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      Treaty, sovereignty, empowerment
      the key factors for meaningful Recognition:
      NIT: Your Say


      Newsletter date: 21 July 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/20/wgar-news-treaty-sovereignty-empowerment-the-key-factors-for-meaningful-recognition-nit

      Contents:

      * NIT: Your Say: Treaty, sovereignty, empowerment the key factors for meaningful Recognition
      * Let's Talk - NAIDOC Day Constitutional Symposium featuring Panel Members Prof. Megan Davis, Dr Robert Anderson OAM and Aunty Mary Graham
      * Jim McIlroy, Green Left: Forum debates Aboriginal rights constitution change [Journalist Jeff McMullen chaired the event.]
      * NIRS: NLC Chair suggests Land Rights Act be protected in the Consitution
      * Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: National Congress elects Kirstie Parker and Les Malezer
      * SBS Radio News: Kirstie Parker, new co-chair of the National Congress, tells Idi Amon what she's hoping to achieve
      * Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

      * APO NT: Governance Summit: Strong Aboriginal Governance: Our Decisions, Our Action, Our Future
      * Background to APO NT: Aboriginal Peak Organisations of the Northern Territory

      * Let's Talk interviews Dr Dale Kerwin about his research into Aboriginal Trackers who fought in the Boer War and did not return home

      * Notice of Condolence: Human Rights Advocate will be sadly missed says ALSWA

      * Other articles


      * NIT: YOUR SAY:
      TREATY, SOVEREIGNTY, EMPOWERMENT
      THE KEY FACTORS FOR MEANINGFUL RECOGNITION



      - Analysis / Opinion

      National Indigenous Times: Your Say:
      Treaty, sovereignty, empowerment the key factors for meaningful Recognition

      NIT: http://www.nit.com.au/your-say.html
      Indymedia Australia: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/16/treaty-sovereignty-empowerment-the-key-factors-for-meaningful-recognition
      "We fear the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd and the leader of
      the Coalition, Tony Abbott are missing the most important
      point about recognition of Australia's First Peoples.
      Perhaps they are doing so deliberately, perhaps they
      believe by promoting recognition of Indigenous Australians
      in the constitution it takes people's mind from the real
      issues - we hope that is not the case. But Mr Rudd's
      address at Yirrkala to commemorate the 50th anniversary of
      the famous bark petitions of the Yolngu people and the
      spat between him and Mr Abbott later, dishonours what the
      Yolngu people were calling for 50 years ago and what the
      Yolngu people and vast majority of Indigenous Australians
      still want to see today - a Treaty, sovereignty, empowerment."


      See:

      WGAR News: ... (19 Jul 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/18/wgar-news-inaugural-meeting-of-the-peoples-council-of-the-murrawarri-republic
      "Contents: ...
      * Jeff McMullen, The Stringer: A New Democracy "Imagine a country where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are recognised as the sovereign owners of lands ... "
      * Michael Anderson: A Sovereign Treaty is the only constitutional reform with the potential of justice for Aboriginal Nations and Peoples
      * Michael Anderson: Proposed constitutional reforms are treasonous and fraudulent
      * Celeste Liddle, The Guardian UK: Indigenous recognition debate deserves better than this political jostling
      * Katharine Murphy, The Guardian UK: Indigenous Australians deserve recognition, not posturing"

      WGAR News: Land rights are empty, Yolngu elder tells Rudd on bark petition anniversary: Oliver Laughland, The Guardian UK (14 Jul 13 NAIDOC Week)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/14/wgar-news-land-rights-are-empty-yolngu-elder-tells-rudd-on-bark-petition-anniversary-guar

      WGAR News: Rudd hails 'Aboriginal Magna Carta': Kathy Marks, The New Zealand Herald (15 Jul 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/14/wgar-news-rudd-hails-aboriginal-magna-carta-kathy-marks-the-new-zealand-herald


      * LET'S TALK - NAIDOC DAY CONSTITUTIONAL SYMPOSIUM
      FEATURING PANEL MEMBERS PROF. MEGAN DAVIS, DR ROBERT ANDERSON OAM AND AUNTY MARY GRAHAM



