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  • Aboriginal Female Hunters Aided By Dingoes

    10/24/2015 6:23:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    ScienceNetwork WA ^ | Friday, October 23, 2015 | Michelle Wheeler
    In modern society dogs are often referred to as "man's best friend" but according to an archaeological review early Aboriginal society sported a similar relationship between women and dingoes (Canis lupus dingo). The study by UWA and ANU suggests people formed close bonds with dingoes soon after the dogs' arrival on the mainland roughly 4000 years ago, with the dogs enabling women to contribute more hunted food. UWA archaeologist Jane Balme, who led the research, says it is thought the first dingoes arrived on watercraft with people from South East Asia. "What they're doing on the boat is not clear...
  • A DNA Search for the First Americans Links Amazon Groups to Indigenous Australians

    07/24/2015 6:56:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    www.smithsonianmag.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | By Helen Thompson
    The new genetic analysis takes aim at the theory that just one founding group settled the Americas =========================================================================================================== Brazil's Surui people, like the man pictured above, share ancestry with indigenous Australians, new evidence suggests. (PAULO WHITAKER/Reuters/Corbis) ==================================================================================================================== More than 15,000 years ago, humans began crossing a land bridge called Beringia that connected their native home in Eurasia to modern-day Alaska. Who knows what the journey entailed or what motivated them to leave, but once they arrived, they spread southward across the Americas. The prevailing theory is that the first Americans arrived in a single wave, and all Native American populations...
  • Kimberley gas plant protesters ‘left nothing’ for people

    03/12/2015 1:53:44 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | 13th March 2015 | Andrew Burrell
    THE Aboriginal leader who backed a $40 billion gas plant in the Kimberley as a way of creating indigenous jobs has attacked “extreme nutter” environmentalists who he says derailed the plan but have since done nothing to help the region’s impoverished people. Wayne Bergmann, a businessman and former head of the Kimberley Land Council, told an oil and gas conference in Perth yesterday that suicide rates and unemployment were rising in the Kimberley due to a paucity of jobs, especially for younger people. Telstra director Geoff Cousins and singers Missy Higgins and John Butler were among those who opposed the...
  • Day of shame shows why we must stop this racial charade

    01/26/2012 5:21:04 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 27th January 2012 | Andrew Bolt
    Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition leader Tony Abbott were escorted by police and bodyguards from a Canberra restaurant after Aboriginal Tent Embassy protesters surrounded them. SO THIS is what reconciliation looks like on Australia Day, after so many concessions over so many useless years. Reconciliation means Prime Minister Julia Gillard being trapped by furious Aboriginal protesters inside a Canberra building yesterday for half an hour. It means Gillard and guests at the Australia Day function being heckled and abused as racists. It means Gillard, fear on her face, being monstered and falling in the melee as police rushed her...
  • Did Australian Aborigines reach America first?

    09/30/2010 2:04:50 PM PDT · by Palter · 41 replies
    Cosmo Online ^ | 30 Sep 2010 | Jacqui Hayes
    Cranial features distinctive to Australian Aborigines are present in hundreds of skulls that have been uncovered in Central and South America, some dating back to over 11,000 years ago. Evolutionary biologist Walter Neves of the University of São Paulo, whose findings are reported in a cover story in the latest issue of Cosmos magazine, has examined these skeletons and recovered others, and argues that there is now a mass of evidence indicating that at least two different populations colonised the Americas.He and colleagues in the United States, Germany and Chile argue that first population was closely related to the Australian...
  • Aborigines offended by ice dance

    01/24/2010 12:49:01 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies · 834+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 24, 2010
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- An Aboriginal-themed routine by two Russian ice dancers has stirred up a pre-Olympic controversy, with some indigenous Australians blasting the "rip off" of their culture and Canadian native leaders worrying about the insensitivity of the skaters. World champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin are doing an Aboriginal routine for their original dance -- complete with brown-toned costumes adorned with leaves and white Aboriginal-style markings. Their music includes a didgeridoo riff. In the original dance, couples can create any kind of dance that falls within an assigned theme. This year's theme is country/folk, and skaters are doing...
  • 'Tough Love' in the Outback (for Australia's Aborigines)

