Australian news, and some related international items

Deceptive trickery of Native Title processes

Ghillar Michael Anderson, 16 Oct 17, First Nations inherent sovereign rights are being grossly and repeatedly violated.

‘It is shameful that the parliamentary lawmakers and the lawyers who call themselves ‘specialist Native Title lawyers’ have complete disregard for the fundamental Human Rights of First Nations Peoples.
The time has come for people to make a stand against these criminals who are making a complete mockery of the judicial process, while at the same time writing deceptive agreements that deny Aboriginal people the future right to challenge and appeal these major injustices.

‘Our Peoples have no protection against these wonton Human Rights abusers and violators,
who can get away with this because our people are kept in poverty by the Crown and
are without sufficient financial support that will allow us to make legal challenges
to right these wrong doings.

‘On the other hand, there are some of our people who choose to take the easy road
and do not want to create any form of confrontation over the breaching of our inherent sovereign rights.
In other words, the two-bob mob are prepared to take what’s on offer and shut up.
This stems from the problem of losing pride, identity and dignity and/or
being educated exclusively white-way and losing touch with core values of our Law and culture.

Independent action to free ourselves

‘I now make a call to all those protagonists, white and black, to lessen the damage that has been created by the likes of those who run ‘reconciliation’, ‘recognise campaign’, referendum council campaign’, ‘constitutional reform campaigns’ and those who are prepared to be agents of the coloniser and be on their payroll.

‘One of our main antidotes to the scourge of colonialism is to take our own independent actions to free ourselves from the tyranny of oppression and injustice by:

Mapping our respective Nation’s territorial boundaries;
declaring independent Sovereignty by way of Unilateral Declarations of Independence (UDIs);
designing and flying your own Nation’s flag;
writing the code of laws, traditional constitutional rules and laws;
presenting them to the Crown and governments saying: “This is what applies to our Country/our Nation.”

‘If Nations seek to incorporate both law-ways then it is time to negotiate Peace Accords or Treaties with each respective Nation.

‘We must now put paid to racially discriminatory legislation in all its forms and thereby end the scourge of colonialism in all its manifestations. … ‘
To continue reading Ghillar’s excellent and inciteful MR go to this link:


October 16, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL | Leave a comment

Aboriginal massacre sites uncovered  in first forensic science study

~ ABC Kimberley  By Erin Parke
‘Cutting edge forensic science techniques have been used in a fresh examination of reported Aboriginal massacre sites in WA’s north,  in an effort to prove alleged atrocities from 100 years ago.

Warning: This story contains the images of Aboriginal people who aredeceased.

‘A team of archaeologists and forensic scientists travelled to some of the most remote spots in WA
to examine bone fragments found at the sites,  which have been mired in historical and political debate for decades.

Lead researcher Pam Smith said that while some of the results were inconclusive,  the findings of the most advanced study of the alleged 1922 Sturt Massacre  had backed up the oral histories of local Aboriginal elders. … ‘

October 2, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, Western Australia | Leave a comment

Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium.

September 23, 2017 .Lauren

‘This is my first post in my ‘Real Life Ideas’ area and I wanted to share this as an idea because what I experienced on over the last month really made me think about different types of activism, what the word really means and how we can connect to the planet in a spiritual way while involving ourselves in activism and campaigning.

‘I also truly hope that the idea of a nuclear free world is one that will spread throughout
the world before more beautiful beings are harmed by its dangers. …

‘As the global nuclear free movement grows, so too will the attention given to this land.
It is in for a turbulent next few years, but no matter what any corporations, or selfish politicians say,
there is no denying the dangers and outright absurdities of uranium.

‘Too many people have been and will be hurt by nuclear weapons and nuclear power failures
and many more in the future will be effected by radioactive waste that we are accumulating.

‘Here’s an idea to say no to uranium, leave it in the ground.

‘Here’s an idea to say no to colonialism and exploitative western powers.

September 25, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, art and culture, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL | Leave a comment

170 years since the massacre…  and finally its a win for Wirangu people.

Paul Wiles speaks with Wirangu Elder Jack Johncock & Elliston District Council Chairman Kym Callaghan

Listen to Audio on CAAMA Radio:

‘A South Australian Wirangu Elder says its a win that the word “massacre” will be included on a memorial plaque recognising the site where  a large number of his people were shot and driven over cliffs by colonial settlers in 1849.

