Minister refuses to meet with Lake Tyers Protesters

Protesters of Lake Tyers Community are calling to meet with Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jeanette Powell to discuss their concerns. ABC Radio, Gippsland has reported that if Minister Powell doesn't meet with them they will take their protest to Parliament House and re-create the historical 1963 walk which was carried out by their elders, who were seeking control of what was once an Aboriginal Mission.

Minister Powell said she was not prepared to meet with aggrieved members of the community until the protest was called off ... She said the administrator was trying to re-establish a self-governance regime. ABC Gippsland Report

How to Create disHarmony?

One way is to pass discriminatory legislation. This way we can be absolutely sure that there will be no harmony between Government and Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.

When asked in a recent forum, "Are we officially still carrying out discriminatory policies towards ... Indigenous communities?", the Hon. Alastair Nicholson, former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia replied, "Oh absolutely! No doubt about that."

We are told by Government that Harmony Day is a day when all Australians celebrate our cultural diversity. At the same time we are told that in other countries around the world March 21 is celebrated as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Bennelong's grave site found in Sydney's suburb 'Putney'


Kidnapping of Bennelong

Eamonn Duff Sydney Morning Herald March 20, 2011

Woollarawarre Bennelong is immortalised in every school history book recounting the early years of white settlement in Australia. James Squire, meanwhile, is an ex-convict brewer whose name has recently gained popular currency as a commercial beer brand.

What most people wouldn't realise is that in the early 19th century, these two were the best of mates. In fact, the history books will soon be rewritten to include the fact that it was this unlikely friendship that has ultimately led to one of the most significant historical finds of the past century.

When Bennelong's remarkable life ended on January 2, 1813, not only did he die on James Squire's farm along the banks of the Parramatta River - he was buried in the brewer's orchard.

Laying down the law in Lake Tyers

Melissa Castan BA LLB  LLM
Melissa Castan BA LLB LLM

"Anytime people have their democratic and human rights suspended for an extended period of time we have to question whether that has been done appropriately ... If the public authority has made an unlawful decision, people can seek remedy through the courts". Melissa Caston from the the Monash University Law Faculty said on ABC TV News.

Lake Tyers Protest must be quietly sending shudders through government circles as they may very well be in breach of several state, federal, and international laws by denying the community the right to vote. Jeff Waters writes on 'The Drum'

Aboriginal community calls for return of democracy

Ten days ago, the community of Lake Tyers, north east of Lakes Entrance, seized sovereignty of its own land in an act of peaceful non-cooperation.

For the past six years, Lake Tyers has been run by an administrator, rather than an elected council. The administrator is a consultant hired from the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu company with wide-ranging powers and financial control ... the people are fed-up. - ABC Report


Mulrunji Doomadgee killing: More officers exonerated

Cameron 'Mulrunji' Doomadgee

Sgt Hurley, who an inquest found had caused the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee is now an acting inspector on the Gold Coast.

This week the family's anguish was compounded when Queensland Police announced that no action will be taken against six other officers who investigated Sgt Hurley's conduct. They included two friends of his, whom he picked up from the airport when they flew into Palm Island to begin their inquiry, before cooking them a meal
at his home and sharing a few beers.

Alice Springs: Ugly racism on show to all Australians

Media reports paint Alice Springs as being in the midst of an out-of-control crime wave ... The level of hysteria reached a new pitch in an article by Nicolas Rothwell in the February 19 Australian. Rothwell claimed that Alice Springs was plagued by rampaging young Aboriginal people, fuelled by alcohol ... The outrage ignores the causes of crimes and appropriate solutions. In the absence of facts, Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal town camps of Alice Springs have become scapegoats for a social crisis ...

... It is this marginalisation of Aboriginal people that is at the heart of the crisis - writes Peter Robson in Green Left Weekly

Australian deaths in custody: Call for a Senate inquiry

Australia has one of the world's worst deaths in custody records. The Human Rights Alliance, have called upon the 76 Australian Senators to initiate an Australian Senate Inquiry into Australian Deaths in Custody.

They ask for an Inquiry that ensures a Joint Committee of Senators and experts including researchers from the Australian Human Rights Commission, appropriately qualified academics and respected and qualified Aboriginal Elders. - 'It is negligence and constitutional impropriety for the Commonwealth to delay an Inquiry into Deaths in Custody.' writes Gerry Georgatos (Indymedia)

Blockade on Road to Lake Tyers Continues

The Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust Blockade to stop managers and government from entering Aboriginal Land will continue until their right to manage their own affairs and control their own destiny is recognized in accordance with the UN Declaration on Indigenous people.

Britain to return 138 Indigenous skeletons to Australia

The remains of 138 indigenous people from the Torres Strait Islands are set to be repatriated after they were removed at the behest of a missionary during the 19th century. The decision follows 18 months dialogue with the TSI community and the Australian government.

The Natural History Museum holds a collection of approximately 20,000 human remains from across the world, collected since it was founded in 1881.