    01/17/2009 8:36:31 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 821+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 17, 2009 | Yaroslav Trofimov
    ... Four decades ago, Australia enacted wide-ranging reforms to uplift its long-oppressed Aboriginal citizens. The laws mandated equal wages with whites, access to the country's generous welfare system and the eventual transfer of vast chunks of land to near-total Aboriginal control. Since then, Aboriginal society has experienced a dramatic decline -- partly a result of these very reforms. Australia's government has proclaimed the upsurge of violence, child abuse and alcoholism among Aborigines a national emergency. It is responding with controversial new policies that critics decried as racist, such as restricting welfare payments to Aborigines but not to whites or other...
  • Australia's Aborigines to suffer most from climate change: experts

    01/14/2009 2:36:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 618+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/14/09 | AFP
    SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia's outback Aborigines will be among the worst affected by climate change as soaring temperatures likely cause more disease and spur distress about the changing landscape, a new report shows. The expert report, published in the latest edition of the Medical Journal of Australia, argues that the country's remote indigenous communities are the most vulnerable to changing environmental conditions. "Their vulnerability to climate change is intensified by the social and economic disadvantage they already experience -- the result of factors that include decades of inadequate housing and public services, and culturally inappropriate medical services," the journal said...
  • PHOTOS: Unusual Rock Art Trove Found in Australia

    10/23/2008 5:24:32 PM PDT · by Goonch · 57 replies · 1,498+ views
    October 22, 2008--Paintings of sailboats, ocean liners, and biplanes adorn newfound rock shelters in the remote Aboriginal territory of Arnhem Land in northern Australia. Researchers working with Aboriginal elder Ronald Lamilami discovered thousands of the paintings--including the largest rock-art site in Australia--during an expedition in August and September 2008. (See full story.) "It is the most important … rock art in the whole world" that shows contact with other cultures, said lead researcher Paul Tacon of Griffith University in Queensland, Australia.
  • 'First Americans Were Australian'

    06/15/2003 9:18:19 PM PDT · by blam · 146 replies · 7,453+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-15-2003
    'First Americans were Australian' This is the face of the first known American, Lucia The first Americans were descended from Australian aborigines, according to evidence in a new BBC documentary. The skulls suggest faces like those of Australian aborigines The programme, Ancient Voices, shows that the dimensions of prehistoric skulls found in Brazil match those of the aboriginal peoples of Australia and Melanesia. Other evidence suggests that these first Americans were later massacred by invaders from Asia. Until now, native Americans were believed to have descended from Asian ancestors who arrived over a land bridge between Siberia and Alaska and...
  • Alcoholic parents force children to suckle dogs

    03/02/2008 7:15:40 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 17 replies · 128+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 27/02/2008 | Nick Squires
    Aboriginal children in Outback Australia are so neglected by their alcoholic parents that some have suckled from dogs' teats in a desperate search for food, it has been reported. The shocking revelation came from a coroner investigating the appalling rates of suicide among Aborigines living in the remote and beautiful Kimberley region of Western Australia. Earlier this month the prime minister, Kevin Rudd, delivered a much-publicised apology to Aborigines for past injustices, but critics questioned whether his words would lead to any practical improvement in the wretched lives of indigenous people. "The plight of the little children was especially pathetic...
  • Don't let facts spoil the day

    02/11/2008 11:21:25 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 44+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 09, 2008 | Keith Windschuttle
    IF the Rudd Government apologises to the Stolen Generations it should not stop at mere words. It should pay a substantial sum in compensation. This was the central recommendation of the Human Rights Commission's Bringing Them Home report in 1997. The charge that justified this, the report said, was genocide. This allegedly took place from the 1910s until the late '60s right across Australia. In some parts of the commonwealth it was still going on in the '80s. None of the politicians who plan to apologise next Wednesday can avoid the term genocide. It is embedded in the very meaning...
  • Australia to Apologize to Aborigines

    01/30/2008 5:43:46 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies · 51+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 31, 2008 | TIM JOHNSTON
    SYDNEY, Australia — The new Australian government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will apologize for past mistreatment of the country’s Aboriginal minority when Parliament convenes next month, addressing an issue that has blighted race relations in Australia for years. In a measure of the importance Mr. Rudd attaches to the issue, the apology will be the first item of business for the new government when Parliament first convenes on Feb. 13, Jenny Macklin, the federal minister for indigenous affairs, said Wednesday. Ms. Macklin said she had consulted widely with Aboriginal leaders, but it was still not clear what form the...
  • No payout for 'stolen' Aborigines[Australia]

