WGAR News: 45th anniversary of Gurindji Wave Hill walk-off - Kalkarindji NT - 26-28 August 2011

Newsletter date: 28 August 2011

* 45th anniversary of Gurindji Wave Hill walk-off
* Amnesty International Australia: 'Tell the government: don't abandon homelands'
* Interviews with Emma Davidson of Equality Rights Alliance
* Productivity Commission report into Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage
* 'strong corporations, strong stores, strong communities' report
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles


45th Anniversary - Wave Hill Walk-Off - Gurindji Story
9:00 am Registration.
Commences in the morning with Walkoff re-enactment:
* Traditional dancers and speakers from community
* Speeches by key non-Indigenous figures who supported the Walkoff
* BBQ by Daguragu/Wattie Creek."

45th anniversary of Gurindji Wave Hill Walk Off commemorative cultural event, 26 – 28 August, 2011
"* In 1975 - Government give the stolen land back to the Gurindji people.
* In 2007 - Government took everything back through the NT Intervention.
* In 2011 - The Gurindji tell government to Stop the NT Intervention.
- We Remember the Gurindji Strike.
- Stand up for our Rights.
- We will take back control for our future."

- Audio Interviews with Organiser Brenda Croft

The Wire: Remembering the Wave Hill walk-off
25 Aug 11: "It's 45 years since indigenous stockmen and their families, led by Vincent Lingiari, walked off wave Hill station in protest over wages and conditions. The defiant gesture led to Australia wide support for land rights. This weekend Kalkyringie is the venue for a major event to mark the anniversary. Organiser Brenda Croft says that while it will be a fun event its also a reminder about how little things have changed for indigenous people."

ABC Darwin: Wave Hill recognises 45th Freedom Day
24 Aug 11: "It was one of the most protracted industrial disputes in Australian history - the walk-off at Wave Hill Station 45 years ago by a mob of Aboriginal stockmen and their families. They struck for better pay and conditions, and their cause was taken up around the country. It grew into a fight for land rights, which culminated ten years later, in the enactment of the Northern Territory Land Rights Act. This weekend, at the community of Kalkarindji, hundreds will gather to mark the anniversary of the walk-off. Brenda Croft - a Gurindji woman and one of the organisers of the event - spoke to 105.7 Breakfast about the Freedom Day festival and other issues."

- News

NT News: Crowds celebrate Wave Hill walk-off
27 Aug 11: "The heat and emotions ran high at Kalkarindji, on the Victoria River, 800km south of Darwin. Hundreds turned out to mark 45 years since the Gurindji stockmen marched out of Wave Hill Station to reclaim their dignity - and their land. Vincent Lingiari - sometimes called "Old Grandfather" by his people - was hailed as a symbol of freedom. The NT Government took a verbal beating as men and women told their stories from a stage. The federal intervention in remote Territory communities was a source of angst for many."

ABC: Wave Hill walk-off anniversary targets intervention
26 Aug 11: "Earlier, Aboriginal stockmen had led about 200 people in re-enacting the original strike. Traditional owners, politicians, unionists and camp dogs made the 20-minute walk from Kalkarindji community, 550 kilometres south of Darwin, to the original meeting place where the Wave Hill walk-off began. Vincent Lingiari led 200 Aboriginal stockmen and 400 family members along the same path 45 years ago to call for better working conditions and a return of traditional land ownership. ... One elder, Gus George, says the loss of freedom Aboriginal people experienced at Wave Hill is being repeated under the intervention."

National Indigenous Radio Service: Wave Hill Walk-Off 45th Anniversary
"Celebrations are underway in the Northern Territory to mark the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk-Off. ... The celebrations this weekend have also allowed the Gurindji people of Kalkaringi and Daguragu to speak out about Federal Government's Northern Territory intervention. Gurindji spokesperson John Leemans says conditions in his community have become worse since the intervention began in 2007. Mr Leemans says a lack of consultation has led to a range of flawed policies, including compulsory leases and income management."

