The (German) Society for Threatened Peoples is planning an event in Berlin to support Australian Aborigines. We want to take Queen Elizabeth’s visit to our capital from 23 to 26 June as an opportunity to address her, the head of the Commonwealth, with an appeal to support the rights of Australian Aborigines. At the moment we are collecting statements of the Queen about this topic and are hoping for your support.
Delivering the “Mother of All Insults” on Mother’s Day Treasurer Joe Hockey and Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced they would take up to $11,500 from nearly 80,000 Australian families.
Nearly 80,000 new mothers will be prevented from taking the $11,500 available under the current Paid Parental Leave Scheme because they work for employers with existing schemes.This is nearly half of all currently eligible women (47%).
An activist Dutch-Aboriginal couple are looking for help in Europe and Australia to put on an exhibition of art made by Aboriginal prisoners in Australian jails. “If you could help to organise venues, maybe museums, that would be great,” writes Dutchman Jack van den Berg, husband of Perth Aboriginal Elder and activist, Professor Rosemary van den Berg.
By Gerry Georgatos - courtesy of The Stringer - April 2nd, 2015 - Barely a whisper about 24 year old Saeed Hassanloo’s 40 days of hunger striking – willing death rather than spending more time in Australia’s dirty detention system. Mr Hassanloo has been held in detention since he was 19 years old – the bloom of his young adult life bled in Australia’s catastrophic human rights abuse – immigration detention. The young man is near death at Royal Perth Hospital.
Important viewing if you can spare one hour tomorrow night, Friday March 27th-NITV [Ch 34] .
You will note the First Nation's Aboriginal women on the panel and includes an important video message by the late Malcolm Fraser (of 2011) .
Hope you have time to view it. Please circulate widely
NITV Friday 27th March 7.30pm
Opinion Piece | Friday (March 27) | Ch 34
When seasoned sailor Ivan Macfadyen returned from his last Pacific crossing he raised an ominous alarm:
"I'm used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen.”
This once vibrant expanse of sea was hauntingly quiet, and covered with trash.
Below is an important message to GetUp members from Dr John Hewson AM, former leader of the Liberal Party, economist and company director. Your details have not been shared with anyone. You can join with Dr Hewson taking action to save the Renewable Energy Target by switching your power to the greenest energy retailer in under 5 minutes: http://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/renewable-energy/switch/join-the-switch-to-save-renewables?t=2QVxXh1om
By Margaret Pomeranz and Quentin Dempster
The SBS amendment bill was just introduced in Parliament today. If passed, this law will see the doubling of ads and commercials breaks on our SBS, effectively turning it into Australia's fourth fully commercial TV channel.
By Gerry Georgatos - courtesy of The Stringer - Nearly two years ago I wrote about the potential closure of up to 180 remote communities – homelands – of First Peoples. My insiders’ claims were rubbished and labelled fanciful and conspiratorial. Late last year, the Western Australian Government announced the potential closure of up to 150 communities. The South Australian Premier followed soon after with a similar announcement, threatening to close up to 100 communities in northern South Australia.
By Gerry Georgatos - courtesy of The Stringer - A Wiradjuri Elder once said to me, “There is a sickness in this country, and it is called racism – we stand in it knee deep.” Whether you are Black, Brown or Yellow, the only way you can majorly get ahead in the ways White Australians do is to sing the White man’s song, and dance to the White man’s song – do as they do or be damned. This is what assimilation means – do as they do, be as they are, deny who you are, betray truths, turn against your own (heritage).