AQ Monthly - November 2013

The ANTaR Qld Monthly

November 2013

rights  l  justice  l  respect

www.antarqld.org.au

  

 

ANTaR ACTIVITIES

 

Congratulations ANTaR Qld!!

ANTar Qld was a recipient of a United Nations Association QLD community Award in October. We were so proud to be alongside Les Malezer, Professor Boni Robertson and Professor Gracelyn Smallwood who all received Individual Awards. ANTaR Qld accepted an Organisational award in recognition of our work and passion supporting Justice, Human Rights and Respect for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders since 1997.

 

It is you - our wonderful members  -  who are the individuals who have made this happen by supporting our common goals for the past 16 years. And so we thank you (More information about this will be included in the upcoming Newsletter.)

 

Newsletter volunteers – Please..  yes! You!!

 

Anyone with a passion for the written word – plus a few spare hours - please contact the office to help us prepare the next newsletter. Just think what this experience will look like on your resume (not to mention the fun you are about to have!!) And there may be an opportunity for this to become an ongoing position!! ...

 

ANTaR WORKING GROUPS UPDATE

 

Learning More Program:

 

ANTaR Qld is hoping to host one more LMP event for the year. We are trying to arrange for Les Malezer to speak to ANTaR members and friends. Date to yet be confirmed (likely to be at the end of this month or in early Dec.) Some of you may have missed his Mabo Oration at QPAC, so watch this space for further details. Details will be circulated once confirmed.

 

Reducing Imprisonment:

 

We campaigned Nick Scullion our new government minister for Indigenous Affairs and our new Prime Minister Tony Abbott regarding the protection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples who are taken into custody. Thanks to all the people who sent in letters to support this campaign.

 

Constitutional Recognition:

 

A group has been formed to assist ANTaR National’s Constitutional Recognition campaign. They met again on 12th November for campaign training with National Director Gary Highland. More activity on this front to come …

 

Stolen Wages:

 

This support group continues to be active supporting claimants, Elders and supporters. Most recently, ANTaR Qld has made available a $2000 grant to initiate and develop the Elders Stolen Wages video project. This grant will enable the recording of the first two Elders Stolen wages stories and their editing into a format useful for lobbying, promotion on the Support the Elders Stolen Wages facebook site and for recording and archiving Elders stories. The last meeting of the Elders Stolen Wages Group approved the plan and asked the project workers Daryll Bellingham and Indigenous documentary director and film editor Brad Lindenmayer to begin as soon as possible. The grant from ANTaR Qld will also enable the initiation of a Crowd Funding campaign to complete another 8 Elders Stolen Wages videos.

Another initiative of Elders Stolen Wages Group being supported by our working group is an initiative of Uncle Bob Anderson to work with the Bill Shorten current Leader of the Opposition.

 

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 office@antarqld.org.au

 

WRITE A LETTER

 

Join us in writing to Minister Nigel Scullion, P.O. Box 6100, Senate, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT 2600. Tell him that we oppose recent action by his government to procure the MOUs on township leases for 99 years in Gunbalanya and Yirrkala. ANTaR Qld agrees that all Traditional Owners must be consulted at any stage of land negotiation processes, which is also endorsed by the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

 

The following is a statement regarding this matter from Djiniyini Gondarra Aboriginal elder of Arnhem land:

Dismantling the Land Rights Act (NT) 1976

I express my deep concern at the actions of the Abbott Government as evidenced by the behaviour of the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Scullion, in hastily procuring MOUs on township leases for 99 years in Gunbalanya and Yirrkala in recent weeks. He is quoted as saying that this was part of a blitz to encourage other communities around the country to sign similar deals.

There is no evidence of general consultation with the communities concerned and the haste associated with the process would suggest that there has been no time for reflection or the obtaining of legal and other advice as to the advisability of what the Government proposes. The process therefore places unfair pressure on the communities concerned.

