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    2 Jan 2019

    Australia slapped with F minus for zero progress in Indigenous affairs

    Wendy Caccetta on NIT (National Indigenous Times)



    5 Mar 2019

    Lorena Allam on The Guardian



    19 Feb 2019

    Aboriginal women lead fight against violence

    Celeste Liddle on Eureka Street



    29 Jan 2019

    How can the NT spend money allocated for remote Indigenous disadvantage elsewhere?

    Christopher Walsh on ABC News



    28 Jan 2019

    Wagan & Jagalingou People continue the fight against Adani

    NITV News



    25 Jan 2019

    Adani coal mine should be suspended, UN says, until all traditional owners support the project

    Josh Robertson on ABC News



    25 Jan 2019

    The Australia Day date debate means nothing without a treaty

    Lidia Thorpe on The Age



    7 Dec 2018

    Western Australia signs $122m deal with Canberra for remote housing

    Calla Wahlquist on The Guardian



    4 Dec 2018

    Fracking in Borroloola

    NITV on Facebook



    7 Oct 2018

    Fracking in the NT: Indigenous community 'pushed' to consider benefits because industry 'not going away'

    Jane Bardon on ABC News



    23 Nov 2018

    Adoption without parental consent legalised in NSW

    Lorena Allam on The Guardian



    22 Nov 2018

    “The Final Nail”: Block Redevelopment to Expand With No Aboriginal Housing

    Paul Gregoire on the Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog



    15 Nov 2018

    Minister offered $460,000 Indigenous funding to groups that did not ask for it

    Lorena Allam on The Guardian



    8 Nov 2018

    Mick Gooda on The Guardian



    8 Nov 2018

    Fresh calls to close Don Dale after latest violent incident

    Lorena Allam and Helen Davidson on The Guardian



    7 Nov 2018

    Nigel Scullion offered to fund dispute over Indigenous land claim, fishing group says

    Lorena Allam on The Guardian



    1 Nov 2018

    National Congress criticises Indigenous Affairs Minister, seeks answers for redirecting funds

    Media Release of the The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples



    31 Oct 2018

    Indigenous advancement funding redirected to cattlemen and fishing groups

    Lorena Allam on The Guardian



    25 Oct 2018

    Indigenous deaths in custody: key recommendations still not fully implemented

    Lorena Allam and Calla Wahlquist on The Guardian



    17 Oct 2018

    Remote work-for-the-dole scheme a 'national disgrace', former Fraser minister says

    Lorena Allam on The Guardian



    14 Oct 2018

    Nigel Scullion awards Indigenous grant money to CLP president's employer

    Christopher Walsh on ABC News



    29 Aug 2018

    Abbott as Indigenous affairs envoy? Be disturbed. Be very disturbed.

    Jack Latimore on The Guardian



    25 Apr 2018

    Lest We Forget: why we need to remember the Frontier Wars

    Jidah Clark on The Sydney Morning Herald



    18 Apr 2018

    Richard Flanagan: 'Our politics is a dreadful black comedy' – press club speech in full

    Richard Flanagan on The Guardian



    2 Apr 2018

    Opinion: Aboriginal children need loving, safe and culturally appropriate homes

    Christine Craik and Linda Ford on ABC News



    31 Mar 2018

    Gap not closing on Indigenous disadvantage

    Mike Seccombe on The Saturday Paper



    10 Mar 2018

    The economics of reparations

    Natalie Cromb on The Saturday Paper



    21 Sept 2017

    Australia must abandon racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program UN told

    Michelle Bennett on the Human Rights Law Centre



    5 Aug 2017

    Sally McManus ratchets up campaign against 'racist' work-for-the-dole program

    Fergus Hunter on The Sydney Morning Herald



    15 Jul 2017

    300,000 fines levied on participants in remote work-for-dole program

    Calla Wahlquist on The Guardian



    27 Nov 2017

    Behavioural neoliberalism in the Australian outback: The quest to alter Indigenous subjectivity

    Jon Altman on regnet.anu.edu.au



    21 Nov 2017

    Jeff McMullen on Independent Australia



    6 Nov 2017

    Indigenous workers: the ‘modern slaves’ of Australia?