National Indigenous Radio Service: Gurindji leader criticises intervention
26 Aug 11: "John Leemans: This intervention has been put on by the Government to the Northern Territory Aboriginal people. It's been done with a blanket approach, it's been done behind closed doors, the policies have been made behind closed doors, in parliament. The Aboriginal communities, and the tribal lawmen and lawwomen, and elders, didn't have any prior consent, didn't have any consultation before policy and leglisation were made. Voice ends."

ABC: Wave Hill walk-off remembered as rights landmark
26 Aug 11: "Two remote communities south of Darwin are commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off this weekend. ... Event organiser Brenda Croft says it is important to remember their struggle. "It is very important for us to encourage young people to remember, and acknowledge and feel proud of this history," she said. "It is an Australian story, not just an Aboriginal story. It is something that really put Aboriginal land rights on the national consciousness.""

National Indigenous Radio Service: Equal rights battle continues
25 Aug 11: "Gurindji elder and a grandson of Vincent Lingiari, Maurie Ryan, says the battle for equal rights, begun by his grandfather, continues today. Celebrations are underway in the Northern Territory to mark the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk-Off."


Event: Fri 26 - Sun 28 August 2011: Kalkarindji/Daguragu, NT
Gurindji Walkoff from Wave Hill
- 45th Anniversary Commemoration
Fri 26: Elders Day Focus - main day
Sat 27: Mid-generation Focus
Sun 28: Youth Day Focus
Event location and details: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/
Program: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/45th%20festival.html
28 July 11 media release from Gurindji spokespeople: http://www.gurindjifreedomday.com/publications/PDF%20Intervention/mr-gur...
Video of Gurindji strike against NT Intervention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guge6MI6cTA
WGAR News: Gurindji workers' strike protesting the NT Intervention: http://indymedia.org.au/2010/10/24/wgar-news-australia-a-continuing-geno...

- Background

Gurindji Freedom Day - Northern Territory Australia
"Welcome to the Gurindji Website
Background: Kalkarindji and Daguragu are on the traditional homelands of the Gurindji people, and these communities are linked to the Malgnin, Mudpurra, Bilinara, Ngarinman and Warlpiri peoples through the historic Walkoff from Wave Hill Station, which was initially established on Gurindji traditional lands in 1883. At the time of the Walkoff, Wave Hill Station had been owned by British Lord Vestey's family since 1914. The Gurindji Walkoff was initiated by Gurindji/Malgnin leader, Vincent Lingiari, on 23 August 1966 and lasted till 1974, an event which lit the fire that became the national land rights movement. ... "

1 Deadly Nation: From Little Things Big Things Grow
24 Aug 11: "The story told by the song is one of the greatest this wide brown land has known and one that sadly too few Australian’s know. It’s a story that is everything we lionise in Australia, mateship, courage, the battler, a fair go, the under dog getting one over the powerful and a happy ending where the hero wins. This is the story of the Gurindji Stike! The hero; Aboriginal man Vincent Lingiari as he led the Gurindji, Ngarinman, Bilinara, Warlpiri and Mudbara peoples on a long, courageous battle for justice."

Treaty Republic: 45 yrs since the sand poured into Vincent Lingiari's hand
""He wasn't only fighting for the Gurindji people he was fighting for all Aboriginal people, for the way the white man treated us." - The Gurindji people"

- Related Media Release

‘45 years since the Wave Hill walk-off: Sydney rally in support of Gurindji demands - No to intervention, - No to income management'.
25 Aug 11: "Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney (STICS) is holding a rally to coincide with anti-intervention protests marking Gurindji Freedom Day. An anti-intervention demonstration is being held in Kalkaringi, NT. For information or comment contact John Leemans, spokesperson for Gurindji protest on number below.
"45 years after Wave Hill, the NT Intervention has gutted the rights won by the historic Gurindji strike. The 1966 walk-off lead Aboriginal Australia in the fight for self-determination. But under this intervention those rights have been removed. Cuts to the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) and the government's ‘Hub Town' policy are driving the community into the ground with the withdrawal of services, jobs and housing" said David Suttle from Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney.
"The intervention allowed the government to seize control of Aboriginal township land and impose a compound for the Government Business Manager, surrounded by cyclone fencing. This is a disgusting symbol of the government's take-over of Aboriginal communities," continued Mr Suttle."