What these leases involve is the handing over of hard fought entitlements to lands to the Government for at least four generations for what would appear to be short term gains. A 99 year lease is regarded by most people as an effective surrender of title. It is a decision that requires careful and mature consideration and not one taken in response to a fly in fly out Government ‘blitz’.

Our Madayin-Law is upheld by the Ngurringgitj-Tradition in the land. A lease that takes control of the land means we are giving away our Law and our identity. We will have nothing to live for. We will become fringe dwellers. Our land can never simply be exchanged for monetary gain.

Government behaviour thus far is consistent with that of its many predecessors in trampling over the rights of Aboriginal people and treating them as second class citizens. It also flies in the face of consultation recommendations of the Australian Human Rights Commission aimed at consensus decision- making, which two Parliamentary Committees have endorsed, including one of which Senator Scullion was a member. It is also inconsistent with the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to which Australia has endorsed.

I call on other Aboriginal Communities to reject the Government’s overtures involving any changes unless and until they abide by culturally appropriate protocols and undertake to give the communities access to independent advice, including legal advice at the Government’s expense

Rev. Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM
6th November 2013
(for further information see report in The Australian 7/12/2013 by PATRICIA KARVELAS “Nigel Scullion faces rebellion on leases”)

Donate this Christmas

 

This Christmas please help ‘Close the Gap’ on Indigenous inequity by donating a gift that will be delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Due to the poverty in many remote and even urban communities in Queensland, many children would otherwise be deprived of such joy.

 

How you can contribute:

 

•         Purchase a gift for a child up to the age of 17 (by Friday, 13 December 2013)

•         Deliver a gift to Close the Gap at Christmas

•         Start a gift collection in your workplace

•         Become a Community Champion

 Visit: www.closethegapatchristmas.com.au for more information Phone:

o   Liz Clarke (Mackay) on 043 2629 326

o   Kym Green (Brisbane) 042 9129 654

·       Erica Qureshi (Brisbane and Redlands) 0423510883

 Email: closethegapatchristmas@gmail.com

 

 

Upcoming Events Around Qld

 

Social Justice Forum Series - Youth Justice and Detention as the Last Resort- Brisbane, 24 October (yes PAST event but..)

For some great insights please go to

Go to  www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/

 

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.

OUR DREAMING: ANIMATING COUNTRY

14 Dec 2013 – 9 June 2014

Our Dreaming: animating country showcases Queensland's vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, retold through animation. Through exhibitions, workshops and events, explore how new mediums have contemporised traditional storytelling, preserving a rich legacy for future generations.

Our stories create enduring connections from past to present, people to place and to each other, giving us a sense of belonging. Experience how these stories are being shared and bring your own stories to life.

How do you tell your story? What does the Dreaming mean to you? Tell us by emailing kuril.dhagun@slq.qld.gov.au for your chance to have your response published in the exhibition

 

QUANDMOOKA DREAMING

26 Nov – 1 Dec, kuril dhagun

Explore creation stories from the Quandamooka region, presented through a collection of paintings and illustrations by Quandamooka artists Sandra Delaney, Belinda Close and Shara Delaney.

The Noonuccal, Ngugi and Goenpul peoples are the traditional custodians of Quandamooka, also known as the Moreton Bay area. Curated by Sandra Delaney herself, Quandamooka Dreaming presents new interpretations of the region's creation stories in a quintessential expression of cultural spirituality.

Quandamooka Dreaming is on display for one week only, so make sure to stop by kuril dhagun to check it out!

 

New website to check out

Yuinart Studios is the Brisbane workshop and gallery of visionary Australian Aboriginal artist Lloyd Hornsby Gawura, descendant of the Yuin people.

Ever-evolving and adapting to meet the changing needs of the community, Yuinart has just launched a new website! The site features Lloyd's latest art series My Country, alongside a blog, new products, PayPal payment facilities, and upcoming events and activities.

This is an exciting venture for one of our most unique local artists, so be sure to check out the website at www.yuinart.com and keep up to date by liking Yuinart on Facebook.

