Open Letter from Nyungah Land

Open Letter from Nyungah Land and Culture Protector Iva Hayward-Jackson

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 17/11/2014 – 6:57pm

Recently The Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett, committed to closing down approximately one hundred and fifty remote Aboriginal communities in the State of Western Australia.

The Premier has claimed that the closures would be in the best interest of Aboriginal people in the State of Western Australia.… Go to Article

People need parks!

Under Public Land and Council Assets Local Law 2014 Brisbane City Council is intending to limit public assembly in local parks, malls, and gardens. The restrictions on use of public parks require “a person who wants to conduct an activity with exclusive use of a particular site within a park for a set period of time must book the site.”… Go to Article

G20 Peoples Summit: call for presenters/invitation

Brisbane Community Action Network – G20

Visioning another world
Brisbane G20 Peoples Convergence
Nov 8-16, 2014

Global Call to action
Dear Friends,
The G20 Leaders Summit will bring the leaders of the worlds’ 20 largest economies to Brisbane in November this year. The “austerity” budget that has just been delivered to Australians is a small taste of what people around the world have been experiencing under G20 driven economic systems — systems which prioritise profit over community welfare and the environment.… Go to Article

Battle for Pooh Corner at Wacol

” There needs to be proper policies put into place where the community gets consulted about the sale of these lands before they actually go ahead and sell them off.” – Simon Birrell

“But the Jezzine Barracks in Townsville and Pooh Corner here in Wacol raise an interesting question how many other defence sites might come on the market?… Go to Article

Petition to drop the Sorry Day charges in WA

The WA Minister of Child Protection, intervene and ensure all charges are dropped in relation to the May 26 protest.

Petitioning To the Honourable Helen Margaret Morton MLC

The WA Minister of Child Protection, intervene and ensure all charges are dropped in relation to the May 26 protest.

Petition by : Grandmothers Against Removals

To the Honourable Helen Margaret Morton MLC, Minister for Child Protection, Western Australia:

The petition of the undersigned shows:

On National Sorry Day May 26, 2014, Nyoongar activists Vanessa Culbong and Isabel Brown were arrested during a demonstration at the head office of the Department of Child Protection in Perth(DCP).… Go to Article

G20 Laws Community Information Session

Thursday July 31 5:30pm
Brisbane Square Library
Bookings required: 3214 6333 or camielle

Here is an Opinion Piece from Scott McDougall – the Director of Caxton Legal Service
Opinion: Let us use our moment to shine a light on democracy
Scott McDougall
The Courier-Mail
July 28, 2014 12:00AM–hPbN7/promo230007702&width=650&api_key=kq7wnrk4eun47vz9c5xuj3mc

THE G20 summit presents an unrivalled opportunity for Australia and especially Queensland, to display our assets while the eyes of the world are upon us.… Go to Article

No Peace without Justice

We will not “return to a living death” of siege and blockade, 
say Gaza civil society leaders.
[Editor’s Note: Readers can see from the signatures below that No Peace without Justice  is a sentiment shared by Palestinian community both inside and outside Gaza – people who are losing loved ones, people who have lost so much and who will not give up.
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Paternalism in Aboriginal child removal

[Editor’s note: WBT does not usually post academic articles. However this article by Griffith University academic, Clare Tilbury, is helpful in understanding the level of aboriginal child removal since the Bringing them home report (1997) into the Stolen Generation. The article was first published on 10 JUL 2008, not long after the Kevin Rudd apology to the Stolen Generation (13 February 2008).Go to Article

Silences in the boom: coal seam gas and neoliberalism

[Editor’s Note: Combined here is an extract from an article published in the Journal of Political Ecology and a talk given by one of the authors, Ack Mercer, at Brisbane Free Uni. The article text below originally contained some references that I have removed. Thnx to brisbane free uni who put on this talk by a group of activists and academics (drew hutton, trevor berrill, sarah lowe & ack mercer) about coal seam gas in Australia and the work of the Lock the Gate campaign.… Go to Article

National Statement – 26 May 2014: Aboriginal Control of Aboriginal Welfare

National Statement – 26 May 2014

Say NO to Continuing Stolen Generations | Aboriginal Control of Aboriginal Welfare