- Related Slide Show

Picasa Web Albums: Gurindji Memorial Day in Sydney - Peter Boyle

- Related News

Green Left: Anti-intervention protest marks Gurindji strike anniversary
27 Aug 11: "More than 100 people demonstrated in Sydney on August 26 to mark the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off, when Gurindji workers walked off the Wave Hill cattle station and launched an eight-year protest for land rights that helped define the modern Aboriginal land rights movement. The protest, organised by the Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney, took place outside the electorate office of federal Minister for Social Inclusion Tanya Plibersek. ... One thousand people attended a commemoration of the Gurindji strike at Kalkarindji, 800 kilometres south of Darwin."

Indymedia Australia: Gurindji Memorial Day in Sydney
26 Aug 11: "On 26/8/2011 a protest was held in Sydney on the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off, when Aboriginal people walked off a cattle station in 1966 and became pioneers of the Aboriginal land rights movement. Just over 100 people demonstrated outside the Sydney electorate office of federal Minister for Social Inclusion Tanya Plibersek in an action, organised by the Stop The Intervention Collective Sydney, calling for an end to the discriminatory Northern Territory intervention. 1000 were at a re-enactment of the walkoff in Wave Hill, the protesters were told by phone from Wave Hill, NT."


Event: Fri 26 August 2011: Broadway, Sydney, NSW
Rally on Gurindji Freedom Day
Organised by the Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney
Event details: [scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189792351084016
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/48603
Flyer: http://stoptheintervention.org/uploads/files_to_download/Past%20Events/G...

- Related Audio

ABC PM: NT Chief against use of term 'intervention'
25 Aug 11: "The Northern Territory's Chief Minister, Paul Henderson, says he will not support the use of the word 'intervention' to describe any new Federal Government programs in the Territory. Mr Henderson made the comment at celebrations being held at Wave Hill to mark the 45th anniversary of the strike by Aboriginal stockmen that triggered the Aboriginal land rights movement. And veteran unionists involved in the stockmen's strike are calling on Aboriginal people to stand up and protest against the Federal Government's intervention. Michael Coggan reports from Wave Hill [in the Northern Territory]."
[Includes comments by Jimmy Wavehill, Maurie Japarta Ryan, Brian Manning and Malarndirri McCarthy.]

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 22-08-2011
22 Aug 11: "Descendants of Aboriginal rights campaigner Vincent Lingiari boycotted the annual lecture named in his honor late last week claiming Aboriginal academic Professor Marcia Langton who deliverd the lecture was a supporter of the federal Intervention in the Northern Territory."

- Related Media Release

Northern Territory Government: 45th Anniversary Of The Wave Hill Walk Off Celebrated
23 Aug 11: "Heritage Minister Karl Hampton will tomorrow drive to Kalkaringi to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk Off as part of this year’s Gurindji Freedom Day celebrations.
"The Wave Hill Walk Off is one of Australia’s most famous and important days – it many ways it marked the start of the Aboriginal land rights movement in this country," Mr Hampton said.
"That’s why the Territory Government heritage listed the Gurindji Wave Hill Walk Off Route in 2006 - to provide the route with the recognition and protection that comes with a heritage listing.""


- Online Campaign

Amnesty International Australia: Tell the government: don’t abandon homelands
"Traditional homelands are home to nearly one-third of Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. Research shows that with proper services people can be healthier, live longer and contribute valuable work on homelands, all with their identity and connection to the land intact. Yet the government's policy of stripping funding from essential services will effectively force people into hub towns and cities.
The government needs to hear from you and the thousands of Australians that don’t want to see another mistake on Aboriginal policy.
Tell the government we don't want more mistakes.
The most effective way to do this is by taking 2 minutes to write your own email to Jenny Macklin and Warren Snowden. You don't have to be a policy expert to write your email - with just a few sentences you can let the government that know you care about homelands. ... "
[Click on the above link for ideas of what to write, and to send your email online from the Amnesty web-page.]


