WGAR News: Aboriginal Rights - Upcoming events around Australia - June 2011

Newsletter date: 7 June 2011

* Aboriginal Rights - Upcoming events around Australia
* Prime Minister Julia Gillard visits Alice Springs today
* Bankstown Income Management forum, 20 June 2011 - Organised by STICS
* Central Australian delegates return from UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York
* Calls for Native Title reform
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention


Click on the links for details of the events ...

WGAR News: "Rebuilding from the Ground Up: An Alternative to the NT Intervention" Document

Newsletter date: 5 June 2011

* "Rebuilding from the Ground Up: An Alternative to the NT Intervention" Document
* June 21/25 Rallies around Australia: 4 years since announcement of NT Intervention
* Problems with Native Title
* Newcastle Rally: No Waste Dump at Muckaty, 11 June 2011
* Background to Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other Aboriginal articles


- The Document

Timor Sea Oil and Gas Discussion

Date and Time: 
Fri, 17/06/2011 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Trades Hall Devonshire Lane Newcastle

How are the funds from the fields benefiting the East Timorese?
What is the latest re the Greater Sunrise gas field?
What can be done to improve the outcome for the East Timorese?

1. Slide show on history of Timor Sea oil and gas (20 mins)

2. Guest speakers:
Tomas Freitas: studying Masters in Political Economy at Sydney Uni; founder of Timorese NGO Luta Hamutuk

Geoff McKee: Australian oil and gas consultant, who has been researching how the Timor Sea oil and gas fields could benefit the Timorese for 15 years

3. Questions and discussion


Solar panels mounted on minister's office in budget protest

The electoral office of Climate Change Minister Greg Combet was targeted by climate activists this morning. A banner was hung from the roof of the building saying "Make Polluters Pay, Fund Renewable Energy!", and four photovoltaic solar panels were put in place on the building roof.


Tributes for Peter Gray: Shoe thrower and environmental activist

Tributes have flowed in for activist Peter Gray, the evironmental campaigner who famously threw his shoes at John Howard last year. Read the ABC online coverage or the online obituary on Engage Media by Anna Helme which includes a link to an interview with Peter and an obituary from the Sydney Morning Herald


Rising Tide harbour blockade a success

Rising Tide Media release 13th March Australia's export of coal is recognised as Australia's largest contribution to climate change, we have been joined by hundreds of people and have successfully stopping all coal ship movements.

This blockade in the world's biggest coal port sends a strong message to the community, government and coal industry that there is to much at stake for the coal industry to expand.


World Naked Bike Ride in Newcastle broken up by police

8.9 km into a 12.6 km bike ride to protest for peace, sustainability and cyclists rights, Police broke up the 7th annual World Naked Bike Ride in Newcastle, NSW Australia.

The group of about 15 bike riders, some clothed and and others naked and decorated in body paint promoting their protest message rode along the Honeysuckle harbor side cycle way, down Hunter St (the main street of the city) and through on o...f the busy the restaurant and cafe precinct of Darby St. The ride was cheered and applauded by members of the public.


People's Blockade of the World's biggest Coal Port 2011

Date and Time: 
Sun, 13/03/2011 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Horseshoe Beach, Newcastle, Australia.

Join hundreds of other people in a fun, peaceful, and effective action against Australia's single biggest contribution to climate change.

What's happening
Hundreds of people, young and old, will peacefully occupy Newcastle Harbour, and prevent the passage of coal ships. This will be the sixth action of its kind in Newcastle. No one has ever been arrested. This is a legal protest and the police have been duly notified. At the last three blockades we successfully stopped all ship movements in the harbour for the entire day.