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Archives July 2014

First Nations Peoples in Australia are being crushed by governments

This media release highlights the crushing of the people who still live under the military intervention in the Northern Territory, where lands can be exploited and misused without consulting the true owners, nor gaining free, prior and informed consent and controlling cultured people's income under a false and deceitful charge. This page also re-issues a warning about the 'Recognise' Campaign and the decision of the Queensland Supreme Court decision in The Rates Dispute Ngurampaa v Balonne Shire Council. Read more about First Nations Peoples in Australia are being crushed by governments

The Black Resistance

The Black Resistance by Fergus Robinson and Barry York<br>Available in Libraries

The Black resistance: an introduction to the history of the First Nations struggle against British Colonialism.

Using material that was ignored by most 'white' historians, this book traces the dispossession of the Aboriginal people and records the strategic and tactical objectives of tribal defence as well as the aims and methods of the British invaders. Read more about The Black Resistance

Hunter gatherers: Invented to undermine First Nations people

The book argues the idea that the first Australians were hunter gatherers has been invented to undermine Aboriginal people.

"My message to my own people," he says, "is the rest of the country's not going to change if we don't stick up for our culture; and our culture was one where we had an agricultural economy. If we stick up for our culture, it'll be useful not just for us but for the whole of Australia, because some of those crops that our people were growing are going to be useful in the future." Read more about Hunter gatherers: Invented to undermine First Nations people

Proposed WA Aboriginal Heritage Act : The Upsides and the Downsides explained

A great overview of the proposed changes in the WA heritage Act - The new and the old - the good and the bad by Nicholas Herriman of Latrobe University.

The fast pace of development in WA has destroyed much First Nations heritage. In recognition of this, WA’s parliament passed, in 1972, the Aboriginal Heritage Act. Now they propose an updated model but the revisions will make it easier for developers to disturb heritage sites. Read more about Proposed WA Aboriginal Heritage Act : The Upsides and the Downsides explained

Statue of White man holding a gun installed in Alice Springs

An explorer who had at least two conflicts with First Nations people in the nineteenth century was commemorated with a statue of him holding a gun on a Masonic symbol platform right in the centre of Alice Springs

The statue is of John McDouall Stuart, a Scottish explorer who had at least two conflicts with First Nations people during his explorations moving northerly from Adelaide, in the 19th Century. Read more about Statue of White man holding a gun installed in Alice Springs

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