WGAR News: Responses to Senate Committee report on 'Stronger Futures' New NT Intervention laws

Newsletter date: 18 March 2012

* Responses to Senate Committee report on 'Stronger Futures'
* Greg Barns: "Politicians ruling by stealth as wilful ignorance is allowed to flourish"
* Paddy Gibson: "Chorus of opposition greets Macklinā€™s extended Intervention"
* CLC: "New waste dump legislation fundamentally flawed"
* UN Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination - 21 Mar 12
* National Close the Gap Day - 22 Mar 12
* Message Sticks Festival 2012 - Sydney
* 'Our Generation' Film screenings - Melbourne, Sydney & NSW
* More 'Stronger Futures' Legislation related articles

Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia - 27 events from 17 March 2012

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Event: 11 February 2012 to 26 May 2012: South Bank, Brisbane, 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: Tue 28 February to Sun 25 March 2012: Adelaide, SA
Exhibition: Deadly: in-between heaven and hell
Tandanya NACI and Adelaide Festival

Violence breeds violence, police brutality is just not on, shouldn't be!

Some call for police to stop investigating police, others call for just common decency, when will police be brought into line with the rest of us, and for their sakes too, in being held accountable for behaviour that just makes it too difficult for us to trust in each other?

To get the justice done, the splintered, shard-like "left" needs to coalesce

Gerry Georgatos

The compassionate left wing screams for social justice and argues for our governments and society's institutions to have a heart and help people from the bottom end up, and to desist with the proposition that they can achieve for the downtrodden by working from the top end of town and down.

The bona fide left wing is fractious and forever splintering and yet it calls out for groundswells of people power to coalesce in mass social movements which will give rise to cultural waves.

Anarchist intervention against the 150 year celebration of the NSW Police Force

At around 10am on March 1st, shortly before the police began their official ā€˜Sea of Blueā€™ anniversary march from the Rocks to the Sydney Town Hall, a group of anarchists dropped a banner reading ā€œPIG BRUVA IS WATCHING, COMMUNITY NOT SURVEILLANCE CULTUREā€ from the Cahill Expressway bridge. The banner was hung directly above the George St march route while 750 pigs were gathered only two blocks away at the Rocks Police station.

No-one in government cares enough about Aboriginal peoples

No-one in government cares enough about Aboriginal peoples

Gerry Georgatos

Well placed sources, including parliamentarians, in the Australian Labor Party, the Coalition, and the Greens have made surprising comments that issues afflicting Aboriginal peoples and 'Aboriginal affairs' are in the 'too hard basket' or 'best swept under the carpet'.

Stolen wages remain stolen

Gerry Georgatos

The Stolen Wages campaigns are struggling in the finding of justice for families of those long gone and for those with little time left on this earth.

From WA, Yamatji Phil Moncrief said, "(These are) simple cut and dried cases. A social justice run up the mountain of corruption is what it is - it does not get much easier than to get the justice done here." However, the Stolen wages remain stolen for far too many people, their families and/or their descendants.

WGAR News: Tracker's Brian Johnston: Reality in APY Lands different from media agenda campaigns

Newsletter date: 9 October 2011

* Tracker's Brian Johnston: Reality in APY Lands is different from the media agenda driven campaigns
* APY Council general manager calls for full community consultation about their needs
* Head of Amnesty says govt's "top-down externally driven" efforts widen the gap
* Media re Barbara Shaw's Sydney speaking tour - 3-9 Oct 2011
* Upcoming Aboriginal rights events around Australia - 25 events from 9 October 2011
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Other articles

Upcoming Sydney & NSW Aboriginal rights events for your diary - 9 events from 6 October 2011

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Event: Thu 6 October 2011: Bankstown, Sydney, NSW
Sydney speaking tour of anti-intervention campaigner Barb Shaw
Public Forum
Not In Bankstown, Not Anywhere!
Why we need a moratorium on Government's Income Management
Speakers include:
* Barbara Shaw, BasicsCard recipient and anti-intervention
* Randa Kattan, CEO of the Arab Council of Australia
* John Falzon, CEO, St Vincent de Paul Society's Nat'l Council
Organised by the Campaign coalition of the
Say No to Governments Income Management: