Whitefellas fail to grasp reality

As Tony Abbott dug himself in deeper trying to escape his remarks about "authentic Aborigines" last week, his comments were revealing. The way he described Aboriginality had a significance that went beyond rudeness or violating political correctness.

White settlers have described Aboriginal people in a variety of ways over the years, and it has always served a political purpose. Aboriginal people were described as "dangerous savages" when a rationale was needed to shoot them to clear them off the land. On the other hand, they were described as "passive natives" who had quietly given up their lands and died out due to disease when we needed to justify their decimated numbers to the rest of the world ...

Police arrest Brisbane Sovereign Embassy supporters in midnight raid

Three people have been arrested during an angry clash between police and Aboriginal protesters at the Brisbane tent embassy overnight.

The council shut down the embassy site at Musgrave Park in South Brisbane yesterday afternoon.

Later in the evening, a smaller group of Indigenous embassy supporters returned to Musgrave Park, set up tents and restarted two sacred fires.

About 50 police, firefighters and council workers arrived soon after and made a move on the group around midnight.

Australian slavery buried in Queensland mass grave

Marty Silk AAP Herald Sun December 07, 2012

Hidden under an old cane plantation outside the Queensland sugar city of Bundaberg lies an awful secret.

Beyond the weeping fig trees the bodies of 29 South Sea Islanders are buried in an unmarked grave.

Local Islander leader Matthew Nagas says they could be his ancestors.

And he believes they were probably worked to death "like pieces of machinery".

Brisbane Sovereign Embassy to be shut down

The Indigenous tent embassy at South Brisbane's Musgrave Park is set to be shut down.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the move was supported at "a special meeting of elders" on Wednesday.

Wayne Wharton has written to Cr Quirk expressing his "absolute disgust" that the Lord Mayor "would seek to move against the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy". (Copy of letter included with article)

Brisbane Sovereignty & Land Rights Conference

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Brisbane Sovereignty & Land Rights Conference 25 November 2012

Blacktown Council stops Darug nation acknowledgement

Aunty Sandra Lee (Archive image)

Blacktown Council in Western Sydney has officially amended its Acknowledgement to Country, leaving out the Darug Nation as traditional owners.

For many generations, the Darug Nation has been recognised as the traditional owners of a large part of the area now known as Western Sydney.

They were originally large groups of clans united by the common language, Darug.

Darug country extends from the Sydney area north to Darkinjung country, west to the foothills of the Blue Mountains and Wiradjuri country, southwest to Gandangara country in the Southern Highlands and south to Thrawal in the Illawarra.

Fortescue using legal system to destroy Yindjibarndi, says Barrister

Native Title threatened by miner's "war of attrition"

Fortescue Metals Group has embarked upon a "war of attrition" using the legal system against the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation and initiating 25 separate actions through the courts and tribunals of Australia and engaging seven firms of solicitors and seven barristers in a strategy designed to destroy the Yindjibarndi's ability to continue resisting the mining giant's demands for an agreement to mine on their land, one of Western Australia's leading barristers has claimed.

Australia's response to the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - UN Questionnaire

Does the state have an overarching national implementation strategy to attain the goals of the Declaration?

The Australian Government announced its support for the Declaration on 3 April 2009. Along with the National Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples, and in particular, the Stolen Generations, the announcement demonstrated the Government's commitment to strengthening the relationship and ensuring genuine engagement with Indigenous Australians.

The Australian Government's overarching approach to addressing Indigenous disadvantage is through the Closing the Gap strategy. The Government is accountable to the Australian people through the Prime Minister's Closing the Gap report which is tabled in Parliament annually ...

Aboriginal death in Katherine after release from custody sparks calls for inquiry, justice

Ray Jackson, President
Indigenous Social Justice Association

Ray Jackson: Yet another tragedy coming from police intervention in the Northern Territory but this time in Katherine where Mr. Lewis, an Aboriginal man and an amputee with major health problems, was arrested at a card game and held for 24 hours in the Katherine police cells.

Join our protest outside of the NSW coroners court at Parramatta Road, Glebe at 12.30 on Thursday, 1 November, 2012, to raise our support and solidarity with the families of Mr. Briscoe, Mr. Curti and Mr. Lewis. All three, in our opinion, have been badly treated at the hands of the justice system in the NT and NSW.

It is up to us to make that happen and I call on all readers of this post to make contact with the list (attached to article) to make your concerns and wishes known to those who run the system - But we need to do more than that - We need to become active and protest that the unnecessary deaths must stop.

Making the world a more dangerous place: the eager role of Julia Gillard

Australia has 40% of the world's uranium, all of it on indigenous land. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has just been to India to sell uranium to a government that refuses to sign the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and whose enemy, Pakistan, is also a non-signatory. The threat of nuclear war between them is constant.

Uranium is an essential ingredient of nuclear weapons. Gillard's deal in Delhi formally ends the Australian Labor Party's long-standing policy of denying uranium to countries that reject the NPT's obligation "to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament". - John Pilger writes ...