WGAR News: ABC Video: Kimberley gas hub opponents claim legal victory

Newsletter date: 11 December 2011

* ABC: Kimberley gas hub opponents claim legal victory
* Michael Anderson: Aboriginal sovereignty confirmation expected soon
* Yananymul Mununggurr addressing 'The case against the NT Intervention'
* New Updated Version of Our Generation is out
* Tom McMahon: Govt fails to heed lessons of the Intervention
* What's Working: Language and Wellbeing
* Other Northern Territory (NT) Intervention articles
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia - 15 events from 11 December 2011


- Videos

ABC: Kimberley gas hub opponents claim legal victory
Updated 6 Dec 11: "The Supreme Court has ruled three attempts by the WA Government to take land in the Kimberly in the state's north are invalid because of a technicality."

ABC 7.30: WA Supreme Court throws wrench in gas hub plan
6 Dec 11: "Kimberley gas hub suffers set back. ... Western Australia's sometimes labelled "the boom state", but one of its major economic projects has suffered a setback: a plan to build a huge gas hub in the Kimberly. The West Australian Supreme Court has ruled as invalid two key components of the deal. One is the State Government's compulsory acquisition of a gas processing site on the Kimberley Coast. The other is the extinguishment of native title for the site, known as James Price Point. As Greg Hoy reports, a $35 billion investment is now under threat."

YouTube: WA Supreme Court in favour of claimants
6 Dec 11: "The long running battle over the proposed Woodside gas hub in the Kimberley took another turn today. Supreme Court Justice, Wayne Martin found in favour of the Goolarabooloo traditional owners... ruling that the Government's compulsory acquisiton of the land at James Price Point was unlawful."

- News

ABC: Former judge warns gas hub legal battle not over
Updated 9 Dec 11: "A retired Federal Court judge has warned the State Government can expect to find itself in court again over the proposed Kimberley gas hub. Murray Wilcox QC, who handed down the Noongar native title ruling over Perth in 2006, was commenting on this week's Supreme Court decision which found that the Government's notices of intention to acquire land for the project were invalid. The Supreme Court case was brought by two opponents of the proposed $30 billion precinct, Phillip Roe and Neil McKenzie ... "

ABC Rural: Compensation deal with Traditional Owners over gas hub may not hold: Former Judge
9 Dec 11: "A retired Federal Court judge has cast doubt on claims by the Western Australian Government it won't have to re-negotiate a compensation deal with Traditional Owners over a gas hub on the Kimberley coast. Murray Wilcox, a long term critic of the project, says this week's ruling by the Supreme Court, that notices submitted by the government were invalid, are more significant than Premier Colin Barnett believes. The notices were for the compulsory acquisition of land at James Price Point, 60 kilometres north of Broome."

National Indigenous Radio Service: Greens challenge gas hub support
8 Dec 11: "The Australian Greens say the Federal and West Australian governments should give up on the gas hub proposed for the Kimberley region. The Chief Justice in WA has ruled that the State Government's attempt to use compulsory acquisition legislation for the land at James Price Point, north of Broome, was invalid. ... Greens Senator Rachel Siewert says many traditional owners approved the gas hub because they felt pressured by the threat of compulsory acquisition."

ABC Indigenous: Greens urge governments to give up on proposed gas hub
7 Dec 11: "The Greens have called for the Federal and West Australian governments to give up on the gas hub proposed for the Kimberley region. ... The Premier Colin Barnett says it's a technicality which can be easily overcome and the project is not in doubt. A majority of traditional owners have given approval for the multi-billion dollar gas hub to be established but the Greens says they believe Indigenous people were pressured into that agreement."

West Australian: Gas hub acquisition botched
Updated 7 Dec 11: "The State Government botched the process of compulsorily acquiring land for the proposed $30 billion gas hub at James Price Point and will be forced to start again in the wake of a Supreme Court judgment handed down yesterday. ... Outside court, lawyer Michael Orlov, representing Mr McKenzie and Mr Roe, said the decision meant the agreement between the Kimberley Land Council on behalf of traditional owners, the State and Federal governments and Woodside Petroleum to allow the development of the site was also invalid."

