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Australian Aboriginals to get billions in compensation for land & spiritual loss in landmark case — RT World News
Aboriginals in Australia have won a ground-breaking case that paves the way for billions of dollars in compensation claims for colonial land loss, as well as loss of spiritual connection.

The High Court of Australia ruled in favor of the Ngaliwurru and Nungali groups from the Northern Territory in the biggest ‘native title’ ruling on indigenous rights to traditional land and water in decades on Wednesday.

It said the Northern Territory government was to pay $2.53mn in damages to the Ngaliwurru and Nungali groups for an earlier federal court ruling which found the NT government “extinguished” their native title rights when they built infrastructure on their land in the 80s and 90s.

Around $1.3 million of the damages was awarded for spiritual or cultural harm, which both the Northern Territory and federal governments argued was excessive.

The High Court ruled on Wednesday that the $1.3mn “was not manifestly excessive and was not inconsistent with acceptable community standards.” It was the first time the high court considered the monetary value of the removal of land rights, including economic loss and loss of spiritual connection.
Australia  Aboriginal  indigenous  land  spiritual  rights 
march 2019 by Quercki
Deborah Bird Rose | Love at the Edge of Extinction - (Betsy Rose's sister who died)
This blog is dedicated to life at the edge of extinction. My life’s purpose is to explore the entangled ethics of love, contingency and desire in the face of almost incomprehensible loss. Social justice, ecological justice and human-animal relationships are a good part of it, but the work goes further in wanting to help us to reconfigure our deep understandings of the world of life in this time of cascading loss. I always want to plunge into the depths of things, and my ability to take these plunges has been shaped and given strength through sharing life and learning with Aboriginal people in Australia.

I came to Australia in 1980 to live with Aboriginal people in the hopes of learning about their relationships with country and other species. Instead of going home to the USA, I stayed to work with people on land claims and other decolonising agendas. I became an accomplished bush cook and 4X4 driver, and many of the happiest times of my life were, and are, in the bush.
Australia  aboriginal  indigenous  flying-foxes  dingoes  climatechange  diversity 
december 2018 by Quercki
White Wolf : Australia returns 50,000 hectares of land to Aboriginals.
Australia returns 50,000 hectares of land to Aboriginals.

An aboriginal tribe in Australia have been granted their native land back, after what has become one of the most protracted and fraught land battles in Australian history.

The Larrakia Aboriginal people are the traditional owners of the Darwin region, spanning most of the Cox peninsula.

The Larrakia people have had the longest-running claim on the land, known as the Kenbi Land Claim; Dating as far back as 1789 the claim has been through two hearings, three federal court reviews, and two High Court appeals.

The 37-year long dispute was settled in April, transferring ownership of the land from Australias federal and territory governments to a group of Larrakia Aboriginal people.

Today, the final agreement, which consists of 55,000 hectares, was handed back to the Larrakia people by Australias Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.


Today we formally recognise what Larrakia people have always known, that this is Aboriginal land, that this is that lands of the Larrakia people. I acknowledge that Larrakia people have cared for this country for tens of thousands of years, that your songs have been sung since time out of mind. And those songs have held and passed on the knowledge of your customs, your traditions, your law and I pay my deepest respects to you and your elders, past and present, Turnbull said at the ceremony.
Australia  Indigenous  land  returned  Aboriginal 
november 2018 by Quercki
150,000 American Students Have Experienced a School Shooting. They Are Our Best Hope.
In 1996, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws. It Hasn't Had a Mass Shooting Since.
Violent crime and gun-related deaths did not come to an end in Australia, of course. But as the Washington Post’s Wonkblog pointed out in August, homicides by firearm plunged 59 percent between 1995 and 2006, with no corresponding increase in non-firearm-related homicides. The drop in suicides by gun was even steeper: 65 percent. Studies found a close correlation between the sharp declines and the gun buybacks. Robberies involving a firearm also dropped significantly. Meanwhile, home invasions did not increase, contrary to fears that firearm ownership is needed to deter such crimes. But here’s the most stunning statistic. In the decade before the Port Arthur massacre, there had been 11 mass shootings in the country. There hasn’t been a single one in Australia since.
Australia  gun  control  massacre  murder  shooting  guns  suicide 
february 2018 by Quercki
(4) Liz Henry - So I was trying to explain Anne of Green Gables to...
It makes Anne of Green Gables look like a damn princess. Then I read A Little Bush Maid and was terrified the perfect pony was going to die the whole way through the more feisty the girl was and the more she loved her pony. Spoiler: the pony does not die!!!!!!
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Rachel Chalmers He dies in book two. WE GO HARD
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Rachel Holmen I only read the "Little House on the Prairie" series as an adult, and found them enjoyable. And when I read "Little Women" again recently (after reading MARCH by Geraldine Brooks), I was struck by how preachy it was occasionally, but also how it depic...See More
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Sue Davis Have you ever read The Road from Coorain? It's a really good memoir of growing up first in the Australian outback and then in the city.
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girl  children  books  Australia  *** 
may 2017 by Quercki
Ancient Aboriginal stories preserve history of a rise in sea level
In the beginning, as far back as we remember, our home islands were not islands at all as they are today. They were part of a peninsula that jutted out from the mainland and we roamed freely throughout the land without having to get in a boat like we do today. Then Garnguur, the seagull woman, took her raft and dragged it back and forth across the neck of the peninsula letting the sea pour in and making our homes into islands.
So goes an Aboriginal story, paraphrased, about the origin of the Wellesley Islands in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, a story with parallels along every part of the coast of Australia. Along the south coast, stories written down early in colonial times told when these areas were dry, a time when people hunted kangaroo and emu there, before the water rose and flooded them, never again to recede.

