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)

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  www.nationalunitygovernment.org

'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 ...