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Black GST Newsletter March 28, 2006

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Greetings!

1. Black GST camp wrap up date
As the end of the Stolenwealth Games draws near on the weekend, preparations are likewise underway to wrap up the Black GST Stolenwealth Games campaign. There is a cycling road race around the Botanic Gardens (including King’s Domain) on Sunday 26th March making it near impossible to move camp facilities off site on that day. Therefore the big pack-up day is Saturday 25th.

Please attend camp to take responsibility for any gear committed in support of the Black GST and/or lend a hand. Please note also that anyone who has taken images, film or sound recordings, written stories or in any way documented the campaign: you must return copies of these materials to the Black GST. This is an essential protocol of courtesy and respect. Thankyou!!
www.blackgst.com
Black GST
PO Box 4320
Uni of Melbourne PO
Parkville, VIC 3052.

2. Success and celebration
The Black GST declares that as of Saturday our action in Kings Domain in Melbourne is complete. We claim victory, having attained our goals for the Stolenwealth Games campaign.

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Stolenwealth Campaign Victory March 28, 2006

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1. Black GST Stolenwealth Games Campaign Victory – meeting and celebration
As promised last newsletter, we would like to announce the time, date and venue of a public meeting and celebration to mark the completion of the Black GST 'Stolenwealth Games' campaign – the first major campgain in an ongoing struggle.

6pm Sunday April 2nd, Trades Hall Bar, Trades Hall, Carlton (corner Victoria and Lygon Sts)

All Indigenous people and Supporters are invited to come along and hear speeches, reflections, and see some photos, press clippings and video footage from the past 2 weeks. Also a chance to hand over copies of footage and photos and clippings we may not have yet.

2. Permanent presence at Camp Sovereignty
Camp Sovereignty, in its own right, is now a permanent presence in King’s Domain. Below is a list of needed items, if people would like to know how to continue to support Camp Sovereignty staying strong. So far reports are it’s feeling real solid. During the day its business as usual.
•       Wood
•       Eucalypt branches for the Sacred Fire ( just ask the tree before taking from it )
•       Food – Bread Milk Fruit Eggs Meat …
•       Ice – don’t bring perishable foods without also bringing ice please!
•       Candles, camp lights, couple more torches, batteries
•       Tobacco
•       Solar Powered Generator (*someone offered one at some stage?)
•       or Small generator
•       Nice chairs for elderly custodians and guests
There’s also flag, banner and sign making to be done, if folk wanna help.

Pop in to make contact and drop off donated goods and provisions. Visit at King’s Domain, just off St Kilda Road near the NGVi and Victoria College of the Arts.

Legacy or Larceny? March 22, 2006

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Some of you may have read the opinion piece in the Herald Sun by Paul Gray entitled "Just Who's Money Is It?" While we don't agree with most of it, at least the debate is happening! Below is a response to Paul's article written by one of the younger participants down at Camp Sovereignty. It's a good response, enjoy…

Legacy or Larceny?

As the youth contingent of the Black GST campaign we would like to respond to Paul Grey's article ("Just Who's Money Is It?" Herald Sun, 20/03).

Grey's interpretation of a summed up Australia has more than a few shortcomings. In his perspective of the Black GST Stolenwealth campaign is completely off. He claims to understand the plight of Indigenous Australia and the hardship faced by them, even to the point of being sympathetic. However, he fails to see how the theft of 'common wealth' is relevant to the terms Genocide Sovereignty and Treaty.

There are a number of issues which are conveniently absent from Grey's argument. An alarming fact, given he is a social columnist for a major news establishment. For example, the idea that [we] "have not developed the resources of what we own to create any wealth for ourselves or others" is absolute rubbish. Wealth can be defined in many forms. Land is wealth; however, how you use that land in terms of economic resource is a cultural speculation.

But what is more relevant in this case is that Grey has absolutely no understanding that social inheritance received by non-Indigenous Australia is not the same as Aboriginal Australia, in this era. Nor has it ever been.

Heard of the Stolen Wages campaign? If Indigenous Australia had received these wages we will be experiencing the same middle-class prosperity as other Australians. If land had been acquired through legal means, as was instructed by the British Monarch, our social inheritance would be flourishing today. Wages were not awarded, purely based upon racial supremacy, and land was acquired by the same means. Then there is the stolen children, stolen land, stolen identity and other cultural exploitations. The list goes on and it all spells Stolen Wealth.

The Commonwealth has only ever acquired wealth through unlawful dispossession. It has committed genocide against sovereign people and done so against the request of its own authority.

For those of you who, like Grey, have been confused by historical inaccuracies, the Monarch did indeed request a treaty be made with the people occupying these lands and this remains unfinished business to this day.

