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      Oxfam report mocks Native Title:
      Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer


      Newsletter date: 29 May 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/29/wgar-news-oxfam-report-mocks-native-title-gerry-georgatos-the-stringer

      Contents:

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Oxfam report mocks Native Title
      * Oxfam Australia: Mining
      * Oxfam Australia and CAER: The right to decide: company commitments and community consent
      * SBS Radionews: Mining benefits 'not getting to Indigenous people'
      * 3CR Community Radio: Earth Matters [Refusal to honour native title & Indigenous land use agreements]
      * Background to Mabo and Native Title

      * SBS Radionews: Indigenous focus on land and sea management

      * ABC: Waste dump opponents 'not going to back down'
      * NT News: Tennant mob rally against nuke dump
      * Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump

      * Walkatjurra Walkabout ends and uranium battles begin
      * NIRS: Anti-uranium campaigners complete Walkatjurra Walkabout

      * Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation: FMG liable for trashing Yindjibarndi Religious Practices
      * Background to the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation (YAC)

      * 3CR Community Radio: Earth Matters [Victory at Walmadan, but Premier Barnett indicated he will still compulsorily acquire the land]
      * The West: Gas hub protesters snub Barnett meeting
      * WA Today: Offshore processing 'threat to gas plants'
      * SMH: Floating LNG most viable: Woodside
      * Hands off Country: Repeating the mistakes of JPP and lacking consultation and common sense
      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Fracking the Canning Basin
      * Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign - James Price Point, north of Broome, WA


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      OXFAM REPORT MOCKS NATIVE TITLE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Oxfam report mocks Native Title
      http://thestringer.com.au/oxfam-report-mocks-native-title/
      20 May 13: "Oxfam Australia has added its weight to the
      controversy that domestically and internationally
      embarrasses Australia over how the resources sector and the
      various prescribed government bodies cheat Aboriginal land
      owners out of due benefits for access to land for mining
      projects. Oxfam has completed a study that has found that
      only one of the 53 biggest miners on the Australian
      Securities Exchange had a public commitment to the United
      Nation’s principles of informed consent for Aboriginal
      peoples." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      * OXFAM AUSTRALIA:
      MINING



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Oxfam Australia: Mining
      https://www.oxfam.org.au/explore/mining
      "Many of the world’s mining giants call Australia home. In
      recent years, Australia has profited from a global mining
      boom which has seen the industry increase its activities
      both here and overseas. More and more, the Australian
      mining industry is active in countries where corruption is
      rife and conflict is an ever-present risk. It’s been a
      modern-day gold rush and great for our economy, but scratch
      the glittering surface and you’ll see that not everyone is
      benefitting. Mining companies that don’t respect human
      rights or protect the environment may cause harm to the
      communities living around their operations. And it’s the
      most vulnerable - women and indigenous people - who are
      worst affected."


      * OXFAM AUSTRALIA AND CAER:
      THE RIGHT TO DECIDE:
      COMPANY COMMITMENTS AND COMMUNITY CONSENT



      - Report

      Oxfam Australia and CAER:
      The right to decide: company commitments and community consent

      CAER: http://www.caer.org.au/publications/CAER-Oxfam%20FPIC%20Report%20FINAL.pdf
      Oxfam Australia: http://resources.oxfam.org.au/pages/view.php?ref=1099&search=mining&order_by=relevance&sort=DESC&offset=0&archive=0&k=
      2013: "This report examines the publicly stated positions of
      Australian mining companies, and some Australian oil and gas
      companies, in relation to the rights of indigenous peoples
      to participate in decision-making that affects them, their
      land and their natural resources. In particular we assess
      whether companies recognise the right of indigenous peoples
      to give or deny their Free, Prior and Informed Consent
      (FPIC) for mining projects on their land."


