Category Archives: Indigenous Politics

Aotearoa ALWAYS represent!

This is probably about the closest I’ll get to being nationalistic…

I had tears of joy and pride rolling down my cheeks as I watched the Maori TV coverage of the demo in Tamaki Makaurau yesterday in solidarity with the Aboriginal Nations in opposition to John Howard’s Invasion of Aboriginal Land. Mad props to the two arrested!

Awesome action people, and great to see the Te Whanganui e Tara posse are organising and a little birdy told me there is whispers of organisation in Outatahi as well.

There was also a fantastic statement from Metiria calling on international solidarity. And so far these groups have come out in support:

Whakaminenga o Te Paatu
Te Ata Tino Toa
Conscious Collaborations-Global Indigenous network
Mana Wahine
Solidarity Union
Socialist Worker (Aotearoa)
Human Rights Project Aotearoa
Wellington Wildcat Anarchist Collective
Aocafe (Aotearoa Cafe)
Green Party Aotearoa/NZ
Radical Youth (Auckland)
IA ImagineNative Action
Us crew in Australia better get our shit together then eh ;)

Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land!

Scoopit!

Stop The Genocide

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Oppression

Props Ana

Yeah what she said!

Howard’s new Tampa children overboard are our Aboriginal children.The Little Children are Sacred report does not advocate physically and psychologically invasive examinations of Aboriginal children, which could only be carried out anally and vaginally. It does not recommend scrapping the permit system to enter Aboriginal lands, nor does it recommend taking over Aboriginal ‘towns’ by enforced leases. These latter two points in the Howard scheme hide the true reason for the Federal Government’s use of the latest report for blatant political opportunism.

It has been an openly stated agenda that Howard wants to move Aboriginal people off their lands, and has made recent attempts to buy off Aboriginal people by offering them millions for agreeing to lease their lands to the Federal Government, e.g. Tiwi Islands and Tangentyere in Alice Springs. There was also the statement by the Federal Government that it could not continue (?!) to provide essential services to remote communities, which raised an uproar of responses in the press. The focus on the sexual abuse of children is guaranteed to evoke the most emotive responses, and therefore command attention, just like the manipulation of the Tampa situation. But while the attention of the media and the public is being emotionally coerced, what is being sneaked in under the covers?

Two issues specifically – mining companies have applied for more exploration permits in the Northern Territory, the Jabiluka uranium mining operations at Kakadu have already hit the media because of the mining company’s applications to the Government to significantly expand its operations, including establishing new mines at Coronation Government has already mooted that nuclear waste should be dumped in the Northern Territory, on Aboriginal lands. Aboriginal traditional owners are absolutely opposed to this. We have a long history of deaths and illness from radiation, from the atomic tests at Woomera in the 1950s to the current high incidences of carcinomas in the community at Kakadu near the Jabiluka site. The main obstacle to the Federal Government’s desired expansion of mining operations in the Northern Territory and nuclear waste dumping is, of course, the Aboriginal people who have occupancy of, and rights under the common law to, their traditional lands. Continue reading

Exactly

This is the last throw of the dice for John Howard. He is doing one big favour for the mining industry which he has faithfully served in public life for the past 30 years by rolling back Aboriginal ownership of their tribal lands.

Cynically, cruelly but utterly predictably, he’s doing it under the hypocritical colours of humanitarianism. (Very similar to the invasion and occupation of Iraq sold as “spreading democracy”). In his four terms as PM, he has starved indigenous health, education and housing of funds, abolished ATSIC and pointedly marginalised the Aboriginal Affairs portfolio. This particular pre-election pitch is aimed at Lateline viewers, readers of The Age and The SMH and ABC stalwarts, the demographic that constitutes Australian (small “l”) liberalism. These are the feeble-brained, hand-wringers who are congenitally incapable of separating the wood from the trees. They are types currently heard sobbing: “I’m no fan of Mr Howard, but at least he’s DOING SOMETHING!”

