Some things are not meant to be
So please please do not take my land
Always was, always will be
And do not take my whole life too
Like Hurley did to Mulrunji
Like a river flows so surely to the sea
— Two Train Singers by Ian Curr
At a COMMUNITY RALLY AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE people spoke out against the Qld Police Commissioner, Atkinson, and his deputy, Kathy Rinder. The rally called for a royal commission into the operations of the QLD Police Service.
The protest action has been sparked by the ongoing investigations into the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee in Police custody on Palm Island in 2004 and a recent spate of Indigenous and non-Indigenous deaths in custody around the State. There has been a spate of deaths in custody this year and an exponential rise in complaints by the community against police.
No answers come from government and the bureaucracy. For example, there is still silence on Sheldon Currie’s death as a result of lack of care for a sick young man in Arthur Gorrie prison. If it were not for the work of the Reverend Alex Gator, her daughter Nicole, Sam Watson and the aboriginal inmates of Arthur Gorrie, we would not know about the abuse of care and mistreatment in that privatised hell hole.
Sam Watson, one of the organisers of the rally says the police need to be held accountable… [See National Indigenous Radio Wednesday, 15 September 2010 Calls for QLD govt to sack the Police Commissioner]
Adrian Burragubba argued that indigenous people are not subject to laws of parliament because they have not ceded sovereignty over their land. Adrian is from the Babingbura clan of the Wangan people, a part of the Birri-Gubba language group, of Central Queensland.
New Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) have been signed in the new Galilee coalfields with Rio Tinto near the towns of Clermont and Alpha.
The Premier Anna Bligh intends to launch the new mine at Clermont soon. Her department has engaged someone not belonging to the Wangan poeple, the traditional owners, to do the smoking ceremony at the launch of the mine.
Bureaucrats have chosen someone from the wrong language group. This shows disrespect to the traditional owners. Government ignorance on these matters is shameless. But they are only doing the bidding of their masters at Rio Tinto and other big mining companies.
The following information is taken from the Rio Tinto website:
Rio Tinto is currently constructing the Clermont Mine, located 12 km north west of the township of Clermont in central Queensland. When the mine reaches full capacity (expected in 2013) it will produce up to 12.2 million tonnes of thermal coal for international markets … Rio Tinto Coal Australia and the Wangan & Jagalingou native title claimants signed an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) in May 2008. This agreement established an Aboriginal Community Development Fund that claims to provide funds to support community driven projects…
- Hail Creek Mine’s Agreement with the Wiri Yuwiburra People
- Blair Athol Mine and Clermont Mine Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the Wangan Jagalingou People
- Kestrel Mine Land Use Agreement with the Western Kangoulu People
- Mount Pleasant Agreement with the Wonnarua People.
- See http://www.riotintocoalaustralia.com.au/ourapproach/1421_agreements.asp.
A consortium is attempting to build a rail line over indigenous land to carry coal from the Galilee coalfields near Alpha to the coast.
The Queensland government intends to privatise new exploitation of the coalfields – including rail and the ports.
Rio Tinto is the same company that refuses to sign collective agreements with mining workers unions like the CFMEU, AMWU and ETU.
An ETU delegate who attended the BHP Billiton AGM last year does not believe the rail line from Alpha to Bowen with ever be built. It was a con job that Clive Palmer was doing on the State Government he said. He argfued that to haul the coal that far to the coast would not be as economically viable as hauling coal form large coal seams closer to the coast. They are merely trying on the government for later times and larger profits.
Meanwhile the government has stalled on police responsibility for deaths in custody. The police minister met with indigenous people who organised the speak out yesterday.
Demands made at the speak out
POLICE ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW !!
POLICE WHO BREAK THE LAW MUST BE CHARGED !!
SACK COMMISSIONER ATKINSON, NOW!!
SACK ASST. COMMISSIONER KATHY RINDER, NOW!!
DEMAND ACTION NOW
DEMAND THAT CORRUPT POLICE BE CHARGED
DEMAND THAT CRIMINAL POLICE BE JAILED
THE PEOPLE OF QUEENSLAND
DEMAND THAT POLICE BE HELD TRULY ACCOUNTABLE
WE DO NOT WANT A CORRUPT AND BRUTAL POLICE FORCE
WE DEMAND A FULL ROYAL COMMISSION INTO THE QLD. POLICE FORCE
RALLY AND HAVE YOUR SAY
( All inquiries Sam Watson 0401227443 )
A life flows like a river Darling,
Down goes another Murri
Wise men say only fools rush in
So how do we respond to this death
Especially when only one fella’s left