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      Torres Strait region pushes for autonomy:
      Jeremy Geia, NITV News


      Newsletter date: 3 June 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/06/02/wgar-news-torres-strait-region-pushes-for-autonomy-jeremy-geia-nitv-news

      Contents:

      * Jeremy Geia, NITV News: Torres Strait region pushes for autonomy
      * Jeremy Geia, SBS Radionews: Torres Strait continues autonomy push
      * NIRS: New push for Torres Strait self governance

      * Ian Lloyd Neubauer, TIME: Australia's Aborigines Launch a Bold Legal Push for Independence
      * Audio Boo: Audio - Fred Hooper, Murrawarri Republic - 4ZZZ
      * Audio Boo: Audio - Murrawarri Republic - Fred Hooper, spokesperson - 'The wire'
      * Background to the Murrawarri Republic declaration

      * Sovereign Union: Anderson challenges Prof. George Williams and the Commonwealth Attorney-general
      to publicly debate First Nations continuing Sovereignty at the Sydney Opera House
      * NIRS: Larrakia woman slams Native Title

      * Westender: A plea for understanding: "Kaitlyn Lawrence suggests it's time we took a fresh look at Aboriginal Tent Embassies"

      * NIRS: Sovereignty protest at WIN Conference
      * SBS Radionews: Indigenous knowledge to combat climate change
      * SBS Radionews: Australian Indigenous rangers join UN network
      * NIRS: James Anaya wants Indigenous rights awareness
      * World Indigenous Network (WIN) Conference

      * Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement and the Aboriginal tent embassies

      * Other articles


      * JEREMY GEIA, NITV NEWS:
      TORRES STRAIT REGION PUSHES FOR AUTONOMY



      - Video

      SBS World News: Torres Strait region pushes for autonomy
      Source: Jeremy Geia, NITV News
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1772256/Torres-Strait-region-pushes-for-autonomy
      29 May 13: "The Torres Strait region wants to become a
      self-governing territory within 15 years. Island
      representatives are in Canberra pushing for action they hope
      will lead to a new jurisdiction with its own parliament."


      * JEREMY GEIA, SBS RADIONEWS:
      TORRES STRAIT CONTINUES AUTONOMY PUSH



      - Audio

      SBS Radionews: Torres Strait continues autonomy push
      By Jeremy Geia
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/269626/Torres-Strait-continues-autonomy-push
      29 May 13: "Torres Strait Island representatives are in
      Canberra pushing for action that they hope will lead to
      self-government. ... The Torres Strait Region says it wants
      to become a self-governing Territory within the next 15
      years. Island representatives from the area are in Canberra
      pushing for action that they hope will lead to a new
      jurisdiction with its own parliament. Jeremy Geia reports."


      * NIRS:
      NEW PUSH FOR TORRES STRAIT SELF GOVERNANCE



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      New push for Torres Strait self governance

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29339/New-push-for-Torres-Strait-self-governance.html
      31 May 13: "There’s been a new push by Torres Strait
      Islanders for self-determination and self-governance. ...
      It comes after a number of tries by Torres Strait
      authorities to have the issue on the table and the previous
      Premier Anna Bligh said she’d talk to the Federal
      Government about the issue. Mayor Pedro Stephen had this to
      say about Torres Strait independence."


      * IAN LLOYD NEUBAUER, TIME:
      AUSTRALIA'S ABORIGINES LAUNCH A BOLD LEGAL PUSH FOR INDEPENDENCE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      TIME:
      Australia’s Aborigines Launch a Bold Legal Push for Independence

      http://world.time.com/2013/05/30/australias-aborigines-launch-a-bold-legal-push-for-independence/
      30 May 13: "If a determined group of indigenous people get
      their way, the world’s newest country won’t be in Africa or
      the Balkans but on the eastern periphery of Australia’s
      outback. A bleak, foreboding, flood-prone savannah the size
      of Austria 750 km northwest of Sydney, the Murrawarri
      Republic was home to an Aboriginal nation that lived in the
      Culgoa River region of the state of New South Wales (NSW)
      tens of thousands of years before the arrival of British
      settlers." By Ian Lloyd Neubauer


