[WGAR-news] West Australia: $1.3 billion Native Title deal divides Noongar peoples: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer
- $1.3 billion Native Title deal divides Noongar peoples:
Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer
Newsletter date: 10 July 2013
This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/09/wgar-news-13-billion-native-title-deal-divides-noongar-peoples-gerry-georgatos-the-string
* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: $1.3 billion Native Title deal divides Noongar peoples
* ABC News: Tent embassy group rejects native title offer
* Tracker: Native title deal angers WA Tent Embassy
* SBS World News Video: WA govt offers native title deal to Noongar group
* Tim Bray, CCI: State Government Native Title offer to provide positive benefits
* University of Otago, NZ: Setting up the Tent Embassy [Nyoongar Tent Embassy]
* Background to the Nyoongar Tent Embassy, Heirisson Island (sacred site of Matagarup), Perth, WA
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement and the Aboriginal tent embassies
* Background to Mabo and Native Title
* Vicky Validakis, Australian Mining: Protestors line up to stop Whitehaven's Maules Creek mine [Gomeroi traditional owners]
* GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
$1.3 BILLION NATIVE TITLE DEAL DIVIDES NOONGAR PEOPLES
$1.3 billion Native Title deal divides Noongar peoples
6 Jul 13: "Twenty months ago the Western Australian State
Government offered the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea
Council (SWALSC) a one billion dollar package to settle
native title over Noongar Country. Last week, the
Government upped the ante with another $300 million but it
is the final offer according to Premier Colin Barnett. ...
Highly respected Whadjuk Nyungar Traditional Owner Richard
Wilkes said most Elders have not been included and
consulted. He certainly has not. ... Noongar Tent
Embassy’s Marianne Mackay called the SWALSC a sham."
By Gerry Georgatos,
a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
a multi-award winning investigative journalist
* ABC NEWS:
TENT EMBASSY GROUP REJECTS NATIVE TITLE OFFER
ABC News: Tent embassy group rejects native title offer
8 Jul 13: "A group of Aboriginal people opposed to the
south-west native title settlement has rejected the WA
government's latest offer of more money and more land. ...
Marianne Mackay says the members of the 'tent embassy' group
are yet to discuss the offer in detail, but the initial
reaction is negative. "Noongar tent embassy will always
stand for sovereignty," she said. "We promote sovereignty,
we will not promote any native title offer to go over the
latest agreement. "Our first obligation is to our culture
and this native title offer is an insult to Aboriginal
people on Noongar country.""
- Related News
ABC News: West Australian Government offers Noongar people
$1.3 billion native title deal
8 Jul 13: "The West Australian Government has put forward
an offer worth $1.3 billion to the Noongar people in a bid
to settle native title claims over Perth and the South West.
... Premier Colin Barnett says the trust is designed to
support social, cultural and economic development of WA's
Noongar population. He says if the offer is accepted, it
will represent the most comprehensive agreement of its kind
in Australian history. ... Mr Barnett says it will put an
end to long and expensive disputes."
NATIVE TITLE DEAL ANGERS WA TENT EMBASSY
newsTracker: Native title deal angers WA Tent Embassy
9 News: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/07/07/19/19/native-title-deal-angers-wa-tent-embassy
9 Jul 13: "A group of Aboriginal activists has objected to
a $1.3 billion native title deal offer by the West
Australian government to the Noongar people of the state's
South West region. ... The WA government has given the
groups six months to finalise the agreement and wants to
start implementing it from July next year. Negotiations have
so far taken three and a half years. If the deal is
accepted, all native title rights to land in the area will
be surrendered. It compares to a previous package worth $1
billion, which included 200,000 hectares of land."