    Jon Altman on opendemocracy.net



    31 Oct 2017

    Deepening Indigenous Poverty in the Northern Territory

    Jon Altman in Land Rights News, October 2017 Issue 4, page 18



    17 Oct 2017

    Video: Genocide and Intervention in Contemporary Indigenous Australia

    Jon Altman on YouTube, uploaded by CICADA (Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives)



    Oct 2017

    Modern Slavery in Remote Australia?

    Jon Altman in Arena magazine No 150



    31 Aug 2017

    Video: Professor Jon Altman of Melbourne's Deakin University on the NT 2007 'Intervention'

    Jon Altman on YouTube, uploaded by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne



    Jun 2017

    The Destruction of Homelander Life-ways

    Jon Altman on crossart.com.au, first published in the Arena magazine No 148



    Jun 2017

    In the aftermath of the Intervention there has been a profound shift in the terms of national attention to Indigenous affairs

    Melinda Hinkson in Arena magazine No 148









    Treaty-Truth Telling


    2018 Garma Key Forum - Truth Telling Session

    Yingiya Mark Guyula



    You cannot understand treaty until you first understand sovereignty






    Please click here to watch the speech (YouTube)



    Please click here to download the speech (PDF)









    Prince Charles asked to intervene on behalf of the Yolngu





    Prince Charles on Monday April 8th 2018 “visited the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre in the Northern Territory, where he met with Yolngu clan leaders and the Member for Nhulunbuy who asked him to intervene on their behalf and acknowledge their people's sovereignty.

    He was asked to take a strong position on the issue and was handed a letter stick to deliver to the Prime Minister of Australia.

    "We have many difficulties with the Australian governments because they do not recognise our sovereignty," Member for Nhulunbuy Yingiya Mark Guyula MLA said.

    "We need to correct this situation, for the sake of our children and their children, for our cultural survival - for our ancestors."

    Source: Prince Charles winds up Australia visit, Sydney Morning Herald, April 10th 2018



    Yolungu Leaders Declare Sovereignty (PDF)


    Prince Charles tours Nhulunbuy for sixth visit to the Northern Territory (ABC News)


    Yol?u Leader Gives Prince Charles A Treaty Letter Stick … And A Diplomatic ‘Middle Finger’ (Chris Graham in New Matilda)


    Aboriginal Declaration of Sovereignty - meeting with Prince Charles (Tasmanian Times)











    Treaty Yeh, Treaty Now!
    Long March for 'Justice Thru Treaty' 26 Jan


    “Calls for a Treaty were repeatedly raised by Aboriginal communities during the recent Constitutional Recognition consultations as a practical means to recognize Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the First Nation Peoples and to implement the structural changes required to establish self-determination. ... A Treaty sets a process to legitimately move forward in partnership between Aboriginal people and the Australian State.”

    Indigenous Peoples Organisation (IPO)


    Flyer: Please click here

    List of Speakers: Please click here



    Treaty Talks Workshop on 23-25 January 2018


    In the three days before the “Justice Through Treaty” march Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will meet to discuss what we wish included in a national Treaty. Speakers and participants from every State will look at practical means to address self-determination, how we can support our communities to overcome the legacy of colonialism, poverty, racism and marginalization. For more information please click here.


    Facebook Page: Justice Through Treaty



    For other January 26th events: Please click here








    Time to end 10 years of Intervention in the Northern Territory

    Statement from eminent Australians



    Statement of Eminent Australians on the continuing damage caused by the discrimination, racism and lack of justice towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, exemplified by the continuation of the Northern Territory Intervention


    While the Australian nation deliberates on the future of its relationship with the First Nations of this land, most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are focused on the continuing discrimination, racism and lack of justice, shown towards them by Federal, State and Territory Governments in so many areas.



