Newsletter date: 10 December 2014
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WGAR News - Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA: https://indymedia.org.au/2014/12/08/background-plans-to-close-aboriginal...
* Analysis / Opinion: Royce Kurmelovs, Al Jazeera: Shutting down Australia's Aboriginal areas
* Audio Interview: Let's Talk: Jon Altman on re-emergence of WA and SA threats to neglect Aboriginal citizens living at homelands
* Video Interview: WTV: Gerry Georgatos on the threat to close homelands/remote communities
* Audio: NIRS: Cultural organisation warns against remote community closures
* Audio Interview: Let's Talk: Arrernte woman, Celeste Liddle on removal of people from WA Communities
* Letter: Congress: Open Letter to Prime Minister - Remote Communities
* Analysis / Opinion: Congress: National Leadership Needed for Remote Communities
* Background to the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
* Analysis / Opinion: Ray Jackson, Indymedia Australia: "The British constitution was soaked with our ancestors' blood"
* Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
- Analysis / Opinion
Al Jazeera: Shutting down Australia's Aboriginal areas
7 Dec 14: "New funding laws threaten the existence of remote indigenous communities already facing profound social issues. ... Perth, Australia - The West Australian state government may bulldoze 150 remote indigenous communities that it says are too expensive to keep open under a new funding arrangement between federal and state authorities. Canberra has offered each state a one-time, lump-sum payment to take over the responsibility of financing remote Aboriginal communities indefinitely. ... " Royce Kurmelovs
- Audio Interview
Tiga Bayles, Let's Talk: Professor Jon Altman
18 Nov 14: "Jon Altman is the Professor of Economics and Anthropology at the Australian National Uni and a columnist for ‘Evidently’ in Tracker Magazine. Speaking about the re-emergence of WA and SA threats to neglect Aboriginal citizens living at homelands, the Remote Jobs and Communities Program that replaced CDEP and that now has 35,000 Indigenous participants in 60 remote regions and opening up Northern Australia for Agriculture."
- Video Interview
Gerry Georgatos on the threat to close homelands/remote communities
WestTV Perth, YouTube: Have your say!
1 Dec 14: Part 1 (13min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-pwAocWncw&feature=youtu.be
1 Dec 14: Part 2 (13min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOHRytOloAo&feature=youtu.be
NIRS: Cultural organisation warns against remote community closures
5 Dec 14: "Western Australia - The Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre says a lack of housing will be a significant concern facing residents affected by the potential closure of remote communities. ... " Warren Barnsley
- Audio Interview
Tiga Bayles, Let's Talk: Celeste Liddle
2 Dec 14: "Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte woman living in Melbourne, The National Indigenous Organiser for the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and writes a blog ‘Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist’. Speaking about the Victorian elections, Unions, Constitutional Recognition and the removal of people from WA Communities."
National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Open Letter to Prime Minister - Remote Communities
28 Nov 14: "Dear Prime Minister,
The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has noted that the Western Australian and South Australian governments have threatened to shut down services to small and remote townships of the Aboriginal Peoples. We bring this matter to your government for urgent attention to Australian policy regarding the rights of First Peoples.
The First Peoples of Australia had, and will always have, inherent rights to exist on and develop our lands and territories. These rights derive from the continuing and ancient title to these lands and territories, and according to our collective rights to self-determination as Peoples.
By circumstances of Australia’s colonial and post-colonial history, and particularly in the absence of a consent agreement for acquisition and distribution of the wealth from our lands, territories and resources, our Peoples hold as a very minimum the right to enjoy equal outcomes from social and economic advancements benefitting all Australians. This must be clearly understood and respected by all governments in Australia. ...
Kirstie Parker and Les Malezer, Congress Co-Chairs"
- Analysis / Opinion
National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: National Leadership Needed for Remote Communities
28 Nov 14: "The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (Congress) has written an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on the Federal Government to show leadership and protect the future of remote communities by taking the issue to the next Council of Australian Governments (COAG). *Recent action by the Western Australian state government to close down communities has opened a flood gate of concern amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Congress Co-Chair Kirstie Parker said targeting of our communities by states and territories was racially discriminatory and the Commonwealth must urgently intervene. ... "
Background to the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
(Last updated: 8 May 2014)
- Analysis / Opinion
Indymedia Australia: "The British constitution was soaked with our ancestors' blood"
Indymedia Australia: https://indymedia.org.au/2014/12/07/the-british-constitution-was-soaked-...
Redfern-Waterloo Yahoo Group: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Redfern-Waterloo/conversations/messa...
7 Dec 14: "before i made my way to the aboriginal summit i posted the congress statement from les malezer and kirstie parker, as the co-chairs of the congress, to their calling on the foul abbott to go to the next meeting of coag and get the governments of wa and sa to not close down the remote communities that they had nominated for closure in their states. ... " ray jackson, president, indigenous social justice association
Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
(Last updated: 8 December 2014)
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