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    Land rights are empty, Yolngu elder tells Rudd on bark petition anniversary: *Oliver Laughland, The Guardian UK* Newsletter date: 14 July 2013 NAIDOC Week This
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      Land rights are empty,
      Yolngu elder tells Rudd on bark petition anniversary:
      Oliver Laughland, The Guardian UK

      Newsletter date: 14 July 2013 NAIDOC Week

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/14/wgar-news-land-rights-are-empty-yolngu-elder-tells-rudd-on-bark-petition-anniversary-guar


      * National NAIDOC Week 2013 theme: We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963
      * Richard Trudgen, The Stringer: What Happened to the Second Bark Petition?
      * Oliver Laughland, The Guardian UK: Land rights are empty, Yolngu elder tells Rudd on bark petition anniversary [Featuring Galarrwuy Yunupingu]
      * The Stringer: Monica Morgan says much more needs to be done [Featuring Amnesty International's Indigenous Rights campaigner]


      - Background

      NAIDOC: 2013 National NAIDOC Week Theme
      "The theme for NAIDOC Week 2013 is We value the vision:
      Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963. This year’s theme proudly
      celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the
      Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament. In
      August 1963, the Yolngu people of Yirrkala in northeast
      Arnhem Land sent two bark petitions - framed by traditional
      ochre paintings of clan designs - to the Australian House
      of Representatives. ... Asserting title to Yolngu country
      under Yolngu law, the petitions were the first traditional
      documents recognised by the Commonwealth Parliament and
      helped to shape the nation’s acknowledgment of Aboriginal
      people and their land rights."

      - Current Event

      Event: 7 to 14 July 2013: various locations in Australia
      2013 National NAIDOC Week
      The theme for NAIDOC Week 2013 is:
      We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963
      "We value the foresight, strength and determination of the
      Yolngu people whose Bark Petitions set into motion a
      long process of legislative and constitutional reforms
      for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people."
      The focus city for National NAIDOC celebrations is Perth
      Event details: http://www.naidoc.org.au/
      Event details: http://www.naidoc.org.au/celebrating-naidoc-week/2013-national-naidoc-week-theme/
      Event details: Local NAIDOC Events Calendar: http://www.naidoc.org.au/naidoc-events/calendar/
      'concerned Australians' NAIDOC Week Media Release: http://www.respectandlisten.org/uploads/downloads/ca/cA-NAIDOC-MR-7-7-13.pdf

      - Upcoming Event

      Event: 14 August 2013:
      Yolngu Bark Petition 50th Anniversary
      Event details: http://foundingdocs.gov.au/item-did-104.html

      - NAIDOC Events

      WGAR events postings for each State and Territory:


      WGAR News: NAIDOC Week: Still Supporting Yolngu in Their Fight for Rights: 'concerned Australians' (8 Jul 13)


      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: What Happened to the Second Bark Petition?
      11 Jul 13: "This week is NAIDOC Week and this year’s theme
      is focused on the 50th anniversary of the presentation of
      the Yirrkala Bark Petition. It is a good time to remember
      the bark petitions that continue to be ignored. ... What
      happened to the 1998 Bark Petition? Sadly it seems that the
      dominant Australian culture cannot take the original
      Australian Law of this land seriously; that is Aboriginal
      Law where it is still practiced. The dominant mainstream
      Australian culture sees all of Aboriginal society as
      'culture' and this 'culture' is great as arts and craft or
      dance but not as Law." By Richard Trudgen

      - Related Audio

      ABC Darwin:
      Forgotten petitions highlight ignorance of Yolngu law

      By Clare Rawlinson
      12 Jul 13: "The 1963 Yirrkala bark petitions that sparked
      the Australian land rights movement have been the focus for
      this year's NAIDOC week celebrations. But what haven't been
      talked about so much this week are the petitions that
      followed in Yirrkala, and what became of them. ... Several
      more petitions were made by the Yolngu people in Yirrkala,
      with further requests for recognition of Indigenous
      people's rights. ... But perhaps the most ignored of all
      was in 1998, when elders presented a bark petition to
      then-Prime Minister John Howard, requesting diplomacy and
      recognition of traditional Yolngu law." By Clare Rawlinson,
      received the 2012 ABC Local Radio Award for Best Program of the Year,
      and also picked up the NT Media Award for 2012 Best Online Coverage

      - Related Petition

      Australian Government:
      Yirrkala Petition (Elcho Island Petition)
      presented to Prime Minister John Howard in 1998

      "Letter to the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia on traditional Yolngu Law
      We, the undersigned, are dalkarra and djirrikay (the
      political representatives and leaders) of our sovereign
      clan/nations comprising all the Yolngu (Aboriginal people)
      within this Miwatj region of North-East Arnhem Land.
      We bring to you our diplomatic request
      from: the Njarra' /traditional Parliaments of our
      clan/nation estates
      to: the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. ... "

      - Related Analysis / Opinion

      Crikey: The Northern Myth - Bob Gosford in the NT:
      The Yirrkala Church Panels, the title deeds for Yolngu clan estates

