The Other Side of the Coin

Protest Rally calls for independent inquiry into police brutality

More than 150 people gathered outside the New South Wales Parliament to protest against the police shooting of two Aboriginal teenagers in Sydney's Kings Cross on the weekend.

Police have also been accused of brutality, after video emerged showing an officers punching and dragging one of the teens while arresting him.

Ray Jackson, said there should be an independent inquiry into the shootings. "We don't want police investigating themselves. That's never worked in the past, that's not going to work this time."

Audio File  AUDIO:  Minister defends police action (ABC Report) - DOWNLOAD mp3

Is there more behind 21 years of spiralling Indigenous incarceration rates?

21 years since the culmination of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, the most extensive inquiry in Australian history into Indigenous people’s overrepresentation in the criminal justice system, little has changed.

The Commission made 339 recommendations to address Indigenous over-incarceration and $400m was pledged by the Commonwealth to implement the recommendations.

Emma Purdy provides us with some outstanding insights into affected peoples lives and the government's remarkable apathy which demonstrates why patience is wearing thin.

'Originals' claim sovereignty over Murray-Darling rivers'

Fred Hooper NBAN Chairperson

A group of 21 'Original' nations are demanding that all water licences be revoked and that the rivers' water be dealt with from a base of Aboriginal sovereignty, dominion and ultimate title.

The Northern Murray Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN) call on all state and federal governments involved in the rivers system to allocate 100% of all environmental flows in the northern basin as cultural flows.

Fred Hooper, NBAN Chairperson states that the 21 nations in the group "have never ceded or acquiesced sovereignty, dominion or ultimate title over the lands, subsurface, all waters, natural resources and airspace within the northern Murray-Darling Basin".

Litigating the Boundaries of Sovereignty - Symposium

National unity government has now released details of the first day of the 2012 Inaugural Assembly in Wollongong.

23rd May: The Legal Intersections Research Centre at the University of Wollongong and the School of Law and Justice of Southern Cross University are jointly organising a one-day workshop to explore the legal and political implications of the articulated claim to the continuity of Aboriginal sovereignty in Australia.

The workshop will specifically focus on discussing the complexities of litigating claims of Aboriginal sovereignty on three case studies.

Sovereign Union - The national unity government

The desecration of sacred sites is an ongoing catastrophe

The sacred site, known as 'Two Women Sitting Down', was made unstable due to mining practises by the OM Mining company.

The sacred site is located less than 10m from the edge of the pit and despite being aware of the site's imminent collapse, OM Mining is believed to have deliberately set off an explosion near the base of the site at a depth of 26m below ground level.

The blast directly led to the destruction of the rocky outcrop containing the site, which collapsed the following day, splitting the site in half. - 'The Australian' report + UK 'Guardian' Burrup article

Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars - Anzac Day 25th April 2012

Michael Anderson has called for Aboriginal sovereigns and their supporters to continue with the 'Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars' that was started last year in Canberra on Anzac Day.

"We have commenced a process to highlight the wars fought on Australian soil since 1788, when our country was taken by superior force, at gunpoint, and those who stood in the way were shot," he said.

"What we need to do now is to keep identifying that there has been warfare; that blood has been spilt on the wattle; and there is an ongoing war of attrition against Aboriginal Peoples to this day".

Olympic Dam expansion challenged in Federal High Court

Aboriginal elder and anti-nuclear campaigner Kevin Buzzacott is challenging the Government's approval of the $30 billion project.

Uncle Kev's representative challenged the claim the radioactive impact of the waste could be acceptably managed, and there was also a failure to consider the impact of earthquakes and erosion.

A number of the conditions within the Government's approval, numbering more than 100, were described as "vague" and there was no requirement to consider the environmental impact of the uranium once it was exported overseas. (2 Press reports)

Aboriginal sovereignty: 60,000+ years versus 223 years

The Tent Embassy movement is spreading across the country with similar embassies having been established in regional Victoria and Perth, with another due to open in Moree this week and at least one planned for Sydney.

Brisbane Tent Embassy organiser Karen Coghill said establishing the Brisbane tent embassy had been a "spiritual" experience, the first step in reclaiming a culture she said was rapidly vanishing.

"We are looking at 60,000 plus years versus 200 years of occupation. Are we willing to just lie down and die? (SMH report)

Sovereignty movement gains momentum across Australia

Kyu Bales says the movement is about re-claiming land and educating the community about the sovereignty movement which is gaining momentum across Australia.

"This occupation, this presence in the public eye, this is everybody's opportunity to come and educate themselves.

"We want rights to our land, where do we go if we want to live back on our traditional country, where do we take our elders to pass on in their own country?

"[We're] traditional custodians with rights and responsibilities to this country and we're going to start practicing them." (2 Press reports)

ABC Radio 612 - Brisbane Audio File Brisbane Tent Embassy - Interview 30th March 2012 - mp3

Brisbane Sovereign Embassy: We need a 'Bran nu Dae'

The founder of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Brisbane says Indigenous people need to be heard on the issue of sovereignty.

Musgrave Park in South Brisbane is the site of the third Aboriginal embassy to be set up across the country, with others already operating in Canberra and Perth.

Adrian Burragubba says if more Aboriginal embassies were established across Australia, it would start a national conversation on the subject of sovereignty. (2 Press reports)