    01/09/2008 5:42:59 PM PST · by BGHater · 5 replies · 84+ views
    BBC ^ | 07 Jan 2008 | BBC
    Aborigine communities have comparatively low life expectancies Thousands of Aborigines who were removed from their families as children will receive no compensation, the Australian government has said.Campaigners for the so-called Stolen Generations had asked for a reparation fund of almost A$1bn ($870m; £443m) as part of a promised official apology. But indigenous affairs minister Jenny Macklin says money will instead be put into health and education schemes. Many Aboriginal children were handed to white families from 1915 to 1969. They were brought up by white people in an attempt by the government to assimilate the white and Aboriginal populations....
  • Aborigines armed with spears riot in Australia (after an argument in a tavern)

    12/03/2007 11:47:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 62+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/4/07 | Michael Perry
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - About 200 people armed with spears, knives and sticks, rioted in an Australian outback aboriginal town after an argument in a tavern, police said on Tuesday. The argument, possibly between feuding families, started in the tavern at Aurukun, an isolated aboriginal community in northern Queensland state, on Monday. "The argument started in the tavern and moved onto the street where about 200 people, some armed with spears, sticks and knives, started fighting," a police spokesman told Reuters. "One man suffered serious head injuries when he was attacked by three people," he said. A police tactical response squad...
  • Rudd Will Apologize to Aborigines

    11/26/2007 2:19:59 PM PST · by SmithL · 56 replies · 140+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/26/7 | ROHAN SULLIVAN, Associated Press Writer
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Newly elected Australian leader Kevin Rudd renewed a commitment Monday to apologize to indigenous Aborigines for past indignities. The issue of apologizing for policies that helped make the continent's original inhabitants its most impoverished minority is a highly divisive one in Australia. The policies included the forcible removal of indigenous children from their families on the premise that Aborigines were a doomed race and saving the children was a humane alternative. The practice did not end until the 1970s. The Labor Party leader said he would offer the apology on behalf of the nation early in...
  • UN Passes Treaty on Native Rights

    09/13/2007 1:22:55 PM PDT · by processing please hold · 104 replies · 907+ views
    BBC News ^ | September 13, 2007
    The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a non-binding declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples after 22 years of debate. The treaty sets down protections for the human rights of native peoples, and for their land and resources. It passed despite opposition from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. They said it was incompatible with their own laws. There are estimated to be up to 370 million indigenous people in the world. They include the Innu tribe in Canada, the Bushmen of Botswana and Australia's Aborigines. Campaigners say they are under greater pressure than ever, as developers,...
  • Is There Hope for the Aborigines?

    08/29/2007 1:26:58 PM PDT · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 28 replies · 1,220+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 26, 2007 | Russell Skelton
    ALICE SPRINGS, Australia In the air-conditioned plywood room that is the Alice Springs youth court, five Aboriginal teenagers -- four boys and a pregnant 16-year-old girl whose mouth seems permanently fixed in an eerily detached smile -- face a preliminary hearing for the rape and killing of a 14-year-old indigenous girl.
  • Alcohol banned in Aborigine areas(Australia)

    06/21/2007 2:42:03 PM PDT · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 20 replies · 547+ views
    BBC ^ | 06/21/07 | BBC
    Alcohol banned in Aborigine areas Alcohol and poverty have blighted Aboriginal communities Australia is to ban alcohol and pornography in Aboriginal areas in the Northern Territory in a bid to curb child sex abuse. All Aboriginal children in the territory will be medically examined. The new proposals follow a report last week which found evidence of abuse in each of the territory's 45 communities. The report blamed high levels of alcohol and poverty for the situation, which Prime Minister John Howard has described as a national emergency. "We're dealing with a group of young Australians for whom the concept of...
  • From DNA Analysis, Clues to a Single Australian Migration

