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    $1.3 billion Native Title deal divides Noongar peoples: *Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer* Newsletter date: 10 July 2013 This newsletter:
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      $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

      Contents:

      * 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


      - Analysis

      The Stringer:
      $1.3 billion Native Title deal divides Noongar peoples

      http://thestringer.com.au/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



      - News

      ABC News: Tent embassy group rejects native title offer
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-07/native-title-reax/4804260
      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

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-06/noongar-offer/4803700
      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."


      * TRACKER:
      NATIVE TITLE DEAL ANGERS WA TENT EMBASSY



      - News

      newsTracker: Native title deal angers WA Tent Embassy
      Tracker: http://tracker.org.au/2013/07/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



      - Video

      SBS World News:
      WA govt offers native title deal to Noongar group

      SBS: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/video/36375619545/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
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1786868/WA-offers-Noongar-people-13b-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
      http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/17888328/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



      - Statement

      Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI):
      State Government Native Title offer to provide positive benefits

      http://www.cciwa.com/news-articles/2013/07/06/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
      http://www.otago.ac.nz/news/events/otago049875.html
      "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

      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/01/02/nyoongar-tent-embassy-heirisson-island-perth-wa


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


      Last updated:  27 June 2013

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


      * BACKGROUND TO MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:

      Last updated: 26 June 2013

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


      * VICKY VALIDAKIS, AUSTRALIAN MINING:
      PROTESTERS LINE UP TO STOP WHITEHAVEN'S MAULES CREEK MINE
      [GOMEROI TRADITIONAL OWNERS]



      - News

      Australian Mining:
      Protestors line up to stop Whitehaven's Maules Creek mine

      http://www.miningaustralia.com.au/news/protestors-line-up-to-stop-whitehaven-s-maules-cre
      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."
      Vicky Validakis

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