      * SBS RADIONEWS:
      MINING BENEFITS 'NOT' GETTING TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'



      - Audio Interview

      SBS Radionews:
      Mining benefits 'not getting to Indigenous people'

      By Michael Kenny
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/268312/Mining-benefits-not-getting-to-Indigenous-people
      21 May 13: "A WA native title organisation is calling for
      greater community consultation over mining projects in
      remote communities. ... A native title organisation has used
      an international mining conference to call for greater
      community consultation over mining projects in remote
      communities. The concerns have been raised by the Yamatiji
      Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, a group which represents
      Traditional Owners in the Pilbara region of Western
      Australia. The corporation's co-chairperson Doris Eaton
      has given a key speech at the International Mining for
      Development conference."


      * 3CR COMMUNITY RADIO:
      EARTH MATTERS



      - Audio

      3CR Community Radio: Earth Matters 26.05.2013
      http://www.3cr.org.au/earthmatters/podcast/earth-matters-26052013
      26 May 13: "Aunty Lila Kirby, a Yorta Yorta & Wiradjuri
      Elder who is also a whale & dolphin singer brings a very
      important message direct from that source and Kerry
      Blackman, Gurang man from the Port Curtis Coral Coast
      region in Queensland on how PCCC mob have been protesting
      against multinational mining corporation Santos and energy
      retailer Origin who are refusing to honour native title &
      Indigenous land use agreements and to properly consult
      with mandated Aboriginal representatives."


      * BACKGROUND TO MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:

      Last updated: 24 May 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/07/02/background-to-mabo-and-native-title


      * SBS RADIONEWS:
      INDIGENOUS FOCUS ON LAND AND SEA MANAGEMENT



      - Audio

      SBS Radionews: Indigenous focus on land and sea management
      By Michael Kenny
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/269210/Indigenous-focus-on-land-and-sea-management
      27 May 13: "Indigenous representatives from across the
      world are meeting in Darwin to discuss sustainable land and
      sea management practices. The Larrakia people of Darwin are
      hosting an international Indigenous conference this week,
      bringing together over 1000 from 55 countries. The
      inaugural World Indigenous Network Conference will focus on
      sharing ideas on how Indigenous communities around the
      globe can promote sustainable land and sea management
      practices. Michael Kenny reports."


      - Current 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


      * ABC:
      WASTE DUMP OPPONENTS 'NOT GOING TO BACK DOWN'



      - News

      ABC: Waste dump opponents 'not going to back down'
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-27/waste-dump-opponents-not-going-to-back-down/4715238?section=nt
      27 May 13: "More than 200 people have marched in Tennant
      Creek to protest against a nuclear waste dump planned for
      Muckaty Station north of the town. Traditional owner Diane
      Stokes says the chairman of the Central Land Council (CLC),
      Maurie Ryan, addressed the rally, declaring the CLC will
      support the protesters. Mr Ryan told the crowd, the CLC is
      on a collision course with the Northern Land Council over
      how they have handled the Muckaty nomination. Ms Stokes
      says it is time the CLC takes control of the country as
      far north as Elliott to support traditional owners in
      their bid to stop the dump going ahead." By Gail Liston


      - Related Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/am-23-05-updated.mp3
      23 May 13: "A Northern Territory Senator who is supportive
      of the nations future nuclear waste dump being located near
      Tennant Creek says that some of the Traditional Owners of
      the land have been able to make up their own mind about
      safety concerns after visiting a similar facility in Spain."


      - Past Event

      Event: 25 May 2013: Tennant Creek, NT
      No Nuclear Waste Dump for Muckaty
      Tennant Creek rally and concert

      "May 25 marks six years since the Northern Land Council
      voted to nominate the current Muckaty site for assessment.
      The annual community rally will be held on this date
      in Tennant Creek. The nomination remains strongly contested
      by Traditional Owners and the Barkly region community."
      "Supporters from across the Northern Territory and
      country are invited to attend."
      A concert with performers including:
      Sandridge Band (Borroloola);
      Winanjjikari All Stars (Tennant Creek);
      Kylie Sambo, hip-hop artist (Tennant Creek and;
      Perfect Cult (Borroloola).
      Event details: http://www.acfonline.org.au/get-involved/events/no-nuclear-waste-dump-muckaty
      Event details: [scroll down page] http://ohmsnotbombs.net/archives/809
      WGAR Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-proposed-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-in-nt-australia


