Read: ANTaR Qld Announcements and News September 2011

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What is more important TO YOU: stopping the NT intervention? Closing The Gap in life expectancy? Improving housing? Or reducing youth imprisonment? ANTaR Qld needs to know what YOU think is the biggest justice issue facing Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples in Queensland today. Take our two minute survey and make sure YOUR voice is heard HERE


Items Making the News

  • New indigenous art tilt train has been launched.  A 301 metre canvas of indigenous art is now making its way across Queensland.  The Tilt Train had been transformed by Lockhart River artist Josiah Omeenyo on one side and by 24 artists from the Cardwell and Tully regions on the other.  For more information visit and 
  • Petition to call for a moratorium on Government’s Income Management: - this follows release of report by the Women's Equality Rights Alliance examining the experiences of more than 180 women on Income Management in the NT. This report shows that the vast majority of women surveyed wanted to exit Income Management. The report also documents a disturbing range of problems with the system.
  • Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory: Closing the Gap through caring for our people: Year of the Aboriginal Health Worker launched
  • MUA: Unions Pledge Support To Traditional Owners who Oppose Nuclear Waste Dump  on their land  The Senate is yet to vote on legislation written specifically to allow the nuclear dump to proceed at Muckaty. ... Meanwhile, a legal challenge to the Federal Government’s waste dump plans at Muckaty will be heard in October.
  • Re-enactment of the 45th anniversary of the famous Wave Hill Walk-off of 1966 also presented traditional owners with the opportunity to speak out about the NT Intervention
  • ABC Radio Australia News: China blows whistle on Australia's human rights stance - A confidential cable posted on whistle-blowing website Wikileaks says Chinese officials "sought answers" on how the Australian Government had been handling human rights issues. ... The cable says Chinese delegates wanted the Australian Government to explain its treatment of Aborigines, specifically in regard to the Northern Territory Intervention.
  • Book launch: "Walk With Us" - Aboriginal Elders views on the NT Intervention. This book has been compiled by a group called Concerned Australians.
  • Govt has introduced changes to the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act including giving police the power to 'pat down' minors suspected of possessing or consuming alcohol in a public place and act on anonymous noise complaints.  



ANTaR Qld Learning More Discussion Night Coming Up

Thursday 29 September 6 - 8 p.m.    St Lucia     

As part of our once a month program come and watch Going Bush: Adventures across Indigenous Australia, as Cathy Freeman learns about the astonishing diversity of communities from Uluru to the Torres Strait. Then share your responses to this moving, entertaining series. RSVP: Please contact Rubina Smith by the previous Monday. Phone 0407 888 077 or email If you are attending please park your car around the corner as there is limited parking on the street.


Date Claimer – ANTaR Qld Close the Gap Award

Tuesday 25th October

ANTaR’s Close the Gap Award Ceremony will be held on Tuesday October 25 from 4 – 6 pm. Invitations will be sent to all ANTaR members closer to the event.  If there is someone you think should be invited please email us at the ANTaR Qld office with their details.


Constitutional Recognition - Volunteers required

ANTaR Qld is keen to establish a Working Group to work on Constitutional Recognition.  Please email the Office if you are interested in being involved in this Working Group.


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Petition regarding National Curriculum


The National Sorry Day Committee is concerned that the Aboriginal history component of the proposed new school curriculum is inadequate; including that the Stolen Generations component is an optional and quick element. What our children learn about our past is critical to our future as an inclusive, reconciled and healed nation. The National Sorry Day Committee is urging community members and organisations to attend final consultations on the national history curriculum to raise alarm about the lack of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective (these conclude 21 Sept). Please visit their website for more information on this issue and to sign their petition.


Constitutional Recognition


Have your say on this important issue. There are only 3 weeks left for Australians to make a submission to the Expert Panel via the You Me Unity website. Submissions close 30 September. Visit the YouMeUnity website to have your say.


Local Artist Debbie Taylor's Story Sculpture

Opening: 3rd September 2011    

Where: 3 Progress Avenue Beachmere. Cost - FREE! Incorporating sculpture with a recording of local Indigenous Stories by Aunty Minnie Mace. Ph Amy Kuczynski - 5496 8384


Open Day - Murrigunyah Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Women

13th September 2011     9:30am - 12:30pm

Where: Murrigunyah 2 Burrigun Street, Woodridge 4114.  RSVP - 9th September 2011. Celebrate the new Women's Healing Place. Lunch is provided. For catering purposes; Phone: 3290 4254; Fax: 3299 5525


Oodgeroo Noonuccal Public Lecture

26 Sept

Where: QUT Lecture Theatre W Block, Room 201 Kelvin Grove.  Time: 6-7:30 pm. Presented by: Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Professor, Indigneous Studies. Representations of Aborignal peoples in Australian media.  RSVP: September 2 2011. Telephone: 3138 3610 Email:


Torres Strait Islands: A Celebration

to 23 October 2011

From 1 July to 23 October 2011, Queensland’s major arts organisations and the State Library at the Cultural Centre, South Bank, will join forces to present The Torres Strait Islands: A Celebration, showcasing the diverse arts and vibrant cultures of Torres Strait Islanders. Welcome to the official website for The Torres Strait Islands: A Celebration. This unprecedented celebration of Torres Strait Islander culture and history is taking place at the Cultural Centre, South Bank, Brisbanefrom 1 July – 23 October 2011.


