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      Legal action threatened by Indigenous groups against the CSG industry:
      The Wire

      Newsletter date: 9 April 2013

      This newsletter: http://www.indymedia.org.au/2013/04/08/wgar-news-legal-action-threatened-by-indigenous-groups-against-the-csg-industry-the-wire

      Contents:

      * The Wire Interview: Legal action threatened by Indigenous groups against the CSG industry
      * Tracker: Gas firms accused of sacred site damage
      * Tracker: Sacred sites 'destroyed by Qld gas plants'

      * Herald Sun: NT land owners tour Spanish nuclear dump
      * Tennant & District Times: Muckaty mob on tour
      * Media Release: Nuclear waste in the spotlight, Muckaty in the frame:
      Red dirt exhibition raises red flag in Canberra
      * Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump

      * Melinda Wilson, YouTube: Many Hands, Many Hearts Say NO GAS at Walmadan JPP
      * Hands off Country: Singing Country in the Song Cycle
      * KimberleyDirectAction: Launch of the NEW Walmadan camp guide to Country, Community & Culture
      * The Stringer: Traditional Owners outraged by Browse LNG works State Government deadline
      * The Stringer: Chief Justice orders Woodside as respondent
      * Media Release: Flawed Gas Hub Development Steamroller Continues to Flatten Locals
      * The Stringer: Broome residents urge for the rejection of the application for the 857 transient workers camp
      * WA Today: $120 million Browse workers camp approved
      * Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign - James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

      * Media Release: Sad day for WA as state’s first uranium mine approved
      * NIRS: Traditional owner 'shocked' by Wiluna approval
      * Background to the Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA)

      * Michael Sainsbury and Russell Skelton, Canberra Times: Twiggy's big giveaway

      * Other articles


      * THE WIRE INTERVIEW:
      LEGAL ACTION THREATENED BY INDIGENOUS GROUPS AGAINST CSG INDUSTRY



      - Audio Interview

      The Wire:
      Legal action threatened by Indigenous groups against the CSG industry

      Produced by Alexander Tate
      http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10211
      5 Apr 13: "With increasing unhappiness towards the Coal
      Seam Gas industry, Indigenous and Environmental groups are
      considering legal action to address their growing concerns.
      (image of a CSG protest in Fullerton Grove by Jeremy
      Buckingham MLC on Flickr)
      Featured in story:
      Dr Libby Connors - Save The Reef spokeswoman"


      * TRACKER:
      GAS FIRMS ACCUSED OF SACRED SITE DAMAGE



      - News

      newsTracker: Gas firms accused of sacred site damage
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/04/gas-firms-accused-of-sacred-site-damage/
      8 Apr 13: "A Queensland Aboriginal tribe has accused three
      gas companies of desecrating sacred sites on a central
      Queensland island. Spokeswoman for the Gurang tribe,
      Cherissma Blackman, says ceremonial areas have been
      destroyed and fishing stocks depleted on Curtis Island and
      around Gladstone Harbour. "It is part of our traditional
      cultural heritage," Ms Blackman told AAP. "All these
      animals and marine life that exist, they’re part of our
      song lines and story lines. "We have an obligation to our
      old people to uphold these song lines and story lines for
      future generations. ... ""


      * TRACKER:
      SACRED SITES 'DESTROYED BY QLD GAS PLANTS'



      - News

      newsTracker: Sacred sites 'destroyed by Qld gas plants'
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/04/sacred-sites-destroyed-by-qld-gas-plants/
      5 Apr 13: "QUEENSLAND: Aboriginal sacred sites on an island
      at the heart of Australia’s gas boom have been destroyed to
      make way for gas plants, a group claims. The Gurang Land
      Council in central Queensland says it is launching a class
      action against Queensland Gas Company, Santos and Asia
      Pacific LNG because they have failed to pay compensation
      for using native title land."


