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      From: WGAR News <wgar.news@...>
      Date: 17 November 2013 17:03
      Subject: [WGAR-news] Australia: Tony Abbott wants to repeal Racial Discrimination laws: Pedestrian TV
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      Tony Abbott wants to repeal Racial Discrimination laws:
      Pedestrian TV


      Newsletter date: 17 November 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/11/16/wgar-news-tony-abbott-wants-to-repeal-racial-discrimination-laws-pedestrian-tv

      Contents:

      * Pedestrian TV: Tony Abbott wants to repeal Racial Discrimination laws
      * The Wire: Andrew Bolt, racial discrimination and free speech [Featuring Dr Mark McMillan - Wiradjuri man]
      * Suresh Rajan, The Stringer: Brandis, Bolt and a whole lot of other B's!
      * Barry Everingham, Independent Australia: Abbott Government acts swiftly to legalise racism
      * Jessica Wright, The Sydney Morning Herald: George Brandis to repeal 'Bolt laws' on racial discrimination

      * Amy McQuire, Tracker: ABC defamed respected Aboriginal elder
      * Crikey - The Northern Myth: Rosalie Kunoth-Monks on her ABC defamation win: "I feel an enormous sense of vindication and relief."
      * Lisa Cornish, Geelong Advertiser: Aboriginal elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks defamed by ABC and Rebecca Healy
      * Amos Aikman, The Australian: The ABC and a former Country Liberal Party election candidate ordered to pay damages for defaming an Aboriginal elder
      * Tennant & District Times: Defamation win for Kunoth-Monks
      * 9 News: Community leader defamed by ABC report
      * ABC News: Court orders ABC to pay defamation damages

      * WGAR News: Eyewitness accounts of the Tent Embassy protest on Invasion Day / Sovereignty Day (2 Feb 12)
      * Background to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy 40th Anniversary, Canberra, ACT


      * PEDESTRIAN TV:
      TONY ABBOTT WANTS TO REPEAL RACIAL DISCRIMINATION LAWS



      - News

      Pedestrian TV: Tony Abbott wants to repeal Racial Discrimination laws
      http://www.pedestrian.tv/news/home/tony-abbott-wants-to-repeal-racial-discrimination-/e021cea2-dd60-4c3b-ac76-2c50332d9949.htm
      8 Nov 13: "Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General
      George Brandis are soon to bring forth legislation that
      would repeal part of the Racial Discrimination Act because,
      priorities. The section in question was brought to public
      awareness when Andrew Bolt wrote the column ‘It’s so hip to
      be black’, after which Abbott included repealing the act as
      one of his campaign promises. Aside from offending
      countless Australians, Bolt's column resulted in him being
      taken to court by Aboriginal academic Larissa Behrendt and
      nine others. ... "


      * THE WIRE:
      ANDREW BOLT, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND FREE SPEECH
      [FEATURING DR MARK MCMILLAN - WIRADJURI MAN]



      - Audio Interview

      The Wire: Andrew Bolt, racial discrimination and free speech
      Produced by Emma Rennie
      http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=11030
      11 Nov 13: "There has been much speculation in the media
      about the election promise of Attorney-General George
      Brandis to supposedly repeal the "Andrew Bolt"
      discrimination laws, which protects people from public acts
      that are likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate
      someone on the ground of their race or ethnicity. As Emma
      Rennie found out, that may not be the case, but either
      way, there's a lot of discussion to be had about how these
      laws affect our rights to freedom of speech. ...
      Featured in story:
      Dr Mark McMillan - Wiradjuri man;
      lawyer at the University of Melbourne Law School"


      - Related Video

      NITV News - 13 November part 1
      http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/63299651736/NITV-News-13-November-part-1


      * SURESH RAJAN, THE STRINGER:
      BRANDIS, BOLT AND A WHOLE LOT OF OTHER B'S!



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Brandis, Bolt and a whole lot of other B's!
      http://thestringer.com.au/brandis-bolt-and-a-whole-lot-of-other-bs/
      9 Nov 13: "Our Attorney-General George Brandis (he of
      dancing at Michael Smith’s wedding at taxpayers’ expense
      fame!) has indicated that one of the first pieces of
      legislation that the Parliament will decide on will be the
      repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act
      (RDA). Of course with the majority that the coalition has
      in Parliament the passing of legislation to repeal 18C
      will be a formality. So what is this all about? Let us
      first examine what section 18 of the RDA actually says: ... "
      By Suresh Rajan

      Suresh Rajan by The Stringer
      http://thestringer.com.au/writer-5/
      "Suresh Rajan is a former president of the Ethnic
      Communities Council of Western Australia. He is a regular
      contributor on the subject of multiculturalism to media in
      Perth and has been so for many years. ... Suresh’s passion
      has always been the better integration of migrant
      communities with Aboriginal communities. He continues to
      work towards that end."


