RAMSI the scion of the juggernaut of greed

RAMSI the scion of the juggernaut of greed

““Many dangerous youths would normally yell and scream at us “we do not need you RAMSI, go home”. Mr Onisimo said there is a failure to regain the trust and confidence of people due to the policing style of the PPF. “They could have done better if they restructure their approach after law and order was restored, purposely to regain the trust and confidence of people.” He said during his ...

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In Praise of Nostos

In Praise of Nostos

In my travels over the last week drumming up support for a Royal Commission into the Australian Federal Police I found myself in the pub at Bribbaree. While sitting barracking for the ‘Pies’ over a beer or more I was joined at the table by a former client, a Native American, a Cherokee to be precise who lives on a small farm nearby with his beloved horse and motorbike, avoiding ...

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Fear and Trembling – Australia’s gutless approach to the genocide in Papua

Fear and Trembling – Australia’s gutless approach to the genocide in Papua

The following article appeared in Friday’s Jakarta Post: Maj. Gen. Wisnu Bawatenaya has been appointed to become commander of the Indonesian Army Special Forces (Kopassus) replacing Maj. Gen. Lodewijk F Paulus, an official said Thursday. The Indonesian Military (TNI) deputy spokesman Col. Minulyo Suprapto said the appointment was mentioned in the Indonesian Military (TNI) commander’s decree No. 683/IX/2011, dated on Sept. 6 in which the TNI also made other 12 ...

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Beware the tolling bell

Beware the tolling bell

“Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris” (Now this bell, tolling softly for another, says to me, Thou must die.) I have long loved John Donne’s Meditation XVII; it remains pause for thought, even in this secular postmodern age … well, not so secular, but I’ll come to that soon. As with all writing, to read it only partially and without due regard for the period is to misinterpret the context and ...

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Sapere Aude

Sapere Aude

As an escape, a folly if you will, from the miasmas of corruption, injustice and hypocrisy, I have penned the outline for a movie or story about the death of an idea, the idea being tolerance and the ushering in of an era of intolerance based on fear, xenophobia and self-interest – all driven by established religion and the selfish interests of the war mongering industries of the military-industrial-political alliance. ...

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YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION and 'SOLOMON HUB’

YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION and ‘SOLOMON HUB’

Following is a press release issued by the YIndjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation on 4 August, 2011. Under the heading: THE FACTS ABOUT FMG’s PROPOSED ‘SOLOMON HUB’ IN YINDJIBARNDI COUNTRY.  I have left the press release as it was written to give the Yindjibarndi a chance to speak for themselves: FMG has applied for 43 exploration licences, 4 mining leases and more than 100 miscellaneous licences in Yindjibarndi Country. The proposed “Solomon” ...

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No amount of education will ever make us white

No amount of education will ever make us white

The following is a letter I received from a reader of Blak and Black and the Fiji Sun, talking about his experiences as a Pakistani/Australian living in Australia’s Capital, Canberra: Dear Sir, I read with interest your article Moti End Game which appeared in the Fiji Sun on Friday 22 July 2011. I commend you on your courage in standing up for the rights of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific ...

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White Australian ‘just-us’ and the indigenous people of the Pacific

White Australian ‘just-us’ and the indigenous people of the Pacific

“Rio Tinto played an active role in military operations that ultimately led to a civil war in which 15,000 people died. Because of Rio Tinto’s financial influence in Papua New Guinea, the company controlled the government. The government of PNG followed Rio Tinto’s instructions and carried out its requests. BCL played an active role in the war supplying helicopters, pilots, troops, transportation, fuel and troop barracks. It is my opinion ...

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Are we not members of the animal kingdom too?

Are we not members of the animal kingdom too?

‘ Will there be sugar after the Rebellion?’ ‘No,’ said Snowball firmly. ‘We have no means of making sugar on this farm. Besides, you do not need sugar. You will have all the oats and hay you want.’ ‘And shall I still be allowed to wear ribbons in my mane?’ asked Mollie. ‘Comrade,’ said Snowball, ‘those ribbons that you are so devoted to are the badge of slavery. Can you ...

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The beginnings of our abuse as a people in the name of white fella’s ‘justice’

The beginnings of our abuse as a people in the name of white fella’s ‘justice’

Background information and things to think about as you read the ‘transcript’ Mow-watty was the first Indigenous person to be sentenced to death by a Superior Court in Australia, this trial ushered into being nearly two centuries of racial discrimination and abuse of process by Australian courts and police services in the name of maintaining Australia’s white Christian values. Mow-watty was somewhat of a celebrity, having been adopted by Richard ...

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Lest we forget ... or ignore

Lest we forget … or ignore

Lest we forget. It’s three words every Australian comes to know early in life, recited at Anzac and Remembrance Days, or funerals for the most recently deceased soldier. I honour the men and women who served the Empire, an allegiance with Britain or America as much any person, those of my own family included. On the Easter long weekend which coincides with Anzac Day, I was prompted to think of ...

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Is Native Title worth the paper it's written on?

Is Native Title worth the paper it’s written on?

At the request of one of the people mentioned in this post it has been taken down. We will review this situation and keep you informed of any progress as it becomes available. The video associated with this post was removed by Vimeo on 13 April 2011, after contact from lawyers “… for Fortescue Metals Group and its CEO …” but may still be accessed at this address. Read the press ...

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Indigeneity: the unifying factor

Indigeneity: the unifying factor

A cause doesn’t drive itself. It requires dedication, research and interrogation of facts to sift out the fiction, to find buried lies. That’s what I do. I search and question and sift until pieces start to fit together and in that process, I have realised that my cause is part of something much bigger and much more complex. The issues at the seat of my cause have turned out to ...

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perjury and perverting the course of justice strike at the heart of the administration of justice

perjury and perverting the course of justice strike at the heart of the administration of justice

“…each of the offences of perjury and perverting the course of justice strike at the heart of the administration of justice…” The above statement comes from Justice Bruce James’s judgment in the case of former Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld. In 2009, Einfeld was sentenced to three years’ jail, with a non-parole period of two years, after pleading guilty to false statements over a $77 driving fine. He admitted he ...

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Who are citizens of ‘Australia’s great democracy?’

Who are citizens of ‘Australia’s great democracy?’

First, democracy implies processes of communication through which individuals come to know as individuals what they want or think is right. Individuals should be the owners of their beliefs and preferences, meaning that beliefs or preferences should not be the result of manipulation or received opinion but rather the result of considered adherence. Second, democracy implies processes of communication through which a collectivity comes to know what it wants or ...

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The AFP and Detachment 88

The AFP and Detachment 88

Detachment 88’s major facility at the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Co-operation was established in 2004 with almost $40 million of Australian funding. According to its website, most of the counter-terrorism seminars at the Centre are run by the AFP and according to The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2009/10 annual report, it is a major beneficiary of $16.3 million in annual funding allocated to the AFP to combat ...

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How complicit is the AFP in the torture of West Papuan’s by Detachment 88?

How complicit is the AFP in the torture of West Papuan’s by Detachment 88?

The attached video shows very clearly what I mean by torture of West Papuan by Detachment 88. What this video shows is a clear violation of international law. Detachment 88 is equipped by Australia and trained by the AFP. Is this what you want your tax dollars spent on? Do you want to be associated with a police force, the Australian Federal Police that condones, even tacitly, this type of ...

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Will Australia ever move from Black and White to the Grey that sits between?

Will Australia ever move from Black and White to the Grey that sits between?

I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me. Ralph Ellison, The Invisible Man After 220 years of sustained European invasions and occupation ...

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