Saturday, August 2, 2014

Australia in the grip of a ‘new stolen generation’, indigenous children forcibly removed from homes

Beverly Whyman, a Stolen Generation mother, with photos of her two boys, Russell and Kelv
Beverly Whyman, a Stolen Generation mother, with photos of her two boys, Russell and Kelvin, who were removed from her care. Source: News Limited
 
THE rate of indigenous children being taken from their families has become so rife, more are being removed today than at any other time in Australia’s sordid colonial history. 

Figures reveal the number of indigenous children being forcibly taken from their homes has risen almost 400 per cent in 15 years, prompting Aboriginal Elders to condemn what they are labelling a ‘new Stolen Generation’.

Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander children represent 4.6 per cent of the Australian population, and a whopping one third are in ‘out of home care’.

According to the Federal Government’s 1997 Bringing Them Home report, the number of indigenous children removed from their families at the time was 2785.

Fast forward fifteen years to 2012, where a report by the Federal Government’s Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recorded the instance of removal had risen almost 400 per cent to 13,299.

“More than 14,000 Aboriginal children are in what they call ‘out of home care’ in any given night in Australia,” said Paddy Gibson, a senior researcher at the University of Technology, Sydney.

“That is a far greater number of children removed in any year over the Stolen Generations
period.”

The NT Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation (NTSGAC) commemorated 100 years since th
 
The NT Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation (NTSGAC) commemorated 100 years since the opening of the Kahlin Half Caste Children’s Home, where removed children were placed. Source: News Limited
 
Marie Allen, Wardaman (NT) traditional owner and member of the stolen generation.
 
Marie Allen, Wardaman (NT) traditional owner and member of the stolen generation. Source: News Limited
 
On the eve of the first anniversary of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's apology to the Stolen
 
On the eve of the first anniversary of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008, a group gathered in Redfern to commemorate the historic occasion. Picture: Phil Rogers Source: News Limited
 
According to Mr Gibson, Australia has essentially returned to an “assimilation policy” where mass removal of Aboriginal children is being used as a strategy to “deal with questions of Aboriginal disadvantage, just as it was in the Stolen Generations era”.

For Ray Jackson, the issue is as prevalent now as it was when he was taken as a child in 1943.

Mr Jackson was just two years old when he and his two siblings were removed. His non-indigenous father died in World War II, and his Aboriginal mother was deemed unfit to care for the family due to her ethnicity.

“The number of children being taken these days is horrendous. I’ve read about this. I’ve seen it,” Mr Jackson told news.com.au.

“I’ve tried to help families who’ve had their children taken, but you’re fighting a behemoth.
“To take the coppers on is bad enough, but to try and take on a government and its policies, no one out there will listen to you.”


But the Federal Government has washed its hands of the problem, with the Minister for indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, telling news.com.au “Child protection is the responsibility of the states and territories. At all times and in all circumstances, the best interest of the child is paramount.

“However I do encourage states and territories to work harder to find solutions, where possible, within the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family. Experience has shown that where issues can be resolved, the extended family is at the centre of the solution.”

In NSW nearly 6300 indigenous children are wards of the state. That’s nearly 10 per cent of the state’s Aboriginal children. Meanwhile, only 1.6 per cent of white children have been removed.

According to the Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner’s annual report, indigenous children were 395 per cent more likely to be put into care than non-indigenous children.

In the year to June 30, 2013, 624 indigenous kids were removed in the Northern Territory, in comparison to 126 non-indigenous children.

“Some communities don’t even have running water,” said Mr Gibson.

“There are massively overcrowded situations, there’s no sealed roads for the community. The idea that these people get more than average Australians get is farcical.
 
“Governments don’t provide resources to the people who need it most.”

Margie is still looking for her brother who was taken as part of the Stolen Generations p
 
Margie is still looking for her brother who was taken as part of the Stolen Generations policy in 1962. Source: News Limited
 
Daisy Archer, 99 years old, member of the stolen generation and still looking for family.
 
Daisy Archer, 99 years old, member of the stolen generation and still looking for family. Source: News Limited
 
Member of the stolen generation Mark Beach, with his son Zaydan Cummings-Beach.
Member of the stolen generation Mark Beach, with his son Zaydan Cummings-Beach. Source: News Limited
 
Child protection services have denied having an unfair focus on indigenous communities, claiming it is beyond the Department’s control and that the health and welfare of the child was at the core of the department’s interests.

“The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has a statutory responsibility to protect children, and will only remove a child or young person as a last resort when court order finds there are serious concerns for their safety or wellbeing, said a spokesman.

“The decision to remove a child from its family is not taken lightly by the Children’s Court, which treats all cases equally, no matter what the racial or social background.”