      11 Jul 13: "In 2013 NAIDOC week celebrates the 50th
      anniversary of the presentation of two bark petitions to
      the Australian Parliament in August 1963. Earlier that year
      the Methodist Church at the small north-east Arnhem Land
      town of Yirrkala hung two large paintings, one each from
      the moieties that provide the central structures to Yolngu
      society, in recognition of the importance and centrality of
      Yolngu religion and law. Those paintings are now seen as
      the title deeds for the local clan estates." By Bob Gosford


      - News

      The Guardian UK:
      Land rights are empty, Yolngu elder tells Rudd on bark petition anniversary

      10 Jul 13: "Galarrwuy Yunupingu throws down gauntlet to PM
      over 'economic side of land rights' at Yirrkala
      commemoration. ... Fifty years ago the Yolngu people of
      Yirrkala in remote east Arnhem Land changed history, but to
      this day respected leaders of the community say not enough
      is being done for Indigenous land rights. ... the respected
      Yolngu elder Galarrwuy Yunupingu frankly threw down a
      gauntlet to the prime minister. Addressing Rudd directly,
      he said: "This land right is empty. It's full of everything,
      but it's full of nothing ... when you have a look at it,
      closely, there's nothing that gives to individuals.""
      Oliver Laughland, a journalist for Guardian Australia

      - Related Video

      SBS World News:
      Indigenous Aussie 'need to share economic prosperity'
      Source: NITV News

      10 Jul 13: "As hundreds gathered in Yirrkala in North East
      Arnhem Land to celebrate NAIDOC Week, Yolngu Elder
      Galarrwuy Yunupingu said despite gains in land rights,
      Indigenous people needed to share economic prosperity.
      Hundreds gathered in Yirrkala in North East Arnhem Land to
      celebrate NAIDOC and the legacy of the Yolngu Bark
      Petitions presented to the Australian parliament fifty
      years ago. But Yolngu Elder Galarrwuy Yunupingu highlighted
      that despite some massive gains in land rights Indigenous
      people still needed to share economic prosperity."

      - Related Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Land right movement unfulfilled: Galarrwuy Yunupingu

      11 Jul 13: "To the Northern Territory, where an Arnhem Land
      man has told the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd that the land
      rights movement hasn't been fulfilled."

      The Wire: Bark petition anniversary challenges Rudd to act
      Produced by Jeremy Tomamak

      10 Jul 13: "As celebrations were taking place on the 50th
      anniversary of the "Yirrkala Bark Petitions", Prime
      Minister Kevin Rudd has been challenged by Indigenous
      community leaders to back up his rhetoric with actions to
      protect the sovereignty of the traditional lands from
      mining and other outside interests. ...
      Featured in story:
      * Rosealee Pearson - NAIDOC Event Co-ordinator
      * Kevin Rudd - Australian Prime Minister
      * Galarrwuy Yunupingu - Indigenous community leader
      * Stuart Blanch - Director of the
      Environment Centre Northern Territory"

      - Related News

      SMH: Yirrkala remembers bark petitions
      11 Jul 13: "''These bark petitions are the Magna Carta for
      the indigenous peoples of this land,'' Mr Rudd said.
      Earlier, indigenous leader Gallarrwuy Yunupingu appealed to
      Mr Rudd to ''meaningfully dig into the hearts of your
      government'' and help Aboriginal people claim ''the
      economic side of the land rights.'' ''We want to develop
      our country, and we want to get money out of our own soil,''
      Mr Yunupingu said. Later, departing from his prepared
      speech, Mr Rudd said he wanted to engage with elders on the
      issue." Dan Harrison,
      Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Fairfax Media

      The Australian:
      Elder Galarrwuy Yunupingu wants bark to have more bite

      11 Jul 13: "GALARRWUY Yunupingu has called for a new pact
      giving Aboriginal people the right to control economic
      development, 50 years after the signing of the Yirrkala
      Bark Petition began the land rights movement in which he
      made his name. The Gumatj clan leader and veteran land
      rights activist yesterday described existing legislation as
      "empty", and asked what it gave Aboriginal people to look
      forward to in the future." Amos Aikman, Northern correspondent


      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: Monica Morgan says much more needs to be done
      10 Jul 13: "NAIDOC Week has been a time for reflection for
      Amnesty International’s Indigenous Rights campaigner,
      Monica Morgan, who said much more "needs to be done for my
      people." Ms Morgan said despite the popularity of NAIDOC
      Day, July 12, it is not on the Australian landscape and it
      is about time it was. Ms Morgan’s call for NAIDOC Day to be
      properly recognised by all Australians follows Gail Mabo’s
      call for her father’s lifelong struggle to rid Australia of
      "Terra Nullius" to be acknowledged with "Eddie Mabo Day" as
      a public holiday for all Australians."

