Newsletter date: 4 March 2015
Last updated: 6pm, 5 March 2015
* Analysis / Opinion: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: In the heart of Perth, Aboriginal Tent Embassy and a refugee camp
* Audio: Fiona Pepper, The Wire: WA Indigenous communities closed down [Featuring Wilma Humphries and Michael Anderson]
* Audio: Gerry Georgatos, NIRS: Noongar Embassy re-established to take in displaced remote residents [Featuring Gary Jagamara]
* Open Letter: To H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of UN General Assembly: From Ghillar Michael Anderson, Sovereign Union: Re: Refugee Camp in Perth and developing Humanitarian Crisis
* News: Andrew O'Connor, ABC News: Aboriginal protesters set up camp on Heirisson Island as some remote communities face closure
* News Analysis: Liam Croy, The West Australian: Act of war claim in Heirisson protest
* News: Kaitlyn Offer, Perth Now: Heirisson Island 'refugee' campers have no plans to move
* Photo: Andrew O'Connor, ABC News: A flag and sign posted on Heirisson Island
* Photo: The Stringer Facebook: "Natalie Kothe, Gary Simon Jagamara, Michael Anderson, Eleanor Gilbert and Ryan Humphries at Perth Police Station"
* Photo: Marcus Alborn, ABC News: Community closure backlash
* News: Andrew O'Connor, ABC News: Heirisson Island protest against remote community closure premature, WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier says
* WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
* WGAR Background to the Aboriginal Sovereignty Movement
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- Analysis / Opinion
The Stringer: In the heart of Perth, Aboriginal Tent Embassy and a refugee camp
The Stringer: http://thestringer.com.au/in-the-heart-of-perth-aboriginal-tent-embassy-...
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/heart-perth-aboriginal-sovere...
2 Mar 15: "On Sunday, they re-established Nyungah Aboriginal Tent Embassy at Matargarup (Heirisson Island) in the heart of Perth. They declared it a place of refuge for all their homeless and "in addition as a refugee camp for all those who will be dispossessed and displaced from their homelands throughout this State by the Government." On the quiet, more than seventy Elders and community members gathered at Matargarup to re-establish the Embassy. ... The Head of the Sovereign Union of Aboriginal Nations and Peoples in Australia, Eulayhi Elder, Michael Anderson flew from Goodooga in NSW to Perth for the re-establishment. With him arrived others too versed in ‘sovereign rights’, Eleanor Gilbert, Gary Simon Jagamara and Natalie Kotha." By Gerry Georgatos, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist
The Stringer: Aboriginal Specific News - Australia
Sovereign Union - First Nations Asserting Sovereignty
Scoopnest: Nine News Perth
The Wire: WA Indigenous communities closed down
4 Mar 15: "New government policy in WA is seeing people in remote communities moved out and their services closed down. Many are taking refuge on Heirisson Island, on the Swan River in Perth, where a tent embassy and Refuge Camp has been set up." Produced by Fiona Pepper
"Featured in story:
* Wilma Humphries
[* Michael Anderson]"
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Background to the Oombulgurri demolitions commencing 30 September 2014 - 1 October 2014
NIRS: Noongar Embassy re-established to take in displaced remote residents
3 Mar 15: "The Nyungah Tent Embassy on Perth's Heirisson Island has been re-established. ... A small delegation from the Embassy has informed police they've reclaimed the Embassy's grounds and also stated they'll use the site as a refuge for the homeless. ... Guest speaker at the reopening, Gary Jagamara, warned of provocations by WA authorities opposed to the Embassy." Gerry Georgatos, Correspondent
- Open Letter
To: H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of UN General Assembly, New York, NY 10017 USA
From: Ghillar Michael Anderson, Convenor and Joint Spokesperson of Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia and Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic
Re: Refugee Camp in Perth and developing Humanitarian Crisis
3 Mar 15: "As the appointed Ambassador of the original Aboriginal Embassy, the Convenor of the Sovereign Union and Head of State, Euahlayi Peoples Republic, I herewith bring to your attention the humanitarian crisis that has now developed in the state of Western Australia. This crisis is a consequence of the Western Australian government's policy of shutting down up to 150 Aboriginal homelands and communities, which they have wrongly stated to be financially 'unsustainable' and economically unviable. We regard these actions as an an act of war and aggression against the various tribal Nations in Western Australia.
