WGAR News: "Why only a 'sovereign treaty' can provide justice in constitution reform" M. Anderson
Newsletter date: 2 July 2012
* Michael Anderson: Why only a 'sovereign treaty' can provide justice in constitution reform
* SBS interview with Michael Anderson for NAIDOC Week
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* SBS World News: Muckaty nuclear waste case adjourned
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Amnesty: Stronger Futures puts shame to Australia’s human rights record
* Greens Penny Wright: Stronger Futures Legislation Speech
* Greens Scott Ludlam: Speech on the Stronger Futures in the NT Bill
* Greens MPs: Greens in Senate oppose Stronger Futures, vote against Bankstown income management trial
* Rev Alistair Macrae: Response to the passing of the Stronger Futures legislation
* Tracker: Sydney vigil to protest income management
* More 'Stronger Futures' Legislation related articles
* Background to 'Stronger Futures' new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* ABC: Aboriginal tent embassy underway in Menindee [NSW]
* Audio Interview with Bella Bropho on Swan Valley Originals return to Lockridge camp
* Catholic Justice and Peace Commission: Respect and Understanding Needed on Tent Embassy [Brisbane]
* Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies
* SBS Living Black: Native Title Reform "tinkering around the edges"
* HRLC: Annual Human Rights Dinner 2012 - Keynote address now available
* MICHAEL ANDERSON: WHY ONLY A 'SOVEREIGN TREATY' CAN PROVIDE JUSTICE IN CONSTITUTION REFORM
Why only a 'sovereign treaty' can provide justice in constitution reform
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sovereign-treaty-only-constit...
Treaty Republic: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/why-only-sovereign-treaty-can-provide-...
23 Jun 12: "Tinkering at the edges of a profoundly racist constitution is no solution for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nations and Peoples. ... Nowhere else in the world would anyone accept what is going on in Australia in respect to this 'Expert' Panel's recommendations.
This report is an absolute farce and treacherous, because it is done for the purpose of suggesting to the international community that democracy played its part through a process of consultation, but this recent process is absolutely flawed and, instead, represents a dictatorial approach to forcing, against our will, Aboriginal Peoples' patrimony to an invader society.
Mainstream Australians should not close their eyes and turn their backs on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, in order to secure their comforts and security at our expense." Michael Anderson, National Coordinator, interim National Unity Government of the 'Sovereign Union'
* SBS INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL ANDERSON FOR NAIDOC WEEK:
Sovereign Union: Q&A: Aboriginal rights then and now
"Michael Anderson in a new interview with SBS for NAIDOC Week, he says while much has changed, Indigenous Australians are still being deceived over their land. This Q&A between Michael and SBS Online Producer Chiara Pazzano looks at the protesters' priorities then and now, and what's changed over the past 40 years."
* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:
Last updated: 5 June 2012
* SBS WORLD NEWS: MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE CASE ADJOURNED
SBS World News Special Report: Muckaty nuclear waste case adjourned
25 Jun 12: "Lawyers for the traditional land owners at Muckaty in the Northern Territory fear some community members may die before court proceedings against a proposed nuclear waste facility are heard. The Federal Court has decided to adjourn the case against the site until the end of the year. "If it starts leaking it’s going to destroy all the water the animals, the environment we don't really want it there," said Penny Phillips, a traditional owner. Members of the Warl-Manpa community have lived at Muckaty, near Tenant Creek for thousands of years." Liz Kefford
- Related Audio Interview
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Muckaty nuclear waste dump court battle set to begin...
28 Jun 12: "It is a long road from Tennant Creek to the law courts in Melbourne, but that’s the distance Penny Philips traveled to fight for her land after there was a proposal about placing nuclear waste dump upon it. With the government failing to correctly approach the traditional owners the case has now been taken to the higher court. Lizzy O’shea, solicitor for Penny Philips joins Mikaela Simpson on Strong Voices to give us an insight into this court battle and what we can expect."
- Related Videos
YouTube: Muckaty - KYLIE SAMBO
29 Jun 12
YouTube: Muckaty Rally Outside Federal Court In Melbourne
25 Jun 12: "MUA members and activists protested outside the Federal Court in Melbourne, to send a strong message against the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory."