Bush Tucker Day 2011

12-13 November 2011

Where: Webb Hall, Redcliffe Showgrounds, Scarborough Road, Redcliffe.  Time: All day. Guest Chefs Workshops Purchase Items Sample the foods. Information for how to start DIY bush tucker gardens. Keep an eye out for updated posters.Telephone - 3880 1320 Email - Web -


2011 Human Rights and Governance Colloquium

24th & 25th November 2011       

Where: B Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus. International perspectives and discussion. Costs - Two days Early bird registration before 12th September: Student -$90;Full - $150. Regular registration after 12th September: Student - $100;Full - $200. Single day Early bird registration: Student - $45;Full - $75. Regular registration: Student - $55;Full - $125.   All tickets include conference registration, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea; two day tickets have an additional dinner on 24th November. Conference Enquiries: Dr. Rowena Maguire - phone 3138 5201 ; email


Amnesty Human Rights and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Conference

Wednesday 5 October 2011  8:30am – 5:15pm (incl. lunch morning and afternoon tea)

Where: Parliamentary Annex,  Parliament House,  Corner Alice & George Streets, Brisbane. Presented by Amnesty International  - a free one-day conference to discuss how human rights instruments, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, can be applied to governance, law enforcement and justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Queensland.    This event forms part of the Demand Dignity campaign which aims to protect the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.  It will feature more than 20 well-known speakers as well as workshops and discussion panels.  RSVP essential by 5:00pm 28 September 2011 for catering purposes (Please advise of any dietary requirements you may have). RSVP to: / 07 3136 6400. Enquiries: Wayne Sanderson 07 3351 6571 /  or / 07 3136 6404 Change the World Human Rights Conference in Brisbane follows on from 6-8 October 2011.  Find out more at


STOLEN – QPAC performance by ACPA (Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts)

2 – 5 November

Where: Cremorne Theatre, QPAC. Jane Harrison's Stolen is a brilliant amalgam of the experiences of representatives of the Stolen Generation. Immerse yourself in a yarn about the importance of family, understanding and issues that have impacted strongly on Aboriginal families.  Under the guidance of one of Australia's leading actor/directors, Leah Purcell, Stolen will be told with honesty, sensitivity and humour, traits always evident in Purcell's work. Performed by the talented students from (ACPA), Stolen is a rich tapestry of music, dance and drama. Experience this memorable work and delve into an important part of Australian Indigenous history.


Our Generation Film Screening

Event: Wed 12 October 2011: St Lucia, Brisbane, Qld Event: Fri 16 September 2011: Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, QLD Event details: Film info:


Exhibition: From Little Things Big Things  Grow

Fri 4 November 2011 to February 2012: Townsville, Qld

Then from February 2012 to May 2012: Queensland Museum Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970 Event description: Event location:


Building Partnerships within Urban Indigenous Communities Conference.

29 and 30 November at Rydges, Melbourne

Presented by Criterion Conferences. This year's program will explore the challenges, success stories and developments surrounding Indigenous policy and service delivery, with a key focus on improving outcomes for urban Indigenous communities. Gain insight from expert industry leaders on your most pressing issues; intercultural relations, integrated service delivery & communication, funding & identifying partners and community development. Amongst others hear expert analysis from:   Warren Mundine, CEO, NTSCORP;  Fadwa Al-Yaman, Senior Executive, Social and Indigenous Group, Australian Institute of Health & Welfare; Colleen Marion, Founder/CEO, Gathering Place Health Service Ltd; Penny Armytage, Secretary, Department of Justice, VIC;  Jennifer Samms, Executive Director, Taskforce on Aboriginal Affairs, Department of Planning & Community Development, VIC;  Peter Seidel, Partner, Public Interest Law, Arnold Bloch Leibler & Adjunct Professor of Law, La Trobe University and Rhonda French, Community Program Officer, Aboriginal Affairs NSW, Office of Communities, NSW Department of Education & Communities. SAVE up to $600 when you register by Friday 23rd September (quote discount code CC*EM1). To register call on 1300 316 822; or email or register online. 


Combined Voices

Find out more and think about joining this worthwhile project. Go to


ANTAR's Sea of Hands

The Sea of Hands is a locally-led reconciliation activity.  To book Hands for your next community event please contact us on (07) 3844 9800.