Newsletter date: 10:20 am, 1 May 2015; Last updated 4:40pm, 1 May 2015
* Analysis / Opinion: SOGIP: Aboriginal communities should not be closed ! By Martin Préaud, Barbara Glowczewski and 16 French researchers working in Australia
* Analysis / Opinion: Arena Magazine: The Real Cost of Closing Remote Communities, by Brian F. Codding, Douglas W. Bird and Rebecca Bliege Bird
* Analysis / Opinion: Jon Altman, Land Rights News - Northern Edition: The quest for the good life
* Current Event: The May 1st rallies have gone global: States throughout Australia, Aotearoa (NZ), Canada, Germany, Hawaii, Hong Kong China, UK, USA
Green Left Weekly: https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58824
Amnesty International Australia: http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/37100/
* Background: WGAR News: Full list of May 1 2015 Actions in a place near you: Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia, facebook
* WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
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WGAR News - Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
- Analysis / Opinion
SOGIP: Aboriginal communities should not be closed ! By Martin Préaud, Barbara Glowczewski and 16 French researchers working in Australia
27 Apr 15: " ... So just imagine one day getting told that your suburb will « be closed ». That you won’t have access to electricity, water, health care and education for your children any longer, i.e. to the services that every other citizen of the country where you live is entitled to. The reason ? Not a war, as is the case in many places where populations are forced to flee and hide, but the simple fact that the government has decided that you cannot live more than 100 kms away from a town, sharing with others a « lifestyle » in a community deemed « unsustainable and unlikely to attract development opportunities for the future ». ... "
SOGIP Research Programme: Scales of governance and the rights of Indigenous Peoples
Overview - SOGIP project
S.O.G.I.P : Scales of governance and Indigenous Peoples
"SOGIP (Scales of Governance, the UN, States and Indigenous Peoples: Self-Determination in the Age of Globalization) is a global, multi-scale, comparative research project investigating the social, cultural and political issues relating to governance and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. ... The adoption by the General Assembly in September 2007 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) opens a new horizon for reflection on the possible modalities of the right of all peoples to self-determination."
- Analysis / Opinion
Arena Magazine: The Real Cost of Closing Remote Communities, by Brian F. Codding, Douglas W. Bird and Rebecca Bliege Bird
Doing the sums on the contribution made by traditional Aboriginal economies
"Western Australia has been in the midst of an economic boom fuelled by industries based on resource extraction, a boom that may now be busting. Alongside this giant, a quieter economic engine based on resource extraction chugs along: the customary sector of local Aboriginal economies. While the former is largely responsible for Australia’s recent economic prosperity, the latter either goes unnoticed or is dismissed as a ‘lifestyle choice’. However, only one of these economic sectors is truly viable in the long term. ... "
arena - The Australian Magazine of Left Political, Social and Cultural Commentary
"Arena is well known in Melbourne and Australia more broadly as a publication which has made an impact on political and cultural interpretation and practice over a period of more than thirty years. ... It is composed of a core of people with a large number of friends and supporters who have established various venues and discussion projects ... Arena has never accepted government support of any kind and has been fortunate to have been valued sufficiently by its friends for them to help its development financially in a variety of ways. At present, Arena has a Trust established for this purpose. ... "
- Analysis / Opinion
Land Rights News - Northern Edition: The quest for the good life:
April 2015: "IN February I went to Maningrida to investigate the perspectives of the Kuninjku people with whom I have worked for a long time about what constitutes ‘the good life’ -- whether they have it in today’s precarious world, or not; whether they have ever had ‘the good life’; and whether they thought that it is something that they might achieve, if not today, in the future. This research was part of an international comparative project on moral economies sponsored by the United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council. ... " By Jon Altman, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University
Land Rights News - Northern Edition - Northern Land Council, Australia
Australia's longest-running Aboriginal newspaper
"Land Rights News was first printed in 1976 and is Australia's longest-running Aboriginal newspaper, telling stories from remote Aboriginal lands from across the Northern Territory. The newspaper has long been jointly produced by the Northern Land Council and Central Land Council but with so much happening within the regions of both organisations a decision was made for each Land Council to independently produce its own publications. ... So now, the NLC produces Land Rights News-Northern Edition and the CLC produces Land Rights News-Central Australia*. ... "
Jon Altman - CAEPR Foundation Director, Visiting Fellow
"Jon Altman has a disciplinary background in economics and anthropology. From 1983-90 he was a postdoctoral fellow, research fellow and senior research fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change in the HC Coombs Building. From 1990-2010 he was Foundation Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) when it was a university centre and then a research professor there till 2015. ... Research interests: At the broadest level Professor Altman's research focuses on social justice and human rights for minority groups globally. ... "
- Current Event
The May 1st rallies have gone global
There are rallies in:
* States throughout Australia: ACT, NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic, WA: http://www.amnesty.org.au/indigenous-rights/comments/37100/
* Aotearoa (NZ): Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington
* Canada: Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver
* Germany: Berlin
* Hawaii: Honolulu
* Hong Kong China
* UK: London
* USA: Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC
See the following links for details:
MAY 1st GLOBAL SOLIDARITY #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA
Stop Closure of Remote Aboriginal Communities Rallies (a-z)
Green Left: International day of protest on May 1 against forced closure of Aboriginal communities
Amnesty International Australia: Get involved: Remote Communities Closure rallies
WGAR News: Full list of May 1 2015 Actions in a place near you: Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia, facebook
Newsletter date: 30 April 2015
WGAR Background: Plans to close Aboriginal homelands / remote communities in WA and SA
(last updated: 29 April 2015)
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