Indigenous and Muslim Solidarity Conference

The Lie that Built
the NT Intervention

Chris Graham
7 - 8:30pm
Friday 26th November, 2010
Bella Union Bar
Cnr Lygon and Victoria Sts, Melbourne

Alex Ettling 0406 685 245

• The Lie that Built the NT Intervention
Friday 26th November, 2010 - 7 - 8:30pm

• Indigenous and Muslim Solidarity Conference
27 November, 2010 - 9:30am - 6:30pm
Melbourne University, Sidney Myer Asia Centre

Registration for this event is crucial, please email: by the 20th of November

This is a special one-day conference for Muslims to be introduced to issues of social justice affecting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Australia. Speakers include activist and academic Gary Foley, Chris Graham (former editor of the National Indigenous Times), and Eugenia Flynn (convenor of the the Indigenous Muslims of Australia Network).

Registration for this event is crucial, please email: by the 20th of November

pdfFriday Night Poster pdf file
Bella Union Bar 7:00pm


Gary Foley
Gary Foley was expelled from school at the age of 15. He came to Sydney as a 17-year-old apprentice draughtsperson.
Gary Foley
Gary Foley

Since then he has been at the centre of major political activities including the 1971 Springbok tour demonstrations, the Tent Embassy in Canberra in 1972, the Commonwealth Games protest in 1982, and more recently, the protests during the 1988 bicentennial celebrations.

He was also involved in the formation of Redfern's Aboriginal Legal Service (in Sydney) and the Aboriginal Medical Service in Melbourne. In 1974 Foley was part of an Aboriginal delegation that toured China and in 1978 he was with a group that took films on black Australia to the Cannes Film festival and then to Germany and other European countries. He returned to England and Europe a year later and set up the first Aboriginal Information Centre in London. Foley has been a director of the Aboriginal Health Service (1981) and the Director of the Aboriginal Arts Board (1983-86) and the Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern (1988). He has been a senior lecturer at Swinburne College in Melbourne, consultant to the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody (1988) and a board member of the Aboriginal Legal Service. He has also served on the national executive of the National Coalition of Aboriginal Organisations.

Late in life Foley became a student at University of Melbourne where he studied history, cultural studies and computer science. He completed his BA with majors in History and Cultural Studies in 2000, and gained first class Honours in History at at the end of 2002. Between 2001 and April 2005 he was also the Senior Curator for Southeastern Australia at Museum Victoria. Between 2005 and 2008 he was a lecturer / tutor in the Education Faculty of University of Melbourne, and is about to complete a PhD in History at the Australian Centre at University of Melbourne.

Chris Graham is the former editor and founder of the National Indigenous Times newspaper, where he won a Walkley Award and a Walkley High Commendation for his reporting on Indigenous affairs.

Chris Graham Presentation
In addition to discussing the death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee on Palm Island,

Chris Graham
Chris Graham

Chris will also be making a special presentation on Racism and the Media. A key part of this presentation is an expose about a fraudulent ABC Lateline program which aired in the lead-up to the Northern Territory Intervention.

"Lateline's reporting led directly to the greatest human rights abuse against Aboriginal people certainly of my time, and probably in the last half century.

The Northern Territory intervention has harmed Aboriginal people; it's caused starvation; it's seen a dramatic rise in reports of self-harm incidents; it's driven children away from school; it's wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. In short, it's been a disaster for the nation's most disadvantaged citizens, the people who could least afford it."

The Lie that Built the Northern Territory Intervention Page - This site

Eugenia Flynn is an Aboriginal, Chinese and Muslim woman.
Eugenia Flynn
Eugenia Flynn

In 2007 Eugenia founded the Indigenous Muslim Support Network (IMSN), which she continues to lead. Eugenia is the Deputy Chair of the National Indigenous Youth Movement of Australia (NIYMA) and is the Company Manager of an Indigenous youth performing arts company based in Adelaide.
Eugenia Flynn

"... For me, the biggest invitation which has been missed since the day that Australia was invaded has been the invitation from Australia's First Peoples, my people, to come into our country and share in our land and wealth. As this invitation has never been extended, nor has there ever been a mere asking from the majority, Australia as it is today is a stolen wealth, a stolen land. Muslims in this country are no different to the rest in this: they have had no invitations extended to them by Australia's First Peoples, in general they have not asked to enter and yet every day Muslims enjoy the benefits of stolen wealth and land.

Muslims in Australia, although being people of colour as well, enjoy the fruits of colonisation in what is now called Australia. As I have stated many times before, unless you are fighting for what is just and right for my people in this country, you continue to be complicit in the ongoing oppression of us. Put more simply, Muslims in Australia continue to lack the ultimate proper Adab.

It is with all this in mind, that I invite you to think about another type of invitation - I invite you to the proper Adab of living on stolen land."


Refugee/imigrant incusion

I have thought about a inclusion tactic for years, It gives me some hope for change. Why dont Aboriginal nations hold welcome days for all the refugees, they are being forced to assimilate also, if they had an understanding of the historic and modern policies directed at forced assimilation they would understand it is not the place for a invading peoples to dictate anything to anyone. I feel deeply for the displaced and truly believe we as the first Australians can empower not only our selfs but also all the mistreated that are lucky enough to reach our shores, I dont see much chance of the majority caring when we are 2%, If we made refugees feel more welcome (because they are) then that 2% could turn into 20% or 30%.

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