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    James Price Point: Victory or Loss?: *Arena Magazine Feature [Kimberley Region, WA]* Newsletter date: 23 July 2013 This newsletter:
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      James Price Point:
      Victory or Loss?:
      Arena Magazine Feature
      [Kimberley Region, WA]


      Newsletter date: 23 July 2013

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/22/wgar-news-james-price-point-victory-or-loss-arena-magazine-feature-kimberley-region-wa

      Contents:

      * Arena Magazine Feature: James Price Point: Victory or Loss?
      * Greens Senators Rachel Siewert, Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters: What future for the Kimberley?
      * Background to the Save The Kimberley Campaign - James Price Point, north of Broome, WA

      * Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: The fight goes to Canberra [Aboriginal rock art]

      * Len Collard and Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Simplistic offer to Noongars cannot extinguish Native Title nor solve years of neglect
      * Alex Bainbridge, Green Left: Barnett makes weak native title offer
      * Background to the Nyoongar Tent Embassy, Heirisson Island, Perth, WA
      * Background to Mabo and Native Title

      * The Wilderness Society WA: Don't destroy the Fitzroy: No place for dams, coal mining and gas fracking!

      * Marc Tong, SBS Living Black: Protecting Sea Country from Seabed Mining [Featuring Mark Hewitt, CEO of the Anindilyakwa Land Council]

      * Northern Land Council (NLC): Chairman urges Parliament to consider reforms [Featuring NLC Chairman Wali Wunungmurra]

      * Tennant & District Times: Nuke dump search marks 8 years
      * ABC Indigenous: Dust-up over nuclear waste dump hits eight years
      * Background to the proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump

      * Gomeroi traditional owners of north-west NSW: Aboriginal workers protest coalmine
      * Catherine Clifford, ABC Indigenous: Temporary truce between Gomeroi and Whitehaven


      * ARENA MAGAZINE FEATURE:
      JAMES PRICE POINT:
      VICTORY OR LOSS?



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Arena Magazine Feature: James Price Point: Victory or Loss?
      http://www.arena.org.au/2013/07/james-price-point-victory-or-loss/
      July 2013: "The proposed-and seemingly doomed-gas hub at
      James Price Point has been a kind of Rorschach test,
      reflecting observers' ideological leanings back to them.
      Accordingly, when in early April Woodside Petroleum
      announced it would shelve the project, this news was cast
      both in tragic and triumphant terms. ... Fundamental
      questions remain. Why should needs, such as housing, for
      Indigenous people in remote areas be contingent on damage
      to their (or others’) traditional country? Why have the
      false binaries of development and culture, environment
      and economic empowerment, been so widely accepted?"


      About Arena
      arena - the website of left political, social and cultural commentary
      http://www.arena.org.au/about/
      "Arena is well known in Melbourne and Australia more
      broadly as a publication which has made an impact on
      political and cultural interpretation and practice over a
      period of more than thirty years. However, Arena is more
      than this or that publication. It is composed of a core of
      people with a large number of friends and supporters who
      have established various venues and discussion projects in
      Melbourne and its environs as well as engaging in a variety
      of practical endeavours over this period. The core value of
      co-operation stands at the centre of what motivates and
      structures the practices and discussions of people at
      Arena."


      * GREENS SENATORS RACHEL SIEWERT, SCOTT LUDLAM AND LARISSA WATERS:
      WHAT FUTURE FOR THE KIMBERLEY?



      - Media Release

      Greens Senators Rachel Siewert, Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters:
      What future for the Kimberley?

      Rachel Siewert: http://rachel-siewert.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/what-future-kimberley
      Scott Ludlam: http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/what-future-kimberley
      Larissa Waters: http://larissa-waters.greensmps.org.au/content/media-releases/what-future-kimberley
      18 Jul 13: "Three Australian Greens Senators are visiting
      Broome and the Kimberley this week to host a community
      forum and discuss alternatives to the threat of
      industrialisation, which continues to loom over the region.
      WA Greens Senators Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam have
      been joined by Greens environment spokesperson Senator
      Larissa Waters for the visit, which will include a public
      forum, meetings with community members and a flyover visit
      of shale gas wells, a new threat to the local environment.
      "The Greens have led political efforts to protect the
      Kimberley and James Price Point from an unsustainable
      future of pollution and industrialisation, and we're the
      only party continuing this work in the lead up to the
      Federal election," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
      "I have no doubt that left unchecked, Premier Barnett will
      continue work to turn the Kimberley into another mining
      region, regardless of the substantial damage to the
      environment, culture and heritage of the region," said
      Senator Siewert. ... "


      - Related Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Greens: Mining benefits not reaching communities

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29602/Greens%3A-Mining-benefits-not-reaching-communities.html
      19 Jul 13: "By Warren Barnsley: The Greens Indigenous
      Affairs spokesperson Rachel Siewert says she's observed a
      lack of benefits flowing through to communities affected by
      mining."