‘While the Waterloo Bay massacre remains strong in the memory of the local Wirangu people,
the local Elliston District council has finally acknowledged that the truth must be told  after decades of refusing to acknowledge the massacre. … ‘

September 22, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL | Leave a comment

The LNP Welfare Card: the true facts exposed. Corruption disguised as philanthropy!

The AIM Network  By Michael Griffin February 27, 2017

“The Liberal National Party (‘LNP’) Welfare Card programme is really a LNP rort 
for the benefit of the Liberal and National Parties and their members, donors and supporters. 

Indue Pty Ltd, the corporation awarded the contract to manage the Welfare Card programme
and to operate its underlying systems, is a corporation owned by Liberal and National Party members
and that donates to various Liberal and National Party branches around Australia.

“The former chairman of Indue is none other than former LNP MP Larry Anthony who is the son of former Liberal Country Party Deputy Prime Minister Doug Anthony.

“Anthony now holds his shares in Indue in his corporate family trust managed by Illalangi Pty Ltd.

“Other companies now owned by Larry Anthony, or by the corporate trustee of his family trust, Illalangi Pty Ltd,  work under ‘sub’ contracts for Indue itself and make their profits from dealings with Indue
in the course of Indue performing its contracts with the LNP Government.

“These corporations are SAS Consulting Group Pty Ltd
– a political lobbying group that counts Indue as a client
– and Unidap Solutions Pty Ltd – a digital IT services corporation that provides Indue,
as well as the current LNP Government directly, with various IT services.

“Larry Anthony is also current president of the National Party of Australia, that is, the ‘N’ in ‘LNP’. … “

September 18, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics | Leave a comment

At Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) Black and White celebrate their campaign – keeping Australia nuclear free

Celebrating 20 years of helping Australia stay nuclear free  Aboriginal land continues to be in the firing line. SBS NITV, By Paddy Gibson, Senior Researcher, Jumbunna Institute UTS 15 SEP 2017

This weekend in Adelaide, Kaurna country, anti-nuclear campaigners from the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance will hold their annual conference to debrief and strategise for the struggles ahead.

At the core of Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) are Aboriginal people living with nuclear projects on their lands, including uranium mines and the toxic legacy of nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 60s, and others trying to stop new uranium mines or nuclear waste dumps being imposed on their country.

This year’s conference will celebrate 20 years since the network was founded in 1997 in Alice Springs, originally as the Alliance Against Uranium.

The initial meeting was an initiative of Mirarr people and their organisation Gundjeihmi, who were cranking up a major campaign against the Jabiluka uranium mine, along with environment groups such as the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), Friends of the Earth and other Traditional Owners. At the time, the Howard government was looking to massively expand Australia’s uranium exports. There was a wealth of experience in Aboriginal communities across the country, who suffer the brunt of this industry and people wanted to come together to fight back. There were growing opportunities to connect with wider civil society groups who shared a deep concern about uranium and recognised the central importance of supporting Aboriginal struggles for country.

Over the past 20 years, the ANFA network has provided vital support to many campaigns, from the victory at Jabiluka, to the battles for compensation for victims of nuclear weapons testing, to numerous struggles against new uranium mines and exploration projects. Lessons from the successful fight to stop a nuclear waste dump in South Australia, a victory achieved in 2004 after a national campaign led by the Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta, inspired a decade of resistance that eventually stopped a nuclear dump been established in the Northern Territory, despite attempts at multiple sites. International solidarity with other Indigenous peoples, and all peoples, dealing with similar threats, has also been central to ANFA’s practice.

Aboriginal land continues to be in the firing line. This year’s conference will deal with new moves to establish a waste dump in South Australia, being fiercely resisted by Adnyamathanha people whose country in the Flinders Ranges is under threat. Also up for discussion is the ongoing attempt to expand existing uranium mines and establish new ones, including the recent indication by the WA Labor government that it would push ahead with uranium mines in that state, in contravention of clear election commitments and the wishes of Traditional Owners. The growing threat of nuclear war, and the urgent need to rehabilitate country already badly damaged, are also on the agenda.

