Original Australians Tent Embassy: fire man's reflections

A sacred fire is at the heart of the Tent Embassy in Canberra and Robert Corowa is one of the men who keeps it burning.

Now living in Lismore, he was just a child when the embassy was created, but he has camped there many times over the years and has been charged with keeping the site's sacred fire burning.

In NAIDOC week 2012 the theme is 'Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on'. Robert said things haven't changed in this time, the land is what the Original people still care about, not buildings.

An Australian identity starts with a "Treaty" - Original elder Ossie Cruse

During local celebrations to mark NAIDOC Week 2012, the idea of a Treaty between Original people, the British Crown and the Australian Government has been raised by Paster Ossie Cruse.

Talk of a Treaty has been around for decades, but in recent history it has fallen from coverage through the mainstream media. The NSW South Eastern Original elder, Ossie Cruse believes that Australia's future could be built with a Treaty and such a document would create the Australian identity that the republican debate often talks about.

He spoke on Sydney Radio 702 ABC - An Interview with Ossie Cruse from 'Tracker' is also included.

Labor lays the groundwork for another apology

The spin doctors did an impressive job distracting from the hypocrisy of former prime minister Kevin Rudd's apology to the Stolen Generations in February 2008.

Hundreds of thousands watched the live broadcast as Rudd apologised "for the laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians ... for the breaking up of families and communities ... and for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture..."

... By extending the Intervention with the "Stronger Furures" legislation", Labor is now responsible for what will no doubt be the subject matter of a future prime minister's apology, to the tens of thousands of Indigenous Australians being violently aggrieved as we speak. - Emma Purdy writes

More interest in ancient sites from overseas than by the invaders

David Watts, who is a protector of many Aboriginal heritage sites in Sydney said that although Austalia has a human history of up to 70,000 years, there has only been an interest by local governments to care for the sites that have sprung up in the past 200 years.

Mr Watts who cares for about 1500 of Sydney's 5500-plus sites said "When you actually tell people that the pyramids are basically made yesterday compared to some of these engravings and stuff that are around, people start getting an appreciation for it," he says.

"We have had more interest from overseas about this office than we have in our own country."

Government further disempowers the poor with patronising policy of 'big shame'

Around 6,400 shops will accept the cards around the country.

Compulsory income management is expensive and an inappropriate attempt to relieve problems faced by people caught up in lower socio economic situations and will do nothing to help empower the country's poor so than can eventually climb out of their welfare hole - on the contrary it further hinders self-confidence and self-determination.

As well as extending the enforcement period of the Racist Cards ('Basic Cards') for ten years in the Northern Territory, the government's narrow-minded policy will also be rolled out in Bankstown (NSW), Shepparton (Vic) Rockhampton (QLD) and Playford (SA) - with other communities targeted.

Stronger Futures is a "war on democracy": Dr Gondarra

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A respected Yolngu leader has slammed both major parties for passing the Stronger Futures laws, stating they have both "stolen the authority and responsibility of Aboriginal people" and started a "war on democracy".

The Stronger Futures laws, which extend and expand many aspects of the NT intervention, were passed in the Senate early this morning, following a marathon debate surrounding the asylum seeker crisis.

Stronger Futures was passed despite calls for the government to refer it to a parliamentary committee on human rights to scrutinize whether it complied with Australia's international rights obligations.

Aboriginal Tent Embassy underway in Menindee NSW

About a dozen women camped out in Menindee last night, to start the town's first Aboriginal tent embassy.

As part of the town's NAIDOC week celebrations, they're recognising 40 years of the tent embassy in Canberra.

There'll be a series of groups manning the camp, including women, children and even the local football team.

Assistant Principal at the Menindee Central School, Fiona Kelly, says the camp is designed to raise awareness of the issues indigenous Australians face.

Why only a 'sovereign treaty' can provide justice in constitution reform


Michael Anderson

Nowhere else in the world would anyone accept what is going on in Australia in respect to this 'Expert' Panel's recommendations.

This report is an absolute farce and treacherous, because it is done for the purpose of suggesting to the international community that democracy played its part through a process of consultation, but this recent process is absolutely flawed and, instead, represents a dictatorial approach to forcing against our will Aboriginal Peoples' patrimony to an invader society.

Mainstream Australians should not close their eyes and turn their backs on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, in order to secure their comforts and security at our expense.

Aboriginal title is not Native Title: real reform is practicing sovereignty

Kado Muir Aboriginal Activist

Kado Muir writes: This month we celebrate twenty years since the Mabo decision overturned the legal fiction of terra nullius ...

We as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are forgetting two important things. One; Mr Mabo did not accept the rules, he used the laws to bend the rules beyond recognition, and two; Mabo decided everything for us.

We do not need to prove anything, we already hold our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander title to our land based on our laws, traditions and customs. Everything else is just a distraction.

Britain: The worlds worst mass murderer

British crimes against humanity are so vast and numerous it is itself a task to plot the career starting point of this most criminal of nations.

The British murder body count runs into hundreds of millions worldwide but here we present just the Australian segment relating to the Original inhabitants.

This document is part of a comprehensive attempt - Researched by the 'Britain: Worlds worst mass murderer' blog. The evidence is based on documented historical estimates.