WGAR News: "Legal action launched today to quash decision to imprison children in adult prison"

Newsletter date: 4 April 2013

Contents:

* The Stringer: Legal action launched today to quash decision to imprison children in adult prison
* Tracker: Legal bid to get WA kids out of adult jail
* Background to Aboriginal imprisonment and Deaths in Custody

* Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews Gary Foley
* NITV: Northern NSW clans create 'Murrawarri Republic'
* Sovereign Union: A fight against paying rates on ancient homelands
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement and the Aboriginal tent embassies

* 3CR Community Radio: Earth Matters
* 3CR Community Radio: Radioactive Show
* Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge

* NITV News: 'Re-direct Indigenous health funding to community services'
* SBS Radionews Audio: Indigenous carers 'better for Indigenous children'
* SNAICC News: New resource on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Promising Practice Profiles
* The Wire: Aboriginal 'child doctors' working to improve health

* Jon Altman, Crikey: Adam Giles' pie-in-the-sky indigenous jobs plan

* NIRS: Researcher: Housing consultations not going to policy

* NIRS: National Congress calls for delegate nominations
* Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

* Other articles

* THE STRINGER: LEGAL ACTION LAUNCHED TODAY TO QUASH DECISION TO IMPRISON CHILDREN IN ADULT PRISON

- News

The Stringer: Legal action launched today to quash decision to imprison children in adult prison
http://thestringer.com.au/legal-action-launched-today-to-quash-decision-...
3 Apr 13: "Supreme Court legal action was launched today pursuant of releasing the Aboriginal children who are in an adult prison. The legal action seeks to overturn the decision by the Department of Corrective Services (DCS) to transfer more than one hundred Aboriginal juvenile offenders to Hakea from Banksia Juvenile Detention Centre after a January 31 alleged 'riot'. ... Judges, lawyers and human rights advocates have argued that transferring the children to an adult prison was a breach of the Youth Offenders Act."

* TRACKER: LEGAL BID TO GET WA KIDS OUT OF ADULT JAIL

- News

newsTracker: Legal bid to get WA kids out of adult jail
http://tracker.org.au/2013/04/legal-bid-to-get-wa-kids-out-of-adult-jail/
3 Apr 13: "WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Families of dozens of teenage prisoners being held at Western Australia’s high-security adult prison at Hakea are taking legal action to have them moved. Some 140 juvenile offenders are still being housed in the high-security jail after nearly 100 cells were destroyed in a riot at the Banksia Hill juvenile detention centre in January. ... But after submissions by WA prison inspector Neil Morgan expressed grave concerns about how young prisoners were being treated, human rights lawyer George Newhouse will launch a landmark legal action on Wednesday."

* BACKGROUND TO ABORIGINAL IMPRISONMENT AND DEATHS IN CUSTODY:

Last updated: 31 March 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/12/17/background-to-aboriginal-imprisonment...

* LET'S TALK'S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS GARY FOLEY

- Audio Interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Let's Talk - Gary Foley
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
3 Apr 13: "Lecturer in History at the Victoria University"
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/gary-foley/

See:

The Koori History Website Project
"There is no greater sorrow on earth than the loss of ones native land." - Euripides 431 B.C.
http://www.kooriweb.org/

* NITV: NORTHERN NSW CLANS CREATE 'MURRAWARRI REPUBLIC'

- Video

SBS World News: Northern NSW clans create 'Murrawarri Republic'
Source: Jeremy Geia, NITV
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1752444/Northern-NSW-clans-create-Mur...
2 Apr 13: "Clan Groups from the Culgoa River region of Northern New South Wales have declared their independence. The new Murrawarri Republic has its own constitution, and organisers are demanding government recognition both in Australia and overseas. The Attorney General's Department told NITV it wants Indigenous peoples to participate in Australia's democracy, adding that the Australian Constitution recognises the Commonwealth and the states and territories as the "only" constituent entities."

See:

WGAR News: Sovereign Union: The Murrawarri Republic declaration (31 Mar 13)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/03/30/wgar-news-jagath-dheerasekara-manuwan...