Australian: Colin Barnett belittles gas hub court loss
7 Dec 11: "A WEST Australian Supreme Court ruling declaring invalid the land-acquisition process that underpins Woodside's $30 billion gas hub has been dismissed as insignificant by the Barnett government. Premier Colin Barnett maintained yesterday's court decision would have little impact on the future of the project outside Broome and would not jeopardise a $1.3bn compensation package for Kimberley Aborigines."

Financial Review: Decision may give Woodside excuse to ditch plan
7 Dec 11: "The vision of an LNG export hub on the Kimberley coast, held dear by former Woodside boss Don Voelte and WA Premier Colin Barnett, is looking as if it might remain just that, a vision."

ABC Kimberley: Disagreement over impact of Supreme Court decision on James Price Point traditional owner gas deal
6 Dec 11: "The West Australian Supreme Court has ruled notices of compulsory acquisition at James Price Point invalid. Lawyers representing James Price Point traditional owners opposed to gas processing are at odds with the State Government and Woodside on how this impacts the billion dollar deal with native title claimants."

ABC: Court quashes Kimberley gas hub land grab
6 Dec 11: "Western Australia's Supreme Court has ruled invalid the State Government's move to compulsorily acquire land for a gas hub in the Kimberley. The community has been divided and some have had an ongoing battle with Woodside Petroleum over its plans to build a $30 billion liquefied natural gas precinct at James Price Point. ... One of the traditional owners who launched the legal challenge, Goolarabooloo man Phillip Roe, says it is a victory for all those opposed to the project."

WA Today: Traditional land owners claim gas hub court victory
6 Dec 11: "Traditional land owners have won a technical victory after a court ordered that compulsory acquisition notices issued by the West Australian government regarding a proposed gas hub in the Kimberley were unlawful. ... Chief Justice Wayne Martin determined on Tuesday that any decisions made since the government-issued notices to take land at James Price Point and extinguish native title were also unlawful."

West Australian: Gas hub land acquisition 'invalid'
6 Dec 11: "The compulsory land acquisition process launched by the State Government, which underpins controversial plans for a $30 billion gas hub at James Price Point, has been declared invalid by the Supreme Court. In a decision handed down this morning, Chief Justice Wayne Martin found that three notices of intention issued by Lands Minister Brendon Grylls to take the land to establish the gas precinct are invalid."

Perth Now: Court finds State Government's compulsory Kimberley land grab invalid
6 Dec 11: "THE WA government's move to compulsorily acquire Kimberley land for Woodside Petroleum's $30 billion Browse gas project has been ruled "invalid" by a court today. 'Chief Justice Wayne Martin this morning handed down his decision over the James Price Point land, saying three separate "notices of intention" from the lands minister to acquire the land were unlawful. He said this was because the State Government had failed to describe the land in its notices."

Koori Mail: WA land acquisition declared invalid
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
6 Dec 11: "THE West Australian Supreme Court has today ruled that three compulsory acquisition notices, issued by the WA Government for land at James Price Point near Broome for a proposed gas hub, were invalid. Chief Justice Wayne Martin said any decisions made since the notices were issued were also unlawful but said his declaration did not prevent WA Lands Minister Brendon Grylls from issuing further notices of intention to take land in the area."

- Media Releases

Rachel Siewert: Greens call for complete review of James Price Point gas hub
6 Dec 11: "Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley, Senator Rachel Siewert, says today’s Supreme Court ruling must lead to a complete review of the development of an LNG hub at James Price Point.
"The companies now have the perfect opportunity to reconsider the location of the Hub and move it away from James Price Point," Senator Siewert said today.
"The state and Federal Governments must also seriously reconsider their approach to the future of this project.
"Today’s decision emphasises the need to find an alternative site for the LNG Hub. ...
"The threat of compulsory acquisition was a significant factor in the deal struck with the Kimberley Land Council.
"The WA Government undermined the negotiation process by virtue of this threat, which has led to ongoing community dissent and unrest. [said Senator Siewert]"