Yes, he is: he’s giving the mining giants the leg-up they need to start exploring, digging and quarrying in indigenous lands in the Northern Territory and then elsewhere. He is being aided and abetted by Kevin Rudd’s craven behaviour. Instead of falling into line with Howard’s agenda, he should have demanded complete details of the plan, the highest-level briefing, sought face-to-face meetings with Aboriginal leaders, state premiers, police and army officers and taken the lead in a national debate. Instead, he mouthed pieties such as “I’m taking Mr Howard at his word” and “I believe the Prime Minister when he says he is responding to a national crisis” etc etc. Has anyone realised that these are almost the same words used by Kim Beazley when he backed Howard during the Tampa scam? By his pusillanimous approach, Rudd has vacated leadership on the tragic issue of rescuing Aboriginal communities and given Howard the opportunity to play his sickening Father of the Nation role. Paul Keating, you were right about the Rudd team of fixers, hucksters, flyweights and spineless opportunists.

Alex Mitchell

UPDATE

And as for mr ‘it’s time us black fullahs got over ourselves and start prioritising kids (and my ego while we’re at it).  And if we have to chose between land and our kids I know what I’d chose” fuckface.

DO YOU NOT GET IT?

You are actually backing one of the most racist pieces of government action since the beginning of colonisation in Australia.

“Oh but it’s time to stop talking and have some action.”

OK so you wanna go and explain that to the women in these communities who have had absolutely no communication or consultation on this plan and all they’ve heard is that the army is coming in?  You wanna go explain to them that noone’s gonna steal their kids?  You wanna ssuggest that taking off into the bush during this time of the year is probably not too smart given how cold it’s getting in the desert?

Oh no, too late you can’t cause it’s too late.

Wake up Noel.  We all know that the situation is untenable.  We’ve been lobbying the pollies for ages on what to do.  What he’s done now is not out of compassion.  It wasn’t thought through.  It has been executed appalingly.

And yes, we will hold you responsible.  You have his ear, but you stopped listening to the people.

Bloody hell I’m pissed off.

Landed Gentry

I am an anarchist

My partner is a georgist

We bought land

IRONY!

Landed Gentry

We acknowledge that we live, eat, play, dance and sing on Aboriginal land. (Up Yours John Howard)

Cool Kids Alert!

Resistance = protest, standing up for rights of oppressed, whether male or female, free or slave. 

Authority = institutionalized arbiter of law, religion, custom or culture, i.e., Church and State. 

Resistance to authority = Protesting and standing up to authority perceived as unjust and oppressive.

Justice for Mulrunji

I’m not sure why but a part of me still hoped that there would be some justice on this case. An Indigenous man loses his life for what? 40 years on and you would’ve thought that the Queensland Police would have caught on to the fact that Indigenous Australians have the same righs as other citizens. I wonder if he would’ve given a dog more attention if it was calling out in pain…

In solidarity, I totally support this demo. And I call for a Treaty process to be entered into with the people of Palm Island to acknowledge their sovereignty.

Demand Justice for Mulrunji

 

Mourn for the death of justice in Queensland


Rally, Friday 22 June, 12:30 pm
Steps of the old GPO for a speak out and march to State Parliament

Wear black or I ndige nous colours.

  • Implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in Custody in full!
  • Establish elected community controlled civilian review boards to hold the cops to account
  • No justice on stolen land


Called jointly by Indigenous Social Justice Association – Melbourne and Socialist Alliance
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Uncle Kev Needs Our Rev

Uncle Kevin Buzzacott , elder of the Arabunna Lands of South Australia ,the Keepers of Lake Eyre and indigenous campaigner has been diagnosed with cancer. As part of his recovery process over 35 indigenous and non-indigenous artist’s have gathered together to put on a spectacular benefit.

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Camp Sovereignty – v2.0

So it’s been a year since we successfully occupied on of Australia’s most valuable piece of real estate for 60 days without a single person being arrested. We managed to maintain a drug, alcohol and violence free camp – bar the violence on the part of the police on the final night. And we managed to get the message out to the world and the main issues for the oldest known culture on this planet are genocide, sovereignty and treaty.

And we had a shit load of fun.

So we’re getting together again on Monday for the anniversary of the day we set up camp. I urge all of the 10 thousand or so Melburnians who visited during the camp to pop down for a cup of tea and catch up.

Oh and someone please bring a BBQ, eh Rosa?

If you want to know more about Camp Sovereignty and how seriously cool fun it was, check out the Camp Sov site, it’s pretty.