FACS pointed news.com.au to the 2014 Report on Government Services, which stated NSW had the highest percentage of indigenous children in out of home care placements with relatives or kin (63.6 per cent of indigenous children as compared to the national average of 51.5 per cent).

But Mr Jackson remained unconvinced.

“Yes we do have drunks, yes we do have druggies, some of them are mothers even, but in the wider family, not all of them are drunk or drug-affected,” he said.

“When you walk into an Aboriginal house, the first thing you see is a wall covered with photos. “Photos of family of those who have gone, those have just come and those who are in between and growing. Walk into the kitchen, the fridge is covered with children’s drawings. That is a normal home.

“That is pride in your family and children, and that is not being recognised.

“These people need assistance, they need help; they don’t need their children taken from them.”

- Do you have a story to share on the issue? Email youngma@news.com.au

Eunice Wright was one of the Aboriginal Elders chosen to accept the apology for the stole
 
Eunice Wright was one of the Aboriginal Elders chosen to accept the apology for the stolen generations from Kevin Rudd. Source: News Limited

news.com.au 2 Aug 2014

The (criminal) Australian authorities are at it again.

What the majority of Australians are unaware of is that from 1933 anyone born in Australia is property of the 'government' or to be more specific a corporation commonly known as the government.

This fact is far from a 'conspiracy theory'.

The so called 'apology' from the ex prime minister Kevin Rudd is NOT for the 'stolen generations' are perceived by many but for the taking of the last bit of Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory.

Australia is originally named Kamerra by the Indigenous population pre (armed) European invasion.  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Robyn Lawley’s naked protest against Adani Group’s Carmichael Coal Mine approval

A NAKED selfie from one of Australia’s most successful models has turned the spotlight on a federal government decision to approve the country’s biggest coal mine. 
 
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved the massive Carmichael project yesterday, two months after the Queensland government ticked off its environmental approvals.

So is the decision a sellout that Australians will live to regret?

Model Robyn Lawley certainly seems to think so, posting a naked selfie with the words “stop coal mining” scrawled on her stomach.

“I’m shocked and feel powerless so I decided to get people to read this one way or another, we have to stop them ... before its too late”.

She’s not the only one, with many green groups worried about Australia’s water supply and a Hollywood star concerned about the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

 
Robyn Lawley  
 
 
 
Instagram photo of model Robyn Lawley. From Instagram @robynlawley1
Instagram photo of model Robyn Lawley. From Instagram @robynlawley1 Source: Instagram
 
WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?

If it is built the Carmichael Coal Mine will be one of the largest in the world and will help unlock Queensland’s Galilee Basin for more development.

The mine is owned by Indian mining giant Adani Group and could eventually produce and transport enough coal to power homes for about 100 million people in India, about eight per cent of the population.

The mega mine will cover 200 square kilometres and will include six open cut pits and five underground mines. It is forecast to produce 60 million tonnes of thermal coal a year for export.

What an open-cut mine looks like from the air: The Boggabri Coal and Whitehaven mines on
 
What an open-cut mine looks like from the air: The Boggabri Coal and Whitehaven mines on the edge of Leard State Forest. Picture by Peter Lorimer Source: News Corp Australia
 
One of the major impacts of the mine is that it will open up the resource-rich Galilee Basin to development, which has been hampered so far by its remote outback location 500km from the east coast. Adani will need to provide rail access, water and power to the area in order for a mine to be viable.

This would likely benefit other mines proposed for the basin in central Queensland. There are eight other mines proposed for the area and three of these have already been approved. Aussie mining magnates Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer both have mining interests in the area.

The Carmichael mine proposal includes a 200km rail line to connect the mine to the coal port at Abbot Point. This will enable the coal to be shipped overseas.

IS THIS A ‘TITANIC’ MISTAKE?

The Abbot Point coal terminal has been controversial because of its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has expressed concerns about the impacts of dredging to create the port, which could see vast amounts of dredge spoils dumped into waters 20km from the reef.

Concerns about the impact to the Great Barrier Reef.
 
Concerns about the impact to the Great Barrier Reef. Source: News Corp Australia
 
About three million cubic metres of material will be dredged from the seabed so freighters can dock.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef, stretching for 2300km, and is home to more than 100 species of jellyfish, 3000 varieties of molluscs, 1625 types of fish and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins.

UNESCO says Australia is not doing enough to protect the reef and has threatened to place it on the List of World Heritage in Danger if problems are not addressed within a year.

Its concerns are mainly related to the dumping of sludge as part of a dredging project for the major coal port expansion.

Even Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has waded into the debate, saying he had witnessed first-hand the “environmental devastation” of the reef.