      * AUDIO BOO:
      AUDIO - FRED HOOPER, MURRAWARRI REPUBLIC
      - 4ZZZ



      - Audio

      Audio Boo: Audio - Fred Hooper, Murrawarri Republic - 4ZZZ
      http://audioboo.fm/boos/1414792-audio-fred-hooper-murrawarri-republic-4zzz
      "An interview with Fred Hooper on Brisban'es
      4ZZZ's 'Anarchy Show'"


      * AUDIO BOO:
      AUDIO - MURRAWARRI REPUBLIC - FRED HOOPER, SPOKESPERSON
      - 'THE WIRE'



      - Audio

      Audio Boo:
      Audio - Murrawarri Republic - Fred Hooper, spokesperson - 'The wire'

      http://audioboo.fm/boos/1415730-audio-murrawarri-republic-fred-hooper-spokesperson-the-wire?playlist_direction=forward
      "The Murrawarri people have proclaimed their traditional
      land a sovereign republic independent of the Commonwealth.
      Fred Hooper, convener of the People's Council of the
      Murrawarri Republic.
      Source: TheWire Community Radio
      Radio Adelaide, 2SER in Sydney and 4EB in Brisbane"


      * BACKGROUND TO THE MURRAWARRI REPUBLIC DECLARATION

      Last updated: 24 May 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/04/20/the-murrawarri-republic-declaration


      * SOVEREIGN UNION:
      ANDERSON CHALLENGES PROF. GEORGE WILLIAMS AND
      THE COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY-GENERAL
      TO PUBLICALLY DEBATE FIRST NATIONS CONTINUING SOVEREIGNTY
      AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE



      - Media Release

      Sovereign Union:
      Anderson challenges Prof. George Williams and the
      Commonwealth Attorney-general to publicly debate
      First Nations continuing Sovereignty at the Sydney Opera House

      http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/anderson-challenges-prof-george-williams-and-commonwealth-attorney-general-publicly-debate
      27 May 13: "Michael Anderson, Convenor of the Sovereign
      Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia said today:
      "A recent comment [1] made by one of Australia's leading
      constitutional lawyers, Prof George Williams, demonstrates
      the incapacities on non-Aboriginal legal experts to see
      beyond the legal system that they are sworn to serve and
      uphold. Prof Williams was responding to statements by Fred
      Hooper on the recent Declaration of Independence by the
      Murrawarri Nation.
      "Clearly Prof Williams lacks objectivity in his radio
      interview with The Wire, because his teachings and his
      practice focus primarily on the system that affords him his
      status in his society, which is the same society that seeks
      to steal our patrimony, citizenship and usurp our
      sovereignty without any legal foundation.
      "Many established lawyers fail to come to terms with
      other aspects of the Mabo decision. ... ""


      - Related Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Dual citizenship raised at sovereignty talks

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29294/Dual-citizenship-raised-at-sovereignty-talks.html
      21 May 13: "The Convenor of the Sovereign Union of First
      Nations and Peoples says dual citizenship has been raised
      as a possible course of action for sovereign tribal nations.
      ... Euahlayi man, Michael Anderson from northern New South
      Wales, says dual citizenship will allow Indigenous people
      to continue to access social benefits in Australia."

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/am-21-05.mp3
      21 May 13: "Aboriginal sovereignty campaigners say that
      their struggle to decolonize and achieve independence of
      their own tribal areas within Australia has gone to another
      level, and that the Government could be confronted by UN
      peacekeepers if it tries to destabilize their attempts at
      self determination."


      * NIRS:
      LARRAKIA WOMAN SLAMS NATIVE TITLE



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Larrakia woman slams Native Title

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29328/Larrakia-woman-slams-Native-Title.html
      29 May 13: "A Northern Territory Larrakia rights campaigner
      says recognition of sovereignty would better protect land
      rights than declarations of Native Title. Donna Jackson
      says land and sea rights are important for Larrakia people,
      but they’ve suffered from non-Indigenous people taking too
      much from their country, including commercial fishers."