    Statement of Eminent Australians



    The impetus for this statement lies with the ongoing profound disempowerment and destruction caused over the past decade and the three June 2017 statements of NT Elders, leaders and communities impacted by the Intervention:

    1. Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation Statement (Yananymul Mununggurr and directors)

    2. Mparntwe (Alice Springs) Stand Up 2017 statement

    3. Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory Statement impacted by the NT Intervention of 29 June 2017




    Audio recording from the launch of the statement




    Video recording from the launch of the statement (1h 54 min)



    For further information and to view the 6 Individual speakers (shorter videos) click here









    Mining Royalties


    Mining royalty payments and the governance of Aboriginal Australia


    Distinguished lecture 2017

    Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh

    Delivered at Griffith University, South Bank campus, 9 August 2017


    Please click here to download the lecture (PDF)




    Further information:


    ABC Big Ideas: Mining royalties and Aboriginal autonomy


    McArthur River Mine Compensation Talks

    (in: NLC Land Rights News Oct 2017, page 12)













    Quest for Treaty: Yingiya's Bid for Parliament


    Yingiya Mark Guyula, a Yolngu Elder, endorsed by the Yolngu Nations Assembly, makes a bid for the NT Parliament as an independent candidate. He stresses the importance of Treaty and the need for the Yolngu Madayin Law to be recognised.


    As part of Treaty Awareness and Fund Raising Tour Mr. Guyula spoke at two events:


    Geelong, 11 March 2016: Mr. Guyula spoke on the disempowering impacts of living under the ongoing intervention policies, the need of a Treaty for Arnhem Land and his contributions towards the book The Intervention: an Anthology


    Melbourne, 12 March 2016: Mr. Guyula spoke on Madayin law and how his platform Treaty Now! will work.

    Please click here to read his speech


    Please click here for further information (including videos) of the events.


    Declaration of the Yol?u Nations Assembly (Yol?u Matha and English) on Sovereignty & Treaty









    Custodianship in the 21st Century


    Jeff McMullen AM, presented the 15th Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture at Charles Darwin University, August 6th 2015.


    Custodianship is one of the foundational concepts of the intellectual knowledge system of all of the First Peoples of this land. As a senior lawman, Vincent Lingiari was drawing on his grandfather’s connection to Gurindji country, reclaiming and asserting this core responsibility.


    Can we forge a treaty or treaties, recognizing the truth of the past and legally supporting a fair and just future? Can we rise above our doubts and flaws and in the 21st Century find the full expression of custodianship that Vincent Lingiari cherished?




    Vincent Lingiari knew who he was and that this land held him close to its heart. "You can keep your gold. We just want our land back."


    Please click here to read the full lecture



    Interviews with Jeff McMullen: CAAMA, ABC and 104.1 Territory FM




    Tony Abbott and White Australia: Lets's be serious about change



    Jeff McMullen with Jimmy Wavehill, just prior to delivering the 15th annual Vincent Lingiari Lecture at Charles Darwin University.









    Watch this video on Vimeo


    Justice before Reconciliation -

    A conversation with Rosalie Kunoth-Monks



    This video presents excerpts of a speech given by Rosalie on May 28th during a 2015 Reconciliation event, organised by Monash Reconciliation Group, Mt. Waverley.









    The book In The Absence of Treaty is now available as PDF.


    Please click here to download the book (1 MB).


    Endnotes for the book updated October 2015











    Published by 'concerned Australians'


    The Intervention - an Anthology



    In this historic anthology, award-winning writers Rosie Scott and Dr Anita Heiss have gathered together the work of twenty of Australian’s finest writers both Indigenous and non-Indigenous together with powerful statements from Northern Territory Elders to bring a new dimension and urgency to an issue that has remained largely outside the public radar.



