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Archives June 2015

The removal of all Chagossians from their homelands by the UK - Does this sound familiar?

The matters relating to the Chagossian people after the UK forcibly removed them from their island homelands went before the court two days ago in London. The United Kingdom did a deal with the United States and gave them the Chagossian peoples homeland Islands so the US could build a military base. Diego Garcia, the island where most Chagossians lived appears to be the principle island used. Most Chagossians now live in Mauritius and the United Kingdom after being forcibly evicted by the British government in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Read more about The removal of all Chagossians from their homelands by the UK - Does this sound familiar?

'Advance Australia Fair' and 'The White Australia Policy'

Whate Australia March

"Advance Australia Fair" was the national anthem proclaimed as Australia's National Anthem by the Governor-General on 19th April 1984. 'Advance Australia' and 'Fair' are the key words and title of their anthem, and it appears that they were extracted from the 'White Australia March' songbook which materialised a few years after Federation in 1901. The information with the White Australian March sheet music stated; 'Of the National Policy Song, and is intended to express the life, character, and aspirations of the Australian born, depicting in musical form the patriotic spirit of the race ...' Read more about 'Advance Australia Fair' and 'The White Australia Policy'

Decolonisation Message to Sovereign Union

Decolonise

Letter to SU - '... While I fall into the white/migrant category of Australians I would have to be blind not to see the deceitful and exploitative nature of the Crown and its local agents, as well as the 'assimilate or die' tactics used against the Aboriginal people ...

Tolerating the Crown despite its crimes against humanity would amount to acquiescing to those crimes and inviting their continuation. Read more about Decolonisation Message to Sovereign Union

Giant Lake Mungo was 20 per cent bigger than we thought, say researchers

Lake Mungo

Researchers established that Lake Mungo's high water mark was five metres higher than previously realised, and results of an international study has revealed that the iconic lake situated 90 kilometres north-east of Mildura, was actually a mega-lake, almost 20 per cent bigger than thought before. "Traces of people's activities are actually embedded in sediment, so that tells us that people were relying on watercraft to get around to exploit what was on the island in terms of animals to hunt," said La Trobe University archaeologist Nicola Stern. Read more about Giant Lake Mungo was 20 per cent bigger than we thought, say researchers

David Suzuki: Aboriginal people are our best bet for protecting the planet, not environmentalists,

Academic, author and activist David Suzuki.

Our brains were our great evolutionary advantage, conferring massive memory, curiosity, inventiveness and observational powers ... By applying our acquired knowledge and insights, we could deliberately choose a path to avoid danger or trouble, and to exploit opportunities. I believe foresight was a huge evolutionary advantage for our species. And that's what is so tragic today when we have all the amplified foresight of scientists and supercomputers, which have been warning us for decades that we are heading down a dangerous path, but now we allow politics and economics to override this predictive power. Read more about David Suzuki: Aboriginal people are our best bet for protecting the planet, not environmentalists,

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