The Other Side of the Coin

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.

Mabo judges perverted the course of justice

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Michael Anderson writes: While the 1992 Mabo judgement was a major milestone in Aboriginal history, we must remember that the judges in this case presented the same cowardice as Justice Blackburn in the Millirrpum Gove case in the 1970s.

In the Gove case, the court gave much weight to the evidence presented by anthropologist Ronald Berndt who coined the phrase, "the Aborigines don't own the land, the land owns them" or words to that effect, thus resigning our people to forever being part of the natural flora and fauna of this country. It must also be stated that the Gove matter was not presented with the 1872 Pacific islanders Protection Act as amended in 1875.

Indigenous 'solutions' just disempower us further

Walter Shaw
Walter Shaw

"In Aboriginal affairs policy, the more things change, the more they stay the same," writes Walter Shaw, CEO of Tangentyere Council.

"Today, our families shop for basic essentials on a card that is a remnant of a dog tag from a long-forgotten era. The BasicsCard – which quarantines half of an Aboriginal person's welfare entitlement to ensure it is spent on food and clothing - is the Federal Government's 'solution' for Aboriginal poverty and dysfunction.

To disempower us further. To underscore our difference from other Territorians. To rub our nose in it. And to put us in our place."

Julian Assange affirms his Torres Strait Islander heritage

Global justice campaigner and WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange has contributed his life to standing up for the oppressed and in challenging the world's most powerful governments and clandestine institutions.

Mr Assange was born in Townsville, Queensland however he readily acknowledges a diverse heritage which he proudly said includes a Torres Strait Islander great-great-grandparent. In his blood and genes is that of a Thursday Islander, his great-great-grandmother.
- Gerry Georgatos Reports

Gomeroi sovereigns go on rental strike, slam Land Council

Gomeroi tribal people in the Moree area have been advised by their clans to stop paying rent for houses they live in as part of an assertion of sovereignty.

They have also slammed the NSW Aboriginal Land Council for "contemptuously" and "tyrannically" doing lease deals with state and commonwealth governments.

Statement: "Gomeroi ancestral owners of the Moree region have asserted ancient sovereign title over the Gomeroi owned lands within and around the Moree town's precinct, effective as of today."