UPDATE (belated one I’m sorry): There was a little bit of confusion amongst the Police about who was giving the orders and there was a temporary moment of humanity on their part. Don’t worry, someone remembered the are supposed to be the tool of the colonialist oppressor and they started to behave accordingly. See Indymedia for details.

When will the whole world be watching?

It’s Australia Day today. Otherwise know as Invasion Day. Otherwise (and more recently) known as Aboriginal Sovereignty Day.

So while all the white fullahs run around handing out medals and having barbies, a small minority of people in Australia get together to hold an alternative celebration.

Not a celebration of the day that Captain Cook turned up and declared the place empty and therefore British. Rather a celebration of the approximately 80 000 years of Aboriginal culture on the continent now known as Australia.

They celebrate the oldest known culture on this planet. A culture that has survived despite the ongoing criminal genocide being perpetrated against the First Nation peoples of Australia.

They celebrate the diversity in language, art, song, dance and tradition. Despite the outrageous destructive behaviour still going on today to try and wipe this diversity of the memories of the people and the land.

‘Nobody owns the fire. Nobody owns the Kangaroo and the Emu. There’s no copyright on the boomerang.’ Uncle Kevin Buzzacott

They celebrate the spirit of resistance. Despite the divide and conquer strategies of the State, hell bent on killing anyone that gets in their way.

And they honour all of those who have fallen before.

And they call on the rest of the world to join with them in this celebration. And call on the rest of the world to join with their voices calling for an Australia that ends the Genocide, recognises the Sovereignty and makes a Treaty to honour and protect Indigenous Australia.

Reconciliation is not assimilation. Assimilation is cultural genocide.
Without the culture and without the spirit, the land will die.
Without the land, the people will die.

Please spread the word.

You’ll give me how many blankets?

No doubt you would have heard of the furore over Mike Smith posting up the chainsaw he used to attack the One Tree Hill Tree with, on behalf of the owner. Bomber has a good rant over at Tumeke about the racist hypocrisy of Trade Me as a background.

So Trade Me have pulled the item after conducting a poll on their website to see if it was offensive enough. So even though there was absolutely nothing criminal about the sale, the profits weren’t going to the person who committed the crime which gave the chainsaw its notoriety and there is precedent for Trade Me allowing auctions of a similar political nature, they canned this one.

They claimed that since the community was divided they would put it to a poll. But of course given the racist furor that was drummed up on talk back and opinion pages by this stage of course the vote was going to go the way it did.

Although go to their website to see how the discussion happened and the best you’ll find is this:
i see the thread about the chainsaw has
misteriously vanished …seems to be a bit of that lattley

I recommend that anyone else who finds this whole saga rather sickening do what one Indymedia kid did and send Trade Me the following letter:

Kia ora,
I am unimpressed with the apparent hypocrisy of trademe, withdrawing the auction of the One Tree Hill chainsaw, but allowing the auction of Ross Muerant’s “Minto Bar”, which was used violently against people. I no longer wish to use your service.
Could you please explain how I can close me trademe account and have my unused ‘traders dollars’ returned to me?

I hope they put it on ebay.

Sovereignty Day – Jan 26 2007 – Part II

Update on Sovereignty Day activities including solidarity demo for the people of Palm Island.

Share the Spirit music festival
Treasury Gardens 12:00-6:00

Featuring a line up of Victoria’s finest Indigenous performers including DAN SULTAN, BRISCOE SISTERS, BOMBA, CHRISTINE WARD, GRANT HANSENS BIG CITY COMBO, THE GRENADINES, DANIEL JAMES BAND plus food stalls & handcrafts. The festival is a day when Australians of all cultural backgrounds can come together and celebrate, whilst recognising the history and enjoying the culture of Indigenous Australia. The event is FREE.

Rally & march from State Library
11:00-12:00

Following calls by the Palm Island community for a National Day of Action on 26 January ANTaR Vic is supporting a Melbourne rally and march, starting at the State Library at 11:00 and finishing at Treasury Gardens at 12:00. The rally will highlight that Aboriginal deaths in custody are STILL happening, and call for a just outcome in the review of the inquiry into the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee, and remind all Australians of the struggle for survival that Indigenous people in Australia have been facing over the past 200 years.