- Related News
Tennant & District Times: No trial date set for Muckaty
29 Jun 12: "TRADITIONAL owners from Muckaty were in Melbourne this week for a directions hearing in the Federal Court case contesting the nomination of their land as a site for a national nuclear waste dump. They were hoping Justice Anthony North would set a trial date, however he delayed the decision. ... "
Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF): Muckaty continues to resist the radioactive dump
27 Jun 12: "Traditional Owners are continuing to keep the pressure on the federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson's plan for a national radioactive waste dump on Aboriginal land. They aim to prevent the proposed dump at Muckaty (north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory) from going ahead by halting the plan in the federal court with legal action. The case continues with a detailed trial expected in the first half of 2013. This week Traditional Owners, including Penny Phillips, made the long trip from Central Australia to Melbourne to attend a hearing ... "
The Maritime Union (MUA): Muckaty Rally Outside Federal Court In Melbourne
26 Jun 12: "MUA members and activists protested outside the Federal Court in Melbourne yesterday, to send a strong message against the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory. It had been hoped that The Federal Court has decided to adjourn the case against the site until the end of the year. ... In court, they had hoped to have the date set to begin the formal hearing to try to have the decision overturned, but that decision has now been adjourned until November."
SMH: Nuclear dump court battle begins
26 Jun 12: "''THE whole lot of us are against it,'' says Penny Phillips. It's a long road from Tennant Creek to the imposing glass tower that houses the Federal Court in Melbourne, but the Aboriginal elder travelled for two days by bus to keep a court date yesterday. For Ms Phillips and her fellow travellers, legal proceedings provide the best route to secure indigenous lands that have been earmarked by the federal government for a nuclear waste dump." Farah Farouque
* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:
Last updated: 11 June 2012
* AMNESTY: STRONGER FUTURES PUTS SHAME TO AUSTRALIA'S HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD
Amnesty International Australia: Stronger Futures puts shame to Australia’s human rights record
29 Jun 12: "The passing of the Stronger Futures Bills today represents the Government's blatant disregard for its human rights obligations, Amnesty International has said. The organisation has condemned the legislation package passed by the Senate as a failure to meet international human rights standards, and the continued disempowerment of Aboriginal Peoples in the Northern Territory. ... "Aboriginal communities in the NT have told us time and again that top-down decisions imposed upon them are the wrong approach for tackling the challenges they face," said Monica Morgan, ... "
WGAR News: avaaz.org community petitions: Putting Australia to the human rights test (29 Jun 12)
WGAR News: Intervention laws pass the Senate ... (30 Jun 12)
* GREENS PENNY WRIGHT: STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION SPEECH
Greens Penny Wright: Stronger Futures Legislation Speech
29 Jun 12: "Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (19:59): ... The new Stronger Futures legislative package is essentially a re-naming of the Northern Territory intervention. The passage of these laws, which the Australian Greens oppose, will mean that the Northern Territory intervention will potentially be in place for another 15 years. Human rights organisations have on numerous occasions, dating back to 2007, loudly and repeatedly criticised the Northern Territory intervention because it is inconsistent with Australia's international human rights obligations. ... "
* GREENS SCOTT LUDLAM: SPEECH ON THE STRONGER FUTURES IN THE NT BILL
The Greens (WA): Speech on the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011
28 Jun 12: "Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (18:14): ... My reasons for strongly preferring that this debate was not occurring are twofold. First, it is a terrible bill that should not have been presented to this chamber in its present form in the first place. Second, the person who has done the most in this building to champion the voices against the propositions being put in this bill is on the other side of the country tonight and is not able to be here. ... "
GREENS MPs: GREENS IN SENATE OPPOSE STRONGER FUTURES, VOTE AGAINST BANKSTOWN INCOME MANAGEMENT TRIAL
- Media Release
Greens MPs: Greens in Senate oppose Stronger Futures, vote against Bankstown income management trial
29 Jun 12: "Commenting on the Stronger Futures legislation that passed the Senate last night on the combined vote of Labor and the Coalition, Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said there was insufficient evidence to support extending the government’s controversial income management trial to Bankstown.
The Greens tried to vote down the legislation, then tried to remove income management from the bill, but did not receive the support of the other parties.
The Social Security Amendment Bill 2011, which is now law, facilitates a trial of the Northern Territory’s compulsory income management system in five pilot locations around Australia, including Bankstown. ...
Senator Rhiannon in the debate gave details of the growing community opposition to the Income Management policy. More than 50 groups have voiced their opposition to the policy that is increasingly viewed as discriminatory, punitive and top down."