In a recent paper we presented at an indigenous language conference in Japan, we analysed 18 stories from around Australia’s coast. All tell tales of coastal flooding. We argue that these stories (and probably many others) recall coastal inundation as sea levels reached their present level at least 6,000-7,000 years ago.

The end of the ice ages

Around Australia, we know that at the coldest time of the last ice age about 20,000 years ago, sea level stood about 120 metres below its present level.

When the last ice age began to end, a few thousand years later, huge masses of ice that had built up on the land, particularly in the northern hemisphere, began melting. Water poured into the world’s oceans, raising their levels in ways that are now well understood.

By about 13,000 years ago, sea level had risen to around 70 metres below its present level. One thousand years later, it had risen to about 50 metres below present.

These dates give us a ballpark for how old stories of flooding may be. Could they have reached us from 13,000 years ago?
flood  Australia  folk  stories 
february 2017 by Quercki
Australia data shows gun controls a huge success 20 years after mass shooting | Reuters
Australia on Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of a mass shooting which led to strict gun controls that have in turn led to a huge decline in gun murders, undermining claims in the United States that such curbs are not the answer.

The chances of being murdered by a gun in Australia plunged to 0.15 per 100,000 people in 2014 from 0.54 per 100,000 people in 1996, a decline of 72 percent, a Reuters analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed.

In 1996, Australia had 311 murders, of which 98 were with guns. In 2014, with the population up from about 18 million to 23 million, Australia had 238 murders, of which 35 were with guns.

It was the April 28, 1996, shooting deaths by a lone gunman of 35 people in and around a cafe at a historic former prison colony in Tasmania that prompted the government to buy back or confiscate a million firearms and make it harder to buy new ones.

The country has had no mass shootings since.

The figures directly contradict assertions of most leading U.S. presidential candidates who have either questioned the need to toughen gun laws or directly denounced Australia's laws as dangerous.
gun  control  Australia  solutions 
june 2016 by Quercki
The disturbing backlash on speaking out about violence against women
if we're serious about tackling the epidemic of men's violence against women - if we want to truly bring an end to it - we have to stop prioritising men's feelings and allowing them to dictate the terms of engagement. Men's violence is the problem. Let's name it, and let's end it. Yes, it might hurt men's feelings to hear these things. But when women keep losing their lives to homicidal male violence, those feelings should be very low on the list of priorities.
male  violence  sexual_assault  Australia  misogyny 
may 2015 by Quercki
Australian General's Frank Talk On Sexual Abuse Wins Fans : The Two-Way : NPR
The growing problem of sexual assaults in the U.S. military has led to arguments in Congress, where lawmakers disagree over how to confront the issue. Top military officers have also weighed in on the topic. But in Australia, where the military has its own sexual assault problem, the army chief has a simple solution: "Show moral courage and take a stand."

Those are the words of Lt. Gen. David Morrison, who is becoming something of an Internet celebrity for delivering a blunt, fury-fueled speech in which he categorically dismisses the idea that sexism of any type has a place in the military.

"The standard you walk past is the standard you accept," the general says. He later added that it's time for all members of the service to protect the legacy they leave to the next generation.

"If you're not up to it, find something else to do with your life," the general says. "There is no place for you amongst this band of brothers and sisters."
sexual_harassment  military  Australia  solution 
june 2013 by Quercki
What’s Working
About Us
This is a website set up by Women for Wik. We are a small group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women including academics, writers, filmmakers, artists and teachers.

The original web site, Women for Wik, is archived here.
We believe that racism, negativism and disinformation still cloud public debate on Indigenous policies, so to help counter this, we will document all the policies that have been proven to work and the many successful initiatives taken by Indigenous communities throughout Australia.

We hope that this website will be a resource for students, policy makers and all those people who want to do something practical to change the inequities and injustices which still prevail for Indigenous people in Australia.
Australia  Aboriginal  Indigenous  politics  native 
august 2009 by Quercki

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