 

And making news… a few snippets (for more info on these topics follow link or go to Indigenous Alert 2013 or ABC online http://www.abc.net.au/news/)…

 

History made as Nova Peris makes maiden speech

11 Nov,2013

The first indigenous woman to sit in Federal Parliament has delivered her maiden speech. Olympian, Nova Peris, was preselected by the former prime minister Julia Gillard earlier this year, ousting then Northern Territory senator, Trish Crossin. However, any lingering controversy was overshadowed by the symbolic occasion. Senator Nova Peris, Australia's says the nation is unlikely to bridge the divide between black and white people.

 

Federal Government funds cut threatens fabric of Merrepen Arts Centre

Nov 11 2013

A Top End arts centre whose fabrics have recently been recognised at the Melbourne Cup's prestigious fashion competition is facing closure.

Merrepen Arts Centre hit the national headlines when Darwin model Chloe Moo won Fashions on the Field at the Melbourne Cup earlier this month in a dress made from fabric designed by one of the centre's Indigenous artists.

Yesterday, two of the Northern Territory's federal representatives, Senator Nova Peris and the Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs, wore outfits made from Merrepen fabrics to the opening of parliament.

But Merrepen Art Centre director Lizz Bott says it has been advised it is about to lose Federal Government funding, which could threaten its future. She says the centre was advised by email yesterday that it will lose $325,000 in operational funding over three years that it relies on to stay open.

The Merrepen Arts Centre at the community of Nauiyu, about 220 kilometres south-west of Darwin, has been running for 25 years.

 

Turtle camp

Fri Nov 8, 2013

For the past 10 years, researchers and Indigenous rangers have been visiting a remote island off the Northern Territory to monitor turtles. Turtle Camp, as it's known, fuses western science with traditional knowledge. It's an expensive operation, so to keep the project running, tourists have been invited to pay for the experience

 

Morris pays tribute to her 'red dust heroes'

Fri Nov 8, 2013

Singer-songwriter Shellie Morris has paid tribute to Indigenous women in Australia's remote communities after being named the Northern Territory Australian of the Year. The 48-year-old was recognised for her work in Aboriginal communities around Australia, as well as her role as ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation.

 

Indigenous training schemes must have direct connection to work: Scullion

Thu Nov 7, 2013

The Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave himself first-line responsibility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander questions in the new Government, but the new Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion is his eyes and ears. Senator Scullion is on a fact finding tour of north-west Queensland to look at Indigenous employment and training opportunities.

 

High Court native title decision: abalone fishermen Owen and Daniel Karpany allowed to keep undersize catch

Wed Nov 6, 2013

The High Court has ruled a South Australian father and son charged with having undersized greenlip abalone were entitled to the catch under native title rights.

 

Indigenous runners conquer New York

Mon Nov 4, 2013

All eleven runners from the Indigenous Marathon Project have crossed the finish line in the New York Marathon. Olympian and former World Champion Robert de Castella was with the runners who finished the race following six months of intense training in Australia.

 

Museum-held Aboriginal remains returned to family, with an apology

Fri Nov 1, 2013

The remains of four Aboriginal Victorians, including a 14-year-old girl, have been returned to their traditional lands after a ceremony in Melbourne.

Forty-five other remains from the same tribe have been officially signed over to the Wadawurrung people, but they have yet to be formally returned for burial.

 

Some of the remains have been in museums for more than a century.The Wadawarrung community stretches from coastal areas around Geelong to Ballarat.

The Melbourne Museum still holds more than 1,000 sets of remains of indigenous Australians.

 

Territory school report card worst in nation

Wed Oct 30, 2013

School attendance in the Northern Territory is the worst in the nation, with just 55 per cent of Indigenous children in Year 10 going to school. A COAG report released today shows there has been no improvement in Indigenous school attendance rates across Australia since 2008.

 

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.

 

This E-newsletter is compiled by ANTaR Qld and sourced from community news items. Subscribe on the right hand side of our home page. Our thanks to the editorial team.