Newsletter date: 14 December 2014
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WGAR News - Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
* Media Release: Tauto Sansbury, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Paul Spearim Jr, The Original Peoples Freedom Movement: "Tougher rules" are racially discriminative
* Audio: Damien Williams, CAAMA: New work for the dole regime will force many people from their homelands [Featuring Tauto Sansbury]
* News: Amy McQuire, New Matilda: Black Australia Would Be 'Essentially Free Labour' Under Work-For-The-Dole Changes
* Audio Interview: Phillip Adams & Kris Short, Late Night Live, ABC RN: Indigenous work for the dole [Featuring Professor Jon Altman]
* Audio Interview: National Indigenous Radio's 'Weekly News-in-Review' [Featuring Jon Altman]
* Audio: NIRS: Proposed remote jobseeker requirements flawed: Expert
* News: Neda Vanovac, 7 News: NT dole scheme slammed as slave labour
* Media Release: Senator Rachel Siewert: Greens reject discriminatory work for the dole plans
* Media Release: Senator Rachel Siewert: Leaked work for the dole report exposes flawed ideology
* Audio: Ellen Leabeater, The Wire: Remote communities to work for dole- if they can get a job first
* Audio: NIRS: Ngiare Brown: Gov't must listen to remote communities on dole changes
* Audio: NIRS: GenerationOne CEO backs remote welfare changes
* Background to 'The Freedom Summit': Alice Springs 27-28 November 2014
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
- Media Release
Tauto Sansbury, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Paul Spearim Jr, The Original Peoples Freedom Movement: "Tougher rules" are racially discriminative
Tasmanian Times: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/tougher-rules-are-racial...
10 Dec 14: "Message from Freedom Summit delegates following current government moves to force people in remote communities-most of whom are Aboriginal- to undertake work for the dole for 12 months in order to receives income support: ...
Tougher rules for the Aboriginal communities who will be forced to "work a full year 5 days a week on welfare wages".
The Original Peoples Freedom Movement are diametrically opposed to the punitive and exploitative work; five days a week, 12 months a year, dole scheme proposed by the Abbott Government that racially discriminates against the Original Peoples of Australia.
"This is nothing more than an all too familiar ploy to further assimilate our people through forced removal from their Traditional Homelands. Research from Amnesty International and the Menzies School of Health clearly shows it remains essential to our peoples wellbeing and long-term health that we are to remain in our Traditional Homelands and APY communities, " said Freedom Summit representative Paul Spearim Jnr. ... "
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association: CAAMA news 11-12-14 [Featuring Tauto Sansbury, Original Peoples Freedom Movement]
11 Dec 14: "The Abbott Governments new work for the dole regime in remote Aboriginal communities will force many people from their homelands and back into already dysfunctional regional centres according to a new peak Aboriginal and Islander community representative group. ... " CAAMA news team: Damien Williams, Donna Campbell, Lorena Walker
New Matilda: Black Australia Would Be 'Essentially Free Labour' Under Work-For-The-Dole Changes
9 Dec 14: "The Greens, Labor, and advocates have raised the red flag about a new plan to make welfare recipients work 52 weeks a year. Amy McQuire reports. Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory will be working for around $5 cash an hour under changes to a remote work-for-the-dole scheme, bringing back memories of the old ‘work for rations’ days. ... " By Amy McQuire, a senior reporter with New Matilda. She's the former editor of Tracker magazine and the National Indigenous Times.
- Audio Interview
Late Night Live, ABC Radio National: Indigenous work for the dole
10 Dec 14: "The Federal Government has outlined its new Work for the Dole program for those living in remote communities in the Northern Territory. The scheme, which comes into effect on 1 July next year, requires all 18 to 49 year old job seekers to work 25 hours a week for 52 weeks a year and job providers will be "contractually obliged to report non-compliance". Job seekers in regional areas and cities are only required to meet the same conditions for six months."
Guests: Professor Jon Altman ...
