Australia

Traditional Aboriginal land owners “locked out” of nuclear waste dump vote

A South Australian cattle station that is part-owned by the state’s Liberal party director and located next to an Indigenous Protected Area has been provisionally selected as the site of Australia’s first nuclear waste dump, outraging traditional owners.

The head of the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA) says the majority of Adnyamathanha people have been denied a vote on a proposed radioactive waste management facility near the town of Hawker in the Flinders Rangers.

Hookina Waterhole (pictured) is a sacred Adnyamathanha site located 8km away from the proposed radioactive waste management facility at Wallerberdina Station, near Barndioota, in the Flinders Rangers, about 500km north of Adelaide, the state capital.

Aborigines fighting giant coalmine plans take land rights fight to the U.N.

Authorised representatives of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council have submitted a request to the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) for urgent action under its Early Warning and Urgent Action procedure.

 

The tribe is fighting plans for one of the world's largest coalmines to be built on their vast lands in Queensland by the scandal-mired Indian company Adani.

 

A large majority of Australians don’t want the mine but the federal [right of centre] and Queensland [Labor] state governments support the plans.

Australian whistleblowers who exposed dirty dealings by their government are to go on trial

Two Australian whisteblowers who exposed oil-driven spying on East Timor by the Australian government are to face court 14 years after the event as a groundswell of protest grows across the country.

Can Aboriginal homelessness in Australia ever be solved?

About 25% of homeless people in Australia are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, despite comprising just 2.5% of the general population.

'Instead of reducing the number of homeless people in Australia, why don't we just work towards preventing homelessness from happening in the first place?'

'About 25 per cent of homeless people are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, despite making up just 2.5 per cent of the general population. ... '

Because of her love – we are fierce

Have you ever looked around you and taken pause to consider the women around you?  Your mother, partner, wife, mother of your children, sister, aunties, cousins, nieces, daughters, friends and colleagues? Have you considered their story – personal and familial?

 

Have you noticed who is turning up to plan things for community – even for NAIDOC which is supposed to be in her honour? Have you noticed who is on the frontlines of rallies? Who is advocating daily? Who is smashing the system daily in academia and panels giving voice to our issues, our solutions and our unapologetic pursuit of rectification? Have you noticed who is lined up to visit our mob behind bars and who is advocating for their release and for systemic reform? Have you noticed who is advocating for healing for our men and in the absence of services- stepping up to do it community ways – no funding, just doing it?

Overwhelmingly by majority, it is our strong black women. Why? Love – the fierce kind.

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