Pay the rent will be heard loud and clear across the land

Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson

Goodooga, northwest NSW, 17 April 2011

Michael Anderson, A NSW tribal leader convening an Aboriginal summit in Canberra says it will raise funds to challenge Australia's legitimacy in the International Court of Justice.

"This is Australia's greatest fear, because when we win, Australia will owe us more than they can ever imagine, and the cry ‘pay the rent' will be heard loud and clear across this great landscape,” writes Michael (Ghillar) Anderson in a media release ahead of the Easter summit in Canberra.

Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians

Media Release Law Council of Australia April 2011

The Law Council has released a discussion paper outlining options for Constitutional reform, to recognise Indigenous Australians.

The discussion paper claims to consider the continued existence of outdated provisions, which deny people the right to vote on the grounds of race and permit the Commonwealth Parliament to make laws adverse to Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.

Discussion Paper Law Council of Australia

Town camp leader outraged by Bess Price Q & A claims

Barbara Shaw, spokesperson for the Intervention Rollback Action Group in Alice Springs and resident of Mt Nancy Town camp says that comments by Bess Price on Q and A about the "success" of the Intervention ignore the huge evidence of continuing failure ... "It is outrageous that Bess Price can continue to go on national media and spread false information on the Intervention while life in our town camps and communities gets harder and harder", says Barbara Shaw.

Fortescue Metals Group: Divide, Rule & Bully Tactics

Caught in the act - a record of a supposed 'native title' meeting staged by the iron ore miner, Fortescue Metals Group. The video demonstrates the unscrupulous actions of a miner trying to bully traditional owners into a land use 'Agreement' that will see massive disturbance of country and will swindle several generations of Yindjibarndi people. The video must be watched to see the brutal divide and rule tactics that are used by paying a break-away group to confound the traditional owners who want a fairer outcome for their people. The gross bullying tactics of the elders is evident.

Aboriginal Sovereignty 'New Way Summit - 'Easter 2011

"Australia is still a colony with the Queen of England as Head of State but the Law of the Land is Aboriginal Sovereignty". Michael Anderson (Ghurradjong Murri Ghillar)

Friday 22nd April and Saturday 23rd April meetings at the Haydon Allen Tank, Australian National University, Canberra - Starts 9:00am

(These two day's proceedings will be live webcast via for those who can't attend but have internet access.)

Sunday 24th and Monday 25 April at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy opposite Old Parliament House - Starts 9:00am

The Aboriginal 'New Way Summits' are unique meetings on the status and place of Aboriginal people in contemporary Australia, and beyond.

Download, Print & Distribute: pdf New Way Summit A4 Poster pdf file

Aboriginal leaders sue Andrew Bolt

Andrew Bolt

Andrew Bolt's argument that lighter skinned Aboriginal people who refer to themselves as Aboriginals despite "not looking Aboriginal", did this for personal gain. Despite common racist myths, there is no extra benefit - financial or social incentives - to be gained from identifying as Aboriginal. In reality, federal government funding for Aboriginal programs are greatly under funded in comparison with non-Aboriginal programs ...

'The only serious way to end disadvantage for Aboriginal people is for the government to redress the historical injustices: pay the rent, pay the stolen wages and compensate Indigenous people for unfair policies of genocide and assimilation since colonisation' - Chris Peterson writes in Green Left Weekly

Treaty Republic Website Problems

30th April 2011
We were able to restore and we are still working on some problems associated with the site going down. We are sorry for any inconvenience but have cleaned up most of the site now and hope that the worst is behind us.

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Lake Tyers Mission - Blockade Benefit

Lake Tyers Blockade Benefit

Friday 25th March at 7:30pm
Sahara Nights
124 Lygon St
(near Glenlyon Rd)

Lake Tyers Aboriginal Mission is being TAKEN BACK by the people. No more government steamrolling. No more being dictated to by bureaucrats. No more racism.

This is a benefit for the struggle. Some of the women from the blockade will be in town and can fill you in on the situation on the ground. Won't read about it in the newspaper!

Rebuilding trust with indigenous communities the first step

Larissa Behrendt
Larissa Behrendt

Alice Springs is a town unlike any other and to an outsider its racial tensions are noticeable ... It has always been a town that has struggled dealing with this visible poverty - and the less visible disadvantage of the communities in the town camps.

Now it is in the spotlight again with a rise in social problems caused by an influx of Aboriginal people from other places. Tony Abbott has weighed in on the issue, acknowledging that a large number of problems have occurred because Aboriginal people from remote towns have moved into larger towns like Alice Springs wanting to get their hands on some grog. Larissa Behrendt writes (SMH)

Police escort officials through Lake Tyers Blockade

Police escorted Victorian officials through a blockade at East Gippsland's Lake Tyers settlement yesterday.

The administrator who was appointed eight years ago, passed through the blockade early yesterday with other officials, driven in by police.

A spokeswoman for the protesters, Leanne Edwards, said the women did not attempt to stop the officials. "This is a peaceful action," she said, vowing that community members would maintain the blockade until Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jeanette Powell agreed to meet them. 'The Age' Report