      * NT NEWS:
      TENNANT MOB RALLY AGAINST NUKE DUMP



      - News

      NT News: Tennant mob rally against nuke dump
      http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2013/05/28/321367_ntnews.html
      28 May 13: "MORE than 200 people have rallied in Tennant
      Creek to protest a nuclear waste dump destined for Muckaty
      Station. Traditional owner Diane Stokes said that a lot of
      people from the local community turned out on the weekend,
      with the next generation of Territory leaders taking a
      stand at the front of the crowd. "There was a lot of
      support out there," she said. "The young fellas stood up
      strong to support the elders."" Meagan Dillon


      * BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

      Last updated: 26 May 2013

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


      * WALKATJURRA WALKABOUT ENDS AND URANIUM BATTLES BEGIN


      - Media Release

      Walkatjurra Walkabout ends and uranium battles begin
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/beyondnuclear/attachments/folder/1197381409/item/list
      27 May 13: "Over 70 people, including 12 Rangers from
      Leonora have just completed a three week walk from
      Yeelirrie to Leonora in opposition to uranium mining in the
      Goldfields, while celebrating an learning about culture and
      country.
      The Walk comes just months after the the Federal Government
      gave a significant but not final approval for the proposed
      Wiluna uranium mine – the first project to get this level
      of approval in WA.
      State secretary of the Australian Manufacturers Workers
      Union, Steve McCartney came out to meet the walkers today
      in Leonora and said this "Today is the beginning of
      building a compact agreement between the union and the
      community in Leonora."
      "We won't be walking away from this fight against uranium
      mining," he concluded.
      Kado Muir, Chairperson of the West Australia Nuclear Free
      Alliance and Leonora local said "This walk has been about
      building alliances with the green movement, the union
      movement and Aboriginal communities. Each step we take is a
      step towards a nuclear free future for our communities."
      Marcus Atkinson walk organiser, "The Wiluna uranium
      proposal is a bad deal but not a done deal. There is
      growing resistance to this toxic and dying industry across
      WA, across Australia and around the world. ... "


      See:

      WGAR News: Walkatjurra Walkabout:
      Stepping out against uranium mining: WANFA & ANAWA
      (11 May 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/05/10/wgar-news-walkatjurra-walkabout-stepping-out-against-uranium-mining-wanfa-anawa


      * NIRS:
      ANTI-URANIUM CAMPAIGNERS COMPLETE WALKATJURRA WALKABOUT



      - News

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Anti-uranium campaigners complete Walkatjurra Walkabout

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29318/Anti-uranium-campaigners-complete-Walkatjurra-Walkabout.html
      28 May 13: "The Chair of the West Australian Nuclear Free
      Alliance Kado Muir says a three week-long walk from
      Yeelirrie to Leonora has been to build support in the
      campaign against uranium mining. The Alliance says over 70,
      including 12 rangers, completed Walkatjurra Walkabout
      against the proposed Wiluna mine - the first uranium
      project to get approval in WA."


      * YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION:
      FMG LIABLE FOR TRASHING YINDJIBARNDI RELIGIOUS PRACTICES



      - Media Release

      Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation:
      FMG liable for trashing Yindjibarndi Religious Practices

      http://yindjibarndi.org.au/yindjibarndi/?p=3173
      24 May 13: "The Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation would
      like to make clear that Fortescue have not obtained the
      consent or approval of Yindjibarndi native title holders
      for their Firetail and Solomon Project operations. FMG do
      not have an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with the
      Yindjibarndi People, and operate outside the security of
      such an agreement. Despite a Federal Court decision that
      decisively settled who legitimately represents Yindjibarndi
      native title at Fortescue’s Firetail/Solomon operations,
      Fortescue continues to trash Yindjibarndi native title
      rights."


      * BACKGROUND TO THE YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION (YAC):

      Last updated: 17 February 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/11/27/background-to-the-yindjibarndi-aboriginal-corporation-yac


      * 3CR COMMUNITY RADIO:
      EARTH MATTERS



      - Audio

      3CR Community Radio: Earth Matters 05.05.2013
      http://www.3cr.org.au/earthmatters/podcast/earth-matters-05052013
      5 May 13: "Victory at Walmadan, where mining company
      Woodside have cancelled their plans to construct a $45
      Billion Dollar Gas Hub at Walmadan. But WA Premier Colin
      Barnett had indicated that he will still compulsorily
      acquire the land for industrialisation."