      * HERALD SUN:
      NT LAND OWNERS TOUR SPANISH NUCLEAR DUMP



      - News

      Herald Sun: NT land owners tour Spanish nuclear dump
      http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/nt-land-owners-tour-spanish-nuclear-dump/story-e6frf7kf-1226613112827
      7 Apr 13: "NORTHERN Territory traditional land owners
      joined commonwealth officials on a tour of a Spanish
      radioactive storage facility. ... Beyond Nuclear Initiative
      coordinator Natalie Wasley says this is extreme and costly.
      "To take a big trip overseas at quite a cost is really
      surprising," Ms Wasley told ABC radio. "It seems any
      information sharing about the company that is intended to
      build (the dump) ... could be done by less expensive
      methods." ... The consultation process is expected to
      continue into next year."


      * TENNANT & DISTRICT TIMES:
      MUCKATY MOB ON TOUR



      - News

      Tennant & District Times: Muckaty mob on tour
      http://www.tennantcreektimes.com.au/story/1411542/muckaty-mob-on-tour/?cs=1513
      5 Apr 13: "THE Northern Land Council (NLC) has taken group
      of traditional owners from Muckaty on a junket to Spain in
      bid to woo them into signing a new land deal. Fearful of
      losing the current Federal Court case challenging the
      nomination of the nuclear dump site at Muckaty, the NLC is
      hoping they can convince another group of traditional
      owners to nominate a site. ... The trip was shrouded in
      secrecy with the NLC ignoring media queries. ... "If
      responsibility for the waste site is to remain with Mr
      Gray’s portfolio, he should immediately move to drop the
      campaign to dump the waste at Muckaty Station,"
      [Australian Greens] Senator [Scott] Ludlam said."


      * MEDIA RELEASE:
      NUCLEAR WASTE IN THE SPOTLIGHT, MUCKATY IN THE FRAME:
      RED DIRT EXHIBITION RAISES THE RED FLAG IN CANBERRA



      - Media Release

      Nuclear waste in the spotlight, Muckaty in the frame:
      Red dirt exhibition raises red flag in Canberra

      BNI: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2013/04/05/nuclear-waste-in-the-spotlight-muckaty-in-the-frame-red-dirt-exhibition-raises-red-flag-in-canberra/
      4 Apr 13: "The Northern Territory community fighting to
      keep nuclear waste off their land is bringing their message
      to Canberra with a photographic exhibition opening this
      Sunday, April 7 at Manning Clark House Gallery.
      "Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud" received the Amnesty
      International Human Rights Innovation Fund 2010 Grant. It
      presents the community and land around Muckaty, 120km north
      of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, targeted to
      host a national radioactive waste facility. ...
      Muckaty Traditional Owner Penny Phillips, who is travelling
      from Tennant Creek to open the exhibition, stated "We don’t
      want the nuclear waste dump coming to our land. It will
      kill our environment. That place is very important for
      water. We have earth tremors there too. We are not just
      worried about ourselves, but everyone along the transport
      route". ...


      - Current Event

      Event: 7 April until 4 May 2013: Forrest, Canberra, ACT
      Manuwangku - Under the Nuclear Cloud
      Canberra Opening Sun 7 April 2013
      Photographs by Jagath Dheerasekara
      Curated By Judith Crispin
      To be opened by special guest speaker:
      Ms Penny Phillips, Manuwangku (Muckaty) Traditional Owner
      Venue: Manning Clark House Gallery: http://manningclark.org.au/
      Gallery Opening Hours:
      Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm
      "Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud is a
      series of photographs by Jagath Dheerasekara
      presenting the community and country around Muckaty,
      120 kilometres north of Tennant Creek in the NT."
      "For over five years this area has been the focus
      of federal government pressure as a site to
      dump radioactive waste. The federal plan is
      deeply unpopular and is being actively opposed."
      "Sri Lankan photographer Jagath Dheerasekara
      received the Amnesty International Human Rights
      Innovation Grant 2010 and has developed the
      exhibition as a collaborative project with the
      Beyond Nuclear Initiative and Muckaty Traditional Owners."
      "Please support this important campaign by
      attending the Canberra opening and considering
      a donation to assist with costs for Penny Phillips
      to travel from Tennant Creek."
      jagath dheerasekara photographs and story: http://jd.photoshelter.com/gallery/Manuwangku-Under-the-Nuclear-Cloud-NT-Australia-2010-11/G00009qOJutjBtoc/
      jagath dheerasekara homepage: http://jd.photoshelter.com/index
      Essay in burn magazine: http://www.burnmagazine.org/essays/2013/03/jagath-dheerasekara-manuwangku-under-the-nuclear-cloud/
      Interviews with Manawangku traditional owners Isobel Phillips & Doris Kelly: http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=10023
      Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) homepage: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/
      Amnesty International Australia: http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights
      Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/171018886384500/
      Event details: http://manningclark.org.au/event/manuwangku-under-nuclear-cloud
      Event details: http://www.amnesty.org.au/actsnsw/event/31455/
      Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/505240856205148/
      'Red dirt exhibition raises red flag in Canberra' Media Release 4 Apr 13: http://beyondnuclearinitiative.com/2013/04/05/nuclear-waste-in-the-spotlight-muckaty-in-the-frame-red-dirt-exhibition-raises-red-flag-in-canberra/
      WGAR Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump in NT: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia


      * BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

      Last updated: 31 March 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia


      * MELINDA WILSON, YOUTUBE:
      MANY HANDS, MANY HEARTS SAY NO GAS AT WALMADAN JPP



      - Video

      YouTube: Many Hands, Many Hearts Say NO GAS at Walmadan JPP
      - Melinda Wilson
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jp3wKWr0kM
      5 Apr 13: "The Battle lines are drawn... Woodside and their
      JV Partners plan to bulldoze Ancient Indigenous Graves in
      the Dunes at Walmadan, James Price Point. People around the
      world were asked to send to Broome a cut out hand, with a
      NO GAS message. They will be placed on country Sunday 7th
      April, which will carry their no Gas spirits on country to
      protect those who rest there."


      * HANDS OFF COUNTRY:
      SINGING COUNTRY IN THE SONG CYCLE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Hands off Country: Singing Country in the Song Cycle
      http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/singing-country-in-song-cycle.html
      5 Apr 13: "One of the major responsibilities of the
      Kimberley Law Bosses is to ensure that Traditional Culture
      - The Law - is passed down to successive generations. The
      Elders are Custodians of a living history, Traditional
      knowledge of the origin and function of things, and stories
      and skills that derive from centuries of experience in the
      area. "This body of cultural knowledge is known as
      "Bugarigaara," the Dreaming. It is perpetuated within the
      Song Cycle" which recounts the creative journeys of the
      ancestral beings who made the land and its people. The Song
      Cycle is an oral heritage map."


      * KIMBERLEYDIRECTACTION:
      LAUNCH OF THE NEW WALMADAN CAMP GUIDE TO COUNTRY, COMMUNITY & CULTURE



      - Guide

      KimberleyDirectAction:
      Launch of the NEW Walmadan camp guide to Country, Community & Culture

      http://kimberleydirectaction.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/launch-of-the-new-walmadan-camp-guide-to-country-community-and-culture/
      24 Feb 13: "It looks HOT, with many artists and
      photographers contributing pieces depicting the Walmadan
      area and the struggle of trying to protect it. Despite
      the wet season, a struggling solar system, the threat of
      nearby cyclones, and being trapped in the bush due to a
      flooded dirt road, we have produced this guide primarily
      from out on Country! If you want to know more about Camp
      Walmadan, how we work to help protect the Kimberley from
      mass industrialisation; or if you want to know more about
      non-violent direct action, the cultural and environmental
      wonders of this place, and how you can help,
      THIS GUIDE IS FOR YOU!!"


      See:

      Background to the Walmadan Tent Embassy,
      James Price Point, north of Broome, Kimberley Region, WA
      (Last updated: 5 April 2013)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/walmadan-tent-embassy-james-price-point-north-of-broome-kimberley-region-wa


      * THE STRINGER:
      TRADITIONAL OWNERS OUTRAGED BY
      BROWSE LNG WORKS STATE GOVERNMENT DEADLINE



      - News

      The Stringer:
      Traditional Owners outraged by
      Browse LNG works State Government deadline

      http://thestringer.com.au/traditional-owners-outraged-by-browse-lng-works-state-government-deadline/
      5 Apr 13: "Goolarabooloo Traditional Owners are outraged
      that the WA Department of Regional Development and Lands
      (RDL) is threatening to clear the way for Woodside’s
      drilling in the sensitive dune system near James Price
      Point. The Traditional Owners said the site includes
      middens, artefacts, ceremonial and burial sites. The area
      also contains Monsoon Vine Thickets, which were listed as
      endangered under the Federal Environment Protection and
      Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in March this year."