At risk is the estimated $5.68 billion that the reef contributes to the Australian economy each year. A report commissioned by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority, found the reef also generated almost 69,000 jobs in 2011-12.

At full capacity the Carmichael Coal Mine would add another 480 ships crossing the reef, Australian Marine Conservation Society campaigner Felicity Wishart told the Guardian.

“In an area home to humpback whales, sea turtles and dugongs,” Ms Wishart said.

Humpback whales frolicking on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns. Photo: Deep Sea Divers D 
 
Humpback whales frolicking on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns. Photo: Deep Sea Divers Den Source: Supplied
 
The Queensland and Australian governments have also approved the new mine despite concerns about potential effects on endangered springs and the Great Artesian Basin, which were raised by the government-appointed Independent Expert Scientific Committee.

The Great Artesian Basin is one of the largest underground water reservoirs in the world and lies underneath about 22 per cent of Australia, including parts of Queensland, NSW, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Environmental consultant Tom Crothers, who previously managed environmental water allocation for the Queensland government, said approval for a fourth mining project in the Galilee Basin could threaten the local water supply.

Another 750 gigalitres of water could be taken from the Great Artesian Basin for the mine.

“That’s equivalent to three-and-a-half Sydney Harbours,” Mr Crothers told AAP.

“Bear in mind, there’s potentially another five mines on top of this.”

In total the four mines already approved could take a total of 1770 gigalitres of water from the system, environmental reports have shown.

Great Artesian Basin’s open bore drains on a property.
 
Great Artesian Basin’s open bore drains on a property. Source: News Limited
 
Greenpeace has estimated that the mine will require 12 gigalitres of water each year from local rivers and underground aquifers.

“That’s enough drinking water for every Queenslander for three years. Even 10 kilometres away, water tables are expected to drop by over one metre,” a Greenpeace statement suggests.

It said Hunt had “laid out the red carpet for a coal company with a shocking track record to dig up the outback, dump on the Great Barrier Reef and fuel climate change”.

Adani has been fined in India for violating environmental conditions on its port development in Gujarat.

According to an Indian government review, it failed to monitor groundwater for pollution and was also criticised for destroying mangroves.

The Australian Conservation Foundation said the approval of the Carmichael mine would also destroy part of the remaining habitat of the endangered black-throated finch.

“While some of the conditions imposed by the environment minister are welcome, they cannot stop this mine from being an environmental disaster,” said campaigner Ruchira Talukdar.

Charleville children running through the sprinklers at Graham Andrews Parklands. The Stat
 
Charleville children running through the sprinklers at Graham Andrews Parklands. The State in the grip of a severe drought yet the township is drought proof due to the Great Artesian Basin. Photo: David Martinelli. Source: News Limited
 
PROPOSED SAFEGUARDS

Environment Minister Greg Hunt told ABC this morning that Adani would return a minimum of 730 megalitres of water to the Basin every year for five years. He said that final water modelling had also yet to be done.

“According to the federal environmental laws, we have still put 36 of the strictest, toughest conditions that have ever been imposed,” Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt said his conditions complemented those imposed by the Queensland government, which established 190 conditions to protect landholders, flora, groundwater resources and air quality, as well as controls on dust and noise during construction and operation.

When asked about the impact to the reef, Mr Hunt said the Carmichael mine was almost 500km inland in a dry, sparsely vegetated area.

“If you see the site from the air you realise this is the middle of deep outback Australia. It is nowhere near the coast,” he said.

Graziers on their property near the small central Queensland town of Alpha, as residents
 
Graziers on their property near the small central Queensland town of Alpha, as residents and surrounding farmers brace themselves for giant coal mines opening in surrounding Galilee Basin. Source: News Limited
 
He has accused Greenpeace of being politically motivated in its opposition, and that it was less critical of the mine’s predecessor, the Alpha Mine, which was approved by Labor governments.

“I think all that was said by Greenpeace was ‘unfortunate’, so it appears there is one rule for a Labor decision another rule for a Coalition Government decision,” Mr Hunt said.

But Greenpeace program director Ben Pearson hit back, saying: “A quick google search with ‘Greenpeace AND “Alpha Mine”’ shows Greenpeace was in fierce opposition to Alpha coal mine.

“A total of 2,190 google results come up with those exact words,” he said.

WHAT ARE THE STAKES? 

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) said the nine new mines in the Galilee Basin, would create a total of 15,000 construction jobs and 13,000 operational positions.

The Adani project alone is estimated to contribute $2.97 billion to the Queensland economy each year and to generate 2475 jobs during its construction phase. Another 3920 jobs would remain during mine operation.

