Newsletter date: 26 June 2013
* BNI: Audio uploaded - March and Music for Muckaty, Tennant Creek, May 25
* Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* ABC Video: Aboriginal group to challenge shale gas agreement
* Tracker: Native title challenge to Canning gas bill
* Hands off Country: Why does this government pretend that it does not need to speak to anybody?
* Background to Mabo and Native Title
* Jeff McMullen, Tracker: The Way Ahead: The new land grab
* Emma Murphy, Green Left: Traditional owners battle for a healthy river
* BNI: AUDIO UPLOADED - MARCH AND MUSIC FOR MUCKATY, TENNANT CREEK, MAY 25
Beyond Nuclear Initiative: Audio uploaded - March and Music for Muckaty, Tennant Creek, May 25
14 Jun 13: "Audio from the deadly March and Music for Muckaty event in Tennant Creek held on May 25, 2013 is now uploaded at www.beyondnuclearinitiative.com/audio
Please contact BNI if you would like to use or broadcast any of the speeches."
"* Traditional Owner Dianne Stokes- opening speech
* Traditional Owner Bunny Nabarula-opening speech
* Muckaty Traditional Owner Penny Phillips
* Central Land Council Chairperson Maurie Ryan
* Tennant Creek resident Shirley Lewis- includes statement from Larrakia Nations
* Unions NT President Kay Densley
* Member for Barkly Gerry McCarthy
* Australian Conservation Foundation nuclear free campaigner Dave Sweeney
* Beyond Nuclear Initiative coordinator Natalie Wasley"
- Past Event
Event: 25 May 2013: Tennant Creek, NT
No Nuclear Waste Dump for Muckaty
Tennant Creek rally and concert
"May 25 marks six years since the Northern Land Council
voted to nominate the current Muckaty site for assessment.
The annual community rally will be held on this date
in Tennant Creek. The nomination remains strongly contested
by Traditional Owners and the Barkly region community."
"Supporters from across the Northern Territory and
country are invited to attend."
A concert with performers including:
Sandridge Band (Borroloola);
Winanjjikari All Stars (Tennant Creek);
Kylie Sambo, hip-hop artist (Tennant Creek and;
Perfect Cult (Borroloola).
Event details: http://www.acfonline.org.au/get-involved/events/no-nuclear-waste-dump-mu...
Event details: [scroll down page] http://ohmsnotbombs.net/archives/809
WGAR Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nu...
* BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:
Last updated: 11 June 2013
* ABC VIDEO: ABORIGINAL GROUP TO CHALLENGE SHALE GAS AGREEMENT
ABC News: Aboriginal group to challenge shale gas agreement
21 Jun 13: "The chief executive officer of Aboriginal charitable trust KRED, Wayne Bergmann, talks to Andrew O'Connor about a plan to challenge the validity of a State Agreement with the proponents of a plan to extract shale gas from the Canning Basin."
- Related Video
ABC News: Can industry win the shale gas PR battle in the Kimberley?
21 Jun 13: "Traditional owners of land in the Kimberley which is earmarked to be exploited for its vast shale gas reserves are challenging a State Agreement between the Government and the main proponents."
* TRACKER: NATIVE TITLE CHALLENGE TO CANNING GAS BILL
newsTracker: Native title challenge to Canning gas bill
21 Jun 13: "WA: Traditional owners have vowed to challenge the legal status of a new agreement between the West Australian government and two companies seeking to exploit shale gas in the Canning Basin. ... the Liberal-led government also reiterated its determination to acquire land at James Price Point for a future gas processing precinct, taking gas from the offshore Browse Basin and onshore Canning Basin. But KRED Enterprises, ... said it would mount a legal challenge to the bill, which it claims was signed without any consultation with local Aboriginal people."
* HANDS OFF COUNTRY: WHY DOES THIS GOVERNMENT PRETEND THAT IT DOES NOT NEED TO SPEAK TO ANYBODY?
- Analysis / Opinion
Hands off Country: Why does this government pretend that it does not need to speak to anybody?
11 Jun 13: "MS J. FARRER (Kimberley)
I rise to speak on the Natural Gas (Canning Basin Joint Venture) Agreement Bill 2013. There has been no consultation with traditional owners whatsoever. The first step that should be taken is to show some respect to these people. We see this project covering a huge area of the country for some of the biggest language groups across the west and into part of the East Kimberley areas, ... We all know that a development of this type will have a big impact on the land use and practises of local Aboriginal people, and also the social impact that will occur once areas become established. ... "
* BACKGROUND TO MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:
Last updated: 15 June 2013
* JEFF MCMULLEN, TRACKER: THE WAY AHEAD: THE NEW LAND GRAB
- Analysis / Opinion
agendaTracker: The Way Ahead: The new land grab
18 Jun 13: "NATIONAL: Neo-liberalism is a hungry beast and this 21st Century strain of capitalism is shaping the agenda for control of Aboriginal lands, writes JEFF MCMULLEN. ... Australian Government policy is heavily influenced by neo-liberalism through its extraordinary emphasis on managing access for mining companies to resources on Aboriginal lands. This involves controlling what is still perceived as 'the Aboriginal problem' and forcing a social transition from traditional values and Cultural practice to 'mainstream' modernism of a particular brand." By Dr Jeff McMullen AM, one of Australia’s most respected journalists, a winner of the UN Media Peace Prize, prolific in Aboriginal affairs
* EMMA MURPHY, GREEN LEFT: TRADITIONAL OWNERS BATTLE FOR A HEALTHY RIVER
- Analysis / Opinion
Green Left: Traditional owners battle for a healthy river
15 Jun 13: "Representatives from the Environment Centre NT (ECNT) and the Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the NT (AFANT) travelled to Mataranka on June 13 to host a public meeting about water allocations in the region. The Country Liberal Party government has made changes to the allocation process, which threatens the Roper River region’s environment, as well as pastoral and Indigenous interests. ... Blanch [Stuart Blanch from ECNT] said this was a question of equity: "Traditional Owners have got a right to develop when they want, not rush in and apply for licences now in case they have none in the future. They have to be consulted - it’s in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People … " By Emma Murphy
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