Below [on original] is a collection of statements from participants in ANFA over the last twenty years, taken from a report produced to celebrate “twenty years of radioactive resistance”.

These statements all demonstrate the importance of Aboriginal connection to country as a driving force behind the network, along with the power that comes from building networks of solidarity across society.

……more  at


September 16, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has not really been taken up by Australia

The theme for 2017 is the 10th anniversary of the  United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  (UNDRIP)

“It of course comes as no surprise that Australia was one of the countries that voted against the declaration in 2007,   given the prevailing community views, and that of the government, of Indigenous people here. …

“The implementation of the UNDRIP in Australia has been symbolic only,  with the government conceding at the time of endorsing the UNDRIP that it had no legal effect upon domestic law.

Since the adoption of the UNDRIP in Australia, the prevailing circumstances for Indigenous peoples have not improved. … “

September 16, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL | Leave a comment

Voices of reason call for immediate end  to NT Indigenous Intervention

~ Jeff McMullen,10655

” … Several outspoken Elders,  including Utopia’s Rosalie Kunoth-Monks  and speakers from the Yolgnu Nations Assembly  will launch the statement of support in Melbourne.

“They say the slow strangulation of services to the smaller homelands and the suffocating government control of almost all aspects of community life  is a creeping extinction for these Aboriginal people. …

“The group statement concludes:

“We call on the Australian Government to heed the call of Northern Territory Elders  for an immediate end to the racism and discrimination of the Intervention policies which are an ongoing stain on the Australian nation.

“It is time that the Australian Governments respect and negotiate with remote living Indigenous people in good faith, demonstrate proper duty of care to them and allow all First Nations of Australia the right to self-determination.”

August 28, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL | Leave a comment

Aboriginal group considers appeal over Federal Court decision for lease to Adani coal project

Fed Court decision: Adani leases issued despite Traditional Owners’ express rejection
The Queensland State continues to authorise dispossession, August 25, 2017

“Responding to a Federal Court decision today, in one of the long running cases brought by Traditional Owners against the Adani mine, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners  expressed their profound frustration with the way the native title and court processes have over-ridden their decision to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani.

“The appeal against the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT),  which authorised the issuing of mining leases to Adani by the Queensland Government,  was dismissed.  The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Representative Council are seeking  the advice of their senior counsel as to whether to pursue the matter in the High Court. …

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says:

“We have fought and will continue to fight for our right to say no to the destruction of our country
through mining and to have our rights properly recognised and respected by the State Government. …

““We now look to our trial in March 2018 which focuses on Adani’s fake ILUA.  We have three times voted No to Adani’s grubby deal. …

Youth spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Murrawah Johnson, says,

“Adani and the State Government didn’t ‘negotiate’ and  achieve the free, prior, informed consent of the W&J people.  Instead Adani, backed by the State Government and past NNTT decisions,  relied on the threat that they would compulsorily take our land. …

Legal representative in the case, Benedict Coyne, says,

“Our client is carefully considering the judgement, and prospects of  further appeal for special leave to the High Court of Australia.” … “

August 26, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, legal | Leave a comment

Traditional Owners fighting Adani undeterred by Qld Court outcome

“Where there’s mining there is no justice”

“Responding to a Supreme Court decision in Brisbane today, Traditional Owners fighting Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine  say that yet again the Queensland Government and Adani  have benefited from laws designed to suppress Aboriginal peoples’ rights.

“The Queensland Court of Appeal today upheld an earlier decision that the Queensland Minister for Mines did not have to afford Wangan and Jagalingou people natural justice when he issued the mining leases for Adani’s Carmichael Mine.  The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council
is now seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal to the High Court.

“Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says,

““Where there’s mining there’s no justice for Traditional Owners. The mineral resources regime so often puts massive barriers in the way of Traditional Owners and the wider community which opposes coal mining in Queensland.

““We appealed the decision of Queensland Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham MP,  to issue leases over our country to Adani, only to find our common law right to natural justice is of little worth.  We have always aimed higher than this in pursuit of our rights. We are not deterred by today’s outcome.

““The Court decision has let the Minister get away with sacrificing  our heritage and sacred places to promote his own political interests.