WGAR News: Amnesty International Australia: Aboriginal Peoples' right to homelands in the NT (12 Aug 11)

Online Petition: Amnesty International Australia: Don’t abandon Aboriginal homelands


- Audio Interviews

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane
Let's Talk - Indigenous presented talkback:
24 Aug 11: "Emma Davidson: Karen Dorante spoke with Project Coordinator for the Canberra-based Equity Rights Alliance, Emma Davidson."
Listen to this interview on-line:

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Basics Cards aren’t helping most Aboriginal women look after their families – according to a new report
23 Aug 11: "A new report released by the Equality Rights Alliance has revealed that the Government-issued Basics Card is failing to change what most women buy, and the ability to look after their families... The report was based on the findings of survey of 168 Aboriginal women in Darwin and Alice Springs, called 'Women’s experience of income management in the Northern Territory'. Emma Davidson, the report’s author speaks to Nerida Currey on Strong Voices. ... Ms Davidson also reponds to criticism voiced by Indigneous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin of the report."


Crikey: Does new evidence from NT women undermine supposed benefits of income management? By Eva Cox (19 Aug 11)

ABC AM: Claims children are learning welfare dependency (20 Aug 11)
[Includes audio interview with Equality Rights Alliance's Emma Davidson.]

WGAR News: Equality Rights Alliance Report: Women's experience of Income Management in the NT (21 Aug 11)


- The Report


- Audio

ABC PM: Turning the child abuse ship around
25 Aug 11: "The Northern Territory Children's Commissioner, Dr Howard Bath says it will take years to make a significant improvement to child abuse and neglect in Aboriginal communities. The Productivity Commission report into Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage released today shows that there's been a steady increase in substantiated Aboriginal child abuse and neglect cases across the country. But that doesn't necessarily mean things are getting worse, more that there's significantly more reporting of abuse cases."
[Includes comments by Dr Howard Bath and Priscilla Collins.]

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Productivity Commission delivers 2011 Government Report Card on Indigenous disadvantage.
25 Aug 11: "The Council of Australian Governments commissioned a regular report against key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage in April 2002. ... Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald is the convenor of the Indigenous Disadvantage Working Group of the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision which produces the Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators report."
[Includes comments by Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald.]

- Analysis / Opinion

Crikey: Ignoring evidence may explain why the income management gap doesn’t close
26 Aug 11: "Today the Productivity Commission releases its latest report on Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage, which shows only 13 of 45 measures showed any improvement and seven went backwards. The dismal results, following the recently released finance report on non-progress may add to more blaming of Aboriginal communities but experiences detailed below on the income management program suggest the cause may be government ... " Eva Cox

- News

National Indigenous Radio Service: Reduce overcrowding: Productivity Commissioner
26 Aug 11: "The Productivity Commissioner, Robert Fitzgerald, says one of most important things the government could do to reduce Indigenous disadvantage would be to ease overcrowding in indigenous homes. ... Mr Fitzgerald said that what is absolutely unquestionable is that easing overcrowding helps educational outcomes, health outcomes, the home environment and makes communities safe."

National Indigenous Radio Service: Lawyers blame governments for high imprisonment
26 Aug 11: "The Australian Lawyers Alliance says governments are to blame for high rates of Indigenous imprisonment. A Productivity Commission report released today shows Indigenous people are incarcerated at 14 times the rate of other Australians. The report also found the imprisonment rate for Indigenous women has increased by 60 per cent in the last decade."

National Indigenous Radio Service: Opposition slams Gov't on health report
26 Aug 11: "The Federal Opposition says a Productivity Commission report shows health indicators aren't getting better for Indigenous Australians. The report shows the mortality rate for Indigenous people is decreasing but there's been little improvement in most other health indicators including chronic disease."