      - Audio

      Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
      Let's Talk - NAIDOC Day Constitutional Symposium

      http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
      15 Jul 13: "The topic of the UQ Yarn "Considering
      Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander peoples" present us with a highly controversial
      and contested debate. The aim of the forum is not to
      simplify or endorse a particular viewpoint, rather open up
      the discussion and engage in the messiness of the issues
      facing our community."
      "Panel Members:
      * Prof. Megan Davis
      * Dr Robert Anderson OAM
      * Aunty Mary Graham"
      Listen to this interview on-line:
      http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/naidoc-day-constitutional-symposium/


      * JIM MCILROY, GREEN LEFT:
      FORUM DEBATES ABORIGINAL RIGHTS CONSTITUTION CHANGE
      [JOURNALIST JEFF MCMULLEN CHAIRED THE EVENT.]



      - News

      Green Left: Forum debates Aboriginal rights constitution change
      http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54502
      13 Jul 13: "More than 100 people attended a lively forum at
      Glebe Town Hall on July 9 on the topic of "Recognition of
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the
      Constitution." ... Journalist Jeff McMullen chaired the
      event. He told the audience: "Our Australian constitution
      is still stained with racism. [Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander] voices and perspectives are denied and excluded."
      The proposal for a constitutional referendum to include
      recognition of Aboriginal rights is currently under
      consideration, he said." By Jim McIlroy, GLW author, Sydney


      Jeff McMullen
      Reporter. Author. Speaker.
      Advocate for Human Rights, Education & Health.
      http://www.jeffmcmullen.com.au/
      "Jeff McMullen has been a journalist, author and filmmaker
      for the last 45 years, including long-running positions as
      ABC Foreign Correspondent and reporter for Four Corners and
      Sixty Minutes. Throughout his professional life, Jeff has
      written, filmed and campaigned around the world to improve
      the health, education and human rights of Indigenous people."


      * NIRS:
      NLC CHAIR SUGGESTS LAND RIGHTS ACT BE PROTECTED IN THE CONSTITUTION



      - News

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      NLC Chair suggests Land Rights Act be protected in the Consitution

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29577/NLC-Chair-suggests-Land-Rights-Act-be-protected-in-the-Consitution.html
      17 Jul 13: "By Michelle Tuahine: In a statement today, Wali
      Wunungmurra says he'd also like to see the Land Rights Act
      itself inserted into the Constitution, he says "... to
      protect it from people watering it down and tearing it
      apart.""


      * BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

      Last updated:  19 July 2013

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


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      NATIONAL CONGRESS ELECTS KIRSTIE PARKER AND LES MALEZER



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      National Congress elects Kirstie Parker and Les Malezer

      http://thestringer.com.au/national-congress-elects-kirstie-parker-and-les-malezer/
      18 Jul 13: "The National Congress of Australia’s First
      Peoples has elected Kirstie Parker and Les Malezer as
      co-chairs of the Congress. Ms Parker is the long-time editor
      of the Koori Mail and Mr Malezer has been returned for a
      second term. The Congress has a female co-chair and a male
      co-chair. Ms Parker is a Yawullarai woman from NSW and Mr
      Malezer is a Gubbi Gubbi Butchulla man from Queensland,
      both have exemplary credentials and have been involved in
      various activism in Aboriginal affairs and in unfolding
      social justice. Ms Parker replaces Jody Broun, a
      Yindjbarndi woman from Western Australia."
      By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      - Related News

      Koori Mail: Congress names new leaders
      http://www.koorimail.com/
      "THE National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has
      announced the election of its Co-Chairs. They are Kirstie
      Parker, a Yuwallarai woman from New South Wales, and Les
      Malezer, a Gubbi Gubbi-Butchella man from Queensland.
      Congress CEO Lindon Coombes congratulated both winners,
      saying they, along with the National Board, would lead the
      organisation into its next phase. The Congress Co-Chairs
      will serve a two-year term, beginning next month. Three of
      the six National Board Directors will be elected by
      delegates at the annual National Congress meeting in Cairns
      this weekend. ... "

      newsTracker: Parker, Malezer new co-chairs elect for Congress
      http://tracker.org.au/2013/07/parker-malezer-new-co-chairs-elect-for-congress/
      18 Jul 13: "NATIONAL: The National Congress of Australia’s
      First Peoples has announced the results of its recent
      elections – with co-chair elect Kirstie Parker and co-chair
      elect Les Malezer winning the most votes. 807 people voted
      in the election for the male co-chair and 805 voted in the
      election for the female co-chair, out of an eligible 5942
      members, according to the Australian Electoral Commission.
      A Yuwallarai woman, Ms Parker is the editor of the Koori
      Mail and has a long history in the Aboriginal media and PR
      sector. She takes over from Jody Broun, ... " By Amy McQuire,
      a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman, editor of Tracker

      SNAICC News:
      The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
      2013 Co-Chair election results

      [SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
      http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1128
      17 Jul 13: "The National Congress of Australia’s First
      Peoples has announced the results of the 2013 Co-Chair
      elections. Ms Kirstie Parker has been announced as the
      female Co-Chair elect and Mr Les Malezer has been announced
      as the male Co-Chair. Ms Parker is a Yuwallarai woman from
      New South Wales and Mr Malezer is a Gubbi Gubbi - Butchulla
      man from Queensland. The National Board along with the
      Co-Chairs elect will guide the organisation through the
      next stage of its future."


      - Related Audio

      Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
      http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/am-19-7-13-Final.mp3
      19 Jul 13: "The National Congress of Australia’s First
      Peoples has announced the results of the 2013 Co-Chair
      elections."

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Co-Chair-elect Kirstie Parker outlines key issues

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29599/Co-Chair-elect-Kirstie-Parker-outlines-key-issues.html
      19 Jul 13: "The Co-Chair-elect of the National Congress of
      Australia's First Peoples says she's looking forward to
      working on her core nomination issues."

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Parker, Malezer elected as Congress Co-Chairs

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29583/Parker%2C-Malezer-elected-as-Congress-Co-Chairs.html
      18 Jul 13: "By Warren Barnsley: The National Congress of
      Australia's First Peoples has announced the results of its
      Co-Chair elections. Kirstie Parker will join the re-elected
      Les Malezer to take up the two most senior positions on the
      National Congress Board."

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Congress Co-Chairs Announced

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29592/Congress-Co-Chairs-Announced.html
      18 Jul 13: "By Michelle Tuahine: A Yuwallarai woman from
      NSW and a Gubbi Gubbi-Butchulla man from Qld have been
      announced as the successful co-chairs of Congress - our
      peak representative body."


      * SBS RADIO NEWS:
      KIRSTIE PARKER,
      NEW CO-CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL CONGRESS,
      TELLS ILI AMON WHAT SHE'S HOPING TO ACHIEVE



      - Audio Interview

      SBS Radio News: 'Dig deeper' to find Indigenous solutions
      By Ildi Amon
      http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/278042/-Dig-deeper-to-find-Indigenous-solutions
      18 Jul 13: "Kirstie Parker says as the new co-chair of the
      National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, she'll be
      digging deeper for solutions to Indigenous problems.
      Australia's main Indigenous representative organisation has
      a new leadership team. The editor of the Koori Mail
      newspaper, Yuwallari woman Kirstie Parker has been elected
      co-chair of the National Congress of Australia's First
      Peoples, defeating the incumbent co-chair Jody Broun. The
      Congress re-elected its male co-chair, Les Malezer, from
      Queensland. The pair will serve a two-year term starting
      next month. Kirstie Parker tells Idi Amon what she's
      hoping to achieve."


      * BACKGROUND TO NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES:

      Last updated: 22 May 2013

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples


      * APO NT:
      GOVERNANCE SUMMIT:
      STRONG ABORIGINAL GOVERNANCE:
      OUR DECISIONS, OUR ACTION, OUR FUTURE



      - Summit

      Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory - APO NT:
      Governance Summit
      Strong Aboriginal Governance: Our Decisions, Our Action, Our Future

      http://apont.org.au/index.php/governance-summit.html
      "On 18-19 April 2013 APO NT held a summit in Tennant Creek. ...
      There were over two hundred representatives in attendance at
      the forum from a wide range of organisations and communities."