““Instead of standing up for our rights in the lands and water of our ancestors, in April 2016 the Queensland Government preferred not to wait for our fight to be resolved in the Federal Court court and instead issued leases to Adani. …

““As Traditional Owners we wait more than a decade for our native title claim to be dealt with, while Adani can get a lease quickly, without our consent and with no money for its project.

““We have clearly and unambiguously rejected a land use deal with this shyster company, yet they push on. …  ““We are not done yet. We will exhaust all legal avenues in our fight to for our rights and to protect our country. …  “We have further litigation challenging their fake ‘land use agreement’ in the Court, with a hearing date set for March 2018.

“There will be no surrender. … ”, Mr Burragubba concluded.”

Continue reading W&J’s statement here:

August 23, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, Queensland | Leave a comment

Aboriginal Clinton Pryor’s long walk for justice

Long walk for justice: ‘Spiritual Walker’ Clinton Pryor crosses the country for his people, SMH,  Damien Murphy, 11 August, Clinton Pryor has walked across Australia from west to east seeking justice for Aborigines but he seemed overwhelmed when he walked down Eveleigh Street into the heartland of the Black Power movement.

He set out from Perth on September 8 last year and about 300 people gathered in front of the Redfern Community Centre to cheer Mr Pryor as he walked into Sydney late Thursday afternoon behind an array of flags representing Australia, Eureka, Land Rights and Torres Strait Islanders.

“Its my first time here on the east coast … I just walked in here and can’t tell you what Redfern has meant to us all over the years. Everyone knows Redfern is where we made our stand,” he said.

When he set out on “Clinton’s Walk for Justice” Mr Pryor aimed to walk to Canberra to protest forced closures of Indigenous communities in Western Australia.

But in his 11-month walk he said he had come to realise the issues facing Aborigines were the same across the nation.

“You only have to look at what’s become of ‘The Block’ here in Redfern to see that our people have lost control of their land and lives,” he said.

Mr Pryor told the Redfern audience he was “a Wajuk, Balardung, Kija and a Yulparitja man from the west” but as “a man from Western Australia walking across the whole country for justice and for change” he will march to Parliament House to confront Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the issues he has encountered……..

But in his 11-month walk he said he had come to realise the issues facing Aborigines were the same across the nation.

“You only have to look at what’s become of ‘The Block’ here in Redfern to see that our people have lost control of their land and lives,” he said.

Mr Pryor told the Redfern audience he was “a Wajuk, Balardung, Kija and a Yulparitja man from the west” but as “a man from Western Australia walking across the whole country for justice and for change” he will march to Parliament House to confront Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the issues he has encountered…….

Mr Pryor will head to Newcastle before turning south for the home walk to Canberra.

He expected to walk up to Parliament House early next month. He will bring Auntie Bronwen and elders from Kalgoorlie to help him tell the Prime Minister what he saw on his walk across Australia.

August 12, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL | Leave a comment

Governance and operation of Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)

governance & operation of Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)W&J Submission to Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into the governance and operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)
W&J submission to the Inquiry into NAIF 28 July 2017

Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) are the Indigenous Traditional Owners of a vast area of land in central-western Queensland.
We are the first people and our country – Wangan and Jagalingou country – is in what is now called the Galilee Basin;  and in the area designated as Northern Australia for the operation of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).

“The W&J are directly impacted upon by the NAIF Board’s pending decision on an application by the Adani Group,  as we are Traditional Owners of the area in which the Carmichael mine and related mining infrastructure is proposed. … “

August 9, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL | Leave a comment

Aboriginal group’s claim against Western Australia Conservation Council over uranium mining

Traditional owners hit out at WA Conservation Council for alleged misrepresentation over uranium campaign  ABC Goldfields By Jarrod Lucas An Aboriginal corporation representing traditional owners in WA’s northern Goldfields claims an environmental group has misrepresented it by suggesting it supports legal action against a proposed uranium mine.

The Conservation Council of WA launched Supreme Court action earlier this month to challenge the Barnett Government’s decision to approve Cameco’s proposed mine at Yeelirrie, 1,079km north east of Perth.

The council maintains it has the support of members of the Tjiwarl people, the native title holders over the Yeelirrie area, in pursuing the action.

