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“Invader Captain Cook” by Angus Rabbit

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, genocide, history, indigenous, invasion, music, sovereignty by John T. on January 27, 2009

Angus Rabbit is a Cherbourg Murri elder based in Brisbane. He is “The Man” of Queensland country music.

Why Terra Nullius? Anthropology and Property Law in Early Australia by Stuart Banner

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, genocide, history, indigenous, invasion, sovereignty, Terra Nullius, treaty by John T. on January 22, 2009

From Law and History Review

The British treated Australia as terra nullius—as unowned land. Under British colonial law, aboriginal Australians had no property rights in the land, and colonization accordingly vested ownership of the entire continent in the British government. The doctrine of terra nullius remained the law in Australia throughout the colonial period, and indeed right up to 1992. 1
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SACRED TREATY SERVICE TO BE HELD AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH SOUTH BRISBANE

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, bible, genocide, indigenous, invasion, reconciliation, sovereignty, spirituality, treaty by John T. on November 27, 2008

4 PM SUNDAY,
30TH. NOVEMBER

St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Merivale St. South Brisbane

ALL WELCOME
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See also – Fr. Peter Kennedy, Bejam Denis Walker and Sam Watson on the St. Mary’s treaty
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Living on Aboriginal Land – Melbourne workshop

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, genocide, indigenous, invasion, reconciliation, sovereignty, spirituality, treaty by John T. on November 17, 2008

Urban Seed invite you to join us for

“Living on Aboriginal Land”
A workshop with Baganan Kurityityin Theresa Creed and John Tracey

This workshop challenges non-Aboriginal participants to explore the relevance of concepts such as land rights, native title, sovereignty, reconciliation, treaty, self-determination, Aboriginal deaths in custody, customary law, traditional owner etc. to their own life on this country.
It explores ways in which non-Aboriginal people can support Aboriginal Australia.
The workshop offers no easy answers, only difficult questions.

6pm, Tuesday November 25th
@ “The Den” 116 Little Bourke St. Melbourne
(between Russell St. And Exhibition St. on the north side of the street)
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Algonquin Nation – recent developments

Posted in Aboriginal, genocide, indigenous, invasion, reconciliation, sovereignty by John T. on November 7, 2008

All: She:kon: On Monday, November 3, 2008, at 9:30 a.m., a group of spiritual warriors, twenty strong, converged on the Quebec Courthouse in Manawaki, Quebec, armed with nothing more than their convictions, clothed in nothing more than their sovereignty and dignity, and with no fear whatsoever of potential arrest (especially the elders/defendants), despite the real potentiality of arrest. (more…)

Captain Cook, Joseph Banks and Smallpox

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, genocide, history, indigenous, invasion by John T. on November 2, 2008

This is an article about covert biological warfare, Captain Cook and Joseph Banks, about the deliberate infection of disease which spread like wildfire accross the nation.

The historical context for the discovery of Australia was the defeat and withdrawall of the British forces from America after a protracted war with theFrench, the indigenous and the new white americans in America and Canada as well as the French and spanish and others in the global conflict. . Britain had sustained a tremendously expensive war and the dillemma for its government and royalty was whether to defend their colonies militarily at further expense or allow political independance and attempt to develop trade advantage with the new nation. Cooks voyages of discovery occured during the transition from one to the other. (more…)

Message from Gumatj clan nation, MataMata Homeland, NE Arnhem Land

Posted in Aboriginal, Australia, genocide, indigenous, N.T. Intervention, reconciliation, sovereignty by John T. on October 26, 2008

“There is a new wave of attacks on remote Indigenous communities. The government is set to close down most remote schools. Because cdep and welfare are linked to school attendance this is a retraction of any government support from these communities. Schools will no longer teach in the local Indigenous languages either. English only.

They are also proposing to stop all funding to small remote communities, called Homelands or Outstations. These communities – like that we live in here at MataMata – is the cultural source of identity, pride and indigenous religion and law. These are sacred Homelands that the people WILL NOT leave.