    Past Book launches:

    Redfern (NSW) – 1 July 2015, 6:30pm

    Ashfield (NSW) – 9 July 2015, 6:30pm

    Darwin (NT) - 4 August 2015, 5:30pm

    Parramatta (NSW) - 12 August 2015, 7:30pm

    Glebe (NSW) - 26 August 2015, 6pm for 6.30pm

    Sydney (NSW) - 2 September 2015, 6:30pm for 7pm

    Mona Vale (NSW) - 14 September 2015, 7.30pm

    Fitzroy (VIC) - 24 September 2015, 11.30am - 1pm

    Adelaide (SA) – 8 December 2015, 6:30pm

    Fremantle (WA) – 18 February 2016, 6pm

    Geelong (VIC) – 11 March 2016, 2pm - 3pm



    Book reviews:

    Syndey Morning Herald (SMH)

    Linda Jaivin

    Arena Magazine No. 137, August-September 2015

    Michael O'Connor, AURORA

    Elizabeth Lhuede

    Julie Wark



    Book orders (via Booktopia)

    The Anthology can also be ordered from major booksellers.




    The Honourable Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC at the Fitzroy launch:


    Watch this video on Vimeo.


    Speech by The Honourable Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC (PDF)



    Speeches and photos from the launches







    First Nations Women Speak out for Treaty




    On 20th March 2015 a public forum was held in Redfern: First Nations Women Speak out for Treaty.


    Treaty would recognise the sovereignty of the First Nations People over their land and enshrine the right of self-determination which was promised to them when Australia ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 40 years ago.


    The forum also discussed the relationship between Treaty and the current campaign for constitutional recognition.



    For more information about the Forum please click here


    Watch this video on Vimeo











    Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL 1930 - 2015



    20 March 2015


    ‘concerned Australians’ is mourning the passing of Malcolm Fraser at the age of 84. Malcolm was a person of dignity and courage who showed tenacity and compassion in his commitment to racial equality and multiculturalism. He will be remembered as a true humanitarian and a good friend.


    We offer our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to his wife Tamie and family.


    We are most grateful to him for the support he gave to the Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory over the last eight difficult years. He was a man of integrity who recognised injustice and was prepared to speak out for change. We were profoundly thankful for the support that he gave to the work of ‘concerned Australians’.








    Remote Community Closures


    March 2015


    Will You Help to Prevent a Crisis?


    The Commonwealth’s commitment to Homelands and Outstations was surely sealed by the 1967 Referendum. How can it be then that the federal government can consider abandoning their long-held responsibilities by cutting essential funding to these especially vulnerable areas?


    What is clear is that the Commonwealth knows full well that the consequences of the cuts will fall with brute force onto Aboriginal communities least able to defend themselves. Such behaviour is contemptible.


    It is quite clear that state governments do not have the resources to simply replace Federal funding. Mr. Barnett in Western Australia has responded by indicating that he will close up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities by simply cutting off their essential services – water, power etc. Arrangements with the South Australia government are still to be determined but at this stage the outstations fear their fate will be similar to those in the West.


    Please click here for more information.


    Joe Morrison's comment in The Age: Remote communities aren't a utopian lifestyle choice but they are good for our people


    Jon Altman: Homelands under the hammer, again, from the aspiring PM for indigenous policy










    Treaty Messages


    9 February 2015


    Treaties and Constitutional Recognition are both important issues. They are independent of each other. There is no particular order in which these important changes should be made.


    "Canada has its centuries-old treaties, and more modern treaties today, and more recently, constitutional recognition of Aboriginal Canadians in the life and history of that nation."

    Mick Dodson, July 2007



    Please click here for more Treaty messages








    The Advantages of Treaty



    6 December 2014


    On 6 December 2014, ‘concerned Australians’ invited a group of some 50 colleagues and friends to join them for a discussion on Treaties.


    Three of the attendees graciously agreed to share their views on the advantages of treaty. They were Bobby Nicholls, Aboriginal Partnership Officer at the Department of Health in Wangaratta and Co-Chair of the Traditional Elders Owners Land Justice Group, Gene Roberts who is now the Western Metropolitan Local Justice Worker for VALS, and Janet Turpie-Johnstone. Melbourne’s first Aboriginal Anglican priest, and currently working as an Aboriginal Equity Pathways Officer at the Australian Catholic University.


    All three were enthusiastic in their belief that treaties would improve the lives of Aboriginal peoples across Australia and their establishment would be the only way by which Aboriginal culture could be protected. Janet feared that without treaties Aboriginal culture might not survive.


    Please click here to read the full article.



