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February 15, 2018

‘I took the leap’: Unauthorised Instagram-friendly signage at Aboriginal massacre site prompts outrage

Calls are being made to remove an appalling sign from an Aboriginal massacre site near Mackay in Queensland, Australia. The highly insensitive, thoughtless sign, erected during the recent holiday period, has deeply offended descendants of those involved in the 1860s incident. Many other people believe the sign is disgusting and should be pulled down. The sign does not have local council approval. This is yet another incident in which the truth of Australia’s history has been ignored and treated with disdain. Read more and watch a video about the history of the site and reactions to the sign in a story by Sophie Meixner, Rachel Riga and Melissa Maddison, ABC Tropical North, 15 February 2018 at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-15/i-took-the-leap-indigenous-aboriginal-instagram-death-suicide/9396724    
February 10, 2018

Traditional Owners lodge appeal after court dismisses injunction against Adani

Australia Says No To Adani banner, Stop Adani rally, The Lawns, Parliament House, Canberra, Australia, 5 February 2018. Photo: Jane Morrison Read the latest news from the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council at: https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2018/02/05/traditional-owners-lodge-appeal-after-court-dismisses-injunction-against-adani Message from Adrian Burrgubba and Murrawah Johnson, Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council, 10 February 2018: Friends, We knew the latest legal battle against Adani was going to be tough. This dodgy conglomerate is reaching ‘end game’, and has been chafing at the bit to take control of our lands, as we prepare to challenge their sham Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) in court in March. The worst part? The Queensland Government could willingly extinguish our native title before we even get our chance to face Adani in court. And once our native title rights are extinguished, they’re gone forever. Even ifAdani’s sham ILUA is later struck out. Our application for a full injunction was dismissed last Friday, and we have been in the courts ever since keeping the interim injunction in place while we appeal that decision. Right now, we’re still battling for a full injunction. Next Tuesday we are back in the Federal Court, fighting to overturn the rulingand prevent the extinguishment of our native title before the March hearing. A substantial injustice may be done if we are denied an appeal and the interim injunction is lifted before the trial. Nothing can hide the facts that Adani has worked to divide our community, overturn our decisions, buy off individuals, split our claim group, and engineer a sham meeting to ‘authorise’ a sham ILUA. And the Queensland Government have aided and abetted them. This deal is illegitimate and should never have gone through. The Qld Labor Government has the power to do something about this, and it’s time they did! If we cannot restrain Adani with an injunction, then the Queensland Government must hear loud and clear that our land rights and culture cannot be surrendered for Adani’s profit. Donate to our Defence of Country fund so we can defend our land against this ruthless corporate giant. Friends, the deck is […]
February 9, 2018

NCA starts sale process for The Lobby restaurant

The National Capital Authority (NCA) has started the process for the sale of the former The Lobby restaurant, occupied in early November 2017 by activists from the nearby Aboriginal Embassy, Canberra. Story at: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/the-lobby-restaurant-sale-process-started-by-national-capital-authority-20180209-h0vuiq.html Wiradjuri man, Adrian Charles Davis, 63, inspiring Aboriginal people to stand up for their Sovereignty, was arrested for refusing to leave the restaurant (‘Commonwealth premises’). He appeared in the ACT Magistrate’s Court on 4 December 2017, was granted bail and will face court again in May 2018.
February 6, 2018

Was journalist denied Indian visa because of Adani story?

Amruta Slee, ‘”It’s about Adani”: Did India deny me a journalist’s visa because of a story?’, Late Night Live, ABC Radio National, 6 February 2018. Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-06/visa-fiasco-poses-questions-about-indian-democracy-adani/9399700
February 4, 2018

Victoria says ‘no’ to changing Anzac Day to include Aboriginal people killed in ‘frontier wars’

Read story here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-04/no-plans-to-change-anzac-day-utter-disgrace-opposition/9394356