Australian: Gillard holds hope for change on indigenous disadvantage
26 Aug 11: "JULIA Gillard has welcomed a mixed report on the success of the government's efforts to overcome indigenous disadvantage, declaring she has "hope for change". A report released yesterday by a steering committee reviewing the government services to indigenous communities has found little or no progress has been made to close the gap in key areas including health and school education rates, while noting achievements in home ownership and workforce participation."

Koori Mail: Greens call for Indigenous policy change
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Aug 11: "THE Australian Greens have said the 'mixed bag of outcomes' in the latest Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report strengthens the case for a new policy approach. Greens spokeswoman Rachel Siewert said the report should not be used to justify continued poor policy, such as the re-badged Northern Territory intervention."

Koori Mail: Mixed outcomes in 'disadvantage' report
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Aug 11: "THE latest Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report shows home ownership, education and employment prospects were improving but other social indicators such as health and criminal justice had either stayed the same, or had deteriorated. The report is the latest in a series of reports commissioned by the Council of Australian Governments in 2002 to track the success or otherwise, of government policies and programs."

Australian: Spike in child abuse mars indigenous gains
25 Aug 11: "In its fifth report to parliament since 2002, a steering committee reviewing services to indigenous communities has found little or no progress has been made to close the gap in areas including health and school education rates. In a blow to the Gillard government, the committee chaired by Productivity Commission head Gary Banks found "there has been little change in literacy and numeracy, most health indicators and housing overcrowding for indigenous people"."

SMH: Indigenous population still falling through gap
25 Aug 11: "INCIDENCES of indigenous imprisonment, child abuse and chronic disease continue to rise two years after then prime minister Kevin Rudd announced an ambitious program to ''close the gap'' and four years after John Howard announced his Aboriginal intervention. The latest trend data assembled in a report titled Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage shows improvement in only 13 of the 45 indicators monitored by the government. In another 10 the report finds ''no real improvement''. In seven it finds outcomes going backwards."

- Video

ABC Lateline: Indigenous disadvantage worsening: report
25 Aug 11: "In Australia the Productivity Commission has reported that many of the key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage across the country are getting worse. It says there is been a drop in Indigenous mortality rates and less reliance on welfare, but as Jane Bardon reports the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is widening in health, imprisonment and education."


- News

ABC: Macklin makes a meal of community stores report
24 Aug 11: "The Federal Opposition has accused Indigenous Affairs Minister Minister Jenny Macklin of misleading the public on the issue of healthy food in remote communities. Yesterday, Ms Macklin released a report about stores in remote Indigenous communities. The headline on the media release said, "report reveals more money spent on healthy food in Indigenous stores". But the report does not reveal that. Instead, it shows an increase in the profitability of many stores. ... "I think it is pretty desperate stakes when you just have to start making things up," he [Opposition Indigenous Affairs spokesman Nigel Scullion] said."

Koori Mail: More healthy food being sold
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
23 Aug 11: "A NEW report has found that Australian Government reforms to community owned stores in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities have resulted in increased sales of healthy food. The report, strong corporations, strong stores, strong communities also showed significant overall growth in average income and gross profit and an increase in the percentage of community stores trading profitably"

- Media Release

Hon Jenny Macklin MP: Report reveals more money spent on healthy food in Indigenous community-owned stores
23 Aug 11: "A new report has found that Australian Government reforms to community owned stores in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities have resulted in increased sales of healthy food. The report, strong corporations, strong stores, strong communities investigates the financial performance of community stores owned by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act)."


Creative Spirits: Northern Territory Emergence Response (NTER) - "The Intervention": http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/northern-terr...

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Northern Territory National Emergency Response: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Territory_intervention

CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) - NT Intervention: http://caama.com.au/?s=NT+Intervention

STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney): http://stoptheintervention.org/

Treaty Republic - NT Intervention: http://treatyrepublic.net/search/node/NT%20Intervention

'concerned Australians': Without Justice there can be no Reconciliation: http://www.concernedaustralians.com.au/

The Conversation - After the Intervention: http://theconversation.edu.au/pages/after-the-intervention

Tracker - NT Intervention: http://tracker.org.au/tag/nt-intervention/

IRAG (Intervention Rollback Action Group): Mparntwe - Alice Springs: http://rollbacktheintervention.wordpress.com/

The Greens: Rachel Siewert: Northern Territory Intervention: http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/category/issues/indigenous-rights...