Rachel Siewert: Greens: Federal Government complicit in compromised LNG hub negotiations
7 Dec 11: "The Australian Greens have called on Federal Minister Martin Ferguson to take a 'step back' from his prevailing efforts to locate a LNG hub on WA’s Kimberley Coast.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on the Kimberley said today that the Federal Government shared the blame for a compromised negotiations process with the area’s Traditional Owners.
"Resources Minister Martin Ferguson has shown an unabashed commitment to delivering a gas hub on the Kimberley coast, irrespective of the fact that more suitable locations exist," said Senator Siewert.
"He was complicit in efforts to ensure the James Price Point location was chosen- even Wikileaks cables have shown this to be the case.
"The WA Government’s attempts to compulsorily acquire the land for the site were yesterday ruled invalid by the WA Supreme Court.
"This process compromised negotiations with Traditional Owners and has caused unrest in the community. [said Senator Siewert]"

- Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 07-12-2011
7 Dec 11: "The Western Australian Supreme Court has ruled the Barnett government’s land acquisition process underpinning a proposed $30 billion gas hub near Broome as invalid throwing the massive project into doubt."

ABC PM: Secret men's business could threaten gas hub
5 Dec 11: "An area marked for a massive gas project in Western Australia has hit another potential hurdle. An Indigenous man says it's a sacred site for secret men's business. Traditional owners in the Kimberley have reached agreement with Woodside and the state and federal governments for a gas hub at James Price Point, north of Broome. But Goolarabooloo man Joseph Roe says the site was known for ceremonies associated with initiations and secret business. Joseph Roe says he is prepared to testify if necessary but only in a court of men."


Save the Kimberley: Media and other stories December 2011

Save the Kimberley info: http://www.savethekimberley.com/

Kimberley gas plant threatens Aboriginal culture (22 Jun 11): http://ccr.uws.edu.au/2011/06/22/kimberley-gas-plant-threatens-aborigina...

Aboriginal elder Elsta Foy at the protest camp (18 Aug 11): http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3296152.htm

Rachel Siewert: Greens: Saving the Kimberley (17 Oct 11): http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/kimberley

WGAR News: Kimberley gas plant protest and blockade (28 Jun 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/06/28/wgar-news-kimberley-gas-plant-protest...

WGAR News: 25 protesters arrested at JPP blockade (9 Jul 11): http://indymedia.org.au/2011/07/09/wgar-news-25-protesters-arrested-at-j...

Environs Kimberley: http://www.environskimberley.org.au/

Kimberley info: http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com/

Kimberley Country and Culture: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/whats-the-fuss/country-culture/


- Statement

Indigenous sovereignty confirmation expected soon
9 Dec 11: "Euahlayi tribal leader Michael Anderson reports from London that over the next few days he will have confirmed Aboriginal sovereign status within Australia under international law.
He writes in a media release that the High Court Mabo judgment (No. 2) gives Aborigines rights in ownership and title to all Crown lands in Australia, affirmed from the Order in Council from England in 1875 through the Pacific Islanders Protection Act. ...
"So far my trip to London has made it patently clear that an Order in Council is law and can only be taken away by another Order in Council from the monarch and cannot be taken away by Parliament," the activist writes."


WGAR News: Herald Sun: Aboriginal leader takes fight to Europe (7 Dec 11)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2011/12/07/wgar-news-djiniyini-gondarra-message-...

New Way Sovereignty Summit, Canberra 22-25 April 2011 (Easter Weekend)
[Michael Anderson was Summit Convenor]


- Audio from the event:

Stop the Intervention: 3 Dec 2011 ALP Conference
The case against the NT Intervention
[scroll down page] http://stoptheintervention.org/past-events/3-dec-2011-alp-conference
* Yananymul Mununggurr, Chief Executive Officer of the Laynhapuy Homelands Association
* Paddy Gibson, STICS (Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney)


Stop the Intervention: NEW Updated VERSION of Our Generation is out!!!!
"Please note special new version of Our Generation.
This is an updated version of the film with James Bradley, editor of First Australians. The story has been brought up to date to include Julia Gillard's position and follows on from the recent visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay."