      * THE STRINGER:
      CHIEF JUSTICE ORDERS WOODSIDE AS RESPONDENT



      - News

      The Stringer: Chief Justice orders Woodside as respondent
      http://thestringer.com.au/chief-justice-orders-woodside-as-respondent/
      5 Apr 13: "On Friday, Western Australian Chief Magistrate
      Wayne Martin ordered Woodside to be a respondent in the
      legal action launched by Goolarabooloo Traditional Owners
      Richard Hunter and by The Wilderness Environment Protection
      Authority and the State Environment Minister over
      contentious approvals granted for works at the proposed
      James Price Point (Walmadany) Gas Hub site."


      * MEDIA RELEASE:
      FLAWED GAS HUB DEVELOPMENT STREAMROLLER CONTINUES TO FLATTEN LOCALS



      - Media Release

      Flawed Gas Hub Development Steamroller Continues to Flatten Locals
      Kimberley Page: http://www.kimberleypage.com.au/2013/04/robin-chapple-on-the-gas-hub-workers-camp/
      5 Apr 13: "Recently re-elected Greens WA Member for the
      Mining and Pastoral Region Robin Chapple MLC has expressed
      dismay at last night’s turn of events in the James Price
      Point saga.
      "I am deeply saddened that yet again, the people of Broome
      have been pushed to breaking point by the heavy-handed
      tactics of the Barnett-Grylls government, as shown by the
      public disturbance reported at yesterday’s meeting of the
      Kimberley Joint Development Assessment Panel," Mr Chapple
      said.
      "It’s no wonder some people react bitterly, when they see
      their democratically elected Council sidelined by these
      unrepresentative bodies. ...
      "Unfortunately, we shouldn’t be surprised, as the whole
      James Price Point venture has clearly been flawed from
      the outset and only continues today thanks to the
      blinkered, fanatical determination of the Premier,"
      Mr Chapple concluded."


      * THE STRINGER:
      BROOME RESIDENTS URGE FOR THE REJECTION OF
      THE APPLICATION FOR THE 857 TRANSIENT WORKERS CAMP



      - News

      The Stringer:
      Broome residents urge for the rejection of
      the application for the 857 transient workers camp

      http://thestringer.com.au/broome-residents-urge-for-the-rejection-of-the-application-for-the-857-transient-workers-camp-2/
      5 Apr 13: "The Broome Community NO GAS Campaign is urging
      the Kimberley Joint Development Assessment Panel (KJDAP)
      to reject the application to develop an 857 person
      temporary Transient Workers Accommodation camp on the
      outskirts of Broome. ... Many do not understand why the
      application is proceeding while the Woodside led joint
      venture decision is still up in the air - with their
      decision of whether they will go ahead with the James
      Price Point (Walmadany) Gas Hub."


      * WA TODAY:
      $120 MILLION BROWSE WORKERS CAMP APPROVED



      - News

      WA Today: $120 million Browse workers camp approved
      http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/120-million-browse-workers-camp-approved-20130405-2hbs9.html
      5 Apr 13: "A $120 million camp to house more than 850
      fly-in, fly-out workers at the proposed gas hub in Western
      Australia's Kimberley region has been given a conditional
      green light by a state government planning panel. Amid some
      angry scenes from protesters, the Kimberley Joint
      Development Assessment Panel conditionally approved the
      camp, which would temporarily house workers while a
      bigger permanent camp is built nearer James Price Point
      - if Woodside Petroleum's $40 billion project goes ahead."