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


      Last updated: 11 July 2013

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


      * GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      THE FIGHT GOES TO CANBERRA
      [ABORIGINAL ROCK ART]



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer: The fight goes to Canberra
      http://thestringer.com.au/the-fight-goes-to-canberra/
      18 Jul 13: "Despite a worldwide campaign to save tens of
      thousands of years old Aboriginal rock art along the
      Western Australian Pilbara coastline of the Dampier, miners
      and local Elders continue at odds with each other. The rock
      art is believed to be older than other locations in the
      world where human images are contained and local
      Wong-goo-tt-oo Elders led by Wilfred Hicks and spokespeople
      for the Burrup’s Senior Law Boss, Tim Douglas, have been
      campaigning for the Dampier Peninsula’s rock art to be
      World Heritage Listed." By Gerry Georgatos,
      a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner,
      a multi-award winning investigative journalist


      - Related Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Stand Up for the Burrup’ campaign

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29596/Stand-Up-for-the-Burrup%92-campaign.html
      19 Jul 13: "By Gerry Georgatos: T.O' from the Burrup region
      in the Pilbara, are calling for Commonwealth intervention
      to protect what is thought to be the largest rock art
      precinct in the world."


      * LEN COLLARD AND GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER:
      SIMPLISTIC OFFER TO NOONGARS CANNOT EXTINGUISH NATIVE TITLE
      NOR SOLVE YEARS OF NEGLECT



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Stringer:
      Simplistic offer to Noongars cannot extinguish Native Title
      nor solve years of neglect

      http://thestringer.com.au/simplistic-offer-to-noongars-cannot-extinguish-native-title-nor-solve-years-of-neglect/
      12 Jul 13: "The Western Australian Government’s
      billion-dollar plus native title offer fails to address
      Noongar disadvantage nor can it extinguish Native Title
      rights write Len Collard and Gerry Georgatos. Much has been
      made of the State Government's billion-dollar plus offer to
      the Noongar people via the South West Aboriginal Land and
      Sea Council (SWALSC). But is it a Native Title offer or a
      politicised move to coerce a proposition that Native Title
      rights have been settled for all those considered Noongars,
      and that all future rights are extinguished?"


      See:

      WGAR News: $1.3 billion Native Title deal divides Noongar peoples: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer (10 Jul 13)
      http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/09/wgar-news-13-billion-native-title-deal-divides-noongar-peoples-gerry-georgatos-the-string


      * ALEX BAINBRIDGE, GREEN LEFT:
      BARNETT MAKES WEAK NATIVE TITLE OFFER



      - News

      Green Left: Barnett makes weak native title offer
      http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54501
      13 Jul 13: "The Nyoongar Tent Embassy has rejected an
      updated offer by the state government to extinguish native
      title, reiterating that recognition of Aboriginal
      sovereignty is the goal of their campaign. The South West
      Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) and the state
      government had negotiated a $1 billion package. ...
      Opponents say the value of the package is trivial when
      divided among the more than 35,000 Nyoongars. "If what
      monies this deal offers were made available to every
      Nyoongar there would only be a few thousand to each
      Nyoongar," Len Collard told The Stringer."
      By Alex Bainbridge,
      a socialist activist since 1990 when he first joined Resistance
      and then the Democratic Socialist Party,
      a founding member of the Socialist Alliance in 2001


      - Related Audio

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Land council questioned over representation

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29600/Land-council-questioned-over-representation.html
      19 Jul 13: "By Warren Barnsley: To the West, there are
      questions over the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea
      Council's status as a Noongar representative body."

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Noongar academic slams Native Title offer

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29563/Noongar-academic-slams-Native-Title-offer.html
      16 Jul 13: "To the West, a Noongar traditional owner and
      academic says WA Government's offer of a one-point-three
      billion dollar Native Title settlement 'short changes' the
      community."