But the Tjiwarl Aboriginal Corporation said they do not speak for its 150-odd members or 10 directors, who represent each of the area’s different family groups.

A spokesman for the Tjiwarl group told the ABC it is yet to formally adopt a policy on uranium mining or the Yeelirriee court case — although that could change as soon as September when the directors meet in Leinster.

“Any decision about this project needs to be made by Tjiwarl (Aboriginal Corporation) in accordance with our traditional laws and customs,” the corporation said in a statement.

“Until such time, we ask that media outlets, and the Conservation Council of WA, refrain from referring to Tjiwarl (Aboriginal Corporation) as supporting this legal proceeding.”

The spokesman said the group had received significant backlash on social media, due to its perceived involvement in the action.

Conservation Council denies misrepresenting group

Conservation Council director Piers Verstegen denied they ever misrepresented the Aboriginal corporation.

“We haven’t linked them to the case, there’s certain members of that claim group that are part of the case, but we haven’t linked the body corporate to the case and I’m not sure where they’re getting that information from,” Mr Verstegen said.

“We haven’t made any linkage between their claim group and the case — it’s just individuals who are part of that claim group who are part of the case.”

Vicky Abdullah, whose family has opposed uranium mining at Yeelirrie for more than 40 years, is one of three traditional owners who are backing the Conservation Council’s legal action.

“Yeelirrie is important to my family; we have fought to protect this site and we won’t stop now,” Ms Abdullah said.

A crowdfunding page set up by the 47-year-old not-for-profit group seeking to raise $50,000 to fund the court case also mentions the traditional owners.

At last count the page had raised more than $9,800.

Uranium mine a challenging call for traditional owners

The Tjiwarl claim was officially recognised by the Federal Court in April, with the long legal fight seeing the group’s 13,000 square kilometres of land between the towns of Wiluna and Leonora officially acknowledged.

It has sparked a flurry of negotiations with Cameco and fellow mining giants BHP and Gold Fields, both of which have operating mines in the area.

But as WA’s biggest uranium deposit, Yeelirrie remains the area’s most controversial potential development.

Discovered by Western Mining Corporation in 1972, the deposit was sold to Cameco by BHP for $US430 million in 2012.

The mine takes its name from a nearby pastoral station, which in turn took its name from the traditional word for the area.

Opponents of the mine say the name translates to “place of death”, but others have suggested “lethargy” or “fatigue” are better translations.

The mine is one of four proposed uranium mines the McGowan Government will allow to proceed, despite reinstating a ban on any further development or exploration in Western Australia.

The Tjiwarl spokesman said the group would likely formalise its position on uranium mining when the corporation’s directors meet in September.

July 29, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, legal, uranium, Western Australia | Leave a comment

Norther Territory Aboriginal owners’ legal case: they wanted “low level nuclear waste dump”


Wonder which Whitey businessmen are funding this one?


Nuclear waste fight sparks $17m claim,  AMOS AIKMAN,  The Australian, July 26, 2017Traditional owners who want a nuclear waste dump on their land are suing the Northern Land Council for more than $17 million, claiming that the federal statutory authority neglected its duty to support their bid to use the land to ­alleviate crippling poverty.

Documents filed in the Federal Court allege that the NLC, which is legally bound to consult with ­indigenous landholders and pursue their best interests, failed to do so repeatedly in relation to proposals to house Australia’s low-level nuclear waste at Muckaty Station……..

The first applicant, Ngapa traditional owner Jason Bill, welcomed the serving of legal papers yesterday.

“Great news: that’s the thing that my family have been waiting for,” Mr Bill said.

“All we were asking for is a low-level waste dump … we’ve looked into it and heard about it from the professionals, and it’s not going to damage the environment.”…..

July 26, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, legal | Leave a comment

Death of famed and much-loved Aboriginal activist Yami Lester

Yankunytjatjara elder and Maralinga nuclear test survivor Yami Lester OAM passes away, aged 75, MATT GARRICK, Sunday Mail (SA), July 22, 2017 YANKUNYTJATJARA elder Yami Lester OAM, an Outback hero who opened the nation’s eyes to the human cost of nuclear tests committed on Australian soil, has died aged 75 in Alice Springs.

July 24, 2017 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, personal stories | 1 Comment