      * WESTENDER:
      A PLEA FOR UNDERSTANDING:
      "KAITLYN LAWRENCE SUGGESTS IT'S TIME WE TOOK
      A FRESH LOOK AT ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES"



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Westender: A plea for understanding
      http://www.westender.com.au/news/1480
      "Kaitlyn Lawrence suggests it's time we took a fresh look
      at Aboriginal Tent Embassies. The question of indigenous
      rights and Australian heritage is one that may never be
      answered wholly or to the satisfaction of all who call
      Australia home; however there are many people and
      organisations, such as the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign
      Embassy, striving to achieve a more harmonious
      understanding of the first nation's people. The Aboriginal
      Sovereign Embassies or tent embassies have been set up in
      different cities across Australia as an organisation for
      the first nation's people to gather and discuss community
      issues."


      * NIRS:
      SOVEREIGNTY PROTEST AT WIN CONFERENCE



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Sovereignty protest at WIN Conference

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29326/Sovereignty-protest-at-WIN-Conference.html
      29 May 13: "There’s been a protest at a major global
      gathering of Indigenous representatives in Darwin.
      Sovereignty campaigner Wayne Coco Wharton has rallied at
      the World Indigenous Network Conference, which is
      reportedly being attended by 12 hundred delegates. Mr.
      Wharton says the plight of Indigenous Australians was not
      being properly addressed at the conference."


      * SBS RADIONEWS:
      INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE



      - Audio

      SBS Radionews: Indigenous knowledge to combat climate change
      By Michael Kenny
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/269432/Indigenous-knowledge-to-combat-climate-change
      28 May 13: "An international forum in Darwin has been told
      that traditional land management practices are helping to
      combat the effects of climate change. ... Indigenous
      representatives from around the world have told a forum in
      Darwin that traditional land management practices are
      helping to combat the effects of climate change. The
      inaugural World Indigenous Network Conference has brought
      together 1200 delegates from countries across the Asia
      Pacific region as well as from South-East Asia, South
      America and Africa. ... Michael Kenny has the details."


      * SBS RADIONEWS:
      AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS RANGERS JOIN UN NETWORK



      - Audio

      SBS Radionews: Australian Indigenous rangers join UN network
      By Michael Kenny
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/269636/Australian-Indigenous-rangers-join-UN-network
      29 May 13: "Australia says programs involving Indigenous
      land and sea managers are to become an official part of a
      network managed by the United Nations. The federal
      government has announced the move at the network's
      inaugural conference in Darwin (26-31 May). The World
      Indigenous Network was launched by Prime Minister Julia
      Gillard at the U-N Conference on Sustainable Development
      in Brazil last year. But the government has now decided
      the U-N is in a better position than Australia to manage
      the network and expand it around the globe. Michael Kenny
      has the details."


      * NIRS:
      JAMES ANAYA WANTS INDIGENOUS RIGHTS AWARENESS



      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      James Anaya wants Indigenous rights awareness

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29331/James-Anaya-wants-Indigenous-rights-awareness.html
      30 May 13: "The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the
      Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, says he wants to
      encourage groups in Australia to stand up for their rights
      as Indigenous people. Professor Anaya has been in Australia
      as a special guest at the World Indigenous Network
      Conference in Darwin."


      * WORLD INDIGENOUS NETWORK (WIN) CONFERENCE


      - Past Event

      Event: 26 to 31 May 2013: Darwin, NT
      World Indigenous Network (WIN) Conference
      "The Australian Government with partner countries and the
      Larrakia Nation are proud and excited to host the
      inaugural WIN Conference in Darwin, Northern Territory,
      Australia from Sunday 26 to Friday 31 May 2013.
      For thousands of years, the Aboriginal Traditional Custodians
      of Darwin, the Larrakia Nation have lived on and maintained
      their cultural ties to this thriving, vibrant, multicultural
      city of more than 120,000 people.
      The Conference will call on all delegates to help build a
      strong foundation for an innovative and well-grounded enduring
      World Indigenous Network. It will be a fantastic opportunity
      for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community land and sea
      managers to come together, connect and share stories and
      experiences."
      Event details: http://www.theblackbook.com.au/whatson_detail.asp?id=1002&si=0&mi=5&yi=2013


      * BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT
      AND THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:


      Last updated: 29 May 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies


      * OTHER ARTICLES:


      - Audio

      SBS Radionews:
      More Indigenous languages for Australian schools?