      * BACKGROUND TO THE NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY,
      HEIRISSON ISLAND, PERTH, WA


      Last updated: 10 July 2013

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


      * BACKGROUND TO MABO AND NATIVE TITLE:

      Last updated: 19 July 2013

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


      * THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY WA:
      DON'T DESTROY THE FITZROY:
      NO PLACE FOR DAMS, COAL MINING AND GAS FRACKING!



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Wilderness Society:
      Don't destroy the Fitzroy:
      No place for dams, coal mining and gas fracking!

      http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/kimberley/protect-the-fitzroy-river-no-coal-mining
      "The Wilderness Society is gravely concerned by looming
      plans for dams and large scale coal mining and gas fracking
      in the catchment of the Fitzroy River, the mightiest
      free-flowing river in the Kimberley. Governments and
      corporations are attempting to talk up and fast-track a
      range of developments, that would change forever the
      iconic Fitzroy River. ... The mighty Fitzroy River in
      Western Australia's Kimberley region - known to its
      Traditional Owners as 'Mardoowarra' - is one of
      Australia’s most important free-flowing rivers. It's full
      of wildlife, including an amazing 37 recorded native fish
      species; the river’s health and productivity is vital for
      Indigenous communities along the length of the river."
      Campaign Coordinator, The Wilderness Society WA


      * MARC TONG, SBS LIVING BLACK:
      PROTECTING SEA COUNTRY FROM SEABED MINING
      [FEATURING MARK HEWITT, CEO OF THE ANINDILYAKWA LAND COUNCIL]



      - Audio Interview

      SBS Living Black: Protecting Sea Country from Seabed Mining
      By Marc Tong
      http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/275600/t/Protecting-Sea-Country-from-Seabed-Mining/in/english
      4 Jul 13: "The Anindilyakwa people of Groote Eylandt have
      been promised permanent protection for their sea country by
      the NT Chief Minister. ... Traditional owners of a unique
      island in the Northern Territory have begun a process to
      protect sea country from mining that could see Eddie Mabo's
      Native Title legacy extend offshore. To the Anindilyakwa
      people of Groote Eylandt, getting a permanent ban on seabed
      mining is imperative to protect their songlines significant
      to crossing the sea back to the mainland. ... Mark Hewitt
      is the CEO of the Anindilyakwa Land Council."


      * NORTHERN LAND COUNCIL (NLC):
      CHAIRMAN URGES PARLIAMENT TO CONSIDER REFORMS
      [FEATURING NLC CHAIRMAN WALI WUNUNGMURRA]



      - Media Release

      Northern Land Council (NLC):
      Chairman urges Parliament to consider reforms

      http://www.nlc.org.au/media-releases/article/chairman-urges-parliament-to-consider-reforms/
      15 Jul 13: "NORTHERN Land Council Chairman Wali Wunungmurra
      has sent a gentle reminder to Federal Parliament of his
      desire to have Aboriginal land rights recognised in the
      Australian Constitution, and that there is more work to be
      done for people living in Top End communities.
      Reiterating what he said on ABC Darwin’s 7.30 Report
      recently, Mr Wunungmurra was hopeful that regardless of
      who would win office at the upcoming Federal election,
      Aboriginal people’s land rights would be protected in the
      Constitution.
      "I think we need to go further and I know some people may
      disagree with me," Mr Wunungmurra said during the
      six-minute interview, "but I’d like to see the Land Rights
      Act itself becoming inserted into the Constitution of
      Australia; to protect it from people watering it down and
      tearing it apart.
      "I personally think that that would be a safe place (for
      it)." ... "


      * TENNANT & DISTRICT TIMES:
      NUKE DUMP SEARCH MARKS 8 YEARS



      - News

      Tennant & District Times: Nuke dump search marks 8 years
      http://www.tennantcreektimes.com.au/story/1648830/nuke-dump-search-marks-8-years/?cs=1261
      19 Jul 13: "THIS week marked eight years since the Federal
      Government broke an election promise and began pursuing the
      construction of the country’s first nuclear waste dump. As
      a result of politics and a secret deal brokered between the
      then-Federal Government, the Northern Land Council, and
      some traditional owners - a site at Muckaty Station was
      chosen. It was a decision vehemently opposed by other
      traditional owners. The anniversary has been marked with
      protests in Darwin, a public meeting in Melbourne, and a
      photographic exhibition in Brisbane."