* SOVEREIGN UNION: A FIGHT AGAINST PAYING RATES ON ANCIENT HOMELANDS

- News

Sovereign Union: A fight against paying rates on ancient homelands
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/fight-against-paying-rates-an...
"Both the Euahlayi and the Murrawarri Nations have joined in a combined effort to fight against paying rates on their ancient homelands. This is an issue that has arisen as a consequence of the Brewarrina Shire Council seeking payment of rates for services on their ancient homelands. When filing the Euahlayi defence, the Registrar the NSW Civil and Equity court in the Downing Court centre in Sydney accepted that there are a number of constitutional questions that have been raised in the defence. The conclusion of the Registrar is that this matter now has to be referred to the Federal Attorney-General ... "

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

Last updated: 26 March 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereig...

* 3CR COMMUNITY RADIO: EARTH MATTERS

- Audio Interviews

3CR Community Radio: Earth Matters 31.03.2013
http://www.3cr.org.au/earthmatters/podcast/earth-matters-31032013
31 Mar 13: "Arabunna Elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott from Lake Eyre in South Australia & West Papua Community Elder Jacob Rumbiak announce a new action of creative resistance - The West Papua Freedom Flotilla - against the apartheid of colonisation and destruction caused by multinational mining companies on Indigenous land in Australia and West Papua."

* 3CR COMMUNITY RADIO: RADIOACTIVE SHOW

- Audio Interviews

3CR Community Radio: Radioactive Show 30.03.2013
http://www.3cr.org.au/radioactive/podcast/radioactive-show-30032013
30 Mar 13: "A History of the Radioactive Exposure Tour, Thirty Years On. We celebrate 30 years since the Radioactive Exposure Tours began in 1983 with the historic Roxstop protest festivals at Olympic Dam uranium mine in SA. Roxstop 1983 kick-started a tradition that continues to this day. That tradition is called the Radioactive Exposure Tour. This week’s show digs into the history of the 'Rad Tour' and unearths some snapshots of a 30 year history that spans many life-changing campaigns to protect country from uranium mines and radioactive waste dumps."

- Current Event

Event: Fri 29 March to Sun 7 April 2013:
Melbourne-Adelaide-the uranium hotspots of SA and back!
Radioactive Exposure Tour 2013
"Friends of the Earth is hosting the annual
Radioactive Exposure Tour. These tours have
exposed thousands of people first-hand to
the realities of 'radioactive racism' and to the
environmental impacts of the nuclear industry."
"After travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide
we will head through Port Augusta and
visit the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Then we'll
travel north to the SA desert, we'll visit BHP
Billiton's Olympic Dam uranium mine at
Roxby Downs, ... we'll hopefully get to spend
time with Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, ... "
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/456894601029352/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/radioactive-exposure-tour-0
Tours in previous years: http://www.foe.org.au/anti-nuclear/issues/oz/radtour
Background to Port Augusta Aboriginal Tent Embassy: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/gugada-embassy-be-established...
More about the Embassy: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-16/indigenous-protesters-urge-soverei...
WGAR Background to expansion of Olympic Dam mine challenge: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/13/background-to-expansion-of-olympic-da...
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal tent embassies: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereig...

* BACKGROUND TO EXPANSION OF OLYMPIC DAM MINE CHALLENGE:

Last updated: 5 December 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/13/background-to-expansion-of-olympic-da...

* NITV NEWS: 'RE-DIRECT INDIGENOUS HEALTH FUNDING TO COMMUNITY SERVICES'

- Video

SBS World News: 'Re-direct Indigenous health funding to community services'
Source: Nancia Guivarra, NITV News
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1752460/Re-direct-Indigenous-health-f...
2 Apr 13: "Analysts say most of the $4.6 billion spent on Indigenous health goes to public hospitals, as the peak Indigenous health group in Queensland says money would be better spent on community controlled services. ... The Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council says better results would be achieved if more of that money was directed to community controlled services."