- Analysis / Opinion

Amnesty International Australia: Govt fails to heed lessons of the Intervention
8 Dec 11: "In 2008, the Labor government sought to disassociate itself from the Howard government's "Intervention". ... Over 4 years on, the Labor government has introduced new legislation into Parliament under yet a different title: Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory. ... Despite the stated intent of the consultation process to generate "new approaches and new ideas for the future beyond the NTER", independent reviews of the consultation report highlight gaps between the demands of Aboriginal communities for greater participation and the final legislative product." Tom McMahon
"Disclaimer: This blog entry does not necessarily represent the position or opinion of Amnesty International Australia."


What's Working: Language and Wellbeing
Speaking an Indigenous language linked to youth wellbeing
"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in remote areas who speak an Indigenous language are less likely to experience risk factors associated with poor wellbeing, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The report found that in 2008, almost half (47%) of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth (aged 15–24 years) in remote areas spoke an Indigenous language. These young people were less likely to engage in high risk alcohol consumption and illicit substance use, than those who did not speak an Indigenous language."


- Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times: Cutting Centrelink cash won’t stop Indigenous truancy
9 Dec 11: "By Pat Turner. The federal Labor government has decided that the last resort for getting Northern Territory Aboriginal children to attend school is to cut their parents' Centrelink payments. The poorest people, those Australians who are totally reliant on Centrelink, will be subject to suspended legal income support. How will the children be fed if there is no money in the home?"

- Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 08-12-2011
8 Dec 11: "The Federal Government has agreed to release almost five million dollars to the Arnhem Land Laynhapuy Homelands Association after they fell into financial difficulty after losing a substantial amount of trading income"

- News

National Indigenous Times: Shame Minister Macklin, Shame
NIT News: http://www.nit.com.au/news.html
NIT Your Say: http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
9 Dec 11: "While the Minister for Indigenous Affairs proceeds with her 10 year extension of the Northern Territory Intervention the men, women and children of Elcho Island have been forced to live in makeshift tents because the Federal Government's housing program is in shambles. Almost 200 people including women and children have been forced to live in tents for up to six months... "

National Indigenous Times: It’s bad policy and it will not work: Turner
9 Dec 11: "A former Chief Executive of ATSIC and a long-serving public servant and highly respected Indigenous leader, Pat Turner has labelled the Federal Government's income management plan to withdraw Centrelink payments from parents of children who don't attend school as "bad policy that will not work"."

National Indigenous Times: Intervention hatred
9 Dec 11: "The Northern Territory Intervention had brought hatred and discrimination and was slowly drowning Aboriginal culture, clan leaders in the community of Ramingining, in East Arnhem have said. Speaking on behalf of six clan groups and 17 Elders, senior lawman, Mathew Dhulumburrk, 67, said Elders in the remote community were shocked and angered by the announcement that "the fundamentally... "

National Indigenous Times: Macklin has stopped believing in us: Sarra
2 Dec 11: "Eminent Indigenous leader, Dr Chris Sarra told a large gathering of Indigenous leaders in Townsville the ongoing support of the Northern Territory Intervention by the Federal Government's Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin affirmed to him her "very limited belief in Aboriginal humanity"."

National Indigenous Times: It’s income management "on steroids", say Greens
2 Dec 11: "Opponents of welfare quarantining in Northern Territory Indigenous communities have labelled a proposed Federal Government beef-up of the measure which forms part of the extended Northern Territory Intervention as "income management on steroids". Australian Greens senator Rachel Siewert said the Government's claim it consulted widely on the issue is wrong and in fact not enough time was spent on... "


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition: http://darwinaboriginalrights.wordpress.com/