“It’s going to boost our economic growth and royalties will come back to this state for many, many years,” Queensland Premier Campbell Newman told reporters on Monday.

Across its 60 year life, the Carmichael Coal Mine would have a resource value of $5 billion a year.

A refurbished shiploader at the Abbot Point Coal Terminal.
 
A refurbished shiploader at the Abbot Point Coal Terminal. Source: Supplied
 
Australia’s exports are heavily dependent on mining, and Federal Trade Minister Andrew Robb said the project demonstrated the potential for the resources sector to drive economic growth.

“It will help support the opening of Australia’s first new mineral province in 40 years,” Mr Robb said, adding that the commitment from major global company Adani was a welcome foreign investment.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said the approval wouldn’t compromise “world-leading environmental standards”.

“Regional communities including Alpha, Clermont, Emerald, Bowen, Moranbah, Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville are all expected to benefit from the development of the so-far untapped resources in the Galilee Basin,” he said.

WILL IT ACTUALLY HAPPEN?

It remains to be seen whether the $10 billion coal mine will get built. There are investor concerns about a downturn in coal prices and a global supply glut of the commodity.

Thermal-coal prices are near five-year lows. This has coincided with increased supply but reduced demand from China.

It has made many new coal projects uneconomic and creates difficulty in raising financing for the big projects.

The Carmichael mine was proposed in 2010, at the height of the mining boom, a time when investors from countries such as India, Japan and China wanted to ensure their future coal supply.

A humpback whales waves goodbye to a coal ship leaving Newcastle Port. Photo: Peter Lorim
 
A humpback whales waves goodbye to a coal ship leaving Newcastle Port. Photo: Peter Lorimer. Source: News Corp Australia
 
India is unable to produce enough coal to keep up with demand and its strict environmental regulations and difficulties in securing land for mining has led to its reliance on imports.

But in order to see the mine built, Adani will need to invest significant funds into building the rail, water and power infrastructure and will also have to address legal challenges to its plans.

The state and federal government approvals so far cover the mine and the start of the rail link, however, the full rail plan has not yet received the go-ahead.

The plans to dredge Abbot Point to develop the port, is also being challenged.

It seems unlikely that the mining giant will actively pursue funding for its new mine until all approvals are in place.

news.com.au 29 July 2014

Watch how cheap Indian labour gets imported from overseas.

The Australian government is NOT a de jure government, but a CORPORATION subservient to the best interests of other corporations.

It is a fascist government falsely in power, where its people are under Martial Law.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Swear an Oath

Many police have been caught out lying in court, providing false information, signing false statements or affidavits with little or no consequences.

At one point in time, in Australia the court system erroneously provided the "Good News" bible, where one would swear on or make the oath.

The correct bible that must be used in Australian courts, is the King James (Version) bible.

Swearing an oath is forbidden.

See illustration below, Matthew 5: 33-37


Monday, July 28, 2014

Recording in court

Authorities, courts and police would have you believe that recording them is 'illegal', and use all sorts of threats and intimidation in order so that you do not record their 'unlawful' actions, which can be used in a 'court of law' against them.

So,

Q: Can you record in a court (in Victoria, Australia)?

A: Short answer, Yes.

Explanation:



Listening Devices Act 1969

Version No. 011
Act No. 7804/1969
Version incorporating amendments as at 1 July 1997

Section

4.  Prohibition on use of a listening device

(1)     A person shall not—

(a) use any listening device to overhear record
     monitor or listen to any private conversation
     to which he is not a party; or

(b) except in the course of any legal proceedings
     or in accordance with the provisions of sub-
     section (2) communicate or publish the
     substance or meaning of any private
     conversation overheard recorded monitored
     or listened to by the use of any listening
     device, whether he was a party thereto or
     not—

without the consent express or implied of the
parties to the private conversation.

Penalty:

(a) if the person is a corporation—500 penalty
     units;

(b) in any other case—40 penalty units or
     imprisonment for a term of 2 years or both.

(2) Notwithstanding anything in paragraph (b) of sub-
      section (1) it is not an offence for a person who
      was a party to a private conversation to
      communicate or publish the substance or meaning
      of the private conversation which he has recorded
      by means of a listening device if the
      communication or publication is no more than is
      reasonably necessary in the public interest or in
      the course of his duty or for the protection of his
                      lawful interests. 

Comment to the above mentioned content in the Act:

  • A court is a place 'in the public interest'.
  • You are protecting your 'lawful interests'.
Ref: http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/Domino/Web_Notes/LDMS/LTObject_Store/LTObjSt2.nsf/DDE300B846EED9C7CA257616000A3571/29B405DC920E680BCA2577610022C9A8/$FILE/69-7804a011.pdf