AQ Monthly - May 2014 - Racism, Reconciliation and Sorry Day

The ANTaRQld Monthly

May 2014

rights  l  justice  l  respect


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


ANTaR activities


ANTaRQld is partnering with QUT for 2 special events in May.


1.     Bushtucker walk with Danny Doyle
When: Wednesday 28 May; 12 noon.
Where: Meet Outside A Block, QUT Gardens Point.

Bring: Sunscreen, hat and lunch

          More info at


2.    Launch of Stolen Wages DVD

When: Thursday 29 May; 10:30

Where: IHBI Seminar Room {Level 1, Q Block} QUT Kelvin Grove Campus


ANTaR Qld Annual General Meeting

Mabo Day; June 3rd

Where: Kurilpa Hall 6 – 8pm

The AGM will be followed by a speaker. Please join us – and invite your friends.


New Office Needed


ANTaR Qld is looking for a new office. Everything is in safe storage but it would be delightful to have a new West End Office Space. Our old phone number is no longer working but forany queries please contact us by email, which is checked daily, or phone us on 0401 733 359. Thank you for your ongoing support.




Weakening of anti-racism laws

ANTaR National submission to the Exposure Draft of the Freedom of Speech (Repeal of s.18C) Bill 2014 is attached for information purposes. Please read ANTaR National’s full submission here:



Learning More Program:See above for QUT-partnered activities

Reducing Imprisonment: 
The Working Group has been focusing on concerns with the new Qld youth justice laws.

Thank you to all ANTaRQld members who have voiced their concerns about these laws – thank you to those who’ve written to decision-makers including Members of Parliament and the Parliamentary Committee. We note that mention was made of 3 submissions from ANTaRQld and its members at the public hearings on these laws. Please continue to write submissions/ visit your local member expressing concern about the likely negative impact of these laws.

Please note that reducing imprisonment is a campaign also actively supported by ANTaR national.

ANTaR is campaigning for:

1.     The national adoption of a justice target, which commits all governments to reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment as part of the Closing the Gap strategy.

2.     National action to end deaths in custody including independent investigations into allegations into police misconduct or abuse and independent inspections of all custodial facilities to ensure conditions are safe and humane.

3.     A coordinated, national Justice Reinvestment approach to divert resources over time from prisons into community programs. This would prevent crime, reduce imprisonment rates and create safer communities through better targeted public spending.


Constitutional Recognition
This group continues to be active – meets again on May 13th at the SLQ. The group is liaising with local government to prepare a grassroots campaign that will be ready to go!

Stolen Wages: See above for QUT-partnered activities


The Stolen Wages case of Uncle Conrad Yeatman is scheduled to commence in court 28 May. If you are interested in knowing more about this case please contact our office.

See above for upcoming launch of the Stolen Wages DVD

Please contact us if you are interested in being involved in any of these Groups


Upcoming Events Around Qld


Stylin Up

When: Saturday 24 May From 11am – 6pm

Where: Greenfields Sports Complex, Inala

Free family-friendly day out.Australia’s largest Indigenous hip-hop and R&B music and dance event, including a significant Indigenous creative arts development program. To find out more visit

Sorry Day Ceremony – Balaangala

When: Sunday 25th May (eve of Sorry Day), 4- 5.30pm

Where: In the Garden Space, 98 Yoorala St, The Gap
You are invited to join with the Balaangala Community Group at their Sorry Day Ceremony to remember and pay respects to the families and communities of the Stolen Generations



RQI Twilight Walk

Hi  The RQI Twilight Walk is on again!  We have chosen to do the walk as a lead-in to National Reconciliation Week (NRW) as the weather will be kinder to our Walkers. There will be a bus provided for those who feel they would like to be in the Walk but are not able to walk the distance. The bus will follow the Walkers from Spring Hill to the Lizard in West End, and then on to our meeting place after the Walk at the Ukrainian Hall at 70 Cordelia Street South Brisbane,Please RSVP (38572373) if you will be walking, and also if you would like to be taken on the bus.Bring along your flags, banners and Reconciliation Shirts.Looking forward to seeing you on the Walk and at the Sausage Sizzle afterwards.Please send this information through to all your networks.Regards  Rosalie E: T:  (07) 3857 2373