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

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

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

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


- Audio interview

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
Paul and Arthur Ah Wang
7 Dec 11: "Tiga Bayles speaks to 76 year old twins - Paul and Arthur Ah Wang - who are seeking justice for their stolen wages. In their teens the twins worked on a pearling lugger off the north Queensland coast and like many Aboriginal and Strait Islander workers, their wages were subject to government control. For his years of work and labour, Paul received $3000 from the Beattie government’s $55.4 million dollar reparations package. Despite working alongside his brother, Arthur received no compensation because he did not have sufficient documentary evidence for his application."
Listen to this interview on-line:

- Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio News 09-12-2011
9 Dec 11: "The Co Chairs of the National Congress of Australia’s First peoples have urged Prime Minister Julia Gillard to remove discriminatory parts of the constitution instead of adding a preamble."

- Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times: Native Title an Act too hard to follow
9 Dec 11: "My social, cultural, political journey has revealed flaws in Native Title law which leave Aboriginal people and the environment vulnerable to genocide and ecocide. I have learnt that the colonial ethos is entrenched in the laws, policies and practices of governments, corporations and Indigenous representative bodies which impose development over Traditional Owners who do not have free, prior or informed... "

- News

National Indigenous Times: Michael Anderson takes sovereignty fight all the way to European courts
9 Dec 11: "Michael Anderson is taking his challenge of Australian sovereignty over his traditional land all the way to some of Europe's biggest courts. Mr Anderson, from Goodooga in north west New South Wales, will travel to Europe this month in an attempt to prove the Euahlayi people should not be subject to Australian rule. The tribal leader is due to have discussions at the International Court of... "

National Indigenous Times: "We won’t leave Walmandan"
9 Dec 11: "Kimberley Traditional Owners have had enough and have told the West Australian State Government to "back off" from threats to forcibly remove them from Walmandan Tent Embassy camp. Traditional Owners protesting the Kimberley gas hub proposal have claimed Western Australia's Department of State Development (DSD) has threatened to forcibly remove them from their Aboriginal camp ground near James Price... "

National Indigenous Times: Walter Shaw fears Tangentyere job losses
9 Dec 11: "Tangentyere Council Chief Executive Officer, Walter Shaw has warned up to 20 jobs for Aboriginal people could be lost if the Alice Springs Town Council takes over rubbish removal services in town camps. "There are close to 20 Aboriginal workers who are attached to this municipal services contract and my concern is the continuation of fulltime employment for these employees," he said."

National Indigenous Times: Embassy celebration
2 Dec 11: "Michael Anderson, the last survivor of the four young Black Power men who founded the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in 1972, said there would a number of events held to celebrate the Embassy's 40th anniversary. The Tent Embassy will have three days of workshops to finalise declarations and a peace package."


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

Event: 4 November 2011 to February 2012: Townsville, Qld
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
- Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/tra...

Event: 11, 12, 13 December 2011: Paddington, Sydney, NSW
Documentary Film - The Tall Man
"... a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force."
Chauvel Cinema, Paddington
Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/
Event details: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/thetallman/

Event: 11, 12, 13 December 2011: Brisbane, Qld
Documentary Film - The Tall Man
"... a vivid portrait of an Australian island enraged
by the death of an Aboriginal man while in custody
of the local, predominantly white-run police force."
Palace Barracks Cinema, Brisbane
Cinema Release Date: Thu 17 November 2011
Event details, incl. film review and interview with the director: http://www.hopscotchfilms.com.au/films/coming-soon/thetallman-film/
Event details: http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/movies/thetallman/

Event: Mon 12 to Fri 16 December 2011: Darwin, NT
Rights on Show 2011
The 17th annual Human Rights Art Award and Exhibition
The theme for 2011 is Housing and Homelessness
Darwin Community Legal Service
Event details: http://www.dcls.org.au/rights-on-show.html

Event: Tue 13 December 2011: Upwey, Melbourne, Vic
Belgrave Survival Day film showing:
Murundak: songs of freedom
"Journeys into the heart of Aboriginal protest music
following The Black Arm Band, a gathering of
some of Australia’s finest Indigenous musicians,
as they take to the road with their songs of
resistance and freedom."
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49700
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/belgrave-survival-day-film-showing-%E2%80%9Cmuru...