      SMH: More must be done for the rights of first peoples
      8 Jul 13: "This NAIDOC week we must value the vision of
      past indigenous leaders and vow to continue the struggle
      for justice and reconciliation. On July 12 my people will
      be observing National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      Peoples Day, part of NAIDOC, an annual ritual celebrated
      through a series of week-long events by indigenous peoples
      in Australia. The irony of this is that despite its
      popularity it is not an official day in Australia's
      calendar. NAIDOC grew out of an Aboriginal protest and
      national meeting held in Sydney on Australia Day in 1938 ... "
      Monica Morgan,
      the indigenous rights campaign manager with Amnesty International

      - Related Audio

      The Wire:
      NAIDOC theme explained: why the Bark Petitions remain relevant today
      Produced by Tim Roxburgh

      8 Jul 13: "It's NAIDOC week, and the theme this year
      celebrates the vision of the Bark Petitions. The petition
      presented to politicians in 1963 is a fascinating document
      that combines a bark painting with a message typed on a
      typewriter. It's a remarkable plea for recognition that
      attempts to communicate across two languages, two cultures
      and two legal systems.
      Featured in story:
      * Monica Morgan - National Manager of Indigenous Peoples Rights
      with Amnesty International
      * Sarah Maddison - Australian Research Council Future Fellow
      at the University of New South Wales"

      3CR Community Radio: Stick Together 10.07.2013
      10 Jul 13: "We mark NAIDOC week with Jon Altman from the
      Australian National University, speaking about livelihood
      and employment in remote Indigenous community. ... "

      - Related Video

      SBS World News:
      NAIDOC Week: 'Still a long way to go' for Indigenous rights
      Source: Brooke Boney, NITV News

      9 Jul 13: "One of the early supporters of Canberra's
      Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Cheryl Buchanan, has revisited the
      site for the NAIDOC Week celebrations, saying there's a lot
      more work to do for Indigenous rights. Cheryl Buchanan was
      part of this sovereignty movement in the 1970s. Later this
      week Cheryl Buchanan will be speaking at Inside Out, a
      conference looking at how Indigenous activism has changed
      since the early days. Ms Buchanan says Australia could
      learn from the experience of other countries that have a
      similar past."

      - Related Analysis / Opinion

      ABC Radio National: Late Night Live:
      How loud will the Aboriginal voice be as activism looks to the future?

      10 Jul 13: "The Aboriginal 'voice' seems quieter than in
      previous decades. But as Ann Arnold discovered this NAIDOC
      week, the lack of a strong national representative body,
      and the dispersal of Aboriginal policy across government
      departments, hasn't made life easy for activists. ... A
      decade or two ago, Aboriginal leaders like Mick Dodson, Pat
      Dodson and Lowitja O’Donoghue were household names.
      Firebrands like Michael Mansell and Gary Foley regularly
      caught our attention. And the ALP was seen as the party more
      naturally aligned with Indigenous causes. ... " Ann Arnold

      Magnet: NAIDOC: Celebrate, but…
      13 Jul 13: "During the celebrations this week, don’t forget
      that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still
      a marginalised group in today’s society, often living in
      disadvantaged conditions. I have read two damning reports
      on homelessness and the strain on community services this
      week. Both of the reports found that Aboriginal and/or
      Torres Strait Islander people were over-represented in many
      categories, which included; homelessness, youth
      homelessness and mental health issues." Father Chris Riley,
      Chief Executive Officer, Youth Off The Streets Ltd

      - Related News

      ABC Darwin:
      Hasluck's hissy fit - politics behind the Petition

      12 Jul 13: "The Yirrkala Bark Petition caused much
      consternation in some quarters of Parliament... Kitty [PhD
      candidate and researcher Kitty Eggerking] says the
      petitions were unprecedented. "I think people were fairly
      blown away by them, and they certainly were the very first
      bark petitions to be presented to the Parliament. It was
      the first time that a petition in any Aboriginal language
      had been presented to the Federal Parliament." But there
      was more politics to come, especially after Jock Nelson,
      Member for the Northern Territory, introduced the petitions
      on 14 August 1963." By Miranda Tetlow

      ABC News: 50 years on, Yirrkala celebrates bark petitions
      that sparked Indigenous land rights movement

      10 Jul 13: "The remote community of Yirrkala in East Arnhem
      Land is celebrating 50 years since the signing of the
      historic bark petitions that paved the way for the
      Indigenous land rights movement. The petitions were created
      in 1963 to protest against the Federal Government's removal
      of 300 square kilometres of land from the Arnhem Land
      reserve so that bauxite found there could be mined. Prime
      Minister Kevin Rudd was among those attending the ceremony
      in Yirrkala." By Lauren Day

      ABC News: Yirrkala bark petitions:
      A turning point in recognition of Indigenous rights

      10 Jul 13: "Celebrations are being held around the nation
      as part of NAIDOC Week to recognise the historic 1963
      Yirrkala bark petitions that triggered the recognition of
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ... Will
      Stubbs, co-ordinator of the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre,
      said there was a great sense of excitement in the community
      and also one of reflection as Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander people remember their elders who participated in
      the historic petition signing."
      By Heather Stewart and Clare Rawlinson

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