    Bobby Nicholls, Gene Roberts and Janet Turpie-Johnson









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    A Discussion on 99-Year Township Leases


    Featuring: Yirrininba Dhurrkay and James Wapiriny

    Introduction: David Suttle



    Watch this video on YouTube







    The Importance of Engaging Experienced of Cross-Cultural

    Interpreters for all Negotiations with Indigenous Communities




    This article by Murray Garde flags lessons for all parties, including the NLC, which are involved in consultations with Aboriginal communities where English is far from being the predominant language.


    Murray Garde is highly qualified for this assignment, and the NLC has total confidence in his expertise as an interpreter.


    Linguists have taught us for a long time about the problems that arise from cross-purposes communication.


    Murray Garde’s article demonstrates the value – indeed, in some instances, the necessity – of engaging an experienced cross-cultural interpreter for complex negotiations such as those that arise from profoundly important public policies that will have impact on the lives of current and future generations of Aboriginal people.


    He has revealed the complexity of these negotiations and demonstrated that there are big holes in the understanding of Traditional Owners at Gunbalanya about the substance of negotiations so far towards the Commonwealth’s goal of securing a 99-year-lease over their community.



    CEO, Northern Land Council


    Please click here to read the article by Murray Garde








    The plan to undermine the Land Rights Act

    by Ian Viner AO QC


    With the Commonwealth Government’s push for 99-year leases, the Forrest Report call for Aboriginal land to be privatised so as to be bought and sold, and attacks upon the Northern Land Council in particular over their defence of traditional ownership and their responsibilities under the Land Rights Act, the iconic 1976 Land Rights Act is under threat like never before.


    Please click here to read the full article








    Open Letter from Rev. Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM in Response to

    the Prime Minister’s Statement to The Australian


    (see: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/early-british-settlement-all-bad-for-indigenous-australians-tony-abbott-20140923-10ksdm.html)





    Open Letter from Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM to

    Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister of Australia


    I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister of Australia for his courage in publicly acknowledging the terrible impact on Aboriginal Peoples as a result of early British settlement.


    It is of extreme importance to us that we now work together for better outcomes and this can happen when a Prime Minister is prepared, as you have been, to recognise the pain and suffering that has taken place. This is a beginning point and we thank you for it very sincerely.


    You say that we should be recognised as first class citizens in our own country. We believe this to be true and we also believe that determining our own future is our right. With your determined support we look forward to realising this in the not too distant future.


    Your support for the recognition of Aboriginal Peoples in the Constitution is greatly welcomed and it is our wish that changes will also include provision of a framework for incorporating treaties as they are negotiated




    Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM







    Archbishop Desmond Tutu Prays for Australian Aboriginal Peoples


    On World Peace Day, 21 September 2014



    International Day of Peace


    On World Peace Day 2014, I pray for the rights of the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia to determine their own destiny.


    It is a severe indictment on Australia that many of its indigenous people still feel that their culture and dignity are being eroded, and that they continue to be treated as second class citizens – 42 years after the country signed the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.


    Aboriginal elders say that although the Aboriginal Land Rights Act of 1976 transferred control of much of the Northern Territory to Aboriginal peoples, the people never had the opportunity to draw true advantage from the land. They were ill prepared to deal with complex Western bureaucracies, and their efforts have been undermined by under-development and neglect.


    The imposition of legislation generally known as the Northern Territory Intervention, in 2007 virtually stripped them of their voice.


    Community councils have been closed down and management of many aspects of the peoples’ lives has been transferred to non-indigenous institutions. The exclusion of local Aboriginal perspectives from decision-making is directly eroding customs, laws, languages and land-use aspirations. Nearly 50% of the youth in detention in Australia are Aboriginal, although the Aboriginal population constitutes just 3% of the Australian population.


    There are no first-class and second-class citizens on earth, just citizens; sisters and brothers of one family, the human family, God’s family. Our diversity is a Gift from God. It strengthens and enriches us.


