The Other Side of the Coin

Malcolm Fraser joins fight to save ancient Pilbara rock art

The already wealthy cowboys in the west are still clambering over each other to sell off every last gram of the minerals on sacred land, bulldozing and blowing up ancient rock art in the process.

Malcolm Fraser has now backed a global campaign against the destruction of the rock art. He said the WA government had been wrong to allow industrial works there and the mistake will be compounded by allowing a gas plant.

Pilbara elders have called for a campaign to ensure the Murujuga site is placed on the UNESCO Wold Heritage List.

"While tinpot WA mining outfits such as FMG Resources typically employ grubby characters such as Burke and Grill to ensure they can build railways through heritage-protected sites, higher up the corporate food chain, companies such as Woodside keep their lobbying in-house by simply hiring former politicians and bureaucrats."

Catholic bishops: 'Stronger' futures or 'Stolen' futures?

On the brink of Macklin's 'Stronger Futures' racist laws clearing the upper house, Australia's Catholic bishops Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) have come out with a press release urging the Senate to block draft legislation to extend the Northern Territory intervention in the 'Originals' communities.

"We need to listen to the Aboriginal people," Archbishop Philip Wilson said in a statement on Monday, "they are asking for their rights as human beings and citizens of this country to be respected." - Article and Bishops Media Release transcript ...

Intervention-style threat for neglected community

Toomelah, a small community near the New South Wales - Queensland border faces an uncertain future.

A Quarter of a century after Marcus Einfeld wept at the sight of Toomelah's children playing in raw sewage, the community has been told it must accept an intervention-style takeover or face the demolition of the township and relocation of residents.

Toomelah was in the national spotlight in 1987 when Mr Einfeld's human rights commission inquiry found 500 people were sharing one tap.

Musicians rally against racist 'Stronger Futures' proposals

Australian musicians Paul Kelly, Neil Murray and Archie Roach have joined Northern Territory Aboriginal leaders in rallying against the federal government's Stronger Futures Laws.

At a memorial concert for Jimmy Little, they dedicated the 'Blackfella Whitefella' song to the "Stand for Freedom campaign" which opposes the Federal Government's Stronger Futures laws.

The laws continue the former Howard Government's Northern Territory intervention introduced in 2007 to address violence and alcohol abuse in Aboriginal communities.

Queensland's New 'Stolen Generation' Rally - Sovereign Embassy supports father

Aboriginal people and their supporters held a rally and march in Brisbane on Wednesday 2nd May to highlight the continued genocidal practice of removing large numbers of Aboriginal children from their families and their culture.

Just last year 13,433 Aboriginal kids were taken in Queensland. In last couple of weeks a thirteen year old girl was killed after being chased by police because she was trying to get back to her family and a 3 year old boy was fatally run over by a truck, both after being removed from their homes, kids that would still be alive today if they hadn't been stolen.

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Gomeroi activism stops Woolworths in Moree as Aboriginal nations mobilise across Australia

Woolworths are withdrawing because of the Gomeroi's steadfast opposition to the store's expansion, which would have seen a significant Gomeroi cultural site, where human remains have been located, totally disturbed and possibly destroyed.

Aboriginal sovereign nations are mobilising and on 24 May 2012 an interim Aboriginal National Unity Government will be announced.

Our people are now seeing through the imposed Aboriginal leadership and are now taking things into their own hands with their own hopes and aspirations ... writes Michael Anderson ...

Yolngu people to take court action against intervention

Leaders representing 8000 Aboriginal people have launched a campaign against federal government intervention in the Northern Territory.

The statement by the Yolngu Nations Assembly representing Arnhem Land people will call on traditional leaders to refuse approval for exploration licences. Spokesman Djungadjunga Yunupingu said his peoples experience with the intervention is that it has not been beneficial.

The declaration is a result of the first Yolngu Nations Assembly which bought together clan leaders from across Arnhem Land.

Call for police citizens review boards - another rally in Sydney

Our successful rally on Tuesday 24 April showed the police and the government quite clearly where the blame belonged but also where the proper solutions must be found. It is within their jurisdiction that change must be made. Changes at the social level, whilst undoubtedly helpful, will not stop police violence by itself. We must accept however that we do have fractured families, along with many other non-Aboriginal families, and we have fractured youth of all persuasions.

However, no amount of white-washing by the police or the government removes their responsibility. - Ray Jackson writes

Audio File  AUDIO:  Ray Jackson Indigenous Social Justice Association (SBS News)

Barnett trying to further disempower WA's Originals

The Western Australian Government plans to overhaul the Aboriginal Heritage Act, pandering to the mining sector by making it easier for companies to disrupt sacred sites.

Although both developers and Aboriginal groups say the laws are clunky and unworkable, the changes appear to further disempower the State's 'Original' peoples.

Greens' MLC Robin Chapple says the new laws will make it even harder for Aboriginal people to protect sites.

After Mabo, What About Aboriginal Sovereignty?

In their judgment on the Mabo case the Justices of the High Court told a new story about Australian history. To understand the significance of this retelling we need to recall the old story and its concomitant doctrine of terra nullius. It followed from this that Australia had been, prior to 1788, a legal desert.

The Crown, therefore, became the first proprietor and possessor of the land as well as the first sovereign. The title to Australia was, consequentially, the original title rather than a derivative one. Annexation was effected by occupation rather than by conquest or cession.

... So much for the old story. What about the new one? - Professor Henry Reynolds