Victoria’s silent shame

By Reproduced by gracious permission of Amy McQuire, editor of "The Tracker".
HISTORY: Writing about Aboriginal history can be a taxing exercise. Any writer, especially an Aboriginal one – who’s spent some time in this space will tell you as much. As a writer, your first instinct is to of course tell the truth, but sadly, when it comes to the history of Aboriginal tribes since invasion, the facts are almost always grim. It whittles you down too. There’s such an enormous volume of destruction, death and negativity swirling through this country’s historical veins, it really does start to dawn on you just why Australia displays such a unique brand of social and intellectual immaturity when it comes to race.

Related: Koori History Project - Our black history: the Kurnai of Gippsland (Julian Drape)

Before Edward Snowden and Wikileaks, William Roy attempted to expose mass surveillance by the United States government and was killed in 1991

Manning, Assange, Snowden….but before the age of Wikileaks came brilliant electronics, communications and surveillance expert and whistleblower William Francis Roy who was killed at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia in March 1991.

With Edward Snowden's plight as a whistleblower in the news, William Roy should be remembered as perhaps the only other insider known to have attempted to expose U.S. government surveillance of citizens of Australia and many other countries, seeking planetary domination through force, violence and spying in a grave violation of civil and political rights. Edward Snowden will hopefully live, but William Roy knew without a doubt that he would die, yet such was his bravery in the shadow of the world's most powerful and possibly most malevolent government that he would not back down or leave the country.

Traditional owners seek your assistance to save Arnhem land from oil and gas companies

From: ecnt@iinet.net.au

Traditional Owners and the Protect Arnhem Land community campaign (based in Maningrida) are seeking the assistance of environment groups and Indigenous networks in Sydney to help raise awareness of the threat to Arnhem Land from oil and gas exploration.

Five traditional owners are travelling from Maningrida to Sydney in mid July and will hold a public event in Martin Place outside the offices of Paltar Petroleum at midday on Friday 19 July.

Media Watch's Jonathan Holmes dodged one of the biggest ABC falsifications ever

"The ABC's senior management.... have unfailingly supported us however uncomfortable we sometimes make their lives and who've never once interfered in the choices we make." (Audio attached) So said Jonathan Holmes at the end of his last presentation of Media Watch on ABC TV on 1 July 13. I challenged him with the following email to mediawatch@your.abc.net.au. You might like to do the same.

Jonathan,

that's a barefaced lie for which you owe at least every Northern Territory Aboriginal person a most remorseful apology.

“What do these blacks want? An education? Send them back to the bush where they belong."

Courtesy of The Stringer, “What do these blacks want? An education? Send them back to the bush where they belong.” - http://thestringer.com.au/what-do-these-blacks-want-an-education-send-th... - by Gerry Georgatos - June 30th, 2013 - Today, Yothu Yindi’s great songwriter, musician, educator and social justice campaigner is at rest. Mr Yunupingu rocked the boat on racist stereotypes as he called for equality, and through Treaty. Treaty is still denied. Why? The reasons are disappointing but in time the striving for equality may bring it on.

Australian atomic massacre of Aborigines still ignored

Reposted from Green Left Weekly by kind permission of Mel

By David T. Rowlands

Nearly 60 years have passed since Totem 1, a British nuclear test in the Australian desert, was recklessly conducted in unfavourable meteorological conditions.

Nuclear testing of any sort, even in the most "controlled" of circumstances, is inherently abusive, a crime against the environment and humanity for countless generations to come. Yet the effects of Totem 1 were particularly bad, even by the warped standards of the era.

The downfall of Prime Minister Julia Gillard began with broken promises on the Intervention and the lies about the Lobby restaurant incident

- The following article has been republished on a number of sites in various formats, originally from various versions on The Stringer and in The National Indigenous Times. - Gerry Georgatos' investigations reveal the beginning of the end for Julia Gillard as Australia’s Prime Minister started with the revelations of the involvement of the Office of the Prime Minister to use the 40th anniversary Aboriginal Tent Embassy celebrations to wedge Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott. Gerry broke the story nationally that parliamentary staffer, Tony Hodges did not act alone.

"This system has made it much harder for us to share and care for each other" - After 6 years of NT intervention

By Barbara Shaw - Six years ago my family watched the TV in my living room as John Howard announced he would be sending in the military and taking control of our communities.

I have never been more frightened in my life. I locked the gate of my town camp and kept the kids inside for two weeks for fear of them being taken. I worried constantly about my family out bush who didn't understand what was coming.

Victorian government knowingly driving Leadbeater's Possum to extinction, say scientists

Two distinguished environmental scientists accused the Victorian Government of forestry policies knowingly designed to drive Leadbeater's Possum, one of the two fauna emblems of Victoria, to extinction.

In a letter to sciencemag.org, the publication of the Australian Association for the Advancement of Science, Professors David Lindenmayer and Hugh Possingham say, "Government-sanctioned legal logging of the reserve system will significantly increase the chance of extinction of Leadbeater's possum. To the best of our knowledge, and despite state and national threatened species legislation, this is the first time an Australian government has taken calculated actions to substantially reduce the viability of an IUCN-listed endangered species with full knowledge of the likely consequences." (Read full letter reproduced at end of this article)

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