sharing stories of struggle…

2008

Warning:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers should be aware that this blog may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

Community Review of NTER Legislation – Darwin – 21 June 2008

One year following the announcement of the NT Intervention, Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition in partnership with local Aboriginal community leaders organised a community review of the NTER legislation.

The event was addressed by many speakers including Norman George (Chairman of North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency), Tony Fitzgerald (NT Anti-Discrimination Commissioner) , Reverend Dr Djiniyini Gondarra (pictured below) and Ronnie INSERT SURNAME (President of Knuckeys Lagoon Aboriginal Community).

The community review called for an unconditional repeal of all NTER legislation and an Indigenous policy development approach based on the principles of self-determination.

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Blue Mud Bay Decision Bunggul – Garma Festival, Gulkula – 20th September 2008

On 31 July 2008, the High Court passed a decision in the Blue Mud Bay case endowing traditional owners of the Blue Mud Bay region, along with traditional owners of 80% of the Northern Territory coast line, exclusive rights regarding commercial and recreational fishing in tidal waters overlying Aboriginal land.

A bunggul (tradition ceremony) was performed at Garma Festival to celebrate the landmark victory.

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Anti-intervention Convergence on Alice Springs

Over 200 people from around Australia travelled to join hundreds more from the NT in a protest convergence against the NT intervention in Alice Springs from September 29 to October 3.

The four day convergence hosted a ‘Prescribed Areas People’s Alliance’ meeting with over 100 representatives from affected Aboriginal communities and a vibrant rally and march to close ‘The Gap’, a point where the Stuart Highway passes through a rock formation with important cultural significance.

A ‘Listening Tour’ of several affected communities was also arranged offering Aboriginal rights supporters the opportunity to exchange stories and ask questions about life under the NTER.

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Protest at Jenny Macklin Event – The Sydney Institute, Sydney

On Tuesday 21st October 2008 on her way to deliver a speech at the Sydney Institute, Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin was met with a crowd of 40 protesters demanding that she reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA), end the Northern Territory Intervention and reinstate CDEP for NSW Aboriginal communities.

Led by Senior Dharawal Elder Uncle Dootch Kennedy from the Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the protesters spoke strongly about their experiences on a recent trip to ‘prescribed’ communities in Central Australia as part of a National Convergence against the Intervention.

A statement produced by the ‘Prescribed Areas People’s Alliance’ calling for an immediate repeal of the legislation was handed directly to Macklin as she passed through the crowd.

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