State Library Qld

this month the State Library explores the myriad languages of storytelling
Last chance to explore Our Dreaming

Exhibition closes 9 June
SLQ | Free
Visit the Gallery to see traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories brought to life on large scale projection screens, retold and reinterpreted using animations. Then record your own story using augmented reality and hide it in the exhibition for future visitors to uncover. r pop by kurildhagun to watch digital stories from Queensland's next generation of Indigenous storytellers, and spend some time in the Reading nook to explore language and stories further. Come along next Wednesday evening for a unique storytelling experience with Playback Theatre from Red Thread Stories. Book your ticket now for this engaging improvisational theatre performance that further explores connections between people and place, past and present.

The evolution of storytelling: written lies or spoken truth?

Tues 27 May, 6.30 – 8pm
SLQ, $5, bookings essential

Oral history is the oldest form of sharing knowledge and culture, but in our rapidly changing world has this voice been silenced? Join an esteemed panel of storytellers for a conversation about the changing role of storytelling in Indigenous Australia, discussing the validity of oral history versus written history, the relevance of modern storytelling, and questioning who our stories really serve. This event is part of the A night by the fire with Aboriginal storytellers series.


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


Congress urges caution on Commission of Audit - Press release attached
Issued 7 May 2014


Aboriginal elders lament loss of culture as Indigenous youth suicides rise
Tue 15 Apr 2014

Aboriginal elders in northern Australia say a loss of cultural identity is one of the main reasons for rising Indigenous youth suicide rates.

…Two years of consultation has gone into the elders' report into Preventing Indigenous Self-harm and Youth Suicide.


The suicide rate of young Indigenous people in the north of Australia has been rising for the past 20 years and is now claimed to be the highest in the world.

Statistics show young Aboriginal men in Australia are four times more likely to suicide than their non-Indigenous counterparts.

For young Aboriginal women, the rate is claimed to be five times higher.

The elders' report says that, despite good intentions, government programs have failed to stop the problem…

…policies such as the Intervention have not been culturally relevant and ignored the underlying problems that have led to higher rates of alcohol and drug abuse as well as suicide.


Aboriginal language dictionary for Badimaya people launched at Mount Magnet

10 Apr 2014

A dictionary designed to preserve one of WA's Aboriginal languages, Badimaya, is due to be launched after two decades of research.


Aboriginal woman’s jailing highlights plight of intellectually impaired Aboriginal offenders
Lateline By John Stewart - Updated Thu 13 Mar 2014

An investigation has revealed dozens of intellectually disabled Aboriginal people are being kept in prison indefinitely because of a lack of proper healthcare facilities.

The ABC's Lateline program exposed the case of 23-year-old Rosie Anne Fulton, who has spent the past 18 months in a Kalgoorlie jail without a trial or conviction after she was charged with driving offences.

The magistrate in her case declared her unfit to plead because she is intellectually impaired - a victim of foetal alcohol syndrome - and has the mental capacity of a young child.

Her legal guardian, former police officer Ian McKinlay, says Ms Fulton ended up on a prison-based supervision order because there were no alternatives in the area at the time.

"At the moment this outcome is almost entirely reserved for Aboriginal, Indigenous Australians," he said.

The Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign says there are at least 30 Indigenous people in a similar situation around the country….

…Will MacGregorruns a drug and alcohol rehabilitation service for young people in Alice Springs called Bush Mob.

He said there was a desperate need for more facilities for intellectually impaired Indigenous Australians, especially those suffering from foetal alcohol syndrome.

"Whether it's secure care or supported accommodation options, the models are out there and a lot of people have been advocating the models for a lot of years," he said…


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