The Other Side of the Coin

Perth Aboriginal activists continue to push for a fair go

Wed 28th March - Aboriginal rights activists marched on Western Australia's Parliament to demand a compensation deal equal to five per cent of the annual gross domestic product of the state's southwest.

Thurs 29th March - A Perth magistrate has thrown a group of Noongar protesters out of the Perth Magistrates courtroom when activist Herbert Bropho appeared on charges of two counts of disorderly behaviour in public and one count of obstructing a police officer at the aggressive police raid last week. - 3 Press Articles

Dumping on Traditional Owners: the ugly face of Australian racism

Nuclear Waste at Muckaty - (Nicholson cartoon adapted)

The nuclear industry has been responsible for some of the crudest racism in Australia's history.

This racism dates from the British nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s but it can still be seen today.

Permission was not sought from affected Aboriginal groups around Maralinga and thousands of people were adversely affected by the tests leaving a profound impact on Aboriginal people who suffered from radiological poisoning. - (Jim Green article 'The Drum')

WA ALS calls for Indigenous treaty with Commonwealth

Dennis Eggington

The Aboriginal Legal Service in Western Australia Chief Executive, Dennis Eggington, says it is time for a new approach.

"That's the way other countries have done it and I don't know why Australia procrastinates any longer," Mr Eggington said.

"It just causes these kinds of issues we're dealing with today and it's something that should have been done a long, long time ago."

"It's a matter of governments sitting down in a fair dinkum way and drawing up a treaty or partnership," he said. (2 Press Reports)

Australia using superior force to suppress the 'Sovereignty Movement'

Iconic image for evidence of abuse

Interim Chair of the Aboriginal National Unity Government, Michael Anderson said predictions that governments in Australia will use superior force to suppress the Aboriginal sovereignty movement have come true. He said that it is evident in the recent assault on the Nyoongar Tent Embassy in Perth where people are asserting their sovereign identity and independence.

He warned that this issue will not go away and if police forces continue to use riot squads, mounted police and police dogs against peaceful protesters, then we will have no choice but to take a delegation to the UN and talk with foreign governments ...

Collect Evidence: The Aboriginal national unity government, 'Sovereign Union', is calling on our people and supporters to use their cameras and mobile phones to capture as many images as possible of the oppression our people are under and the abuse of police powers and send the evidence to Sovereign Union

Nyoongars stand against land rights bribe and ongoing genocide

Nyoongars in Western Australia have had enough of the genocide, dislocation, disempowerment, bribing and countless abuses by governments and their agents. They have made a determinated stance to hold a small parcel of land in protest for their rights.

So far they have stood up against the invaders after endless accounts of abuse and three major police evictions and destruction.

Premier Colin Barnett said that the existance of the Tent Embassy made the government and the police look "impotent!"

Call for delegates to Aboriginal unity government assembly

All Aboriginal nations are being called on to send two delegates to the inaugural assembly of the interim national unity government in Wollongong in May.

"This gathering to form the Interim Sovereign Union National Unity Government is so important, as the federal government and their Uncle Tom collaborators are working overtime to indoctrinate our children and youth into their way of thinking by falsely promoting that recognition in the Constitution will give our people something," the spokesman of the movement, Michael Anderson, writes in a media release.

Sovereign Union - The national unity government

'That word' treaty, the value of historical insights

In a meeting at the Aboriginal Embassy, Canberra, in February 1972 opposition leader, Mr. Gough Whitlam, and Mr. Kep Enderby, Labor MP for the ACT, came to the Aboriginal Embassy and squeezed into the small tent with Paul Coe, Gary Foley, Chicka Dixon, Gary Williams and myself, Michael Anderson.

In those days we did not worry too much about confidentiality because the Tent Embassy did not have a glass dome we could sit under. While Mr. Whitlam and Mr. Enderby congratulated us for our stand and our willingness to take on the Federal government, Mr. Whitlam made the point that we were a small militant movement with a limited constituency ...

Open letter to the PM from 'Sovereign Union' spokesperson

In an 'open letter' to Australia's prime Minister Julie Gillard, Michael Anderson requests an answer as to whether the 1967 referendum to amend section 127 of the Constitution was valid.

He calls upon the Commonwealth government to provide the written evidentiary proof that the States did in fact refer this matter of Aboriginal Affairs to the Commonwealth, as required under Section 105A of the Australian Constitution and asks, 'if so, were any conditions applied for the referral'.

Mr Anderson states that if due process was not followed properly the Commonwealth government has committed a major fraud against the Australian public.

Youth and the justice system: the vicious circle

A report in March 2010 by the Australian Institute of Criminology found that while increasing numbers of minor offenders were being detained, there was no evidence mandatory sentencing had made people safer in their homes or provided any additional protection for property.

The report found Indigenous youths were worst affected by incarceration, being 4.5 times more likely to have contact with the criminal justice system than non-Indigenous youths

Emma Purdy writes an overall analysis of mandatory sentencing.

World Council of Churches disowns "doctrine of discovery"

The World Council of Churches Executive Committee last month released a statement that denounced the "Doctrine of Discovery." The Doctrine was used to subjugate and colonize Indigenous Peoples all over the world, including Australia.

The origin of the doctrine goes back to the papal bulls issued by Pope Nicholas V in 1452 and 1455 respectively, allowing the invasion and killing of the Indigenous Peoples.

These historical church documents titled "Dum Diversas" and "Romanus Pontifex" called for non-Christian people to be captured, vanquished and to have their possessions and property seized by the Christian monarchs.