There are also ominous signs the government wants to change the land tenure in these communally held estates (free hold title under the Land Rights Act).

These, among many other measures suggest the government seeks to move remote community people into larger centres. This is exactly as Vanstone suggested, but with more subtle rhetoric.

It may seem crude, but what would the response be if the government proposed to shut down all schools in white communities? If they proposed to shut down all service provision to white communities? If they started unilaterally CHANGING LEGAL LAND TENURE LEGISLATION in white communities?

People out here on the Homelands are both saddened and angry. However, they are defiant, that no matter what the government does, they will not leave their sacred lands and their law. The government will be condemning them to a life of EXTREME poverty. Is this ‘closing the gap’? Is this ‘reconciliation’?

They call this a representative democracy. What a joke – what representation do my family have out here? What say do they have in deciding on legislation that directly effects them and their children and their property?

For more info, check out these government discussion papers on the proposed legislation:

http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/internet/facsinternet.nsf/vIA/cdep/$file/Increasing_Indigenous_Employment_Opportunity.PDF

and

http://www.action.nt.gov.au/outstations/

The two policies have to be read as working together – that is where the more sinister policy proposals lie.

Also, it is worth looking at the proposed changes to education in remote Indigenous communities, and the government’s latest response to the review of the NT Intervention.

For a great response to the government policy on CDEP and ‘increasing employment’, check out Frances Morphy’s paper:

http://www.anu.edu/caepr/Publications/topical/Morphy_CDEP.pdf

This gives a clear indication of some of the possible cultural effects of the new wave of Government attacks.

The more people that are informed and active on this issue the better.

Please talk to people about this down south! It is really so urgent I can’t stress it enough!

In solidarity,

Gumatj clan nation, MataMata Homeland, NE Arnhem Land.

Lex Wotton – Guilty verdict

“An all-white jury has returned a verdict of GUILTY in the trial of Palm Island man Lex Wotton on the charge of ‘rioting with destruction’.”
from National Indigenous Times

“Come on People, we can’t accept this” including details of court case on Bush Telegraph

From N.I.T.
A Timeline of the Palm Island case

Lex Wotton trial update

Lex Wotton is presently before the court charged with leading a riot on Palm Island, a charge that carries a life sentence.

At the time of writing the Jury has retired to consider their decision. More updates as information emerges.

The best places to follow the story are the National Indigenous Times

and Workers Bush Telegraph

Palm Islanders burnt down the Police complex on the Island after hearing that the first coronors report into the death of Mulrunji Doomagee which identified massive internal injuries but dismissed the death as an accident. A second coroners report said the death of Mulrunji was caused by the police officer, Chris Hurley.

The fire on Palm Island lead to a national and international protest at the killing and Chris Hurley not facing charges. Hurley was later charged and aquitted but the investigation into the death, which was conducted by Hurley’s friend and not in accordance with proper procedure, is still wrapped up in the bureacracy waiting to be investigated. In Lex Wotton’s trial this same officer admitted to lying about a previous investigation into an incident where Hurley ran over a woman and broke her leg. Mulrunji’s family are also taking civil action against Hurley over the death based on the second coroners report. Chris Hurley is taking legal action to dismiss the coroners findings.

Background to Lex Wotton Trial

Palm Island

Racism in Townsville and the Palm Island riot court case

The bible, indigenous spirituality and the theology of Babylon


This essay suggests that it is not the mission of the white Australian church to offer Jesus Christ to Aboriginal Australia, but rather to learn about Jesus the Christ from Aboriginal Australia.
by Sean (John Tracey)

1/ Introduction; Two great men of God.
The Late Mr. Norman Mitchell and The Late Rev. Dr. William Augustus Jones Junior.

2/ Jesus is an Aborigine

3/ The historical context of Jesus of Nazareth

4/ Indigenous revolution

5/ Sin and Salvation in Aboriginal Australia

6/ Babylon and the contemporary Christian Church

7/ Conclusion
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