    05/10/2007 10:35:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 739+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 8, 2007 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Geneticists re-examining the first settlement of Australia and Papua-New Guinea by modern humans have concluded that the two islands were reached some 50,000 years ago by a single group of people who remained in substantial or total isolation until recent times. The finding, if upheld, would undermine assumptions that there have been subsequent waves of migration into Australia. Analyzing old and new samples of Aborigine DNA, which are hard to obtain because of governmental restrictions, the geneticists developed a detailed picture of the aborigines’ ancestry, as reflected in their Y chromosomes, found just in men, and their mitochondrial DNA, a...
  • Howard's quiet revolution

    11/24/2004 12:55:03 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 148+ views
    The Age (Melbourne) ^ | 24th November 2004 | Michelle Grattan
    For Aborigines, it's out with the "rights" agenda and in with mutual obligation, writes Michelle Grattan. The Howard Government is driving a revolution in Aboriginal affairs policy that is every bit as dramatic as its industrial relations agenda. Yet you'd have hardly known it from the election campaign, when indigenous affairs were not on the radar. The change in direction has been going on for half a year, but after the election it has picked up pace and it will transform the fundamentals of indigenous policy more radically than anything we've seen since the 1970s. In the Government's early years...
  • Gulpilil's machete for 'cultural use' (Racist courts ALERT!!!)

    01/09/2007 10:19:55 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 6 replies · 454+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 10 January 2007
    ABORIGINAL actor David Gulpilil has been found not guilty of carrying an offensive weapon after a judge accepted that the machete he produced during an argument was used for cultural purposes. The actor , who has starred in a number of films including Rabbit Proof Fence, Storm Boy and Crocodile Dundee, was arrested in July last year after an incident at a friend's house in central Darwin. The 2005 NT Australian of the Year was accused of grabbing his machete during an argurment. Gulpilil pleaded not guilty to carrying an offensive weapon during a brief trial in Darwin Magistrates Court...
  • Reminder, same Australian top Muslim cleric that incites for rape, claimes Australia is Muslim land

    10/30/2006 2:42:03 AM PST · by Posting · 3 replies · 607+ views
    http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/000920.php Mufti of Australia: this was Muslim land Mufti of Australia: this was Muslim land - Mufti of Australia and New Zealand, Taj Al-Din Hamed Abdallah Al-Hilali, is claiming that Australia was originally Muslim land, settled by Afghans. The Aborigines are their descendants: this is a key element of the claim to Israel put forward by Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The same claim has been advanced, by the way, for America...
  • Evidence of pre-Aboriginal Australians?

    08/01/2006 12:39:42 PM PDT · by chichilarue · 11 replies · 313+ views
    The Times Online ^ | July 26, 2006
    The suggestion that the artists who painted the Bradshaws were not the ancestors of the current aboriginal owners of the land has sparked consternation among the latter...Many aboriginal people also dislike the pictures, some referring to them as “rubbish art”, and for generations many have made efforts to paint over them or to obliterate them... This is a treasure of which Australia should be very proud, yet when I went there this year I found people surprisingly reluctant to talk about it, almost as though they were ashamed. This may be understandable coming from the aborigines, who may be concerned...
  • Call To Put Whites Back In Charge Of 'Unhealthy' Aborigines (Australia)

    06/21/2006 6:16:54 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 568+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-22-2006 | Mark Chipperfield
    Call to put whites back in charge of 'unhealthy' Aborigines By Mark Chipperfield in Sydney (Filed: 22/06/2006) A senior minister yesterday recommended installing white administrators in some of Australia's more troubled Aboriginal communities, re-igniting argument about a problem that has divided the country for decades. Tony Abbott, the health minister, said the 500,000-strong indigenous population was falling so far behind the mainstream community that only a return to the "paternalistic" government policies of the 1950s would save them. "Paternalism based on competence rather than race is unavoidable if these places are to be well run," he said. Mr Abbott's speech...
  • Call for Aborigine 'paternalism'

    06/21/2006 10:25:24 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 7 replies · 367+ views
    BBC ^ | June 21, 2006
    Australia's health minister has proposed sending administrators to run struggling Aboriginal communities. Tony Abbott said allowing Aborigines to manage their own affairs had in many cases failed, highlighting issues of health, poverty and abuse. A new form of "paternalism" was needed, he said, to build governing structures in failing communities. Opposition lawmakers attacked the plan, accusing him of a return to heavily criticised policies of the past. "What we know of 200 years of Australian history is that paternalism didn't work," said Chris Evans, indigenous affairs spokesman for the Labor Party. "Paternalism is what saw the black children taken away...
  • Editorial: Time to say sorry to all Aborigines