      * BARRY EVERINGHAM, INDEPENDENT AUSTRALIA:
      ABBOTT GOVERNMENT ACTS SWIFTLY TO LEGALISE RACISM



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Independent Australia: Abbott Government acts swiftly to legalise racism
      http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/abbott-government-acts-swiftly-to-legalise-racism,5882
      11 Nov 13: "In its first sitting week of Parliament, the
      Abbott Government will waste no time in introducing
      amendments to legalise racist hate speech. Senior
      correspondent Barry Everingham says the move has alarmed
      the Jewish community. THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT will introduce
      legislation into Federal Parliament this week - its very
      first sitting week - winding back Section 18C of the Racial
      Discrimination Act. The amended legislation, if passed by
      both Houses, will give extreme rightwing writers like
      Andrew Bolt full rein to express their racist views
      without fear of prosecution." Barry Everingham


      * JESSICA WRIGHT, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD:
      GEORGE BRANDIS TO REPEAL 'BOLT LAWS' ON RACIAL DISCRIMINATION



      - News

      The Sydney Morning Herald:
      George Brandis to repeal 'Bolt laws' on racial discrimination

      http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/george-brandis-to-repeal-bolt-laws-on-racial-discrimination-20131108-2x50p.html
      8 Nov 13: "Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General
      George Brandis will fulfil an election promise next week
      and introduce legislation to repeal a section of Racial
      Discrimination Act that conservative journalist Andrew
      Bolt was found guilty of breaching. The repeal of the laws
      that make it unlawful to offend and insult people because
      of their race will be the first legislation Senator Brandis
      will introduce to Parliament, according to The Australian
      newspaper. It will change the definition of racial
      vilification in what the government says is a move towards
      restoring free speech laws to their full power."
      Jessica Wright, Breaking news reporter for The Age


      * AMY MCQUIRE, TRACKER:
      ABC DEFAMED RESPECTED ABORIGINAL ELDER



      - News

      newsTracker: ABC defamed respected Aboriginal elder
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/11/abc-defamed-respected-aboriginal-elder/
      14 Nov 13: "NATIONAL: The ABC defamed "highly respected"
      elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks when it broadcast comments from
      a young Territorian of the Year claiming Ms Kunoth-Monks
      had labeled her home community "racist" during the tent
      embassy protests, the NT Supreme Court has ruled. ...
      In a media statement released today Ms Kunoth-Monks said:
      "I feel an enormous sense of vindication and relief. I have
      always been about bringing people together and not pulling
      them apart. Having a national story that stated otherwise
      hurt me deeply. This victory has given me the strength to
      continue to advocate for treaties so that black and white
      can live together as two respected peoples.""
      By Amy McQuire, a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman
      who hails from Rockhampton in Queensland, editor of Tracker


      - Related Video

      NITV News - 13 November part 1
      http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/63299651736/NITV-News-13-November-part-1


      * CRIKEY - THE NORTHERN MYTH:
      ROSALIE KUNOTH-MONKS ON HER ABC DEFAMATION WIN:
      "I FEEL AN ENORMOUS SENSE OF VINDICATION AND RELIEF."


      - Media Release

      Crikey - The Northern Myth:
      Rosalie Kunoth-Monks on her ABC defamation win:
      "I feel an enormous sense of vindication and relief."

      http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2013/11/14/rosalie-kunoth-monks-on-abc-defamation-win-i-feel-an-enormous-sense-of-vindication-and-relief/
      14 Nov 13: "Mrs Kunoth-Monks: "I feel an enormous sense of
      vindication and relief. I have always been about bringing
      people together and not pulling them apart. Having a
      national story that stated otherwise hurt me deeply." ...
      This is a Media Release posted today by O’Brien Solicitors
      of Sydney, who represented Mrs Rosalie Kunoth-Monks in the
      matter of Kunoth-Monks v Healy & Anor [2013] NTSC 74."
      Bob Gosford in the NT


      * LISA CORNISH, GEELONG ADVERTISER:
      ABORIGINAL ELDER ROSALIE KUNOTH-MONKS DEFAMED BY ABC AND REBECCA HEALY



      - News

      Geelong Advertiser:
      Aboriginal elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks defamed by ABC and Rebecca Healy

      http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/national/aboriginal-elder-rosalie-kunothmonks-defamed-by-abc-and-rebecca-healy/story-fnjbnxuh-1226759932857
      15 Nov 13: "RESPECTED Aboriginal elder and former child
      star, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, has been awarded $125,000 in
      damages and $9,000 in interest after the Northern Territory
      Supreme Court found she was defamed by the Australian
      Broadcasting Corporation and former Country Liberal Party
      candidate, Rebecca Healy. "I feel an enormous sense of
      vindication and relief," Mrs Kunoth-Monks said in a
      statement. The court heard that on Australia Day in 2012,
      Miss Healy falsely told the ABC that Mrs Kunoth-Monks was
      responsible for inflammatory comments ... " Lisa Cornish


