Newsletter date: 19 January 2015
* Audio Interview: National Indigenous Radio's 'Weekly News-in-Review' - January 16, 2015: Yidindji man murrumu walubara speaks about his arrest in the ACT
* News: Daniel Hurst, The Guardian: Canberra magistrate frees Indigenous 'trespasser' and queries charge
* Analysis / Opinion: Paul Daley, The Guardian: He renounced Australia and lives solely by tribal law. Now murrumu is hitting the road
* Video: NITV News: Yidinji Sovereignty leader murrumu arrested by AFP
* News: Ewan Gilbert, ABC News: Indigenous activist who tried to set up embassy on public housing property faces court for trespass
* News: Christopher Knaus, The Canberra Times: Indigenous man detained for three nights after claiming Canberra property as embassy
* News: Warren Barnsley & NITV News, NIRS: Yidindji man murrumu ordered to reappear in court under previous name Jeremy Geia in February
* WGAR Background to the Aboriginal Sovereignty Movement
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- Audio Interviews
National Indigenous Radio's 'Weekly News-in-Review' - January 16, 2015
"This week's episode is presented by Cassandra Tim.
* Yidindji man murrumu walubara speaks about his arrest in the ACT;
* A eulogy delivered by Pamela Newman for Keriba Omasker at a funeral service in Cairns;
* Glen Kelly from the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council discusses upcoming authorisation meetings for a Noongar Native Title offer;
* Academic Dr Marcus Wollombi Waters outlines his support for the Freedom Movement.
Producers: Cassandra Tim and Warren Barnsley"
The Guardian: Canberra magistrate frees Indigenous 'trespasser' and queries charge
murrumu walubara yidindji is released from custody, with no bail, in Australian Capital Territory magistrates court
12 Jan 15: "He renounced Australia and lives solely by tribal law. Now murrumu is hitting the road
An Australian Capital Territory magistrate has strongly questioned a decision by prosecutors to pursue a trespass-related charge against an outspoken Indigenous campaigner after a dispute over the public housing property he was using for his embassy. murrumu walubara yidindji, 40, was released from custody on Monday, three days after police charged him with refusing to quit the premises. ... " Daniel Hurst, a political correspondent for Guardian Australia
[Ed. note: murrumu was held in maximum security in Alexander MaConochie jail, Canberra, without notifying his whereabouts.]
- Analysis / Opinion
The Guardian: He renounced Australia and lives solely by tribal law. Now murrumu is hitting the road
9 Jan 15: "murrumu walubara yidindji gave up Australian money, his citizenship, and now he drives under Yidinji tribal law. For the authorities, it’s a novel situation ...
He said: "Most Aussies are learning now that the jurisdiction known as the Commonwealth of Australia does not yet constitutionally recognise the Aboriginal tribes of the geographical land mass known as Australia. The failure to constitutionally recognise the Yidindji in the foundation legal document of the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Australia means that the Yidindji ... are not bound by any of the laws and statutes created by the authority of the Australian constitution."" Paul Daley, a Canberra-based author and award-winning journalist who writes about Australian history, culture and identity
NITV News: Yidinji Sovereignty leader murrumu arrested by AFP
9 Jan 15: "And in breaking news tonight - NITV can confirm that Yidindji community leader murrumu walubara yidindji has been arrested and charged with trespass by Australia Federal Police. The former journalist made the decision to "leave Australia" and live by the tribal law of his people in a sovereign Yidindji state. He recently opened a Yidindji Embassy in Canberra with a view to establishing formal diplomatic relations with Australia and other nations. It's understood that the arrest is related to access to the embassy in the suburb of Kambah."
ABC News: Indigenous activist who tried to set up embassy on public housing property faces court for trespass
12 Jan 15: "Disruptive scenes unfolded in the ACT Magistrates Court when an Indigenous activist charged with trespass, after trying to set up a new embassy in a public housing property, refused to cooperate with the court. Jeremy David Joseph Geia, also known as murrumu walubara yidindji, was arrested on Friday after he failed to obey an eviction order at a government-owned house in Canberra's south. The 40-year-old former journalist last year formally renounced his Australian citizenship and has reverted to the laws of the Yidindgi Tribal Nation in Queensland. ... " By Ewan Gilbert, a television, radio and online reporter in the ABC's Canberra newsroom
The Canberra Times: Indigenous man detained for three nights after claiming Canberra property as embassy
12 Jan 15: "A former federal press gallery journalist was kept in custody for three nights on a minor trespass offence after refusing to leave a Canberra property that he claimed as an embassy for the Yidindji people last week. Former National Indigenous Television correspondent murrumu walubara yidindji, 40, charged as Jeremy Geia, was arrested by police on Friday. Geia had allegedly failed to comply with efforts by the ACT Government to evict him from a Kambah building, saying he didn't recognise the government, ... " Christopher Knaus, reporter for The Canberra Times
NIRS: Yidindji man murrumu ordered to reappear in court under previous name Jeremy Geia in February [16th]
13 Jan 15: "A Yidindji man is again due to appear in the ACT magistrate's court next month after being charged with trespassing late last week. murrumu walubara yidindji (pictured), who renounced his Australian citizenship last year, was reportedly attempting to set up a Yidindji embassy at a public housing premise in Canberra when he was arrested." Warren Barnsley and NITV News
WGAR Background to the Aboriginal Sovereignty Movement
(last updated: 10 January 2015)
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