Indigenous rights

GREEN LEFT REPORT #10: Left wins in council and union elections + more

Features interviews with Sue Bolton, the newly elected Socialist Alliance councillor for Moreland in Melbourne and Lindsay Hawkins, one of the Progressive PSA team that have won control of the union representing NSW public servants.

Radioactive Exposure Tour hits Australia

The Friends of the Earth “Radioactive Exposure Tour” is taking place from April 12 to 27. Forty people will travel from Melbourne and Adelaide through to Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.

The tour will take people to the heart of the Australian nuclear industry, exposing the realities of “radioactive racism” and the environmental impacts of uranium mining.

Venezuela: Global peasants’ movement Via Campesina urges support for revolution, government

Via Campesina is a global organisation of peasants and one of the largest and most significant international social movements. The statement below in solidarity with Venezuela’s revolution and peasants was released by its International Coordinating Commission of Via Campesina International, which met in Managua, Nicaragua on March 29.

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John Pilger: Australia stealing Indigenous children once more

The tape is searing. There is the voice of an infant screaming as he is wrenched from his mother, who pleads, "There is nothing wrong with my baby. Why are you doing this to us? I would've been hung years ago, wouldn't I? Because [as an Australian Aborigine] you're guilty before you're found innocent."

The child's grandmother demands to know why "the stealing of our kids is happening all over again". A welfare official says, "I'm gunna take him, mate."

Film reveals Wollongong’s radical history

A new documentary film Radical Wollongong, produced by Green Left TV, will premiere in Wollongong in early May, followed by screenings in other cities and regional centres.

The film features activist participants from Wollongong's radical history of strikes and community rallies, from miners’ struggles to Aboriginal justice and environmental protection.

Co-producer John Rainford gives some background to the first coalminers associations, setting up Wollongong with its reputation as a city of militants.

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Brisbane Aboriginal embassy vows to continue the struggle

The Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy (BASE) celebrated its two-year anniversary on March 22. During the past two years, BASE has experienced community support and state repression in their struggle to put Indigenous sovereignty on the agenda in Brisbane and has served as a beacon for Indigenous freedom fighters across the country.

Boe Spearim spoke to Green Left Weekly about the history of BASE, its projects, influences and future.

What were the origins of the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy project?

Rally for TJ Hickey at NSW parliament

"We're back for justice. Demand justice for TJ." was the theme of a rally outside the New South Wales parliament on March 19.

Protesters demanded police accountability over the death of Aboriginal teenager TJ Hickey, which occurred more than 10 years ago. Hickey died after being impaled on an iron fence in inner-city Waterloo, while being chased on his bike by a police van.

Film screening: Utopia

“UTOPIA” is an epic new production by the Emmy and BAFTA winning filmmakers and journalist John Pilger.

This is the sad story of a sadly neglected people. A report out of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research ranked the vast region, known as Utopia, as the most disadvantaged in the nation.

The region of Utopia is a vast area in northern Australia about 300 kms from Alice Springs and is the home of the oldest human presence on earth.

Event date: 
Tue, 01/04/2014 - 6:15pm

How Aboriginal people created Australia -- book provides detailed account of Aboriginal land management

The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aboriginal people made Australia
Bill Gammage
434pps, $40
Allen & Unwin, 2012

This is an extraordinary book that details how Australian Aboriginal people cared for the land, or as Bill Gammage calls it the “Biggest Estate on Earth”.

Gammage describes, with many examples, how Aboriginal people looked after the land. No corner was ignored, from deserts and rainforests to rocky outcrops, across the entire continent for at least 60,000 years until British colonisers began to destroy all this work after their arrival in 1788.

Aboriginal people imprisoned without charge

About 30 Aboriginal people with intellectual impairments are locked up in Australian prisons without charges, ABC’s Lateline reported on March 12.

The report highlighted the case of Rosie Anne Fulton who has spent 18 months in a prison in Kalgoorlie without facing trial or being convicted of a crime. There is no specialist accommodation for people with disabilities in the Northern Territory.

Fulton wants to move to Alice Springs to be closer to her family, but an application to house her in specialist accommodation has been rejected.

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