Returning children must be the priority | No forced adoptions | Support and services to prevent removals

We, as Aboriginal Grandparents and parents, have called protests across the country on May 26 demanding the return of our children who have been forcibly removed by child welfare agencies.… Go to Article

Operation Stapler at Bentley Blockade in Northern Rivers

The NSW Police have a plan called Operation Stapler to break up the broad and successful Bentley Blockade, a community-based stand to stop the gorgeous farmland of Northern Rivers becoming a gasfield. It involves approx 800 police and the Blockade folk have asked me to approach  environment groups and concerned individuals with information on how they  can help prevent this police action …


[Editors Note: Far be it from me to introduce the labyrinthine mysteries of how power protects the status quo, in this case, Metgasco.… Go to Article

Thatcherism in Queensland Housing

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

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National Action Group formed to combat child removals

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Today, Thursday 8 May 2014, people who have experience of continuing stolen generations from Perth, Brisbane, Gunnedah, Alice Springs, Sydney, South Coast, Melbourne and Bundaberg formed a National Action Group to fight aboriginal child removals from their guardians by DOCS in each state.Go to Article

Great Barrier Reef: Mega Ports or Marine Park?


Great Barrier Reef: Mega Ports or Marine Park?Dear Norma

At a time when the reef needs stronger protection, the Queensland Government is fast tracking port developments and giving special treatment to the mining industry.

Join us on Wednesday 14 May for a free Q&A event with four prominent experts to discover the risk these developments pose to the reef, the local tourism industry and Queensland’s economy.… Go to Article

The Second Stolen Generation

2ND STOLEN GEN FORUM A4The inaugural meeting of the Brisbane Sovereign Grannies group was held at Jagera Hall on 27 Mar 2014. Jagera Hall is at Musgrave Park, 121 Cordelia Street South Brisbane. We meet there every Thursday at 12 noon. All are welcome.

On that day we formulated our objectives.

These aims are based on the need for kids to be with aboriginal families to learn who they are, to grow and to understand their culture.Go to Article

‘Sorry’ doesn’t mean taking our children

On 27 March Pru Goward and the NSW Government passed the most dangerous legislation against vulnerable children and families since Federation. These new Laws are NOT reforms to Child Protection they are Human Rights violations.

Pru Goward stated in Parliament during debate of her legislation “It is always about money.”

It is very obvious this legislation is about saving money NOT what is in the best interest of vulnerable children.… Go to Article

Bring our stolen children home

“On 27 March (2014) Pru Goward and the NSW Government passed the most dangerous legislation against vulnerable children and families since Federation. These new Laws are NOT reforms to Child Protection they are Human Rights violations.

Pru Goward stated in Parliament during debate of her legislation “It is always about money.”… Go to Article

Aboriginal activists to go to Turtle Island

Brisbane based Aboriginal activists Boe Spearim and Callum Clayton-Dixon will travel to Canada in August this year using Aboriginal passports.

As representatives of the Aboriginal Provisional Government, we hope to develop ties with the Native peoples of Turtle Island (Canada). We plan to visit the Mi’kmaq people currently resisting mining companies exploiting their lands, to meet with members of the newly formed National Treaty Alliance, and to see how the Nisga’a Treaty (signed in 2000) is operating on the ground.… Go to Article

May Day Forum — Workers Inquiry

To our friends and comrades

Our lives are dominated by work, but our experiences as workers is most often ignored by mainstream politics and the media.

Saturday, May 3 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Kurilpa Hall, West End
174 boundary st west end, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4101

This year (2014) the May Day Group wishes to hold a worker’s inquiry.Go to Article

Stop the squeeze in Annerley

There has been a call from local residents at Annerley in Brisbane for the City Council to apply its own town planning rules.

Local resident, Georgina Curr said ‘Stop the Squeeze’ and talks about the impact of poorly designed high density housing on quality of life in community – issues of footprint, traffic, waste, storm-water, infrastructure are discussed:

A COMMUNITY in Annerley is protesting against a 23- unit development they say is too big for the area.… Go to Article