Rai, that little magic man and our songs

A meeting of song stories, on sacred ground.

Come to listen and meet our artists.
The legendary Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham AO returns to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, mentoring and performing with Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians and music students from the University of Sydney and the EORA Centre in Sydney.… Go to Article

Decision on the sacred fire

Bejam Dennis Walker vs NSW

Sacred Fire
Magistratsacred fire on jagera lande Callaghan handed down his decision in the Brisbane Magistrates Courts today, 22 Oct 2014, concerning the sacred fire. He decided that the fire lit at the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy is a sacred fire and accepted the evidence of the two aboriginal elders.

The magistrate accepted that the sacred fire fell within the terms of the Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) over the land in Musgrave Park.… Go to Article

Historic films on Democratic & Land rights struggles in Queensland

[Editors Note: I have been asked by Brisbane Blacks and by activists to share historic films that may assist in coming struggles around g20 and after. Here are my picks of films about land rights and democratic rights struggles (for the right to march and right to assembly) in Queensland.… Go to Article

Aboriginal Women: punished when DOCs steals their children

property created crime[Editor’s Note: This press release from the Human Rights Law Centre says that it is family violence and removal of Aboriginal children from their families that is causing increased imprisonment of aboriginal women. But what is causing the violence and why do DOCs steal aboriginal children at five times the rate of the stolen generation?… Go to Article

The Northern Territory Government cuts off water to Irrkelantye

Without any notice to the impoverished community of Irrkelantye, also known as Whitegate, the Northern Territory Government cut off the water supply. In the past, the United Nations has slammed as “an affront to human rights” such scandalous measures to shut down communities and move on people. Irrkelantye is all that its residents have known as home and indeed they have nowhere to go.… Go to Article

Wandering beneath the grace of clouds

An interview with Janie Conway-Herron published in Text Journal

I am a collector. I collect lost stories; the ones that people forget or the ones that people know but don’t tell. You can find them if you look hard enough in the right places. I look for different stories and hold them up to myself like a mirror, searching for the elusive threads that might slip away before I have time to catch them.Go to Article

Remember Dundalli – 2013

Dundalli remembrance, Post Office square, 5 January.

Dundalee 
They teach us to study stones to contain 
our emotions
at school we learn't more about Sitting Bull
Oh why, oh why did they have 
to bury his heart at Wounded Knee?

Proud Dundalli, born in Blackbutt 
he put up a fight for fourteen years 
uniting all the tribes against the gubba 
So they broke his legs and  hung him 
from scaffold 
at Post Office Square like a poor convict 
as his people cried out wailing 
from Tower Mill 
Up here in Moreton colony 
we remember Dundalli

What gives me the right 
to be standing here?
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More on Sand Theft from Straddie

Police to probe sand ‘theft’

Police have been called in to investigate the alleged large-scale theft of sand from North Stradbroke Island

Belgian-owned mining giant Sibelco has been accused of stealing as much as 8 million worth of sand from the island and selling it to the construction industry.

Premier Anna Bligh’s Government, already prosecuting Sibelco for alleged illegal sand mining, has referred evidence to the Queensland Police on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution.… Go to Article

Film: QUANDAMOOKA DREAMING

The Quandamooka Combined Aboriginal Organisations Forum
proudly presents
QUANDAMOOKA DREAMING
A documentary film series from the Traditional Owners of Quandamooka country (Moreton Bay region) Filmmaker, Marcia Machado created four films about local history and culture in collaboration with Elders, community leaders and young people of Quandamooka Country

WHERE: Concert Hall, Redland Performing
Arts Centre (RPAC)
2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland
WHEN: Wednesday 11 May 2011
4:30pm – 7:00pm

TICKETS: Free to Quandamooka people
By donation (at the door) to
general public
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: To reserve your ticket, phone the RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131 between 12noon – 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 1pm Saturday
Tickets are also available from the North Stradbroke Island Housing Co-op

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40,000 years and a handful of sand


Tony Mockeridge has asked that this song be dedicated to Lex Wotton. Accordingly this song goes out to Lex Wotton and his family for their courage in standing up for justice on Palms for the Bwgcolman people and for all the people of Queensland.
4PR – Voice of the People

Tony dedicates this song to Lex Wotton:

“We usually play this as our opening tune as our acknowledgement of and respect for the people who have lived in this country for so long and for the injustice handed out to them by the invaders.

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Brisbane Labour Day Celebrations 2011

The Qld Council of Unions Labour Day Committee have organised a March and Celebration to be held on Monday 2 May, 2011.

10:00am March Commences from the Cnr of Wharf & Turbot Sts, please check with your union for details of your assembly area.

12:00pm Family Fun Day at the RNA Showgrounds, Oval 2.… Go to Article

‘Stop dumping on Aboriginal Rights’

[Aboriginal News]

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26/2/10 for immediate release

‘Stop dumping on Aboriginal Rights’, say anti-Intervention campaigners

The Intervention Rollback Action Group in Alice Springs today said
that the imposition of a nuclear dump on NT Aboriginal Land is yet
another clear breach of ALP election commitments and demonstrates
contempt for Aboriginal rights.… Go to Article

Rally: Free Lex Wotton!

Free Lex Wotton!

A Rally was held on 1 November 2008 in Brisbane.

Then a Rally was held on 7 November 2008 in Townsville, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, London, Santiago (Chile) and all around the world. Here are the Melbourne, Brisbane T’vlle, Palm Island and NZ Rallies (among others) —

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