Credits: Presenter: Phillip Adams; Producer: Kris Short"
- Audio Interview
National Indigenous Radio's 'Weekly News-in-Review' - December 12, 2014
12 Dec 14: "This week's episode is presented by Cassandra Tim. This week:
* CEO of GenerationOne Jeremy Donovan and Australian National University expert Jon Altman on the new proposed remote Work for the Dole measures;
* Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia CEO Dennis Eggington on the possible closure of remote communities;
* Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda hands down his fifth Social Justice and Native Title Report."
"Producers: Merinda Ninyette, Cassandra Tim and Warren Barnsley"
NIRS: Proposed remote jobseeker requirements flawed: Expert
11 Dec 14: "A leading economic development expert has questioned the Federal Government's proposed jobseeker requirements in remote communities. ... Professor Jon Altman from Australian National University says the Government's scheme may not fit with many communities."
7 News: NT dole scheme slammed as slave labour
10 Dec 14: "The NT government's proposed work-for-the-dole scheme is tantamount to slave labour, Aboriginal traditional owners say. The Original Peoples Freedom Movement (OPFM) says the scheme is punitive and exploitative and will make people living in remote areas work five days a week over 52 weeks to receive the dole. "This is nothing but an outrageous land grab and obscene discriminatory policy that is being only implemented against one people without even the guise of consultation or negotiation," OPFM founder Tauto Sansbury told AAP. "It's a slave labour opportunity."" Neda Vanovac
- Media Release
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Greens reject discriminatory work for the dole plans
6 Dec 14: "The Australian Greens have rejected a discriminatory Government plan to make different rules for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities in order to access income support.
"The Government has waited until after Parliament has finished for the year to announce their plans to force people in remote communities to undertake work for the dole for 12 months a year in order to receive income support," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.
"The Government is once again ignoring the underlying factors that are contributing to unemployment. It is unjustifiable that this scheme would be so much tougher in remote communities compared to the rest of the country.
"The Minister has admitted that there are 'a lot less jobs available in remote communities' and work for the dole doesn't address that problem.
"The prospect of people working 25 hours a week for Newstart means they will be working for insignificant wages. ... ""
- Media Release
Greens Senator Rachel Siewert: Leaked work for the dole report exposes flawed ideology
9 Dec 14: "The Australian Greens said today that leaked briefing documents for the Government's work for the dole plans in remote communities proves their approach is underpinned by flawed ideology and is clearly discriminatory.
"The Government's new approach will end in disaster for Aboriginal people and communities. This is an ideological approach not based on evidence and with people being set up to failed and be dumped off income support", Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.
"The Government is implementing a discriminatory regime that will subject people to the equivalent of very low wages for 25 hours work a week, with harsh penalties for non-compliance.
"Reports published today containing details of leaked documents shows the Government's condescending language and lack of respect for job seekers. The documents appear to be laced with ideology and the characterisation of unemployed people as undeserving of income support. ... ""
The Wire: Remote communities to work for dole- if they can get a job first
9 Dec 14: "Twelve months working for the dole. That's the new reality faced by job seekers who live in remote and regional Australian communities. Unemployed people will who will have to work 25 hours a week for twelve months to receive the Newstart allowance. The Federal government says this will create real pathways to employment. But the opposition says it is both discriminatory and ineffective. With remote and regional communities already suffering from a lack of jobs, the question is where will these job seekers go?"
"Produced by Ellen Leabeater ...
Featured in story:
Senator Rachel Siewert ...
Shane Neuman - Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs. ...