* SBS WORLD NEWS VIDEO:
WA GOVT OFFERS NATIVE TITLE DEAL TO NOONGAR GROUP
SBS World News:
WA govt offers native title deal to Noongar group
AAP/NITV News: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1786932/Native-title-deal-angers-WA-Tent-Embassy
8 Jul 13: "It was the first claim of its kind on an
Australian capital city - now a massive Native Title
Agreement Proposal has been made by the West Australian
Government to a Noongar consortium. The Colin Barnett
Liberal government has made a final offer to a group,
headed by the South West Land and Sea Council with six
Noongar representative bodies."
- Related News
SBS World News: WA offers Noongar people $1.3b title deal
8 Jul 13: "The West Australian government has made an
historic $1.3 billion offer to settle the Noongar people's
native title claim over Perth and the state's southwest.
Premier Colin Barnett proposes to settle the Noongar claim
with the transfer of 320,000 hectares of crown land and a
massive injection of government funding. Central to the
offer is a pledge to spend $50 million a year on a perpetual
trust fund for social and economic development, as well as
the establishment of six regional Noongar corporations."
The West Australian: WA native title offer lifted to $1.3b
6 Jul 13: "The State Government's offer to settle native
title claims over Perth and the South West has been
expanded and increased, taking the cash and land package to
an estimated $1.3 billion. Premier Colin Barnett handed a
Cabinet-approved agreement to Noongar leaders yesterday,
which, if accepted, will be the biggest settlement of its
kind in Australia. In return for giving up land rights over
106 local government areas, the estimated 35,000 Noongar
people would receive an indexed sum of $50 million each
year for 12 years into a perpetual trust for economic
projects and ... " Colleen Egan, The West Australian
* TIM BRAY, CCI:
STATE GOVERNMENT NATIVE TITLE OFFER TO PROVIDE POSITIVE BENEFITS
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI):
State Government Native Title offer to provide positive benefits
6 Jul 13: "Statement by CCI General Manager
- Corporate Communications, Tim Bray.
The offer made by the State Government today regarding
Native Title in the South-West region of WA has been
welcomed by WA’s peak business group. "This offer
recognises the rights of the Noongar community through
significant investment in social, cultural and economic
benefits", CCI General Manager Corporate Communications Tim
Bray said. "If accepted, it will settle native title claims
over Perth and the South-West, and could also provide
business with greater certainty for future investment
decisions in the region," Mr Bray said. ... "
* UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO, NZ:
SETTING UP THE TENT EMBASSY
[NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY]
- Upcoming NZ Event
University of Otago, New Zealand: Setting up the Tent Embassy
"This report by Thor Kerr and Shaphan Cox examines how a
problem of Aboriginal 'protestors' requiring policing was
constructed by popular news media in Perth in early 2012.
This construction worked to legitimise violent police raids
against the Nyoongar Tent Embassy, which had assembled
peacefully to affirm native title at the sacred site of
Matagarup. ... By ignoring native title and Aboriginal
heritage law, news reports could blame embassy participants
for the confrontations that reporters, editors,
politicians, police and senior bureaucrats produced for the
consumption of media audiences."
* BACKGROUND TO THE NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY,
HEIRISSON ISLAND (SACRED SITE OF MATAGARUP), PERTH, WA
Last updated: 20 May 2013
* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT
AND THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:
Last updated: 27 June 2013
* BACKGROUND TO MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:
Last updated: 26 June 2013
* VICKY VALIDAKIS, AUSTRALIAN MINING:
PROTESTERS LINE UP TO STOP WHITEHAVEN'S MAULES CREEK MINE
[GOMEROI TRADITIONAL OWNERS]
Protestors line up to stop Whitehaven's Maules Creek mine
8 Jul 13: "Protestors have formed a picket line at
Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek mine development, vowing to
continue their fight against the project that received
final approval last week. Workers reportedly walked off
the job at the Maules Creek development site this morning
as more than fifty Gomeroi traditional owners formed a
picket line. Gomeroi traditional owner Stephen Talbot says
the Maules Creek mine would see more than 4000 acres of
"culturally significant forest, artefacts and cultural
values" cleared and said it has not been properly assessed."
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