Newsletter date: 30 November 2014
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WGAR News - Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
* Upcoming Event: STICS: Forum: Can our First Nations Peoples celebrate UN Human Rights Day? 9 December 2014
* Media Release: Michael Anderson, Sovereign Union: Australia is committing genocide on a scale unequalled anywhere in the modern world
* Analysis / Opinion: The Guardian Editorial: Terra nullius never went away
* Analysis / Opinion: Amy McQuire, New Matilda: 'Fear Campaign' Behind Attack On Land Rights
* Media Release: First Peoples Worldwide: The Indigenous Rights Risk Report: How Violating Indigenous Peoples' Rights Increases Industry Risk
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Background to Treaties with Aboriginal Sovereign Nations of Australia
- Upcoming Event
STICS - Stop the Intervention Collective, Sydney:
Forum: Can our First Nations Peoples celebrate UN Human Rights Day?
9 December 2014 - 6pm
"Trades Hall, 337 Sussex St
* Ray Jackson
* Debra Swan
* Jeff McMullen
* Chris Graham"
"Over seven years have passed since the Howard Intervention in Aboriginal lives and communities brought new and shocking levels of disruption and degradation to First Nations communities around Australia. ... The move to force Aboriginal people living in small remote settlements off their lands that begun with the NT Intervention is now being felt Australia wide, with the Commonwealth government announcing its intention to withdraw from funding remote service delivery and the WA and SA governments threatening the closure of more than 150 communities. ... "
* Stop the Intervention Collective, Sydney;
* Indigenous Social Justice Association;
* Grandmothers Against Removals;
Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA: http://www.apheda.org.au/
Grandmothers Against Removals: http://stopstolengenerations.com.au/
- Media Release
Sovereign Union: Australia is committing genocide on a scale unequalled anywhere in the modern world
24 Nov 14: "... The announcement by Barnett to close more than half the state's 274 remote communities, is another example of how the government and Big Mining work hand in hand to steal Aboriginal land without compensation. There is a thinly veiled agenda to remove Aboriginal people from their homes so the mining industry can have easy access to land.
Western Australia is being sadly reduced to a mining pit, with much of the state’s economy being from mining revenue. Despite the many billions of dollars being removed from resource rich WA Aboriginal lands every year, the government is now refusing to continue to provide basic infrastructure such as drinking water, roads and access to health services. The Australian economy is based on stolen Aboriginal land and wealth. By rights, Aboriginal people are entitled to have the first say over the future of their lands. ...
We need to engage the international community to initiate trade sanctions and boycotts, just as they did with white South Africa. ... Closing down our communities creates a condition of life set to destroy the group in whole or in part." Ghillar Michael Anderson, Convenor and Joint Spokesperson of Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia and Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic
Sovereign Union homepage:
About 'Sovereign Union'
"This is the official website of the Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia. The Sovereign Union was first formed at a meeting on 12-14 June 1999 on Mt Kaputar, near Narrabri, NSW. A delegation was sent to Geneva to the UN Working Group of the Commission on Human Rights to take our sovereign voices to the international community. The Sovereign Union was further formalised with a Foundation Meeting of the 'Sovereign Union - interim Unity Government' at the Kuradji Tent Embassy, near Wollongong, New South Wales on May 25 2012. ... "
- Analysis / Opinion
The Guardian - The Worker's Weekly: Editorial: Terra nullius never went away
The Guardian: http://cpa.org.au/guardian/2014/1665/02-editorial.html
Sovereign Union: http://sovereignunion.mobi/content/terra-nullius-never-went-away
19 Nov 14: ""As we look around this glorious city, as we see the extraordinary development, it’s hard to think that back in 1788 it was nothing but bush … Everything would have seemed so extraordinarily basic and raw … ," Prime Minister Tony Abbott told an international gathering in Sydney on November 14. He repeated the same words again at a post-APEC International Business breakfast on November 17. Terra nullius is back on the agenda, not that it ever really went away. Australia is open for business, for big business and this government is proudly clearing the way, in particular, for mining companies. ... " By Tom Pearson, Editor
Current Issue of The Guardian
- Analysis / Opinion
New Matilda: 'Fear Campaign' Behind Attack On Land Rights
26 Nov 14: "Internal documents show the Baird government was crafting a fear campaign over Aboriginal land claims before attempting to pass controversial legislation, the Greens say. Amy McQuire reports. The NSW government was prepared to rush through "misleading" legislation curtailing land rights despite being warned that public access to beaches was not threatened by Aboriginal land claims in an attempt to drum up a fear campaign around the issue, a Greens MLC has told Parliament. NSW Greens Aboriginal affairs spokesperson Jan Barham addressed Parliament last week ... " By Amy McQuire, a senior reporter with New Matilda. She's the former editor of Tracker magazine and the National Indigenous Times.
amy mcquire - newmatilda.com
New Matilda homepage:
About Us - newmatilda.com
"New Matilda is independent journalism at its best. The site has been publishing intelligent coverage of Australian and international politics, media and culture since 2004. You'll find new stories on the homepage daily. ... We believe that robust media is fundamental to a healthy democracy - and there's never been a more important time for independent media in Australia. With shrinking media diversity, and huge changes underway in delivery, there are fewer and fewer outlets publishing independent-minded journalism like ours. ... "
- Media Release
First Peoples Worldwide: The Indigenous Rights Risk Report: How Violating Indigenous Peoples' Rights Increases Industry Risk
Sovereign Union: http://sovereignunion.mobi/content/indigenous-rights-risk-report-how-vio...
10 Nov 14: "First Peoples Worldwide released the Indigenous Rights Risk Report at the SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing, a product of two years of consultations with investment analysts, industry professionals, and Indigenous Peoples. The report analyzes 52 U.S. oil, gas, and mining companies with projects operating on or near Indigenous territories around the globe, impacting some 150 Indigenous communities. These projects were assessed against five indicators (Country Risk, Reputation Risk, Community Risk, Legal Risk, and Risk Management) to determine their risk of Indigenous community opposition or violations of Indigenous Peoples’ rights. The report found that most of the U.S. extractive companies analyzed are poorly positioned to manage the risks they face when working on Indigenous lands. Furthermore, the Report shows that poor governance and negligible policies for Indigenous peoples in host countries is bad for business. Nearly 60% of all projects operating in high-risk countries were rated as high risks themselves."
Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
(Last updated: 29 May 2014)
Background to Treaties with Aboriginal Sovereign Nations of Australia
(Last updated: 13 May 2014)
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