Thankfully, however, many people do understand the unresolved fundamental legal issues and are working to support the Black GST for a future based on consent, respect and honour for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia.

Aletha Penrith – on behalf of the Youth Contingent of the Black GST

Black GST Newsletter March 19, 2006

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1. Greetings and update

Much has happened at Camp Sovereignty since the Sacred Fire went in on
Sunday March 12th. There was a fantastic action on Wednesday March 15th,
where the Black GST word was taken directly to the Queen as she visited
Melbourne’s Exhibition Buildings for lunch on the day of the
Stolenwealth Games opening ceremony. Up to 2000 Indigenous people and
supporters were present.

There’s been absolutely heaps of media coverage both domestically and
overseas. Key Black GST aims for the Stolenwealth Games have therefore
been largely achieved!!! Long live the ongoing campaign, though – we
have to consolidate and take this into the future beyond the Games.

The Black GST wants to thank the Supporters who have worked so hard to
establish Camp Sovereignty and spread the word so far. Indigenous people
continue to camp at Camp Sovereignty with non-Indigenous supporters
asked to visit, support, help out and participate in daylight hours.
blackgst@hotmail.com

Please wear your Black GST t-shirt on the day or buy one at camp.

3. Roles needed
– Supporter team to cook BBQ lunch tomorrow
– Supporters to attend camp and help out – jobs like filling water
bottles, boiling water to cuppas etc – please come along, report to info
tent and make yourself available

And a reminder to please keep a track of your personal belongings.
Remove any surplus tent and camping materials if you have loaned them.

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“,0] ); //–>Non-Indigenous people please contact Clare on 0409 352 297 if you are
visiting Melbourne for the Convergence and need to camp or stay somewhere.

Supporters are continuing to develop solidarity actions in support of
the Black GST – please propose your ideas and accept feedback and
discuss a way forward.

We have now called a second major action, timed with the UN
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Details
below.

Come one, come all! And see the day unfold. Hurrah. Roles listed below.
Please come along, pitch in with material support, and help out.

2. BLACK GST Solidarity Day Tuesday 21 March

The Black GST invites all Traditional Owners, Indigenous people,
Supporters and media to our solidarity day at Camp Sovereignty

12pm: Ceremony (Inc Carolyn Briggs, Boon Wurrung)
BBQ lunch
Panel (on the Black GST – Genocide, Sovereignty and Treaty)

21 March: UN International Day to Eliminate Racial Discrimination

Camp Sovereignty, Kings Domain (off St Kilda Road, behind Myer Music
Bowl – look out for flags and tents). Please visit info and media tent
upon entry. Thankyou! If you can’t make it, please send a message of
solidarity to blackgst@hotmail.com

Please wear your Black GST t-shirt on the day or buy one at camp.

3. Roles needed
– Supporter team to cook BBQ lunch tomorrow
– Supporters to attend camp and help out – jobs like filling water
bottles, boiling water to cuppas etc – please come along, report to info
tent and make yourself available

And a reminder to please keep a track of your personal belongings.
Remove any surplus tent and camping materials if you have loaned them.

Elders call on Apology From Queen March 19, 2006

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Despite Aboriginal Elder, Uncle Max Eulo of the Buddgeti Tribe (West NSW), standing in the hot sun for well over three hours to extend a traditional welcome and invitation to the Queen and Prince Phillip and/or visit Camp Sovereignty in King's Domain; he was not afforded this opportunity.

"I felt really bad about that. I was insulted. They were very rude" said Uncle Max today.

Camp Sovereignty today called on the Queen to apologise for the disrespect shown to Aboriginal Elders during her brief stay in Australia.

"It was bad enough that she didn't ackowledge the Traditional Owners in the Baton message but to ignore one of our Elders like that was extremely disrespectful" said Camp Sovereignty.

Camp Sovereignty Thanks Greens for Solidarity March 19, 2006

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The Black GST Stolenwealth Games Convergence in King's Domain today thanked Green Party Senator for Western Australia, Rachel Seiwart for her message of support and solidarity, which was delivered to camp today.

Rachel Siewart issued a public statement today in support of Camp Sovereignty and in support of the aims and objectives of the Black GST.

"While most of the nations representatives in Canberra are living in a state of denial about the history of colonisation in Australia, it is refreshing to hear a clear voice of reality coming from one corner of the Senate" said Robbie Thorpe today.

"We welcome the respect Sen. Seiwart has demonstrated towards our people, in particular her willingness to receive guidance from our elders as to how to redress the injustices of the past.

"Humble respect from politicians towards Aboriginal people is a very rare thing, and we look forward to working with Sen. Seiwart and other members of the Greens in the future."

