Newsletter date: 22 February 2013
* SBS Living Black's Michelle Lovegrove interviews Michael Anderson on Act of Recognition
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* NIRS: Noongars to protest detention of juveniles in Perth adult jail
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody
* SBS Living Black's Michelle Lovegrove interviews SNAICC CEO Frank Hytten
* Other articles
* SBS LIVING BLACK'S MICHELLE LOVEGROVE INTERVIEWS MICHAEL ANDERSON ON ACT OF RECOGNITION:
- Audio Interview
SBS Living Black: Voices on Constitutional Reform
By Michelle Lovegrove
20 Feb 13: "Euahlayi elder Michael Anderson questions the wording and intent of the Act of Recognition. The Euahlayi elder and Convenor of the Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia says the wording of the Act of Recognition is of serious concern. Mr Anderson says, while people support the intent of change, no-one has dealt with the particular wording used, and the implications of that, in the future. He's speaking with Michelle Lovegrove."
- Related Audio Interview
SBS Living Black: Voices on Consitutional Reform - Jackie Huggins
By Michelle Lovegrove
20 Feb 13: "Bidjara elder Jackie Huggins says it's time to be recognised. Bidjara elder, academic and human rights campaigner Doctor Jackie Huggins says for her, there is no question about the changes needed in the Australian Constitution. Doctor Huggins has become a spokesperson for Recongise, the organisation tasked with bringing the issue of Consitutional Reform, to the Australian public. She tells Michelle Lovegrove, the Act of Recognition is just the beginning of two years of very hard work."
WGAR News: Sovereign Union serves the Crown with formal objection to the Act of Recognition (15 Feb 13)
* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:
Last updated: 18 February 2013
* NIRS: NOONGARS TO PROTEST DETENTION OF JUVENILES IN PERTH ADULT JAIL
National Indigenous Radio Service: Noongars to protest detention of juveniles in Perth adult jail
20 Feb 13: "NIRS/Bumma Bippera Media: Noongar rights campaigners say a gathering will be held outside the Hakea Prison in Perth on Friday against the alleged detention of juvenile Aboriginal people in the adult jail. Spokesperson Marianne McKay says nearly 100 underage boys are locked up in the prison despite efforts to get them out, including emailing the WA Premier Colin Barnett. Ms. McKay told Bumma Bippera Media the young detainees have also complained about being mistreated in the prison."
* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:
Last updated: 21 February 2013
* SBS LIVING BLACK'S MICHELLE LOVEGROVE INTERVIEWS SNAICC CEO FRANK HYTTEN:
- Audio Interview
SBS Living Black: Money Needed To Close the Gap For Children
20 Feb 13: "Government goodwill, empty pocketc. Australia's largest national First Nations advocacy organisation for children - SNAICC - has called on all governments to make good their funding promises to Close The Gap. The Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care says that while community controlled services - have played a central role in improving access to early childhood education - their funding has remained stagnant for many years. SNAICC CEO Frank Hytten says it is critical that our early childhood services are recognised and supported to meet the needs of families and communities in raising healthy children. He tells Michelle Lovegrove, despite obvious goodwill from government - funding is stagnant and fast drying up."
SNAICC Home Page
* OTHER ARTICLES:
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
21 Feb 13: "A fifty million dollar Government investment to create jobs for Aboriginal people in the Top Ends luxury accommodation market has failed to deliver and less than three years on not one Aboriginal or Islander Australian is currently employed under the scheme."
Australian: Territory call to reform land rights mining veto
20 Feb 13: "THE Northern Territory government is demanding reforms to a law giving Aborigines rights to their traditional lands and allowing them to veto mining, claiming that it is holding up vital exploration in the resource-rich region. The Territory government says there is a backlog of 815 applications by mining companies wanting to explore on Aboriginal freehold land governed by the 1976 federal Aboriginal Land Rights Act -- almost half the Territory -- compared to 212 for non-Aboriginal areas."
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