    05/19/2006 6:32:00 PM PDT · by Fair Go · 9 replies · 468+ views
    The Australian ^ | 20 May 2006
    Blather about abstract rights betrays Aboriginal women and children who are at risk of assault and need help IT is time to say sorry to indigenous Australians. Time to say sorry for the way black women and children are abused in remote settlements. Time to apologise for governments just spending money over a generation instead of seeking solutions to practical problems. Time to regret the social engineering ideologues who have played politics with people's lives. On ABC TV's Lateline program last Monday night, Alice Springs Crown Prosecutor Nanette Rogers showed us why in a graphic interview that made it impossible...
  • A man of influence - wants to rescue Aboriginal affairs from white romantics

    12/17/2005 3:11:07 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies · 636+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | December 17, 2005
    Warren Mundine believes it's time for his people to make it on their own. Michael Duffy reports. 'I ACTUALLY find it bizarre to be in this position. I never meant to be here." The speaker is Warren Mundine, and "here" is the position of national prominence he has recently acquired. "All I did," he continues, "was say what I thought." He thinks a lot, but the thought that's brought him a lot of new friends and enemies was his proposal earlier this year that it be made easier for individual Aborigines to own sections of their traditional land. They should...
  • Bus Stop An Execution Site...1500 Years Ago

    11/25/2005 4:07:31 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 1,036+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 11-26-2005 | Richard Macey
    Bus stop an execution site … 1500 years ago By Richard Macey November 26, 2005 Allen Madden and Dr Denise Donion of the University of Sydney with Octavia Man. Photo: Edwina Pickles HIS crime will probably never be known. But "he sure trod on someone's toes", said Allen Madden, cultural and heritage officer for the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. In January, when EnergyAustralia workers laying cables in Ocean Street, Narrabeen, found human bones beneath a bus stop, they called police. The remains have since been identified as those of an Aborigine who died up to 1500 years ago. Next...
  • Hunt on for illegal immigrants (Aborigines wielding machetes also looking)

    11/13/2005 11:17:13 AM PST · by ncountylee · 29 replies · 617+ views
    news.com ^ | November 14, 2005
    THE discovery of two men wandering in a remote Aboriginal community has sparked a search for a group of Indonesian illegal immigrants on Australia's northern coast. Police and Aborigines were looking for a group of illegal immigrants believed to have come ashore near Wadeye, in the Northern Territory, close to the West Australian border. A community health worker, who asked not to be named, said Aborigines wielding machetes also were looking for the group, The Australian newspaper reported today. The search follows the capture of at least 21 Indonesian fishermen off the WA coast at the weekend, taking the number...

    11/07/2005 3:52:51 AM PST · by lentulusgracchus · 24 replies · 700+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | Nov. 6, 2005 | Jeff Jacoby
    We do Muslims no favors by excusing attitudes or practices that ought always to be deemed inexcusable. In Australia's Victoria state, the Herald Sun reported recently, police have been issued a "religious diversity handbook" that advises them "to treat Muslim domestic violence cases differently out of respect for Islamic traditions and habits." Sikhs, for example, "should not be disturbed" when reading their holy scriptures, a practice that normally takes 50 hours. Photographing Aborigines is discouraged, since it might raise fears of "sorcery and spiritual mischief." And Muslim wife-beaters should be treated with kid gloves, in deference to Islamic norms. "In...
  • Aborigines' island life

    07/16/2005 8:24:36 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 4 replies · 460+ views
    BBC News ^ | Nick Squires
    Unlike Aborigines on the mainland, the Tiwi Islanders did not know how to play the didgeridoo Nick Squires visits the Tiwi Islands, a pair of remote islands situated 80 km (50 miles) north of Darwin, Australia in the Arafura Sea and finds a very different way of Aboriginal life. From the outside, the church is perfectly ordinary looking. It was built in the 1930s and its white timber walls dazzle in the tropical sunshine. A cluster of palms and ancient mango trees provide shade at one end. At the top of a steep flight of wooden steps is the...
  • Towns ban alcohol in fear of crocodiles (Australia)

