WGAR News: Now is not the time to open the door to bigotry: Tom Calma & Melinda Cilento, Reconciliation Australia

Newsletter date: 29 March 2014


* Dr Tom Calma AO & Melinda Cilento, Co-Chairs of Reconciliation Australia: Now is not the time to open the door to bigotry
* ABC Lateline: Proposed changes to Racial Discrimination Act need to be redrafted [Featuring Gillian Triggs, President of the Human Rights Commission]
* Robert Crawford, South Coast Register: Local leader condemns race hate law change [Featuring Aboriginal leader Gerry Moore]
* Heath Aston, The Wimmera Mail-Times: Adam Goodes speaks out against Racial Discrimination Act changes

WGAR News: Gutting the Racial Discrimination Act: Ray Jackson, President, ISJA: Sovereign Union

Newsletter date: 28 March 2014


* Ray Jackson, President of the Indigenous Social Justice Association: Sovereign Union: Gutting the Racial Discrimination Act
* Dr Chelsea Bond, ABC Indigenous: Andrew Bolt isn't a racist, but ...
* Congress: Proposed changes to the RDA threaten racial cohesion
* National Congress (congress mob) on Twitter: Submissions on changes to #RDA can be sent to
* Tara Callinan, NITV News: Data shows Aussies believe it should be unlawful to make racial insults: Researcher


Background: Opposition to proposed Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) changes

Last updated: 4 May 2014

- Compilations

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* Tim Soutphommasane, Australian Human Rights Commission: No case for changing race laws, says Race Discrimination Commissioner
* Australian Human Rights Commission: Racial Discrimination: Commission responds to Exposure Draft
* Chris Slee, Green Left: Meeting discusses Racial Discrimination Act changes
* Delia Lawrie, Territory Labor: Territory Law Plan to Tackle Racism


Canberra events: AIATSIS Conference + Justin Mohamed, Chairperson of NACCHO addresses National Press Club

Canberra Aboriginal rights events for your diary

WGAR events postings for each State and Territory:

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Event: Wed 26 - Fri 28 March 2014: Canberra, ACT
AIATSIS will be holding its biennial Indigenous Studies Conference with the theme
'50 years on: Breaking Barriers in Indigenous Research and Thinking'
National Convention Centre, Canberra
"This conference will begin the 50th year celebrations by
recognizing how far we have come in the area of


WGAR News: NT plans to punish heavy drinkers during pregnancy: ABC The World Today

Newsletter date: 27 March 2014


* Mikaela Simpson, The Wire: A new way of tackling Aboriginal incarceration [Featuring Les Malezer & Dr Peter Lewis]
* SNAICC News: Congress adds its voice to growing calls for justice targets

* ABC The World Today: NT plans to punish heavy drinkers during pregnancy
* ABC Lateline: N.T. alcohol experts oppose criminalisation of pregnant drinkers
* Christina Franks, Mumsnet Talk: Guest post: If drinking in pregnancy becomes a crime, women's bodies will no longer be their own

WGAR News: Responses to the DRAFT report of the Indigenous Education Review for the NT Gov't: FOBL

Newsletter date: 25 March 2014


* FOBL (Friends of Bilingual Learning): Responses to the DRAFT report of the Indigenous Education Review for the Northern Territory Government
* FOBL (Friends of Bilingual Learning): National Indigenous Languages Survey 2 (NILS2)
* FOBL (Friends of Bilingual Learning): DRAFT Report of the Review of Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory
* Why FOBL Matters
* SKrashen: Strongest evidence so far in support of bilingual education
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools (bilingual education)

WGAR News: Bella Bropho of the Swan Valley Nyungah Community: Perth Indymedia Radio Show

Newsletter date: 24 March 2014


* Perth Indymedia Radio Show: Bella Bropho of the Swan Valley Nyungah Community
* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: SWALSC CEO Glen Kelly calls for the return of the Nyungah Community's land
* Greens MLC Robin Chapple: Greens Appalled at Homes Torn Down at Swan Valley Nyungah Community in early morning
* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Government racism razes Swan Valley Nyungah Community
* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: The community gather, Premier Barnett just say "YES"

WGAR News: Sharing Culture - Empowering Aboriginal people to heal and develop resilience to historical trauma

Newsletter date: 23 March 2014


* SNAICC News: Sharing Culture initiative online

* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Hundreds more will suicide if we wait for 2015
* Background to Suicide and Self-harm in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities

* SNAICC News: SNAICC congratulates Dala Yooro Children and Family Centre
* SNAICC News: The Training Team recently delivered 10 of these 2-day workshops across New South Wales
* SNAICC News: The children of Burringurrah Remote Aboriginal Community - The Boss of My Body!

WGAR News: National Close the Gap Day

Newsletter date: 22 March 2014


* SNAICC's Statement for National Close the Gap Day
* NACCHO Close the Gap day: The Portrayal of Aboriginal Health in Selected Australian Media
* Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Senate marks National Close the Gap Day
* CAAMA Radio Photos: National Close The Gap Day Alice Springs 2014
* Closing the Gap speeches, articles and news


- Media Release

SNAICC News: Media release 20 2014 March SNAICC's Statement for National Close the Gap Day

WGAR News: Muckaty legislation hits two year mark: renewed call for nuclear dump plan to be scrapped: BNI

Newsletter date: 21 March 2014


* 3CR Community Radio: Radioactive Show: "Mitch, Aranda/Luritija women sharing her memories hearing about the nuclear waste dump in the NT for the first time"
* Beyond Nuclear Initiative: March 13 - Muckaty legislation hits two year mark: renewed call for nuclear dump plan to be scrapped
* Beyond Nuclear Initiative: NT no place for Sydney’s radioactive waste: time for evidence, not expedience
* Beyond Nuclear Initiative: BNI Support Appeal - Contribute to help stop the Muckaty dump