* REV ALISTAIR MACRAE: RESPONSE TO THE PASSING OF THE STRONGER FUTURES LEGISLATION
Journey: Response to the passing of the Stronger Futures legislation
29 Jun 12: "OVER the last few months, thousands of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians have raised their voices in opposition to the discriminatory aspects of the Stronger Futures legislation. During this time the Uniting Church in Australia has worked closely with our Indigenous brothers and sisters and their supporters, particularly in the Northern Territory. We have supported the work of our Northern Synod and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, who have consistently called for a genuine partnership between government and Indigenous peoples." By Rev Alistair Macrae, President of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly
* TRACKER: SYDNEY VIGIL TO PROTEST INCOME MANAGEMENT
newsTracker: Sydney vigil to protest income management
2 Jul 12: "NATIONAL: Social workers and union members are set to start a two-week vigil outside Bankstown Centrelink Centre in Sydney’s southwest to protest the rollout of income management in the region. The Bankstown Local Government Area is one of five national sites a trial on income management began on Sunday. Arab Council Australia executive director Randa Kattan said the vigil, which starts at 8.30am (AEST) on Monday, aimed to take on the government’s national legislation. "Income management in the Northern Territory has seen systematic abuses of the rights of Centrelink recipients.""
- Related Event
Event: Mon 2 July 2012: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Rally and Vigil [Mon 2- Fri 13 July 2012]
Outside Bankstown Centrelink
Say No to Government Income Management!
Mark Boyd, Chris Christodoulou, Sue Gillet, Paddy Gibson,
Brett Holmes, Sally McManus, Senator Lee Rhiannon,
Gerard Thomas, Representatives from local organisations
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/313139055441943/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/313139055441943/permalink/313139065441942/
- Related News
Green Left: Gov't turns blind eye to income management pain
30 Jun 12: "July 1 is the new financial year and the start of many new government policies. This year, the carbon and mining taxes, and expansion of income management, or welfare quarantining, to five new locations. People receiving Centrelink payments and living in Playford in South Australia, Logan and Rockhampton in Queensland, Greater Shepparton in Victoria, and Bankstown in NSW may be subject to the new system. ... But the federal government and opposition have made no secret of the fact they would like to see income management nationwide, ... " By Pas Forgione
Green Left: North Adelaide community rejects BasicsCard plan
16 Jun 12: "The controversial introduction of income management to Playford in northern Adelaide was the subject of a thought-provoking and at times emotional community meeting hosted by Socialist Alliance on June 13. A sizeable turnout of locals, including individuals from Anglicare, Uniting Care and the Playford City Council, discussed how this policy, to be "trialled" from July 1, will impact on the wellbeing of those on Centrelink payments and the broader community, and how people should respond. Playford is one of five locations selected for income management trials beginning next month. ... " By Pas Forgione, Adelaide
* MORE 'STRONGER FUTURES' LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:
SBS World News: Income Management rolled out
30 Jun 12: "The Australian government announced that it plans to spend 117 million dollars over the next five years to introduce Income Management to five disadvantaged areas across Australia."
Australian: NT bill deserved scrutiny
2 Jul 12: "THE rushed passing of the Northern Territory Stronger Futures legislation without adequate scrutiny, with the support of both major parties, is another shameful episode in the life of this parliament ("Anger at extension of NT laws", 30/5-1/6). ... "
- Analysis / Opinion
Club Troppo: NT Intervention and "Stronger Futures": an evaluation after 5 years
1 Jul 12: "Amidst all the kerfuffle about asylum seeker policy over the last week, it probably escaped most people’s attention that the Gillard government’s Orwellian Newspeak-rebadged version of the Northern Territory Emergency Intervention, called "Stronger Futures", passed through Parliament in the early hours of Friday morning. Stronger Futures had to be passed this week because the 5 year NTER legislation was about to expire. Moreover the new legislation has extended the Intervention regime for another 10 years." Ken Parish, legal academic, Charles Darwin University
Brisbane Times: Some hard truths
1 Jul 12: "Last week, with the best intentions I approached Kunoth-Monks after she spoke movingly and powerfully at an anti-NT intervention in Melbourne. When I mentioned violence in remote Northern Territory communities her body shifted in a way that left me wondering if I'd caused her discomfort. ... We need to go back and look at what was already working. We need to empower the ''aunties'', for if they and their men are disempowered, by top-down imposed administrative regimes that humiliate and discredit them, the violence can only worsen." Liz Conor, lecturer, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University
Canberra Times: A pathway to success
29 Jun 12: "Jawoyn woman … Rachael Willika has helped seven children get an education, CLARE SMITH writes. While high-profile debate has attended the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2012 that was before the Senate this week, one Aboriginal woman is quietly achieving the success in school attendance that is eluding government. The Stronger Futures legislation includes the School Enrolment and Attendance Measure, in which parents whose children miss school more than five times over two terms will have their welfare payments stalled." Claire Smith, Professor of Archaeology, Flinders University
* BACKGROUND TO 'STRONGER FUTURES' NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:
Last updated: 1 July 2012
* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:
Last updated: 1 July 2012
* ABC: ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY UNDERWAY IN MENINDEE [NSW]
ABC: Aboriginal tent embassy underway in Menindee
29 Jun 12: "About a dozen women camped out in Menindee last night, to start the town's first Aboriginal tent embassy. As part of the town's NAIDOC week celebrations, they're recognising 40 years of the tent embassy in Canberra. There will be a series of groups manning the camp, including women, children and even the local football team. Assistant Principal at the Menindee Central School, Fiona Kelly, says the camp is designed to raise awareness of the issues Indigenous Australians face."
