Posts Tagged ‘indigenous affairs

Community leader calls for spearing

Jan 02, 2010 | Discuss

Community leader calls for spearing

The council chairman of the Laramba community just north of Alice Springs says a spearing is the only way to stop escalating violence and menace in the wake of the murder of two men at the community just before Christmas, reports PAUL TOOHEY in the Northern Territory News. Late last year a forum at the Araluen Arts Complex in Alice Springs called for Australian governments to recognise tradiitonal law. It followed the screening of a documentary called Bush law, made by Alice Springs lawyer Danie...Read more

Should Customary Law be recognized by the courts?

Dec 22, 2009 | 10 Comments

Should Customary Law be recognized by the courts?

By Dave Price I once asked an old Warlpiri man from Yuendumu, who’d worked as a police tracker for many years, why there were so many young Aboriginal blokes locked up in the Alice Springs jail. He answered; “There’s yapa (Aboriginal law) here,” indicating with his raised right hand, “and there’s kardiya (whitefella law) here,” raising his left hand. “Those young fellas are running around in the middle. They don’t know.” This same old man’s response to a member of the parol...Read more

A voice for change

Dec 09, 2009 | 3 Comments

A voice for change

“We need an act, we need laws that recognize that the problem now is blackfellas killing blackfellas and killing themselves. If a law like the Racial Discrimination Act gets in the way of doing that then it must be changed. We are different, we are special, we have special needs. We are caught in a trap. They want us to be citizens with the same rights but then they want us to keep our culture with no changes. How can we do both?” BESS PRICE speaks out....Read more

Independent Anderson

Dec 02, 2009 | 1 Comment

`I just suddenly realised, being a member of parliament within the Labor Party and being a minister, how you just can’t have a voice , You’re just so much gagged from having an opinion … it’s either spin or nothing” `A whole family structure just moves into town, so it’s one renal patient, 27-30 people, out of that there might be seven to ten schoolchildren who don’t go to school’ Either we can sit back for the next 40 years and keep putting the $500 or $600,0...Read more

Bush law: the forum

Nov 28, 2009 | 4 Comments

Danielle Loy’s film Bush Law presents the passionately held views of a group of senior men from the community of Lajamanu who are calling for the recognition of Aboriginal customary law. It was screened for the first time at the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs in November this year and has already provoked some intense discussion in Alice Springs media. Alice Online filmed the forum....Read more

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Oct 26, 2009 | Discuss

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

“The original act of dispossession is echoed today by a permanent process of pillage, in which the Territory helps itself to special-purpose Federeal funding meant to alleviate remote area disadvantage, then delivers grossly inadequate service to the indigenous societies of the bush.” Nicolas Rothwell writes on The Failed State in The Australian. Read More »...Read more