      * THE WEST:
      GAS HUB PROTESTERS SNUB BARNETT MEETING



      - News

      The West: Gas hub protesters snub Barnett meeting
      http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/17299731/gas-hub-protesters-snub-barnett-meeting/
      23 May 13: "Kimberley gas hub protesters say they have
      declined an offer to meet with Premier Colin Barnett
      despite pushing for a meeting with him during the recent
      election campaign. In January, Broome residents urged the
      Premier to attend an open community forum to discuss the
      social impacts of Woodside Petroleum's proposed gas hub at
      James Price Point. That meeting never eventuated but the
      Premier was in Broome toy and reportedly extended an
      invitation to the group for a private meeting."
      AAP, The West Australian


      * WA TODAY:
      OFFSHORE PROCESSING 'THREAT TO GAS PLANTS'



      - News

      WA Today: Offshore processing 'threat to gas plants'
      http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/offshore-processing-threat-to-gas-plants-20130524-2k68b.html
      24 May 13: "Both major West Australian political parties
      fear Shell's Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project
      will trigger a departure from onshore processing, slashing
      state royalties and denying local jobs. ... Premier Colin
      Barnett is staunchly opposed to the possibility Woodside
      will turn to floating LNG after backing out of an onshore
      plant at James Price Point for its Browse project, which
      is one-third in state waters." AAP


      * SMH:
      FLOATING LNG MOST VIABLE: WOODSIDE



      - News

      SMH: Floating LNG most viable: Woodside
      http://www.smh.com.au/business/floating-lng-most-viable-woodside-20130527-2n7hw.html
      28 May 13: "Woodside Petroleum chief Peter Coleman says the
      unproven floating LNG technology is shaping up to be the
      oil and gas industry's future, all but conceding that the
      high-cost environment means it has no other viable
      alternative to developing the Browse mega-project in WA.
      But Mr Coleman said Woodside and technology provider Shell
      had not yet formally settled on FLNG as the way forward to
      Browse with the other joint-venture partners after the
      company scrapped the original $45 billion-plus development
      plans at James Price Point."
      Philip Wen, Journalist, BusinessDay


      * HANDS OFF COUNTRY:
      REPEATING THE MISTAKES OF JPP
      AND LACKING CONSULTATION AND COMMON SENSE



      - News

      Hands off Country:
      Repeating the mistakes of JPP and
      lacking consultation and common sense

      http://handsoffcountry.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/repeating-mistakes-of-jpp-and-lacking.html
      9 May 13: "Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has
      stopped the clock on the Commonwealth's environmental
      approval process for the James Price Point gas hub until he
      receives fresh details of any reworked State plans for the
      site. The decision complicates the Barnett Government's
      attempt to rescue something from the wreckage of the
      decision by Woodside Petroleum and its joint venture
      partners to walk away from the controversial $40 billion
      land-based LNG hub, amid spiralling costs. As part of this
      drive, Premier Colin Barnett yesterday reintroduced
      legislation into the WA Parliament to help develop massive
      gas reserves in the onshore Canning Basin, ... "


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      FRACKING THE CANNING BASIN



      - News

      The Stringer: Fracking the Canning Basin
      http://thestringer.com.au/fracking-the-canning-basin/
      9 May 13: "Western Australia’s Canning Basin will soon be
      talked about as the next resources mining frontier. The
      James Price Point $40 billion gas hub proposal for all
      intents and purposes has been dumped but the State’s
      Premier, Colin Barnett, will pitch the extraction of
      natural gas from the Canning Basin as the way to go in the
      pursuit of State revenue. Most of the gas will be exported.
      The shale gas deposits of the Canning Basin are among the
      richest in the world. On Tuesday, Premier Barnett
      introduced a Parliamentary Bill seeking to develop the vast
      Canning resource." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


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


      Last updated: 10 May 2013

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

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