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) - NT intervention: http://www.antar.org.au/issues_and_campaigns/nt_intervention

Crikey - NT Intervention: http://www.crikey.com.au/topic/nt-intervention/

Jobs with Justice: http://jobswithjustice.wordpress.com/

MAIC (Melbourne Anti-Intervention Collective): http://maicollective.blogspot.com/

New Matilda - northern territory intervention: http://newmatilda.com/tag/northern-territory-intervention

Amnesty International Australia: Looking back at the Northern Territory Intervention: http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/24460/

Students For Indigenous Rights - UQ: The Northern Territory Intervention: http://uqsir.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/stir-uq-intervention-intro-fact...

Defending Indigenous Rights: http://defendingindigenousrights.wordpress.com/

Intervention walk-off's Blog: http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/

Australian Human Rights Commission: Northern Territory ‘Emergency Response' intervention: http://www.hreoc.gov.au/social_justice/intervention/index.html

FAIRA; Human Rights Law Resource Centre; NACLC: Australia's compliance with CERD - Fact Sheet 2: Northern Territory Intervention: http://www.hrlrc.org.au/files/Fact-Sheet-2-NT-Intervention.pdf

Green Left: Northern Territory intervention: myths and facts: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/39732

WGAR (Working Group for Aboriginal Rights): http://wgar.wordpress.com/


- Analysis / Opinion

Treaty Republic: Native Title is not Land Rights - under any circumstances
23 Jul 11: "... from Ray Jackson [President, Indigenous Social Justice Association]
The article above describes a positive call to stop the theft of aboriginal land and its resources. For far too long we have been stripped of our rights by, as Bob Weatherall correctly describes the Governments and mining companies, as being over the top greedy in their lusts for the stolen billions. ... "

Truthout: Indigenous Groups Challenge Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination
22 Jul 11: "Romero was speaking at a side event about the root of the problems affecting her people - the dehumanization caused by the "Doctrine of Christian Discovery." The "doctrine," which will be the theme of next year's highly anticipated UNPFII, would have sounded like conspiracy not too long ago. Today, thanks to exhaustive research by indigenous scholars and law researchers, the doctrine has been brought front and center." Jason Coppola

- Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
Professor Paul Komesaroff speaks on Strong Voices
24 Aug 11: "There is growing recognition of the ongoing role that community controlled organisations continue to play in the health and wellbeing of Aborignal communities... The call has been echoed by leading Australian health professional Professor Paul Komesaroff... a practising Physician and Director of the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University. He says the community controlled model is not straight forward...and that people will have to learn by trial and error."

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
New Report sheds light on Aboriginal Water Rights and Native Title
24 Aug 11: "A new report which analyses the laws associated with Aboriginal water rights and native title…has found that Government and Aboriginal people have different understandings when it comes to the rights of water within land which is held under native title. The North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance has released its latest publication called 'Indigenous Rights in Water in Northern Australia'... NAILSMA CEO Joe Morrison says the report has found that Aboriginal people see land and water connected within native title rights...while the government treats them as separate... ... He speaks to Nerida Currey on Strong Voices."

- News

West Australian: Gas protesters block Woodside trucks
26 Aug 11: "A 57-year-old woman has been arrested and several others remain chained to machinery in Broome this morning as protesters try to prevent Woodside trucks entering James Price Point. Woodside was forced to stop work and remove its machinery after a fire near the proposed gas hub site over the past two weeks. Protester Nik Wevers said they were prepared for when Woodside would try to return the machinery."

9 News: Kimberley heritage listing not a lock-out
24 Aug 11: "Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke says a heritage listing for the West Kimberley does not mean mining development will be locked out. Instead mining companies pursuing development in the northern West Australian region would have to respect its heritage values. The comments come as mining lobby group the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA (CME) urged Mr Burke to delay his decision on the heritage listing."

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