* AUDIO INTERVIEW WITH BELLA BROPHO ON SWAN VALLEY ORIGINALS RETURN TO LOCKRIDGE CAMP:
- Audio Interview
Sovereign Union: Bella Bropho on Swan Valley Originals return to Lockridge camp
1 Jul 12: "May 19, 2012: Swan Valley Nyoongars say that they have reclaimed the controversial Lockridge community camp by setting up a tent embassy and have vowed to fight to stay."
* CATHOLIC JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION: RESPECT AND UNDERSTANDING NEEDED ON TENT EMBASSY [BRISBANE]
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission: Respect and Understanding Needed on Tent Embassy
28 Jun 12: "The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane, along with its Aboriginal partners and advisors, welcomes the recent dropping of police charges against a number of people who came to support local Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in May. It is our hope that charges against others arrested by police will also be dropped. We do not want to see the ugly confrontation between police, the Brisbane City Council, Aboriginal people and their supporters, which occurred on 16 May at Musgrave Park, repeated."
- Related News
Koori Mail: Activist blasts tent embassy decision
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
28 Jun 12: "ABORIGINAL activist Sam Watson has accused the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission of offering 'no protection at all for the Aboriginal people who were the victims' of a police raid on the tent embassy in Musgrave Park in Brisbane on May 16. Mr Watson had lodged complaints against Premier Campbell Newman, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson but the misconduct commission has today confirmed that authorities have no case to answer, and no further action would be taken."
* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:
Last updated: 5 June 2012
* SBS LIVING BLACK: NATIVE TITLE REFORM "TINKERING AROUND THE EDGES"
- Audio Interview
SBS Living Black: Native Title Reform "tinkering around the edges"
By Michelle Lovegrove
25 Jun 12: "The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples is gearing itself for a political campaign - following the federal government's lack of conversation on native title reform, and a host of other issues. Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, Les Malezer says he's although he's heartened by a federal government attempting to reform Native Title legislation, very important elements have not been touched. He says it's time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples again start pushing for the land rights process - not native title."
WGAR News: Women's Federation for World Peace Australia support the Statement by Yolnuw Makarr Dhuni (17 Jun 12)
* June 2012 WGAR News on Mabo and Native Title
* Kado Muir: Aboriginal title is not Native Title: real reform is practicing sovereignty
* NIT: Native Title: Roxon’s missed opportunity
* CAAMA: Interview with National Native Title Council CEO
* CAAMA: Interview with Les Melezer on Native Title
WGAR News: Paddy Gibson: Twenty years since Mabo: why Native Title hasn’t delivered (16 Jun 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/06/15/wgar-news-avaazorg-petition-stop-the-...
WGAR News: "To make Native Title meaningful government must ...Drop proof of ownership" NIT (11 Jun 12)
* NIT: To make Native Title meaningful government must ...Drop proof of ownership
* Michael Anderson: Mabo Judges Perverted The Course Of Justice
* Congress: Keep door open for more substantial Native Title reform
* Mick Gooda: Native title reform could go closer to fulfilling Mabo's legacy
* Greens Rachel Siewert: Onus of proof omission a native title letdown
* The Wire: Native Title reform fails to make key change to law
* Mabo and Native Title News"
WGAR News: Audio from the 'Litigating the Boundaries of Sovereignty' symposium (5 Jun 12)
* Congress: Congress tells PM: Native Title is not real land rights
* AHRC: The promise of Mabo is yet to be realised
* National Indigenous Times: Celebrating Mabo"
Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Last updated: 5 May 2012
* HRLC: ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS DINNER 2012 - KEYNOTE ADDRESS NOW AVAILABLE
- Keynote address
Human Rights Law Centre: Annual Human Rights Dinner 2012 - Keynote address now available
"The Human Rights Law Centre and the Public Interest Law Clearing House held the Annual Human Rights Dinner on Friday 15 June 2012 in Melbourne. The Human Rights Dinner is an opportunity to come together to celebrate the human rights achievements of the last twelve months and to look to the challenges and opportunities ahead. This year’s keynote speaker was Les Malezer. Les Malezer is Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and Chairperson of the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action. ... "
Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Last updated: 5 May 2012
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