Music & dinner ANTaR fundraiser
Lentil as Anything, Abbortsford Convent, from 7:00pm

Lentil as Anything vegetarian restaurant is having a night of music and entertainment to benefit ANTaR Vic. Great food, music, and info about ANTaR will be brought together for a fantastic night. Musicians include Rene + Etienne (Classical guitar with hints of folk), Jane Belfrage + Ensemble (Harp and more), Almaz (Ethiopan dance), Julian Swinnerton (Cellist extraordinnaire from Arts Music at the Convent) Johnny Aseron, ‘Brown Wolf’ (Native American flute player, poet and performer) and MORE. For information about Lentil as Anything http://www.lentilasanything.com/

If you want to help out with any of this get hold of ANTaR

ph (03) 9419 3613
fax (03) 9417 2691
http://www.antarvictoria.org.au

Think I might organise a wee solidarity event in Hamilton. Will let you know if I do.

Sovereignty Day – Jan 26 2007

Last year I had the privelege of being at Canberra for Invasion Day which was subsequently named Aboriginal Sovereignty Day. It was certainly one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I urge anyone who can to make the effort to be there to support this year. Expecially in light of yet more bullshit from the Queensland cops. This has got to stop.

Update:  If you’re in Melbourne:

‘SHARE THE SPIRIT’ INDIGENOUS MUSIC FESTIVAL –  VICTORIA’S LARGEST ANNUAL ALL INDIGENOUS MUSIC EVENT
Friday 26 January, Treasury Gardens, Melbourne, 12:00 – 6:00
 
Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation is pleased to announce that the annual Indigenous Music Festival ‘Share the Spirit’ will be held again on Friday 26th January 2007 in Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens.   ‘Share the Spirit’ is the only event in Melbourne produced by Indigenous people to celebrate Survival Day. ‘Share the Spirit’ is for everybody, interstate and overseas visitors included.

Featuring a massive line up of Victoria’s finest Indigenous performers including : DAN SULTAN, BRISCOE SISTERS, BOMBA, CHRISTINE WARD, GRANT HANSENS BIG CITY COMBO, THE GRENADINES, DANIEL JAMES BAND plus food stalls & handcrafts.

This year’s concert brings together an awesome line up of fresh new talent that is creating great waves of excitement across the music industry of Australia.  Rising stars such as the Briscoe Sisters, Dan Sultan and The Grenadines will play along side crowd pleasers Bomba and music veterans Grant Hansen’s Big City Combo.  From folk roots, blues, funk, R & B, reggae to rock, ‘Share the Spirit 2007’ showcases Victorias finest Indigenous performers across all music genres.  MC’s on the day include Den Fisher and Peter Grace. ‘Share the Spirit 2007’ starts at 12.00pm running through to 6.00pm, there will also be a great range of food stalls, clothing and handcrafts available for purchase in the market area.

The festival is a day when all Australians of all cultural backgrounds can come together and celebrate, whilst recognising the history and enjoying the culture of Indigenous Australia.

‘Share the Spirit 2007’ is proudly supported by the City of Melbourne and Indigenous radio station 3KnD. The concert is a drug and alcohol free event.

The Negotiating Native Title Forum
26-27 February 2007, Melbourne, Rendezvous Hotel, Flinders St

Agreement Making, Joint venture business partnerships, a cooperative approach to Native Title. Including keynote addresses, case studies, panel discussions and an extra workshop program. There is discounted rate for Traditional Owners, Land Councils and local government.

For more information: http://www.informa.com.au/ibcoz/marlin/system/render.jsp?siteid=30000000421&marketingid=20001475080&MarlinViewType=MARKT_EFFORT

The Carnival Comes To Town

Last night the G20 Economic Summit began in Melbourne.  While the Police were preparing for some early protests, most people are focussing their efforts on the Carnival today.   So they were rather unoccupied (poor souls).  But that’s ok because at about 3 this morning someone had the great idea to hassle the Christians.  Now why they thought a handful of silent, peaceful Christian protesters were worth moving is beyond me.  But why they chose to do so at such an ungodly hour is just nasty! Continue reading