AQ Monthly October 2013


  • The ANTaR Qld Monthly
  • October 2013
  • rights  l  justice  l  respect
  • ANTaR activities


Things you might want to do this month:

·         write a letter about indigenous justice;

·         get involved with the new Constitutional Recognition working group

·         make or donate something to the Christmas SCRG satches

·         or perhaps attend an event eg… Dan Sultan and the Rock for Recognition Tour 31 Oct




Join us in expressing concern at the increasing numbers of Indigenous people incarcerated in this state.

Protection of all Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island people taken into custody has been achieved in NSW and ACT for more than a decade. The legislated Custody Notification Service, which has been in effect since 2000, has helped stop black deaths in custody in those states. We need the same service in Queensland.

Attached are 3 letters to strategic policy makers in this area. Please print them off and have as many people as you know/ meet sign them and then send them into the appropriate office. ANTaR Qld will also happily send them in for you if you get a collection of a large number of them and bring them into our office. 


A new working group on Constitutional Recognition will begin this month. This topic has varying points of view and ANTaR Qld would like to hold a forum on Tuesday October 22nd to discuss the issues. Gary Highland, ANTaR's National Director, will present on the night. We warmly welcome anyone interested in getting behind this campaign. We will kick off at 6:30 in the back garden area at Avid Reader.

ANTaR Qld also has 3 other working groups focusing on:

·         Stolen Wages

·         The Learning More Program and our Sea of Hands

·         Reducing Incarceration Rates


Update on Stolen Wages:

The Stolen Wages Working group of claimants, elders and supporters have met again recently on Sept 26th to discuss initiatives and strategies to continue the campaign for the proper recognition and response to the Stolen Wages over the last century. Current activities include research being conducted by ANTaR volunteers into Uncle Kevin Bond’s work history; planning for a broader community meeting to update claimants on issues and progress; and setting up meetings with State politicians, especially those newly elected last year who may not have had any exposure to this issue.  Importantly ANTaR will be an excellent position to  assist with a video project, being developed by Darryl Bellingham (ANTaR Committee member) that will record the stories of the people who have been affected by this injustice. More information Annie Cowling  0402647796 Background:  Dr Ros Kidd

Keen to get involved? We are always looking for volunteers with a bit of spare time and loads of passion… Just email the office and we will pass your details on to the relevant coordinator


Dan Sultan in Concert

31 Oct in Brisbane  and 1st Nov

Dan’s upcoming national tour will be an opportunity for audiences to witness his classic yet intriguing songwriting abilities up close, and share an unforgettable experience with Australia’s favourite rock & roll soul man. Dan Sultan continues his association with Rock For Recognition* following a national tour last year. Rock For Recognition is a growing movement of artists calling for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution



For some years the Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Group has been putting together satchels of clothing and toiletries to support various remote Aboriginal communities. They currently send these satchels to 10 communities in the NT, WA and inland Qld. Supporters knit beanies and scarves; and they also send baby clothes, toiletries, rugs and toys. Members who would like to donate any items please contact the office and we will let you know where and when to deliver the items – which will then be forwarded to the SCRG for their satchels. (For more information about this initiative please contact Jenny Cronin at SCRG )


Other Upcoming Events

For information about some great projects including the Kuril dhagun Digital Program check out SLQ’s Indigenous Voices Blog and the SLQ’s Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC) Blog.

Voice and Reason

Until Nov 23

Where: GOMA

Indigenous artists actively examine the conversations and conflicts involving their ancestors and settlers in Australia


Gordon Hookey Kangaroo Crew

Open until 27 Jan 2014

Where: GOMA Interactive artist project created by indigenous artist Gordon Hookey, from the Waanyi people.


The Deadly Brothers

Extended until 17 November

When: 10am – 5pm daily

Where: at Kuril Dhagun

Providing an Indigenous perspective to the Live! Queensland band culture exhibition, Deadly Brothers throws the spotlight on five Indigenous musicians whose inspiration is drawn from their culture. Over the next 2 months in kuril dhagun you can discover the musical stories of Classik Nawu, Black Image, The Medics, Mop & the Dropouts, and Harold Blair.

Brisbane West Cultural Expo

When: Saturday 12 October, from 10am – 3pm

Perrin Park, Gailey Road Toowong


Brisbane Natives 40 year Anniversary

When: Saturday 12 October at 6.30pm

Where: Broncos Leagues Club

92 Fulcher Road Red Hill

includes naming of the best Brisbane Natives Team of the past 40 years

tickets $40

RSVP by 4 October to brisbanenativewisc@gmail .com


Yarning time with Aunty Dawn

Saturday 12th October at 11am

Zillmere Community Centre, 54 Handford Rd, Zillmere

Bookings req’d: or 3842 9061


Children’s Voices

When: 19th Oct – 19th Dec

Where: The Parlour Level 1, State Library

Collections of artworks made by children, expressing their own understanding and views of their human rights


Yarning time with Bill Knox

Saturday 19th October at 11am -12

Logan Central Library, 26 Wilbur St, Logan Central

Bookings req’d: or 3842 9061


A night by the fire with Zillmere Junior Dance Troup

Tuesday 22 October, 5.30 – 6.30 pm

Talking Circle, Level 1 State Library

Share their stories of dance, culture and being a kid

Bookings req’d: or 3842 9061


Island Vibe Festival

25-27 October

3 days of arts, music, and culture

for more info visit



And making news… a few snippets (for more info on these topics follow link or go to Indigenous Alert 2013 or ABC online…


Palm Island man Lex Wotton will continue his racial discrimination case against the QLD...

NITV, Sydney, NITV News, Natalie Ahmat and Kris Flanders

Duration: 1 min 35 secs - ASR N/A - National - Australia - ID: M0005463466720 Sep 2013 5:30 PM

Palm Island man Lex Wotton will continue his racial discrimination case against the QLD Govt next year. The case was briefly mentioned in the Federal Court in Brisbane today. Two reports by the CMC and the State Coroner, critical of police conduct will be tabled as evidence.


Interview with Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs....

NITV, Sydney, Awaken, Stan Grant

Duration: 12 mins 25 secs - ASR N/A - National - Australia - ID: M0005463646020 Sep 2013 6:01 PM

Interview with Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
Tony Abbott, Prime Minister, has appointed Nigel Scullion as the Minister for Indigenous Affairs. Scullion says that he wants to work with communities, rather than make decisions and impose them on communities. He says that while there is change, it is too slow, which is frustrating for Aboriginals on the ground. He says that for the first time, there is a cabinet Minister who is responsible primarily for Aboriginal and Islander affairs. He believes that one of the areas we could have done better is to have some ownership within communities. He says that many people within the communities believe that income quarantine is a good thing. He discusses the crime rate in the Aboriginal community, noting that the majority of Aboriginal people who commit crimes do so against others in their community. He says that the more people are disconnected for employment, education, and their community, the more they tend to be connected with the justice system. Grant notes criticism about the funding cuts to Aboriginal legal aid. Scullion says that there is no expectation that it will have an impact on front line services. He says that they will be streamlining services, explaining they do not want the money spent on cycles of meetings and bureaucrats.





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ANTaR Qld acknowledges the traditional owners of Queensland and we pay our respects to Elders both past and present. We also pledge our support for the ongoing struggle for rights, justice and recognition in this country.