Rachel Siewart's Statement:

Message of Support and Solidarity

To all the traditional custodians, and people from across the country gathered for the Stolenwealth Games…

As spokesperson for Indigenous Issues for the Australian Greens I would like to express our support for the ongoing struggle of Indigneous peoples towards self-determination and justice.

The Greens will work with Aboriginal peoples towards redressing the grave injustices of the past and seeking guidance from Indigenous Australians as to the best way of doing so.

The Prime Minister and those who came before him have much to be sorry for.

With an average life expectancy some 20 years less than other Australians, high levels of encarceration, lack of access to basic services such as healthcare, suitable husing and community services, and with the loss of opportunities for representation and self-determination there is much that needs to be resolved to ensure justice and equality for Indigenous Australians.

Indigenous Australians are the most marginalised and disadvantaged group in Australia, and yet the Howard Government and the ALP continue to ignore their needs.

We acknowledge the injustice done and the need for fundamental changes to address the issues of the Black GST campaign.

We continue to support the campaign for true reconciliation that addresses the injustice of the past and looks towards a hopeful future where all in this country can respect and honour all peoples, cultures, religions and our land. 

Written Notice Served to Queen on Matters of Genocide, Sovereignty and Treaty March 16, 2006

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Final written warning was today delivered to Queen Elizabeth the Second to address the fundamental issues of Genocide, Sovereignty and Treaty within 28 days or legal action would be carried out in the International Criminal Court of Justice.

Robbie Thorpe delivered the notice in person to Government House in Melbourne where the Queen is currently residing.

"I have exhausted all other legal avenues in this country to get these fundamental legal issues resolved. Despite victory in the Federal Court of Australia to force the Australian Government to pass legislation to make genocide a crime in Australia, these issues are still not being addressed.

"Queen Elizabeth II is the sovereign ruler of this nation and she is ultimately responsible for the running of this country. Unless she instructs the initiation of legal redress within the next 28 days, I will be taking this case further to the International Criminal Court.

"Our people never ceded Sovereignty over these lands; we have never given consent for what is effectively an undeclared war on our lands and against our people. We must have custodial rights over our sacred sites and the recognition of our traditional ceremony and practice entrenched in law.

"Unless The Queen instructs to make progress on these fundamental legal issues, she will be facing the prospect of an International Criminal Court summons."

Legal notice as follows:

To Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II

C/- Government House

Melbourne

Australia

LEGAL NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that unless the addressee of this letter:

I. Instructs the Australian Government to introduce legislation to the Senate to Recognise Sovereignty for Indigenous People in Australia;

II. Instructs the Australian Government to begin negotiations on her behalf for Treaty between the Australian Government and Indigenous Nations;

Charges will be laid in the International Criminal Court on the Crime of Genocide as defined in the International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

All other legal avenues within the Legal System within the State of Australia have been exhausted.

Please contact Robert Thorpe Esquire within 28 days of this notice to inform the above conditions have been met to avoid further legal action.

Black GST Supporters Snubbed March 15, 2006

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From Aotearoa Indymedia

On Wednesday the 15th of March about 25 people gathered outside the Australian High Commission in Wellington to support the Black GST's Stolenwealth Games campaign in Melbourne, Australia. The group requested to meet with the High Commissioner to present him the demands of the Black GST but he refused their request so the gift was attached to the gate and the Australian flag was burned.

"The High Commissioner's inability to meet with a group of Black GST supporters today is indicative of the way Australia has ignored the plight of the Aboriginal people's whose land they live upon," said spokesperson Jakob Otter. "We reiterate that we are opposed to all festivities that celebrate the extension of any empire, and affirm our solidarity with the Aboriginal people of Australia and those peoples across the globe, including here in Aotearoa, who have paid such a massive cost for these games to exist."
 

Solidarity from the Kiwi mob! March 15, 2006

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Camp Sovereignty sends out the biggest love to the Kiwi crew in Wellington that held a solidarity demo today. Photos and story below:

On Wednesday the 15th of March about 25 people gathered outside the Australian High Commission in Wellington to support the Black GST's Stolenwealth Games campaign in Melbourne, Australia. The group requested to meet with the High Commissioner to present him the demands of the Black GST but he refused their request so the gift was attached to the gate and the Australian flag was burned.

"The High Commissioner's inability to meet with a group of Black GST supporters today is indicative of the way Australia has ignored the plight of the Aboriginal people's whose land they live upon," said spokesperson Jakob Otter. "We reiterate that we are opposed to all festivities that celebrate the extension of any empire, and affirm our solidarity with the Aboriginal people of Australia and those peoples across the globe, including here in Aotearoa, who have paid such a massive cost for these games to exist."

ANTaR action gets video coverage March 14, 2006

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Indigenous rights group ANTaR is intent on getting a share of the Commonwealth Games spotlight.

Sydney Morning Herald website