Newsletter date: 28 May 2015; Last updated: 12.30pm
* Homepage: Shut Down Australia - Down Tools Australia For Aboriginal Rights: http://www.shut-down-australia.com/
* Upcoming Event Notice: Shut Down Australia For Aboriginal Rights 10:30 - 11:30 am 1st June 2015, facebook
* facebook: Shut Down Australia: Because of the Forced Shutdown of Aboriginal Homeland Communities - Australia Closed for Business
* Upcoming Event Notice: 30 May 2015: Concert For Matagarup - First Nations Refugee Camp, facebook
* facebook: Concert For Matagarup - Refugees On Our Homelands
* Audio: Gerry Georgatos, NIRS: Concert to be held in support of Matargarup homeless camp [Featuring Wiradjuri elder Les Coe]
* Analysis / Opinion: Kim Bullimore, Red Flag: Attacks on homelands highlight Aboriginal homelessness
* News Analysis: Michele Madigan, Sisters of Saint Joseph: Sorry Day - But Are We?
* Change.org Petition: Restore IAS funding that SA Aboriginal communities need to stay open and sustainable
* WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA (and NT?)
* WGAR Background: Aboriginal Peoples and the impact of the Federal Budget
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WGAR News - Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
Shut Down Australia - Down Tools Australia For Aboriginal Rights
"Shut Down Australia is a grassroots campaign to oppose the federal and state governments plan to forcibly close Aboriginal homeland communities in Australia and to organise a call for nationwide strike action and International trade sanctions against Australia to stop this continued dispossession from their homeland communities. Join the Nationwide Strike Action to Protect First Nation Peoples and their right to remain on their remote ancestral homelands Register to Strike. ... "
- Upcoming Event Notice
Shut Down Australia For Aboriginal Rights 10:30 - 11:30 am 1st June 2015
Shut Down Australia: Because of the Forced Shutdown of Aboriginal Homeland Communities - Australia Closed for Business
"We are asking people to strike on June the 1st 2015 for one hour. 60 minutes of your time for 60,000 years of culture. Please register your strike on our website. We are also asking that people get together with boomerangs. Boomerangs are traditional tools and we want our message to be sent with boomerangs. go outside and take a pic of you with your boomerang or a group of people with boomerangs. if you dont work and cant get to a gathering then go outside at your house and take a pic with you and your family with your boomerang and upload it to the page."
- Upcoming Event Notice
30 May 15: Concert For Matagarup - First Nations Refugee Camp, facebook
Hosted by Concert For Matagarup - Refugees On Our Homelands
Jennifer Kaeshagen - facebook
28 May 15: "Jennifer Kaeshagen: Dear people intending to come to the Concert for Matargarup. The City of Perth and police have made it perfectly clear that there will be consequences for anyone parked on the Island during the Event. So in everyone's best interests please know that there will be no parking available on the Island, except for disability parking, and parking for performers lugging equipment. You will need to park elsewhere and walk down. Or public transport, bike, carpool, be dropped off. Thank you. - with Toogarr Morrison."
Concert For Matagarup - Refugees On Our Homelands
NIRS: Concert to be held in support of Matargarup homeless camp [Featuring Wiradjuri elder Les Coe]
27 May 15: "Western Australia - A concert and gathering is being held on Perth's Heirisson Island this weekend as a show of support to the Matargarup refugee camp. The camp was set up to take in those displaced by remote community closures ... Wiradjuri elder Les Coe has journeyed to the west for the event and says the threat to homelands and the removal of children are the pressing issues of our time." Gerry Georgatos, Correspondent
- Analysis / Opinion
Red Flag: Attacks on homelands highlight Aboriginal homelessness
26 May 15: "The Western Australian government’s proposed forced closure of up to 150 Aboriginal communities has again highlighted the issue of Aboriginal homelessness. Most of the communities targeted for closure are in the Kimberley region, which has the highest rate of homelessness in Australia. ... Activist and suicide prevention researcher Gerry Georgatos told Red Flag that state and federal governments played a direct role in the creation of Aboriginal homelessness by failing to properly fund and support Aboriginal communities and homelands. ... " Kim Bullimore
About Red Flag - Who we are?
"Red Flag is a non-profit left wing newspaper established by Socialist Alternative in 2013. We do not receive corporate or government funding. We rely instead on our members, supporters and readers to sustain this project by subscribing to our print publication and by donating time and money to the cause. The editorial committee consists of Ben Hillier, Corey Oakley and Steph Price. ... "
- News Analysis
Sisters of Saint Joseph: Sorry Day - But Are We?
26 May 15: " ... it seems that this historic Church may be doomed to stand as a kind of museum in empty surrounds unless the current Federal Government Office of Indigenous Affairs can be brought to reverse its new funding policy. The IAS - Indigenous Advancement Strategy has offered Communities in SA less than 10% of the funds they require. Incomprehensibly, this is ON TOP of the Municipal Services cuts which are presently threatening WA Community closures. ... As a Catholic of my era I know that saying sorry, which can be hard enough, doesn’t mean anything much unless appropriate restitution is made. ... " Michele Madigan
About Us - Sisters of Saint Joseph
" ... We are about 886 Sisters living and ministering throughout Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Peru, East Timor, Scotland and Brazil. ... We were founded in Penola, South Australia in 1866 by an Australian woman Mary MacKillop, and an English priest Reverend Julian E Tenison Woods. ... "
Change.org Petition: Restore IAS funding that SA Aboriginal communities need to stay open and sustainable
Michele Madigan Australia
"How can SA Aboriginal Communities remain open with 90% slashed off the required funding? This is the question that needs asking of the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion who has repeatedly said of late that he ‘has no intention of closing Aboriginal Communities.’ No organisation, no small business and certainly no Community can stay open when it loses most of its income. ... With no funds for programs and administration /governance, how can Communities remain open? ... "
WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA (and NT?)
(last updated: 25 May 2015)
WGAR Background: Aboriginal Peoples and the impact of the Federal Budget
(last updated: 25 May 2015)
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WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
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