      * ABC INDIGENOUS:
      DUST-UP OVER NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP HITS EIGHT YEARS



      - News

      ABC Indigenous:
      Dust-up over nuclear waste dump hits eight years

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-15/opposition-grinds-on-over-muckaty-nuclear-waste-dump-plans/4820806/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
      15 Jul 13: "A Northern Territory traditional owner has
      vowed to keep fighting federal government plans for a
      radioactive waste dump on her land. Dianne Stokes is in
      Melbourne today for a scheduled Federal Court directions
      hearing on the Muckaty waste dump. Today also marks eight
      years since the Federal Government announced a plan to dump
      nuclear waste in the Territory. Ms Stokes says she's been
      fighting against the plan for a long time. "I'll keep
      fighting until the day that they will turn around and say
      'well we'll stop this and we'll listen to the traditional
      owners and their very strong opposition'," Ms Stokes said."


      - Related News

      National Indigenous Radio Service:
      Anti-Muckaty campaigner vows to keep going

      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/29565/Anti-Muckaty-campaigner-vows-to-keep-going.html
      16 Jul 13: "To central Australia, eight years since the
      Federal Government announced a plan to dump nuclear waste
      at Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory has been
      marked. Muckaty traditional owner Dianne Stokes attended
      the Federal Court in Melbourne yesterday for a hearing on
      the waste dump."

      ABC News:
      Protesters hold a 'Don't dump on Muckaty' sign
      outside Charles Darwin University

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-15/protesters-hold-a-dont-dump-on-muckaty-sign/4820848
      15 Jul 13: "Today marks eight years since the Howard
      Government announced plans to use the Territory as a site
      for a nuclear waste dump ... a policy continued under Labor."
      Shane Eecen: AAP


      * BACKGROUND TO THE PROPOSED MUCKATY NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP:

      Last updated: 11 July 2013

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


      * GOMEROI TRADITIONAL OWNERS OF NORTH-WEST NSW:
      ABORIGINAL WORKERS PROTEST COALMINE



      - Statement

      Aboriginal workers protest coalmine
      Green Left: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54491
      13 Jul 13: "This statement was released by Gomeroi
      traditional owners of north-west NSW
      on July 8. ***
      More than 50 Gomeroi traditional owners, senior elders,
      elders, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members and
      families have formed a picket line at Whitehaven Coal near
      Gunnedah in north-west NSW [on July 9] amid a stopwork
      action in protest against the Maules Creek coalmine and the
      incomplete and disrespectful cultural heritage process.
      Whitehaven announced last week that they had obtained all
      extra approvals needed to commence construction on the
      Maules Creek coalmine. Traditional owners are unhappy at
      the failure of Whitehaven to conduct rigorous cultural
      heritage surveys or to properly consult them about the mine
      plans, joining local farmers and environmentalists in
      opposing it.
      Gomeroi traditional owner Stephen Talbot said:
      "Our people who were working for Whitehaven Coal have
      walked off the job and we are determined to fight this
      Maules Creek mine until they show respect to the
      Gomeroi people and our culture. ... "


      * CATHERINE CLIFFORD, ABC INDIGENOUS:
      TEMPORARY TRUCE BETWEEN GOMEROI AND WHITEHAVEN



      - News

      ABC Indigenous:
      Temporary truce between Gomeroi and Whitehaven

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-12/temporary-truce-between-gomeroi-and-whitehaven/4817972/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
      12 Jul 13: "The New South Wales Department of Planning says
      it believes a meeting in Gunnedah between Gomeroi
      traditional owners and Whitehaven Coal has been helpful. A
      dispute over the salvage and management of Aboriginal
      artefacts at the site of the Maules Creek mine has
      developed this week, with protests outside the company's
      Boggabri office. Planning spokesman, Paul Searle, says he
      appreciates Whitehaven has conditional planning approval
      for the mine, one of the biggest open-cut operations in the
      state. But he says there appears to be a willingness by
      both parties to find a solution." By Catherine Clifford


      See:

      WGAR News: Michael Anderson: Gomeroi Protest against Whitehaven Coal (19 Jul 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/18/wgar-news-inaugural-meeting-of-the-peoples-council-of-the-murrawarri-republic

      WGAR News: Maules Creek Community Council: Aboriginal workers walk off the job - Whitehaven in protest at Maules Creek coal mine (19 Jul 13)
      [scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/18/wgar-news-inaugural-meeting-of-the-peoples-council-of-the-murrawarri-republic

      Sovereign Union: Protesters: Maules Creek mining activites threatens local indigenous culture and history
      http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/623

      Sovereign Union: Goomeroi People call for a mining freeze on sacred lands
      http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/goomeroi-people-call-mining-freeze-sacred-lands

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