* SBS RADIONEWS AUDIO: INDIGENOUS CARERS 'BETTER FOR INDIGENOUS CHILDREN'

- Audio Interview

SBS Radionews Podcasts: Indigenous carers 'better for Indigenous children'
By Greg Dyett
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/260718/Indigen...
1 Apr 13: "A lawyer who specialises in fostering cases says he's encouraged by efforts to ensure that Indigenous children who require foster care end up with Indigenous foster carers. Mark Anderson has presented a paper on protecting the rights of Indigenous and multicultural children at an international conference on family law and children's rights in Sydney the World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights in Sydney. He's told Greg Dyett Australia's legal system tends to put the child's individual rights at the forefront."

* SNAICC NEWS: NEW RESOURCE ON ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PROMISING PRACTICE PROFILES

- News

SNAICC News: New resource on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Promising Practice Profiles
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1034
2 Apr 13: "The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has developed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Promising Practices Profiles to assist community organisations build on their understanding of how families and communities can best protect their children. The resource also offers information for non-Indigenous organisations delivering culturally appropriate programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, highlighting some key approaches utilised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations."

* THE WIRE: ABORIGINAL 'CHILD DOCTORS' WORKING TO IMPROVE HEALTH

- Audio Interview

The Wire: Aboriginal 'child doctors' working to improve health
Produced by Natalie Muller
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10196
2 Apr 13: "A project that's training up 'young doctors' under the age of 10 in Aboriginal communities aims to improve health outcomes. Research shows that aboriginal children face a shorter life expectancy and can be more at risk of blindness and deafness. But now the "Young Doctors" program is using games and lessons to teach kids about traditional bush medicine, and basic hygiene - the importance of things like washing hands, cleaning noses, wearing clean clothes, and eating healthy food. ...
Featured in story: Don Palmer - Director of the Young Doctors program"

* JON ALTMAN, CRIKEY: ADAM GILES' PIE-IN-THE-SKY INDIGENOUS JOBS PLAN

- Analysis / Opinion

Crikey: Adam Giles' pie-in-the-sky indigenous jobs plan
http://www.crikey.com.au/2013/04/03/adam-giles-pie-in-the-sky-indigenous...
3 Apr 13: "Adam Giles abolished the NT’s indigenous affairs portfolio and vowed to put Aboriginal people to work. But that’s easier said than done, writes ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research’s Jon Altman. There’s a lot of pressure on Adam Giles, the first indigenous government leader in Australian history. Among the new Northern Territory Chief Minister’s first decisions in announcing his cabinet was the abolition of an indigenous affairs portfolio; Alison Anderson’s role as Minister for Indigenous Advancement disappeared. ... " By Jon Altman

* NIRS: RESEARCHER: HOUSING CONSULTATIONS NOT GOING TO POLICY

- Audio

National Indigenous Radio Service: Researcher: Housing consultations not going to policy
http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/28966/Researcher%3A-Housing-con...
3 Apr 13: "A researcher [Matthew Campbell] from the Northern Territory’s Charles Darwin University says governments aren’t listening to remote communities on housing. ... He says while the communities are having the opportunity to have their say, governments aren’t adapting it to policy."

* NIRS: NATIONAL CONGRESS CALLS FOR DELEGATE NOMINATIONS

- Audio

National Indigenous Radio Service: National Congress calls for delegate nominations
http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/28962/National-Congress-calls-f...
3 Apr 13: "The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples says nominations for delegate positions for individual members will be open next week. ... Congress CEO Lindon Coombs says delegates will attend the National Congress at Cairns in July to elect the National Board."

* 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-o...

* OTHER ARTICLES:

- Audio Interview

SBS Radionews Podcasts: Australia's first Indigenous ambassador
By Malarndirri McCarthy
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/261054/Austral...
3 Apr 13: "Murri man Damien Miller has become Australia's first Indigenous ambassador. ... Australia has appointed its first Indigenous ambassador. Damien Miller is to become Australia's representative to Denmark, Norway and Iceland. ... He's spoken to NITV's Malarndirri McCarthy about what his appointment means to him."

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