    All people, regardless of their looks, cultures and beliefs – including the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia – are equally entitled to dignity, to justice, and to the right to participate in decisions affecting their lives. I support those who have called for a Truth and Justice Commission for Aboriginal Peoples to lay bare the horrors of the past and, finally, commence a national healing process for all Australians.


    More: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/1113



    Other Links:


















































    Watch this video on YouTube


    The message from very many Aboriginal Peoples in Australia to the Australian Government is that the time is long overdue for genuine negotiation on treaties.












    The book A Decision to Discriminate is now available as PDF.


    Please click here to download the book (3 MB).








    The National Indigenous Human Rights Awards 2014




    Watch this video on YouTube




    Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM


    is presented with the first Dr Yunupingu Human Rights Award by Arnhemland Elder, Yalmay Yunupingu at NSW Parliament House. The National Indigenous Human Rights Awards recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons who have made significant contribution to the advancement of human rights and social justice for their people.



    Yalmay Yunupingu’s Speech:


    “Politics, politics, politics. Policy, policy, policy. Changes, changes, and more changes. What’s next? Are we going to keep living like this and keep being used as a Trojan horse? As new Government gets voted, in comes new policy, “bang”, and then follows by the new changes “bang”. New jobs are created, people are put into positions and they often don’t have any idea how to do their job. Bush schools are criticized, and they say that Indigenous team teachers are inexperienced and unskilled to run bilingual and education programs in our own communities.”


    Full text of Yalmay’s speech










    Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights:

    Review of the Stronger Futures package of legislation


    Source: http://www.openaustralia.org/debates/?id=2014-03-05.4.2


    In the 43rd Parliament, our predecessor committee applied this approach to the examination of the Stronger Futures package of legislation, and used its 11th report of 2013 to set out its understanding of the concept of special measures and the circumstances in which special measures may be permitted or required under human rights law. In considering those measures described as special measures in the Stronger Futures legislation, the committee noted the importance of continuing close evaluation of such measures and concluded that the committee could usefully perform an ongoing oversight role in this regard. The committee recommended that in the 44th Parliament it should undertake a 12-month review to evaluate the latest evidence in order to evaluate the continuing necessity for the Stronger Futures legislation.


    The committee has given careful consideration to our predecessor committee's recommendation and has decided to undertake a review of the Stronger Futures package of legislation, commencing in June 2014. The committee proposes to write to the minister and advise him of its intention to undertake this review, invite him to respond to the conclusions drawn by our predecessor committee in its 11th report of 2013 and alert him to the range of information the committee will seek from him and his department as part of the review. The committee proposes to report the conclusions of this review in 2015.









    of Aboriginal Adults residing outside the Northern Territory on
    The Intervention and Stronger Futures Legislation,
    Constitutional Change and Treaties



    Please click here for the Report








    The Disallowance by the Senate of Regulations made under s28A
    of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976



    Media Release Northern Land Council


    Media Release Northern and Central Land Councils


    Official Notification of the Senate












    “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”

    Benjamin Franklin



    In an excellent article (SMH 2 March 2014) by long-time Aboriginal advocate, Sol Bellear, he suggests that reconciliation has failed. This leads me to ask the question, “What is the basis on which reconciliation might be delivered?”


    While I regularly read of new opportunities that are being promoted for Aboriginal people under the banner of ‘reconciliation’ and I greatly applaud them, at the same time I wonder if we have confused the meaning of the word itself and whether this could be the root of Sol’s conclusion?



    Please click here to read the full article from 'concerned Australians'












    25 Jan 2014 - Yalmay Yunupingu calls for Treaties

    Yalmay’s speech in response to her husband, Dr M Yunupingu, being posthumously awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia


    27 Jan 2014 - Warren Mundine on Treaties with Aboriginal Nations


    28 Jan 2014 - Tony Abbott Open to Aboriginal Treaties


    30 Jan 2014 - Yolngu Nations Assembly on Indigenous Treaties









    Changes to the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NT) 1976


    Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment (Delegation) Regulation 2013 - F2013L02122


    The new Regulation was registered on 12 December 2013. This was the last sitting day of Parliament for the year and means the changes will not come before Parliament before February 11, at the very earliest.