      By Malarndirri McCarthy
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/268454/More-Indigenous-languages-for-Australian-schools
      22 May 13: "Indigenous languages may soon take a more
      prominent role in the national school curriculum, beginning
      as early as the first term next year. The Australian
      Curriuclum and Reporting Authority, known as ACARA, has
      released a framework for discussion on Indigenous
      languages. ACARA's also about to embark on a two-month
      tour to consult around the country. CEO Robert Randall
      told NITV's Malarndirri McCarthy about the importance of
      having Indigenous languages in schools."


      - News

      PS News: Curriculum to revive Indigenous languages
      http://www.psnews.com.au/Page_psn3639.html
      28 May 13: "The first national curriculum document
      outlining how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      languages can be taught in schools has been released for
      public consultation. Minister for School Education, Peter
      Garrett said the draft Framework for Aboriginal Languages
      and Torres Strait Islander Languages would support
      community language revival and maintenance. Under the
      framework there will be three different learning pathways
      to best cater for particular groups of students including
      the First Language Learner Pathway, which will cater for
      students whose first language is still spoken ... "

      Redfern-Waterloo Community Action:
      Study Tour to the UK and US for Indigenous Australians

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Redfern-Waterloo/message/7156
      31 May 13: "Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
      student or graduate interested in postgraduate study
      overseas? Why not apply for the 2013 Aurora Scholars' Study
      Tour to the UK and the US? For those contemplating
      postgraduate study overseas, the Aurora Scholars' Study
      Tour provides an invaluable opportunity to travel with a
      group of like-minded students, visit universities and meet
      with academics, administrators and current postgraduate
      students in your area of interest at Cambridge and Oxford
      universities in the UK, and Columbia, Harvard, New York
      University (NYU) and Stanford in the US."

      Australian: Land rights move to see owners lose control
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/land-rights-move-to-see-owners-lose-control/story-fn9hm1pm-1226653304086
      30 May 13: "THE Coalition's plan to devolve land rights
      responsibilities to Aboriginal community organisations
      could see traditional owners lose control of their country,
      sparking cultural and legal disputes, the Northern Land
      Council's head has warned. A Coalition government would
      encourage community organisations to apply to the big
      Northern Territory land councils, the NLC and the Central
      Land Council, to take over certain functions, such as
      control of leasing." Amos Aikman, Northern correspondent

      Australian: Liberals promise to take on land councils
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/liberals-promise-to-take-on-land-councils/story-fn9hm1pm-1226652567247
      29 May 13: "THE Coalition has begun a stoush with
      Aboriginal land councils by promising, if elected, to
      devolve some of their functions to indigenous community
      organisations. Breaking up the Northern and Central land
      councils - which cover about 50 per cent of the Northern
      Territory - has not been ruled out, but a Coalition
      government would be more likely to proceed cautiously by
      weakening their power instead."
      Amos Aikman, Northern correspondent

      Australian Human Rights Commission:
      UN hears Australian commitment to Indigenous rights

      http://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/stories/un-hears-australian-commitment-indigenous-rights
      24 May 13: "The Australian Human Rights Commission, the
      National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, and the
      Federal Government have presented a historic joint
      statement to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
      A Federal Government representative, Mandy Doherty, and a
      Commission representative, Jenny Bedford, delivered the
      joint statement to the United Nations in New York this
      week. The joint statement confirmed Australia's support for
      the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples and
      committed the Federal Government to giving "practical
      effect" to the Declaration's goals."

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