Associate Professor John Spear ... "
NIRS: Ngiare Brown: Gov't must listen to remote communities on dole changes
10 Dec 14: "A prominent health expert says governments have largely refused to take notice of community feedback when implementing policies affecting Indigenous communities." Adam Evans, with Koori Radio
NIRS: GenerationOne CEO backs remote welfare changes
10 Dec 14: "The CEO of GenerationOne says work for the dole changes will help people in remote communities prepare for employment." Adam Evans, Journalist
Background to 'The Freedom Summit': Alice Springs 27 - 28 November 2014
(Last updated: 5 December 2014)
Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
(Last updated: 29 May 2014)
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43 years to the day since Tent Embassy; sit-in by true leaders
WGAR News: 43 years to the day since Tent Embassy; sit-in by true leaders [Featuring Mr Sansbury]: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer
20 Dec 14: "Contents:
* Video: NITV News featuring Tauto Sansbury, a convenor of the Freedom Summit [Tauto is interviewed 3min 50sec into the program; nitv video expires 25 Dec 14]
* Analysis / Opinion: Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: 43 years to the day since Tent Embassy; sit-in by true leaders [Featuring Mr Sansbury]
* Analysis / Opinion: The Stringer: Redfern deaths in custody forum talks about ways forward
* Background to 'The Freedom Summit': Alice Springs 27-28 November 2014"
Background to the National Freedom Movement
WGAR Background to the National Freedom Movement
New 'National Freedom Movement' website
WGAR News: New 'National Freedom Movement' website
* Homepage of New 'National Freedom Movement' website: http://freedommovement2014.wix.com/freedommovement
* About: National Freedom Movement What's it about?
* Freedom Summit - The Delegates
* Upcoming Forums: Stringer Facebook: "Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide forums in the next couple of weeks are an opportunity to hear about the Freedom Movement's Sit-In at Canberra commencing on January 26."
* Audio Interview: 4ZZZ Brisbane: Indigi-Briz interviews Michael Anderson about the Freedom Summit ...
* WGAR Background to the National Freedom Movement
* WGAR Background to 'The Freedom Summit'
Invasion Day Events - Monday 26 January 2015
WGAR News: Aboriginal Sovereignty Day, Invasion Day, Survival Day & Day of Mourning Events - Monday 26 January 2015
* Background to Aboriginal Sovereignty Day, Invasion Day, Survival Day and Day of Mourning
* 'National Freedom Movement' sit-in at Canberra
* Adelaide events
* Brisbane events
* Melbourne events
* Sydney events
- Background to Aboriginal Sovereignty Day, Invasion Day, Survival Day and Day of Mourning
Event: Sun 26 January 2015: various locations in Australia
Sovereignty Day / Invasion Day / Survival Day / Day of Mourning
"Aboriginal people call it ‘Invasion Day’,
‘Day of Mourning’, ‘Survival Day’ or,
since 2006, ‘Aboriginal Sovereignty Day’.
The latter name reflects that all Aboriginal
nations are sovereign and should be united
in the continuous fight for their rights." Creative Spirits
"Australia Day - No time to celebrate:
Australia Day is traditionally the most racist
day of the year for Aboriginal people.
When people celebrate on January 26,
there is no escaping the fact they are celebrating
the day that one race of people invaded another
race of people’s country and took control of
Aboriginal lands and tried to dominate Aboriginal
people. Invasion Day, as it should be called,
celebrates the dispossession of land, culture,
and way of life of Aborigines." Jay McDonald, GLW
Event details: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/australia-day-...
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/46475
- 'National Freedom Movement' sit-in at Canberra
Homepage of New 'National Freedom Movement' website:
"They gathered at the Old Bungalow at Mparntwe
(Alice Springs) from across the continent and for two days
in the centre of this continent, those at the Freedom
Summit spoke of the continuing tragedies and attacks
against their people and of the ways forward. A delegation
of 20 was endorsed by the Freedom Summit to mobilise around
it the First Peoples of this continent to stand up united
and reclaim the "Aboriginal Rights Struggle". In the
meantime, the Federal Government has responded to the
Summit’s organisers with the offer of a meeting.
But on January 26, the delegation will converge on Canberra
– and begin a sit-in right outside Parliament.
Thousands will join them, and in so doing, so will the
world’s press" (The Stringer - Gerry Georgatos 2014)
[Includes updated flyers for Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane]