Western Australia

Dadawarra from Mungullah, WA declares his sovereignty

Dadawarra from Mungullah, WA declares his sovereignty

Dadawarra says a 1,041 page Federal Court judgement on native title in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia seven years ago affirmed him as the sovereign ruler of the Commonwealth, extinguishing the Crown's sovereignty at the same time.

He argues through a complex marriage of Western Australian and national legislation, and ancient Aboriginal customary law - may actually hold water, with cryptic comment from the Federal Court doing nothing to dispel it. Read more about Dadawarra from Mungullah, WA declares his sovereignty

Aboriginal employees were told that 'Agent Orange' was so safe you could drink it

Lucy Marshall, Cyril Hunter's Mother

A campaigner for compensation has discovered that the 'Agent Orange' used to spray weeds in the Kimberley was fire damaged and deemed to be more toxic than the cocktail used in the Vietnam War, with possibly up to 200 times higher dioxin than normal Agent Orange.

This highly toxic chemical 245T (Agent Orange) was supplied by the Dept of Agriculture (Now APB) in the Kimberley to employees in damaged, second-hand and unmarked drums. Read more about Aboriginal employees were told that 'Agent Orange' was so safe you could drink it

Evidence of 9,000-year-old stone houses found on Pilbara island

Evidence of 9,000-year-old stone houses found on Pilbara island

Archeologists working on the Dampier archipelago off Australia’s north-west coast have found evidence of stone houses dating back 9,000 years – to the end of the last ice age – building the case for the area to get a world heritage listing.

A team from UWA are exploring the Dampier Archipelago (Murujuga). What they have uncovered so far is astounding, and pushes back the known occupation of this place to before the Last Ice Age. Read more about Evidence of 9,000-year-old stone houses found on Pilbara island

Kimberley Traditional Owners unite for the Fitzroy River Declaration

Town based Aboriginal reserves are in danger as land prices peak and mining investment slumps

Kennedy Hill Broome WA

The State Government is reviewing the viability of WA's 274 Aboriginal communities, with details of the process due to be released in July, so the future of WA's 35 town-based Aboriginal reserves is set to come under the spotlight, with some residents determined to stay while others accept an offer of new houses in town. Town-based reserves are Aboriginal communities that formed around townships around the middle of the 20th century, as Aboriginal families were displaced from their bush homes and moved off cattle stations. Read more about Town based Aboriginal reserves are in danger as land prices peak and mining investment slumps

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