    All information can be found at: www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2013L02122


    The legislative instrument allows for Aboriginal Corporations to request that certain functions of the Land Councils be delegated to them. Where there is reluctance on the part of the Land Councils, the Minister is the final arbiter.



    from: Explanation from the Regulation:


    Subsection 28(3) of the Act provides that a Land Council may delegate certain functions and powers to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation.


    Subsection 28A(1) of the Act provides that an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation may apply to a Land Council for a delegation of certain Land Council functions or powers.


    Subsection 28A(5) of the Act provides that a Land Council is taken to have refused to make a delegation if it has neither made nor refused to make the delegation within the period worked out in accordance with the regulations (or such longer period as is agreed by the Minister).


    Subsection 28B(4) of the Act provides that an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation may apply to a Land Council for a variation of an existing delegation to apply to all of the Land Council’s functions or powers that are delegable to the corporation, or to add specified delegable functions or power, or to add specified delegable functions or powers in relation to specified matters.









    In the Absence of Treaty



    This book explores the current inadequacy of the process used in engaging with Aboriginal people, which results in control slipping away from them. It provides concise but incisive account from recent reports about the reasons for the ongoing and growing frustration of many Aboriginal people in the NT. In doing so it hints at possibly the only solution - treaties.



    Past Book launches:


    Sydney – 28 January 2014, 6pm for 6:30pm

    Melbourne – 4 February 2014, 6pm for 6:30pm

    (in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia)

    Canberra – 6 February 2014, 5:30pm for 6pm

    Darwin – 13 February 2014, 5pm for 5:30pm

    (in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia

    Adelaide – 13 February 2014, 6pm for 6:30pm

    (in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia - Tickets $5)

    Waurn Ponds (VIC) – 6 March 2014, 6:30pm for 7pm

    (in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia)

    Mona Vale (NSW) – 10 March 2014, 7:30pm (sharp)

    (in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia)

    Sydney - 5 April 2014, 1pm for 1:30 pm

    (book presentation in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia)

    Katoomba (NSW) - 12 April 2014, 12:30pm for 1pm

    (book presentation in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia)

    Ryde (NSW) - 28 June 2014, 1:30 pm

    (book presentation in conjunction with a screening of John Pilger's film Utopia)




    Book review by The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC



    To order the book please click here


    Speeches and photos from the launches








    The Hon. Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC

    Answers Questions on 99-Year Leases

    from Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM and Rev. Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM



    1. Government is asking some communities to agree to 99-year township leases. What are the implications of signing a 99-year lease?


    2. Government states that the community will still own the land even though a 99-year lease has been signed. Can you explain this please.


    3. How important to Aboriginal Peoples are the protections in the Land Rights Act?


    4. Under current legislation we are able to support housing and business development in our towns. Why do you think Government is asking communities to agree to 99-year leases?


    5. Our people have great difficulty in persuading Government to negotiate with us in a culturally appropriate manner – that is, talking with the senior law men of our communities. Can you suggest ways in which this can be achieved?

      Watch this video on YouTube








    Dismantling the Land Rights Act

    99 year leases



    6 Nov 2013


    Statement by Rev. Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM regarding MOUs on township 99 year leases


    I express my deep concern at the actions of the Abbott Government as evidenced by the behaviour of the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Scullion, in hastily procuring MOUs on township leases for 99 years in Gunbalanya and Yirrkala in recent weeks. He is quoted as saying that this was part of a blitz to encourage other communities around the country to sign similar deals.


    Please click here for the full statement



    Article in the The Australian: Overhaul township leasing system, says Northern Land Council (18 Nov 2013)


    Letter from Rev. Dr Djiniyini Gondarra to The Australian (22 Nov 2013)


    Response from The Australian (23 Nov 2013)



    22 Nov 2013


    Interview with Dr Gondarra


    NT First Nations leader calls for rejection of lease deals




    27 Nov 2013


    Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM in Conversation with


    Watch this video on Vimeo


    Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL PC,

    Frank Vincent AO QC and

    Hon. Alastair Nicholson RFD AO QC