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Campaign for Treaty

August 26, 2014


concerned Australians have recently released a new video highlighting the call for Treaty. Aboriginal Peoples have waited more than 200 years for formal and binding agreements with the Australian Government.  They want the opportunity to take control over their lives and to determine their futures through legal agreements, compacts, covenants or treaties established in law […]


March 12, 2014


The following reflection on Justice is written by Michele Harris from ‘concerned Australians’. Michele is responding to an article in the SMH by Sol Bellear who comments on John Pilger’s film Utopia. Read Sol Bellear’s article here. Justice – Michele Harris  “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”     Benjamin […]

In the Absence of Treaty launched in Canberra

February 12, 2014


Last week concerned Australian’s latest book was launched in Canberra at the ANU Coop. The speakers were: Graeme Mundine, Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, John Falzon, CEO of the St Vincent De Paul Society and Professor Jon Altman, Research Professor at CEAPR. Graeme’s speech ITAT_Canberra launch To read John Falzon’s speech click here To buy the book […]

The dismantling of the Land Rights Act (NT) 1976 forum

November 29, 2013


On Wednesday Graeme and I attended a forum held by ‘concerned Australians’. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear Utopia Elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks speak about her concerns with 99 year leases and other challenges communities are facing. It was also an opportunity to hear expert legal and political analysis of the Federal Government’s proposed 99 year leases. Below […]

Concerns over 99 year leases_dismantling the Land Rights Act

November 8, 2013


Currently in the Northern Territory the Federal Government is in the process of ‘negotiating’ 99 year leases with some communities. Concerns have been raised about the process of engaging communities in these negotiations. Previously, the Government has talked about a blitz in communities to get these leases signed leading to a perception of haste in […]

The Northern Territory education system continues to fail Aboriginal children

November 1, 2013


Earlier this week the Council for Australian Governments (COAG) released its latest report Education in Australia 2012: Five years of performance. Key points the report highlighted are: There has been no improvement in school attendance rates of Indigenous students. In fact, the Northern Territory (NT) has gaps greater than 10% in every year. Worst affected […]

Keeping them Home – What have we learnt from Bringing them Home?

May 20, 2013


KEEPING THEM HOME The most recent data shows that the number of children being moved into out-of-home care in the Northern Territory has just about doubled since 2007. Two-thirds of these children are being placed with non-Indigenous families away from their communities. Elder Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, as spokesperson for Yolngu Makarr Dhuni calls for […]