    07/08/2005 10:55:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 926+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 2005-07-08
    BEIJING, July 8 -- Alcohol has been banned in two small Australian Aboriginal communities to stop young people from a nearby alcohol-free township from risking their lives by swimming across a crocodile-infested river to get a drink. Aboriginal elders from the communities of Perrederr and Nardirri, about 270 kilometers southwest of the tropical northern city of Darwin, asked for the ban, which was granted by the Northern Territory Licensing Commission. “In the recent past ... young people had been known to swim across the Moyle River from a restricted area in order to drink at Nardirri,” the commission said after...
  • Members of near extinct tribal group feared missing in Andamans

    03/07/2005 12:07:56 PM PST · by b4its2late · 2 replies · 252+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | Mon Mar 7,11:23 AM ET | AFP
    CAMPBELL BAY, India (AFP) - Some 150 members of a nearly extinct aboriginal tribe are missing after deadly tsunamis that lashed India's far-flung Andaman and Nicobar islands. But the Indian government, which administers the archipelago, says the nearly extinct Shompen tribal people, who numbered 389 before the December 26 tsunamis, were safe, although they have yet to make contact with all of them. Before the towering waves smashed into the islands, the hunter-gatherer tribe lived in tiny bands in 12 areas among river bank mangroves, mainly bunched in Great Nicobar island's east and west. "There's no news of seven bands...
  • Mistaken Identity (NZ oldline leftist fisks today's self-loathing libs' support of i

    08/23/2004 4:33:34 AM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 45 replies · 990+ views
    The Independent (New Zealand) ^ | 18 August 2004 | Chris Trotter
    The Maori Party is already driving a larger and considerably more dangerous wedge into the New Zealand Left than anything so far inserted by the National Party. As it grows in strength and consolidates its already powerful grip on the Maori imagination, the Maori Party has the potential to split Labour into two hostile camps, aggravate racial sensitivities within the trade union movement, and push the Greens below the all-important 5% MMP threshold. The Left's vulnerability to the Maori Party is entirely of its own making. From the early-1980s, the critical "sites of struggle" for most progressive political activists shifted...
  • Woman places curse on Howard (Let's hope she stays away from Bush)

    04/19/2004 9:07:32 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 40 replies · 187+ views
    AAP ^ | April 20, 2004 | Karen Hart
    AN Aboriginal woman put a curse on Prime Minister John Howard as he visited the regional Victorian town of Colac today. Clad in possum skin and traditional tribal makeup, the woman stood silently outside Colac Performing Arts Centre while Mr Howard got into his waiting vehicle after addressing a crowd of more than 500 members of the local community. Embattled Aboriginal leader Geoff Clark and his supporters watched as the woman known as Moopor pointed a bone about 2.5 centimetres long at Mr Howard, who just smiled and waved. The silent protest comes as Mr Howard last week announced the...
  • Aborigines Condemn Australian Government

    04/19/2004 12:16:16 AM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 6 replies · 230+ views
    AP ^ | 4-19-04 | ROD McGUIRK
    CANBERRA, Australia - One of Australia's most respected Aborigine leaders warned the government on Friday that its move to abolish the country's commission on Aborginal affairs could produce a violent backlash. In a sweeping reform of the government's indigenous policy, Prime Minister John Howard said Thursday he will introduce legislation in Parliament next month to dissolve the 14-year-old Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. The commission, widely referred to as ATSIC, advises all levels of government on indigenous issues. With 17 commissioners elected by Aboriginal voters and a budget of more than $600 million, it administers government-funded projects aimed at...
  • Police under fire for moving on topless dancers

    02/27/2004 12:35:22 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies · 212+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | February 28, 2004 | AAP
    A row has broken out over the right of traditional Aboriginal women to dance topless in public areas. Aborigines are furious that a group of women were moved on by police from a public park in Alice Springs last week. The women, from the remote Aboriginal community of Papunya near Alice Springs, were practising the traditional ceremony ahead of an exhibition performance in Sydney. ATSIC's only female commissioner, Alison Anderson, is considering a formal complaint to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. She said she would defy authorities to dance topless at a ceremony in Alice Springs yesterday afternoon....
  • 'Persecuted' Aussies flee to US