      - Report on Summit

      The APO NT Governance Summit 2013 report is now available.
      To view the report, please follow this link:
      http://apont.org.au/attachments/article/68/APONT%20Governance%20Summit%202013%20report.pdf
      "The Governance Summit was focused on Aboriginal processes.
      It was a call for Aboriginal people to reconcile conflicts,
      to take responsibility for community and organisational
      governance, to start now and not wait for government, and
      to start where you are at and with what you do have - even
      if this is simply the support of family. The Summit was a
      call to undertake personal and collective actions and make
      decisions which demonstrate practical sovereignty. It was
      also about political maturity, about building on rights
      already won and turning them into outcomes. It was about
      translating community will and authority into sustained,
      organised action, and about Aboriginal organisations making
      and implementing good decisions. Ultimately it was about
      the things that create self-determination on a daily basis."


      * BACKGROUND TO APO NT:
      ABORIGINAL PEAK ORGANISATIONS OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY



      Welcome to APO NT
      [scroll down page] http://apont.org.au/
      "Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern Territory-APO NT-
      is an alliance comprising the
      Central Land Council (CLC),
      Northern Land Council (NLC),
      North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA),
      Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service (CAALAS) and
      the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT).
      The alliance was created to provide a more effective
      response to key issues of joint interest and concern
      affecting Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory,
      including through advocating practical policy solutions to
      government. APO NT is committed to increasing Aboriginal
      involvement in policy development and implementation, and
      to expanding opportunities for Aboriginal community control.
      ... "


      * LET'S TALK INTERVIEWS DR DALE KERWIN ABOUT HIS RESEARCH INTO
      ABORIGINAL TRACKERS WHO FOUGHT IN THE BOER WAR AND DID NOT RETURN HOME



      - Audio Interview

      Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
      Let's Talk - Dale Kerwin

      http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
      9 Jul 13: "Dr Dale Kerwin, Lecturer at Griffith University
      in Studies in Sociocultural Understanding and Indigenous
      Australian Studies. Dale speaks about his research into
      Aboriginal Trackers who fought in the Boer War and did not
      return home."
      Listen to this interview on-line:
      http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/dale-kerwin-2/


      * NOTICE OF CONDOLENCE:
      HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE WILL BE SADLY MISSED SAYS ALSWA



      - Notice of Condolence

      Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (ALSWA):
      Human Rights Advocate will be sadly missed says ALSWA

      http://www.als.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=281:notice-of-condolence&catid=13:media-releases&Itemid=46
      15 Jul 13: "The Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (ALSWA)
      Executive Committee, Management and staff extend their
      sincere condolences on the passing of Neil Gillespie, a
      passionate advocate for human rights and the advancement of
      our people. CEO of the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement
      (ALRM) in South Australia for ten years, Neil worked
      tirelessly to address discrimination and seek solutions to
      the injustice faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander peoples. ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington said that
      Neil contributed greatly to highlighting this injustice
      and speaking out about key issues of importance and would
      be sadly missed."


      * OTHER ARTICLES:


      - Media Release

      Australian Human Rights Commission:
      Commission welcomes South Australia's proposal
      to recognise Aboriginal Regional Authorities

      https://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/media-releases/commission-welcomes-south-australia-s-proposal-recognise-aboriginal-regional-0
      5 Jul 13: "Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has welcomed the South Australian government’s initiative that will give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the chance to have direct input in the design and delivery of policies and programs.
      "Governance is a key factor in the realisation of human
      rights and sustainable development by Aboriginal and Torres
      Strait Islander people. The plan to engage Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander people in the development of
      regional governance structures in SA has the potential to
      not only empower our communities, but to offer genuine
      change in terms of the community working in direct
      partnership with government. Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander people are experts in knowing what policies and
      programs best suit them so it makes sense to engage the
      community in the very early stages of the design of those
      policies and programs," said Commissioner Gooda. ... "


      - Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Historian wants acknowledgment of massacres

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29587/Historian-wants-acknowledgment-of-massacres.html
      18 Jul 13: "By Warren Barnsley: An expert in far north
      Queensland history says a new map of the state he's
      produced shows massacre sites of our people over its
      history that haven't been fully acknowledged."

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