereign Union: Videos - Police brutal shootings in Kings Cross
"* Protest Rally for justice 24th April 2012
* General media report with a mix of amateur footage
* Amateur footage - no media commentary or editing.
* Mixed footage with media commentary"

- Related News

Green Left: Qld Aboriginal rally tells police: 'Racism has got to go'
26 Apr 12: "Under the theme "Racism has got to go!" Aboriginal protesters and supporters held a rally against police violence outside the Queensland parliament on April 24. About 70 people attended the rally, which coincided with the Sydney march against police assaults on Black youth in that city. Speakers at the Brisbane rally expressed solidarity with the Aboriginal community in Sydney and said similar police racism was rife in Queensland."

SMH: Mundine: investigate officers for attempted murder
25 Apr 12: "AS FRUSTRATED and angry Sydney Aborigines rallied against police brutality in drenching rain yesterday, fears for the health of a 17-year-old shot in the neck by police in Kings Cross deepened. Boxer Anthony Mundine joined indigenous leaders and family members of the five teenagers and the man at the centre of Saturday morning's chaos in protest outside Parliament House in Macquarie Street. ''Of course people are angry,'' Mundine said."

Koori Mail: Rally protests Kings Cross car chase
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Apr 12: "CALLS are continuing for an independent investigation into a Kings Cross car chase at the weekend that ended after a stolen car hit two pedestrians and police shot the car's 14-year-old driver and a 17-year-old passenger. About 200 people attended a rally outside State Parliament in Sydney yesterday, many shouting anti-police slogans. A lot of anger was directed at officers involved in the car chase, one of whom appeared on video footage to repeatedly punch the injured 17-year-old after he was pulled from the car. Greens MP David Shoebridge has referred the matter to the Police Integrity Commission but wants an independent investigation into the matter."

Telegraph UK: Australian police accused of racism over shooting of Aboriginal joyriders
24 Apr 12: "A shooting by police at a car filled with six Aboriginal joyriders as it drove along a footpath in Sydney has prompted accusations of racism and police brutality. ... In an incident that has dominated media headlines, police shot both the 14-year-old driver and a 17-year-old front-seat passenger at the weekend. The two youths remained in hospital in a serious condition on Tuesday. Malcolm Turnbull, a prominent Sydney-based MP, said the area on many nights was "effectively a war zone"." By Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney

newsTracker: Angry rally in Sydney over police shooting
24 Apr 12: "NATIONAL: Anger has boiled over in Sydney with protesters outside NSW Parliament House cursing and yelling at police over the shooting of two Aboriginal teenagers. About 150 protesters gathered on Macquarie Street on Tuesday afternoon to call for an independent inquiry into the incident on Saturday morning, when officers opened fire on a stolen car after it mounted the kerb and hit two pedestrians in the Kings Cross nightclub area. Two teenagers, including the 14-year-old driver, were hospitalised with gunshot wounds."

- Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 25.04.2012
25 Apr 12: "Sydney Aborigininal people and supporters have rallied against police brutality as fears for the health of a 17-year-old shot in the neck by police in Kings Cross deepenes."

ABC PM: Protest over Kings Cross shooting
24 Apr 12: "About a 150 people joined a protest outside the New South Wales Parliament today over the police shooting of two teenagers in Kings Cross at the weekend. There's video footage of a policeman dragging one of the shot teenagers from the car and punching him repeatedly in the head. Many of the protesters don't believe that the police had no option but to open fire. And they say it's part of a pattern of police discrimination and brutality against Indigenous people. But the Premier Barry O'Farrell says it's premature to judge police over the incident."

- Related Upcoming event

Event: Sat 12 May 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Autumn Action:
Rally: Protest NSW police shootings
Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/108437109276373/
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody-2012-autumn-ac...
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50705

- Related Petition

GoPetition: Stop Police Brutality against Juveniles In NSW


- Statement

Sovereign Union: Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy
"Kuradji Aboriginal Tent Embassy previously known as 'The Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy' was established in December 2000, soon followed by the Sandon Point Community Picket in March 2001.
Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy community picket structure was rebuilt following an arson attack in 2005. Despite harassment and encroaching buildings at this important cultural site, the local community continues to protect and preserve the area.
Activist, Roy 'Dootch' Kennedy who has been living at the Kuradji Aboriginal Tent Embassy and protecting a burial site, the sand-dune and wetlands environment for more than 10 years, is also an active figure in the National Sovereignty movement.
Dootch (Roy Kennedy)"

- Background

Kuradji Aboriginal Tent Embassy
[Sandon Point, Bulli, Wollongong, NSW]

Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy
[Sandon Point, Bulli, Wollongong, NSW]

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

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


- News

Courier-Mail: Corroboree part of Musgrave Park election day ceremony
19 Apr 12: "WHILE residents head to the polls on April 28, the Musgrave Park Sovereign Tent Embassy will celebrate their heritage with a sacred indigenous ceremony. Embassy spokesman Wayne Wharton said the election day festivities would include a traditional corroboree with sacred dance and music, displays of spear throwing, boomerang throwing, traditional arts and crafts and speakers addressing indigenous issues. "The important thing is the exchange of information between us and the non-indigenous community," Mr Wharton said."

- Upcoming event

Event: Sat 28 April 2012: Musgrave Park, Brisbane, Qld
Corroboree - Dancers, Music, Speakers
All welcome!
Brisbane Sovereign Embassy
Event details: http://antarqld.org.au/node/164
Event details: http://cultureboy.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/brisbane-sovereign-embassy.html
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/165

- Background

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

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


- Audio Interviews

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let's Talk: Live from Moree Tent Embassy : Day 1
23 Apr 12
Listen to this interview on-line:

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let's Talk: Live from Moree Tent Embassy : Day 2
24 Apr 12
Listen to this interview on-line:

- Background

Sovereign Union: Moree Sovereign Embassy
[Moree, NSW]

Facebook: Goomeroi Sovereign Tent Embassy
[Moree, NSW]


- News

Indymedia: This is our sacred place despite police and council
23 Apr 12: "The five clans predominant in Nyoongar Tent Embassy stand defiant in refusing to leave Matagarup, three months after setting up the camp. Elder Bella Bropho said, "We are still here at the Nyoongar Tent Embassy. We stand in peaceful protest for our sovereignty. We stand against the deal proposed by the WA government and the SWALSC representatives." Mrs Bropho said there had been 5 police raids on Nyoongar Tent Embassy and on most occasions everything was taken from them." Gerry Georgatos

Indymedia: Barristers stand up for Nyoongar Tent Embassy
23 Apr 12: "Aboriginal barrister Stephanie Monck has taken up the cause to defend the rights of Nyoongar Tent Embassy. Ms Monck has contacted the chief executive officer, Peter Edwards, of the Perth City Council and notified him she is acting "on behalf of large number of Nyoongar people who are taking part in or supporting the use of Heirisson Island (Matagarup) for a number of purposes, including for a peaceful political protest." Ms Monck, a well known Perth criminal lawyer and barrister, has also notified the Office of the WA Police Commissioner, that she is representing Nyoongar Tent Embassy." Gerry Georgatos

- Background

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.]




- Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 24.04.2012
24 Apr 12: "An application by South Australian Aboriginal Elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott to overturn a proposed expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium and copper mine in has been dismissed by the Federal court."

See: WGAR News: "Court throws out Olympic Dam challenge" ABC PM (22 Apr 12)

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 23.04.2012
23 Apr 12: "The Federal and state governments are facing growing criticism for their failure to help address spiralling youth suicide rates in Aborignal communiites which in some cases are hundreds of times higher than those in the non indigenous sector."

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Online Radio News 20.04.2012
20 Apr 12: "A major Australian health company says despite modern advances in health services the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians is proving difficult to overcome."

- News

Catholic Leader: Priority on Aboriginal deaths in custody
29 Apr 12: "BRISBANE archdiocese's Murri Ministry and Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) will invite Premier Campbell Newman to meet and consider ways to meet the challenge of rising numbers of Aboriginal deaths in custody as well as increasing indigenous incarceration rates. Ministries co-ordinator Ravina Waldren said the proposed meeting with Mr Newman aimed to discuss recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody which delivered its final report to the Federal Government 21 years ago this month." Paul Dobbyn

Indymedia: WA's top cop wants to lock up kids - most of them Aboriginal kids
23 Apr 12: "WA's top cop, police commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said the courts need to lock up repeat juvenile offenders sooner rather than later. He claims this will reduce home invasions while scoring the children an earlier shot at rehabilitation. He has previously said that more than half (63%) of these offenders are Aboriginal youth. WA has the highest incarceration of Aboriginal youth in the country, both in terms of total numbers and in proportion to population." Gerry Georgatos

- Analysis / Opinion

Canberra Times: The spirit is willing, the policy weak
23 Apr 12: "A race-based approach to solving the problems in our indigenous communities is doomed to failure. OF ALL the lies that underpinned racial segregation in America and apartheid in South Africa, ''separate but equal'' was one of the biggest. Today, indigenous Australians suffer terrible inequities, but this nation formally separates the provision of basic government services as a means of ''bridging the gap''. I believe this separation - and the political and bureaucratic paternalism it embodies - is a factor in the decades-long failure to deliver anything that remotely resembles equality for indigenous Australians." John Watson, a senior writer at The Age

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