Already we have seen the Lockridge Aboriginal community in Perth bulldozed with impunity after the Commonwealth government of Australia had just completed building new dwellings. The people are homeless and have now crowded into other family homes creating massive overcrowding, which leads to family confrontation and lateral violence that affects not only children but adults alike.
In the northern part of Western Australia the Aboriginal community of Oombulgurri was progressively closed down: First, the government closed the services. ... then eventually the electricity and water were turned off. Finally, the 10 residents who resolutely stayed to the end were forcibly evicted, ...
I call upon Your Excellency to make this humanitarian crisis known throughout the world. Furthermore, we ask that Your Excellency assist in the immediate provision of safeguards and protection of the refugee camp and to provide appropriate aid for the health and well-being of the refugees."
ABC News: Aboriginal protesters set up camp on Heirisson Island as some remote communities face closure
2 Mar 15: "Aboriginal activists have set up what they describe as a refugee camp on Perth's Heirisson Island for displaced Indigenous people, ... The group, which calls itself the Djurin Republic Executive Council, said the camp was "... a place of retreat for all Aboriginal persons who have been and will be forcibly removed by the West Australian Government". ... the displacement of people from remote areas to regional towns and cities would create increased homelessness, higher arrest and incarceration rates, family breakdowns, forced removal of children and suicide." By Andrew O'Connor, a journalist for 30 years, most of that time with ABC News and current affairs as reporter and producer
- News Analysis
The West Australian: Act of war claim in Heirisson protest
3 Mar 15: "Dozens of indigenous people are living in a "refugee camp" at Heirisson Island in protest against the planned closure of up to 150 remote communities. ... In a statement given to media at the island yesterday, the people of the self-proclaimed Djurin Republic described Mr Barnett's comments as an "act of war". "The actions by the WA Government, supported by the Commonwealth of Australia, are an act of warfare against Aboriginal citizens which is now resulting in genocide," the statement said." Liam Croy
Perth Now: Heirisson Island 'refugee' campers have no plans to move
4 Mar 15: "A GROUP of Indigenous campers on Heirisson Island say the self-declared refugee camp is "for all homeless and displaced person" and not a protest. The camp has been running since Sunday, with a sign declaring the area "Private property of the Djurin Republic". The group are reportedly also protesting the proposed closure of remote communities in the State’s north. "This is a refugee camp, and it’s dry and peaceful," one camper Willow said." Kaitlyn Offer
ABC News: A flag and sign posted on Heirisson Island
2 Mar 15: "The Aboriginal activists have posted a sign and hoisted a flag on Heirisson Island." Andrew O'Connor
The Stringer Facebook: "Natalie Kothe, Gary Simon Jagamara, Michael Anderson, Eleanor Gilbert and Ryan Humphries at Perth Police Station"
28 Feb 15: "Natalie Kothe, Gary Simon Jagamara, Michael Anderson, Eleanor Gilbert and Ryan Humphries at Perth Police Station informing of the establishment of Aboriginal Tent Embassy at Matargarup (Heirrisson Island) as a place of refuge for the homeless and for the displaced from the remote Homelands."
The Stringer Facebook
Sovereign Union Facebook
ABC News: Community closure backlash
3 Mar 15: "People have set up camp on Heirisson Island to protest against plans to close remote communities." Marcus Alborn
ABC News: Heirisson Island protest against remote community closure premature, WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier says
3 Mar 15: "An Indigenous protest against remote community closures in Western Australia has been dismissed by the state's Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier as premature. ... Mr Collier said no specific communities had been targeted for closure, and the Government would work through an extensive consultation process before any decision was made. ... However, the protesters on Heirisson Island remain fearful of the impact of any closures. The group has written a letter to the WA Governor, " By Andrew O'Connor
WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
(last updated: 14 February 2015)
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal Sovereignty Movement
(last updated: 29 January 2015)
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