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DOGITs over Musgrave Park — government deception

Aboriginal Deed of Grant in Trust at Musgrave Park, South Brisbane

There is a common misunderstanding that all DOGITs are for Aboriginal people, but this is not so.

Musgrave Park itself is all a DOGIT (Deed of Grant in Trust), with Brisbane City Council being the trustees.

Musgrave was all a DOGIT reserve for the purposes of sports and recreation until 1998, when a portion at the south end of the park was excised and given a different purpose – that being “for Aboriginal cultural, heritage and historical purposes”.

The Brisbane City Council is still the trustee for the whole park, including that area.

Former Speaker of the Qld Parliament, Mike Reynolds, signs the Sorry Day reconciliation map at Jagera Arts Hall, Musgrave Park, February, 2008.

Nothing was ‘handed over’, in the sense of real ownership or entitlement.

A 30 year lease was going to be signed over the site of the tennis courts, to allow for the building of a cultural centre, but I’m not sure if that actually went ahead, and if so, who the recipients of the lease were – it was either Arts Qld (state government) or the management committee of Musgrave Park Cultural Centre. I suspect it went to Arts Queensland but have no proof.

Ian Curr
24 May 2012

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3 responses to “DOGITs over Musgrave Park — government deception

  1. shane Backhouse

    I am well aware of the aboriginal strugle and the nations original inhabitants. -yes you are referring to the struggle with the first settlers ( whites) where aboriginals died defending their country. I also know that Aboriginal men went into the australian army to assist defend this country. so i gather the australian flag means nothing to them? .
    I bet you would not like it if -(white )people started to burn the aboriginal flag.honestly how would you feel ?? No the australian flag was by the paper burnt at the end of the march that took place after the mulgravepark incident.
    THIS IS THE -2 ND TIME.I can assure you -IAN -THAT IF YOU ARE INTENDING TO GAIN SUPPORT FROM ALL AVERAGE AUSTRALIAND FOR YOUR CAUSE.THE BURNING OF THE AUSTRALIAN FLAG WILL ONLY DO THE STRUGGLE SEVERE HARM AND TURN PEOPLE AGAINST IT.
    so what you are saying IAN is that whites are still the enemy -and i have no right to comment on the burning of the australian flag. ( that is what i read from your comment ) I watch and help the Aboriginal struggle when ever i can – -i was only born in the late -40’s -so there was not much going on about past history .i grew up with my aboriginal mates, and to this day we still see each other ‘s family and there is no consern about -racist attitudes /land rights or ownership of the land.
    WE ARE ALL HERE IN A USTRALIA AND SHOULD BE GETTING ON WITH EACH OTHER AND LIVING FOR THE FUTURE .
    THESE DAYS KIDS CALL ME RACIST AND OTHER THINGS –YOU SAY IT IS THE SYSTEM -I SAY THAT IS CRAP – IT IS TEACHING. In my life from -all over australia i mixed with many cultures and enjoyed it I HAVE GOOD MEMORIES OF THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE THEIR EARLY DAYS OF LIVING ON THE LAND .AND I LEARNT FROM THEM .i am amased that over these many years .there has not been self determination , to get going and show the world what ABORIGINAL HISTORY IS REALLY. No all you want these days is to cause -racist tentions to flare up again . Is as i have said before get up and stop feeling sorry for ones self and show the world the amaseing ABORIGINAL HISTORY AND CULTURE.rATHER THAN BLAMING THE -WHITE-RACE FOR ALL THE PROBLEMS .I am jack of it mate -i help kids of all races and the only ones that give me hatred are the aboriginal kids -why???. and i am suposed to accept this as the system . HELP YOUR PEOPLE GET MOVATED AND START STORY TELLING/PAINTINGS/DANCING /AND SHOWING THE WORLD THE UNIQUE ABORIGINAL CULTURE . THAT IS THE WAY FORWARD TO UNITING ALL AUSTRALIANS

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  2. Please Shane, read and listen to what aboriginal people are saying!

    Don’t be getting up with moral outrage about the Australian flag.

    Aboriginal people fought and died for this country.

    There was no flag burnt when 250 heavily armed police took Musgrave from its rightful owners this past week.

    Ian Curr
    May 2012

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  3. shane Backhouse

    I asked a question in relation to the -musgrave park – tent embassy .It was -did the marchers to protest at city hall -burn the-AUSTRALIAN FLAG -ONCE AGAIN -SO COULD SOME ONE ANSWER THIS -AND IF SO -THE REASON FOR DOING SO .Or do i just believe my countyman (white) that you did. So come on tell it how it is .as is inportant to me as i gather it would be to some of your brothers who fought and died in war under this flag . so answer the question

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