WGAR News: Gallipoli not the only war to define Australian warfare: Gary Foley, Canberra Times

Newsletter date: 29 April 2014

Contents:

* Gary Foley, Canberra Times: Gallipoli not the only war to define Australian warfare
* Nicholas Clements, The Conversation: Tasmania's Black War: a tragic case of lest we remember?
* Peter Stanley, The Conversation: On Anzac Day, we remember the Great War but forget our first war

* Geoff Bagnall, National Indigenous Times: Euahlayi People take their fight for their lands to Supreme Court
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

* facebook event: Tue 29 April 2014, Sydney: Inner West Film Forum April Screening - Stop the New Stolen Generations!
* Background to 'Keeping Them Home': Campaign against Forced Aboriginal Adoption in the NT

* NACCHO Aboriginal Health #IHmayday : Funding system for Aboriginal health in dire need of reform

* GARY FOLEY, CANBERRA TIMES: GALLIPOLI NOT THE ONLY WAR TO DEFINE AUSTRALIAN WARFARE

- Analysis / Opinion

Canberra Times: Gallipoli not the only war to define Australian warfare
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/gallipoli-not-the-only-war-to-de...
25 Apr 14: "In the process of the politicisation of Anzac Day and events almost a century ago on the Gallipoli peninsula, I feel that many Australians are further entrenching an attitude of denial about key aspects of their own history. They are seeking to divert attention away from earlier wars that had more to do with defining the Australian national character than Gallipoli did. By that I mean the colonial "wars" that many in Australia still have great difficulty in even accepting as wars." Dr Gary Foley, a historian at Victoria University

* NICHOLAS CLEMENTS, THE CONVERSATION: TASMANIA'S BLACK WAR: A TRAGIC CASE OF LEST WE REMEMBER?

- Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation: Tasmania's Black War: a tragic case of lest we remember?
http://theconversation.com/tasmanias-black-war-a-tragic-case-of-lest-we-...
24 Apr 14: "Tasmania’s Black War (1824-31) was the most intense frontier conflict in Australia’s history. It was a clash between the most culturally and technologically dissimilar humans to have ever come into contact. At stake was nothing less than control of the country, and the survival of a people. Around 1000 lives were lost, but the loss of cultures and histories was far costlier. Had it happened elsewhere, the Black War would be common knowledge. Yet nearly two centuries on, most Australians know almost nothing about it. This Anzac Day it is worth reflecting on the price we pay for such ignorance. ... " Nicholas Clements, Honorary Research Associate at University of Tasmania

Nicholas Clements - The Conversation
http://theconversation.com/profiles/nicholas-clements-1414/profile_bio
"Nick completed his PhD at the University of Tasmania in 2013, looking at the conflict between Aborigines and settlers on the Van Diemen's Land frontier between 1803-1842. His current research interests include, among other things, Australian contact history and the more recent history of the West Tamar district in northern Tasmania. Nick also tutors and lectures in the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania."

* PETER STANLEY, THE CONVERSATION: ON ANZAC DAY, WE REMEMBER THE GREAT WAR BUT FORGET OUR FIRST WAR

- Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation: On Anzac Day, we remember the Great War but forget our first war
http://theconversation.com/on-anzac-day-we-remember-the-great-war-but-fo...
25 Apr 14: "On Anzac Day, Australia remembers its war dead, with one tragic exception. Australia is apparently disinclined to acknowledge the fact or the importance of frontier conflicts. What’s the nexus between the day on which Australians (and New Zealanders) acknowledge what past wars have cost and the intermittent wars fought across the Australian continent as settlement advanced from 1788? There’s no question now that conflict occurred. Soldiers, police and settlers fought Indigenous inhabitants as the frontier of occupation advanced during the colonial period and into the early 20th century." Peter Stanley, Research Professor in the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society at UNSW Australia

Peter Stanley - The Conversation
http://theconversation.com/profiles/peter-stanley-107106/profile_bio
"Peter Stanley is one of Australia's most active military-social historians. He has published 25 books, mainly in the field of Australian military history (such as Tarakan: an Australian Tragedy or Quinn's Post, Anzac, Gallipoli or Invading Australia), but also in medical history (For Fear of Pain: British Surgery 1790-1850), British India (White Mutiny: British Military Culture in India 1825-75), British military history (Commando to Colditz) and bushfires (Black Saturday at Steels Creek). He wrote the first book on battlefield research and Australia, A Stout Pair of Boots, and the novel for children, Simpson's Donkey. ... "

* GEOFF BAGNALL, NATIONAL INDIGENOUS TIMES: EUAHLAYI PEOPLE TAKE THEIR FIGHT FOR THEIR LANDS TO SUPREME COURT

- Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times: Euahlayi People take their fight for their lands to Supreme Court
NIT: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/pdf/2014/nit20140416p003.pdf
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/euahlayi-people-take-their-fi...
16 & 22 Apr 14: "I'm claiming land title. I want to know how they shifted Aboriginal law, Allodial Title from my mob to their common law system. I want to know how they did that." Michael Anderson
"The push for sovereignty and independence by the Euahlayi people of western New South Wales that began with their refusal to pay rates to Brewarrina Shire Council is coming to a head in the New South Wales Supreme Court and if successful would have implications for who actually owns the land right across Australia. The Euahlayi Head of State, Michael Anderson has attacked the very core, the very foundation of the white colonial settlement of his peoples' country by demanding the New South Wales Government hand over documents which prove their legal right to the land." By Geoff Bagnall, National Indigenous Times reporter

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 27 April 2014

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

* FACEBOOK EVENT: TUE 29 APRIL 2014, SYDNEY: INNER WEST FILM FORUM APRIL SCREENING - STOP THE NEW STOLEN GENERATIONS!

- Upcoming Event

facebook: Inner West Film Forum April Screening - Stop the New Stolen Generations!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1412610039003224/
Tuesday, April 29
Venue: Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, Sydney, NSW
Co-hosted by Inner West Film Forum and Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney: http://stoptheintervention.org/
"This month's screening is a fundraiser to assist with the fight against the creation of more inter-generational trauma being perpetrated on First Nations families. The numbers of Aboriginal children being forcibly removed from their families by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has never been so high. ... "
Speakers include:
* Uncle Albert Hartnett
* Aunty Veronica Saunders
* Olivia Nigro
Films to be shown:
* It's A Long Road Back
* Remembering Country
* Waiting for Bill
For more information, visit: http://stopstolengenerations.com.au/

* BACKGROUND TO 'KEEPING THEM HOME': CAMPAIGN AGAINST FORCED ABORIGINAL ADOPTION IN THE NT

Last updated: 7 April 2014

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/03/background-to-keeping-them-home-campa...

* NACCHO ABORIGINAL HEALTH #IHmayday : FUNDING SYSTEM FOR ABORIGINAL HEALTH IN DIRE NEED OF REFORM

- Analysis / Opinion

NACCHO Aboriginal Health #IHmayday : Funding system for Aboriginal health in dire need of reform
[NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation]
http://nacchocommunique.com/2014/04/23/naccho-aboriginal-health-ihmayday...
23 Apr 14: "The limited evidence available suggests that Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) outperforms mainstream services in terms of monitoring of risk factors, management of hypertension and implementation of systematic care for prevention and chronic disease. Further, in terms of the broader government agenda of the Abbott government, ACCHS services are one of the largest employers of Aboriginal people in Australia, with clear benefits in terms of skill development, and a significant factor for regional development."

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