      * BACKGROUND TO THE SAVE THE KIMBERLEY CAMPAIGN
      - JAMES PRICE POINT, NORTH OF BROOME, WA


      Last updated: 5 April 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/22/wgar-news-background-to-the-save-the-kimberley-campaign-james-price-point-north-of-broome


      * MEDIA RELEASE:
      SAD DAY FOR WA AS STATE'S FIRST URANIUM MINE APPROVED



      - Media Release

      Sad day for WA as state’s first uranium mine approved
      Braidwood Greens: http://braidwood.nsw.greens.org.au/2013/04/03/sad-day-for-wa-as-states-first-uranium-mine-approved/
      3 Apr 13: "Robin Chapple, the Greens WA spokesperson on
      Mining and Nuclear issues, today expressed his sadness
      after hearing the news of federal environment minister
      Burke’s decision to approve the Toro Energy Wiluna uranium
      mine.
      "I am sad for the men and women who will be asked to work
      at close quarters with this most toxic of mineral ores,"
      Mr Chapple said.
      "They will have been reassured by the imprimatur given to
      this mine by the various levels of government.
      "Who can blame them for assuming that if it is permitted
      by the authorities, in a modern industry like Australia’s
      mining sector, then it must be OK?
      "The truth, sadly, is that prolonged, repeated exposure to
      uranium ore, such as that experienced by Toro’s future
      mine workforce, is a proven health risk. "
      [said Mr Chapple.]"


      See:

      The Stringer:
      Federal Government green light uranium mining for WA

      http://thestringer.com.au/federal-government-green-light-uranium-mining-for-wa/
      4 Apr 13: "Western Australia will be exporting uranium
      within two years after the Federal Government granted
      environmental approval to Toro Energy’s Wiluna project. ...
      Yeelirie Elder Kado Muir, who is also the chairman of the
      all Aboriginal Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance
      (WANFA) said that Country is threatened "by the poison that
      is uranium and that everything that can be done to stop the
      mining of uranium must be done.""


      * NIRS: TRADITIONAL OWNER 'SHOCKED' BY WILUNA APPROVAL


      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Traditional owner 'shocked' by Wiluna approval

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/28991/Traditional-owner-%27shocked%27-by-Wiluna-approval.html
      5 Apr 13: "A Goldfields-based traditional owner in Western
      Australia says she’s disappointed by the Federal
      Government’s environmental approval of the Wiluna uranium
      mine. ... Vicki McCabe lives at Wiluna and is a member of
      the West Australian Nuclear Free Alliance."


      * BACKGROUND TO THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN NUCLEAR FREE ALLIANCE (WANFA)

      Last updated: 5 April 2013

      http://www.indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/western-australian-nuclear-free-alliance-wanfa


      * MICHAEL SAINSBURY AND RUSSELL SKELTON, CANBERRA TIMES:
      TWIGGY'S BIG GIVEAWAY



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Canberra Times: Twiggy's big giveaway
      http://www.canberratimes.com.au/lifestyle/twiggys-big-giveaway-20130325-2gopp.html
      30 Mar 13: "Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest is a champion of
      indigenous causes, yet is in dispute with traditional
      owners. By Michael Sainsbury and Russell Skelton. ... The
      issue for Forrest is simply whether his strident views on
      what he believes is in the best interests of Aboriginal
      people have inflamed the situation; whether his memories
      from childhood, his love for Scotty Black and the loss of
      so many of his Aboriginal friends precisely because of the
      cash handouts he so despises has narrowed his thinking. ... "
      By Michael Sainsbury and Russell Skelton


      * OTHER ARTICLES:


      - Audio Interview

      Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
      Let's Talk - Aunty Lilla Watson & Mary Graham
      http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
      4 Apr 13
      Listen to this interview on-line:
      http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/aunty-lilla-watson-mary-graham-2/


      - News

      The West: Discrimination faced by our indigenous soldiers
      http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/newshome/16611068/discrimination-faced-by-our-indigenous-soldiers/
      7 Apr 13: "In the lead up to ANZAC Day, 7News has uncovered
      the discrimination faced by our indigenous soldiers. Gary
      Oakley from the Australian War Memorial says at least one
      hundred indigenous soldiers fought and died for this
      country during World War One. "These are the only ones we
      know about. There has got to be many, many more - so they
      did pay the supreme sacrifice," says Oakley. ... Those who
      survived, nevertheless suffered terrible injustice upon
      their return to Australia."


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