Event: Wed 14 December 2011: Newcastle, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Thu 15 December 2011: Tuggerah, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Greater Union Cinemas
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: Sat 17 December 2011: Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic
Save The Kimberley warehouse party in Melbourne
"Save The Kimberley (melbourne) PRESENTS:
The 20 Ovens Warehouse will play host to
some of Melbourne’s favourite live acts"
Event details: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/2011/12/02/upcoming-events/
Poster: http://www.savethekimberley.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/372801_103...

Event: Sun 18 December 2011: Newport, NSW
Our Generation Film Screening
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 12 Jan 2012
Submissions about Stronger Futures due 12 Jan 2012
Parliament of Australia - Senate:
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011
and two related bills:
Information about the Inquiry
"Submissions should be received by 12 January 2012. ...
The Committee is seeking written submissions from
interested individuals and organisations"

Event: Fri 20 January 2012: RMIT entrance, Melbourne, Vic
Indigenous freedom-fighters commemoration:
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner
"To commemorate the execution of the indigenous
freedom fighters Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner"
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49054

Event: Thu 26 to Sun 29 January 2012: Parkes, Canberra, ACT
40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra
Sovereignty Never Ceded: a key theme of the 40th Anniversary
"Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters
and other members of the general public, to come together
at the 'Aboriginal Tent Embassy' site, on Thursday 26th
January 2012, to celebrate "SOVEREIGNTY DAY" and be part of
the Sacred Fire Ceremonial Gathering that will marks 40
years since the first protest on the site."
Event details: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/invitation-aboriginal-tent-embassy-jan...
Event details: http://www.aboriginaltentembassy.net/
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/aboriginal-tent-embassy-40th-anniversary-canberra
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/40th-anniversary-of-the-tent-embassy-canberra
Interview with Dr Janet Hunt: http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/dr-janet-hunt-and-jacqui-phil...
Event summary: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/49413
Aboriginal Embassy Elder Tribute song: http://www.reverbnation.com/artist/artist_songs/2079567

Event: February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum
Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things Grow
- Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
Event description: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/
Event location: http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/from_little_things_big_things_grow/tra...

Event: Sat 11 February 2012: Melbourne, Vic
Our Generation Film Screening
as part of the inaugural Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival
Event details: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/events/
Film info: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/about-2/
See bottom of this page for Our Generation film reviews

Event: 17 Feb 2012
Submissions on role of languages and culture due 17 Feb 2012
United Nations Human Rights:
Study on languages and cultures
"Call for submissions from indigenous peoples and their
The Expert Mechanism is calling for submissions on the role
of languages and culture in the protection and promotion of
the rights and identity of indigenous peoples, its current
mandated study in accordance with Human Rights Council
resolution 18/8 ...
Submissions will need to be submitted by 17 February 2012"

- 'Our Generation' Film Reviews

Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater:
Our Generation - Showing in London - page 8
Winter 2011: "The Intervention is yet another example of the appalling treatment the Aboriginal People of Australia have been subjected to in such a short period of time compared to thousands of years of survival. Sinem Saban and Rev. Dr Gondarra supported by the Yolngu people and cinematographer, Damien Curtis, have created a sensitive and realistic view of the plight of those who wish to live a more traditional life in their homelands and of those who appear to be dispossessed." Christine Waterer

Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater:
ASG Information Night: Our Generation - page 6
Summer 2010: "Local resident and journalist, Jeff McMullen introduced "Our Generation", the film by Sinem Saban and Damien Curtis which we were there to see. The film explored in depth the Federal Government Intervention into Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory. Jeff had told us that the film’s producers were not having any success in having the film shown on government or commercial media outlets and they were having to screen it in local community halls to show the community at large just what was involved in the Intervention. It is basically a war on Aboriginal culture. The dispossession of the Aboriginal people is simply continuing in a new guise." Carol Gerrard


Our Generation: http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater: http://www.asgmwp.net/index.htm

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