      * AMOS AIKMAN, THE AUSTRALIAN:
      THE ABC AND A FORMER COUNTRY LIBERAL PARTY ELECTION CANDIDATE
      ORDERED TO PAY DAMAGES FOR DEFAMING AN ABORIGINAL ELDER



      - News

      The Australian: The ABC and a former Country Liberal Party election candidate
      ordered to pay damages for defaming an Aboriginal elder

      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/the-abc-and-a-former-country-liberal-party-election-candidate-ordered-to-pay-damages-for-defaming-an-aboriginal-elder/story-fn9hm1pm-1226760265434
      15 Nov 13: "THE ABC and a former Country Liberal Party
      election candidate have been ordered to pay more than
      $130,000 in damages for defaming an Aboriginal elder with
      allegations she helped to foment a rally that briefly
      threatened Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott on Australia Day
      last year. The judgment in the Supreme Court of the
      Northern Territory prompted accusations from both sides
      that the other had set back the cause of reconciliation.
      ... Ms Kunoth-Monks said she felt an "enormous sense of
      vindication" at the ruling." Amos Aikman


      * TENNANT & DISTRICT TIMES:
      DEFAMATION WIN FOR KUNOTH-MONKS



      - News

      Tennant & District Times: Defamation win for Kunoth-Monks
      http://www.tennantcreektimes.com.au/story/1910640/defamation-win-for-kunoth-monks/
      15 Nov 13: "THE NT Supreme Court has found a former Barkly
      Shire President was defamed by a radio broadcast following
      an Australia Day protest in Canberra last year. The ABC
      and Rebecca Healy have been ordered to pay damages to
      Rosalie Kunoth-Monks. Ms Healy was in Canberra for the
      Young Australian of the Year awards where she witnessed
      protesters from an Aboriginal Tent Embassy rally converge
      on a restaurant where then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard
      and then-Opposition Leader Tony Abbott were celebrating
      Australia Day."


      * 9 NEWS:
      COMMUNITY LEADER DEFAMED BY ABC REPORT



      - News

      9 News: Community leader defamed by ABC report
      http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/11/14/14/59/community-leader-defamed-by-abc-report
      14 Nov 13: "The ABC and a former Country Liberal Party
      candidate have been ordered to pay more than $130,000 in
      damages for defaming Aboriginal elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks.
      Ms Kunoth-Monks was present on Australia Day 2012 when
      protesters converged on the Lobby restaurant in Canberra
      where former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and then
      Opposition Leader Tony Abbott were giving speeches. Former
      Territorian of the Year Rebecca Healy approached the ABC
      at the time, telling them Mrs Kunoth-Monks had made
      inflammatory comments to stir up the crowd ... "


      * ABC NEWS:
      COURT ORDERS ABC TO PAY DEFAMATION DAMAGES



      - News

      ABC News: Court orders ABC to pay defamation damages
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-13/rosalie-kunoth-monks-defamation-damages-order-nt-supreme-court/5089614
      13 Nov 13: "The ABC and a former young Territorian of the
      year have been ordered to pay a total of $133,000 in
      damages for defaming a central Australian indigenous
      leader. The Northern Territory Supreme Court found that
      Tennant Creek Aboriginal leader Rosalie Kunoth-Monks was
      defamed in a broadcast of the ABC Radio current affairs
      program AM. At a sitting in Alice Springs today, the court
      found the program broadcast comments from the 2012 young
      Territorian of the year, Rebecca Healy, that defamed Ms
      Kunoth-Monks."


      * WGAR NEWS:
      EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF THE TENT EMBASSY PROTEST
      ON INVASION DAY / SOVEREIGNTY DAY
      (2 FEB 12)


      WGAR News: Eyewitness accounts of the Tent Embassy protest on Invasion Day / Sovereignty Day (2 Feb 12)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/02/02/wgar-news-eyewitness-accounts-of-the-tent-embassy-protest-on-invasion-day-sovereignty-day
      "Contents:
      * Eye-witness accounts of the protest on Invasion Day / Sovereignty Day
      * The Tent Embassy protest on Invasion Day / Sovereignty Day
      * The march up to Parliament House from the Tent Embassy"


      * BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY 40TH ANNIVERSARY,
      CANBERRA, ACT


      Last updated: 21 January 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/aboriginal-tent-embassy-40th-anniversary-canberra-act

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