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More accurate reporting? April 18, 2006

Posted by campsovereignty in Analysis.
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Sure you've all read the stories around the traps about the fines applicable under the Act which is now protecting the Sacred Fire. We can assure you all that most of them are false!

We've heard all sorts of stories in the press:

Aboriginal Protesters Charging People To Walk In Park!

$50 000 for Going Near Protesters!

Fines for Visiting Fire Under Dubious Legal Authority

And all sorts of crap like the above headlines.

For those of you out there interested in the truth. There are signs around the border of the Sacred Fire now informing people that the Fire is under legal protection under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984. The signs contain the following text:

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HERITAGE PROTECTION ACT 1984 – SECT 21H

Offence to contravene declaration

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person engages in conduct; and

(b) the conduct contravenes the terms of a declaration under this Part relating to an Aboriginal place.

Penalty:

(a) if the person is a natural person—$10,000 or imprisonment for 5 years, or both; or

(b) if the person is a body corporate—$50,000.

(2) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(a) the person engages in conduct; and

(b) the conduct contravenes the terms of a declaration under this Part relating to an Aboriginal object.

Penalty:

(a) if the person is a natural person—$5,000 or imprisonment for 2 years, or both; or

(b) if the person is a body corporate—$25,000.

(3) In this section:

"engage in conduct" means:

(a) do an act; or

(b) omit to perform an act.

The reason those signs were put up was in the interests of informing the public (and the authorities) what the Emergency Declaration means in terms of offences under the act. Since there has been a constant stream of people in the media, on talkback radio etc talking about going to camp to extinguish the fire, it was decided that there needed to be some education as to what risks people would be taking in doing so – other than the seriously evil energy that they would be bringing into their life for messing with a Sacred Fire!

But of course the media isn't interested in educating or informing the public so instead we got stories like the absolutely atrocious story on Channel 10 which said that Aboriginal Protesters were planning on charging people $10,000 each to enter Kings Domain. Utter bullshit. Normally one would put that down to lazy journalism, but that story was so bad, it should be called intentional malicious lies.

 

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