    02/18/2004 8:37:03 PM PST · by Dundee · 10 replies · 200+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 19, 2004 | Mark Dunn
    'Persecuted' Aussies flee to US MORE than 30 Australians have sought asylum in the US. At least two Australians have been granted asylum in America after complaining they faced religious, racial or political persecution in Australia. Four other Australians await the outcome of US asylum applications. Privacy reasons prevent authorities detailing specific arguments used by Australians for asylum, but it is known Aborigines have made official complaints to US diplomatic staff claiming racial persecution in Australia and allegations of genocide. Human rights lawyer Julian Burnside, QC, said the Australian applications came as a shock, but Aboriginal claims of persecution could...
  • Australians urged to have kangaroo for Christmas

    12/23/2003 2:46:26 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 2 replies · 89+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 12.23.03
    Australians urged to have kangaroo for Christmas BUSH TUCKER: There's more to indigenous food than grubs, protein-rich bogong moths and honey ants, foodies say -- like kangaroos, emus and crocs REUTERS , CANBERRA Tuesday, Dec 23, 2003,Page 5 Forget turkey and mince pies. This Christmas Australians are being urged to serve native foods such as smoked kangaroo with wild lime and brandy sauce and wattle seed pavlova. Despite an abundance of unique fruits, nuts, and meat that have sustained the country's Aboriginal inhabitants for centuries, Australians are only now embracing native food, with some supermarkets starting to stock indigenous produce this...
  • Curfew That Targets Teenage Aborigines Is Critisised As Racist

    09/07/2003 4:25:03 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 274+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-8-2003 | Kathy Marks
    Curfew that targets teenage Aborigines is criticised as racist By Kathy Marks in Perth 08 September 2003 A group of Aboriginal youngsters wanders past a row of cafés in Northbridge, Perth's nightlife district, glancing covetously at the plates of alfresco diners. The street lights cast shadows across their faces. It is curfew time: if they are not home soon, they will be picked up by police under a policy criticised as wrong-headed and racist. The crackdown has been ordered by Geoff Gallop, the state premier, who says he is alarmed by the sight of unsupervised children - some as young...
  • Militant Aborigines Embrace Islam To Seek Empowerment (Aussies)

    02/27/2003 3:29:25 PM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 213+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 2-28-2003 | Kathy Marks
    Militant Aborigines embrace Islam to seek empowerment By Kathy Marks in Sydney 28 February 2003 Militant young Aborigines are converting to Islam in increasing numbers, and some are flirting with the fundamentalist ideologies that have inspired recent terrorism. There are an estimated 1,000 indigenous Muslims in Australia, including new recruits and descendants of mixed marriages. Some Aborigines are embracing Islam for spiritual reasons, but many say it gives them a sense of worth that they have lacked as members of an oppressed minority. The religion has particular appeal for disaffected young men who feel impotent after generations of injustice and...
  • Court: Aborigines No Mineral Rights (crikey!)

    08/14/2002 6:16:56 AM PDT · by Tancred · 7 replies · 222+ views
    AP ^ | August 8, 2002 | Peter O'Connor
    Court: Aborigines No Mineral Rights Thu Aug 8, 5:00 AM ET By PETER O'CONNOR, Associated Press Writer CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia's highest court ruled Thursday that Aborigines do not have rights to oil or minerals found under tribal land now being used by mining companies. The ruling was part of a complex decision by the High Court in Canberra on a 1994 claim by the Miriuwung-Gajerrong tribe for a special property right known as native title over 3,050 square miles of land and water. The area in northwestern Australia includes the Argyle diamond mine, the world's largest. Industry Minister...
  • Judge rejects bid on '******' sign (Australia)

    03/20/2002 10:36:16 AM PST · by gd124 · 8 replies · 375+ views
    The Age ^ | March 20 2002
    A bid by an Aboriginal activist to remove the word "******" from a football ground grandstand was yesterday thrown out by the nation's highest court. High Court Justice Mary Gaudron said "******" on the sign was no more offensive than the word "pinky" on a cement mixer. "Let us assume for a moment that I'm 'pink' - and it's not an unreasonable assumption - and I'm offended by a sign that says "Pinky's Porkies", she told a Brisbane sitting of the court. Justice Gaudron rejected Canberra constitutional barrister Ernst Willheim's submission that there was a link between the "******" sign...