mon 1 august

  1. iskra – illegal
  2. kohti tuhoa – kujanjuosku
  3. welkin dusk – welcome to the penitentiary
  4. dispossessed – black panther
  5. twat trap – human meat
  6. galhammer – crucifixion
  7. scumraid – killing without weapon
  8. snor – sny
  9. insonia – familia nao significa nada
  10. inverts – not the thing you think i am

plus speeches from warriors of the aboriginal resistance rally to shut down don dale and all youth jails and stop state violence towards first nations people especially children… to build communities not prisons and end the war against first nations people in australia…




Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener Commemoration

These portraits were painted by Thomas Bock between 1831 and 1835 and published in James Fenton’s History of Tasmania Hobart, 1884

These portraits were painted by Thomas Bock between 1831 and 1835 and published in James Fenton’s History of Tasmania Hobart, 1884


This year marks the 174th anniversary of the execution of the two Freedom Fighters: Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheenner. They were executed on 20 January 1842 on the corner of Bowen & Franklin Streets Melbourne. 3CR will again be broadcasting the commemoration LIVE on Wednesday 20 January from 12 – 1pm on 855AM, digital and streaming. There will be special guest speakers hosted by Joe Toscano from Anarchist World This Week, plus a short open mic session.

After the broadcast, the commemoration will walk silently from the execution site to their last resting place at the eastern end of the northern wall that divides Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Markets, to acknowledge their just struggle (please bring flowers). So listen in, or come along and be part of the commemoration and broadcast. If you miss the live broadcast, you can listen to it after the event via the Precious Memories program page audio player.

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For more information about the memorial and the events,


Benefit gig for Talgium of The Taungurong!

Taungurong Elder, Talgium Edwwards has been in a long battle in the Court room with his ‘NO JURISDICTION’ claim. After 2 1\2 years the Clown Law ‘authorities’ have recently ordered he pay $4000 in costs.

We are having a night of music and entertainment to raise money to cover the extortion amount.

Talgium Edwards has requested any money this benefit raises will become a ‘FIGHTING FUND’ as opposed to paying the original extortion amount.
First Nations Liberation collective supports Elder Talgium Edwards decision.
The F.N.L collective, and the many supporters of Talgiums stance/demonstration, understand how difficult a ‘NO JURISDICTION’ argument is, and the high toll on the individual to do so, in the face of ongoing GENOCIDE.

We invite you to join us on this night to thank and honour Our Taungurong Elder, and his family for the incredible effort and time thay have devoted to this David and Goliath battle.

Monday 21st December, Open Studio 204 High st Northcote …7PM- 11PM

Live performances from artists TBA

$10 suggested donation at the door. All money raised goes to Talgiums bill.

reclaim what


Medics’ Statement on July 18 anti-racist/fascist Demonstration
July 18, 2015

Today, antifascist protesters converged upon Spring Street in Melbourne near the Parliament of Victoria. They went there to counter racist rallies being held by Reclaim Australia and the fascist United Patriots Front.

As usual Victoria Police was also in attendance, and in the days leading to the protest it had promised a large presence and random weapons checks in response to rumours of fascists bringing weapons and intending violence.

Victoria Police’s goal for the day was to facilitate Reclaim Australia and the United Patriots Front holding their rallies out the front of Parliament House. In order to achieve this mounted officers and members of the Public Order Response Team (PORT) complemented uniformed officers on the streets, and OC (Pepper) spray was deployed against counter-protesters.

Amongst those affected by the OC Spray was a casualty who began to experience respiratory distress, a not uncommon side-effect of OC spray and other such “less-than-lethal” chemical weapons. In the course of attending to this casualty and decontaminating others who had been affected, members of the Melbourne Street Medic Collective (including one pregnant woman) were attacked by police with OC Spray and kettled in a small space at the top of Little Bourke Street.

Footage of the incident will be reviewed as it becomes available but at this point there seem to be only two explanations for the deployment of chemical weapons against the Street Medics: some witness reports have indicated that Victoria Police officers were spraying the crowd indiscriminately and did not check who they were attacking until after the fact. Others have said that police ignored the shouts of the crowd advising them that someone was receiving medical attention and with the decision to spray all medics this action should be seen as a deliberate attack upon medical personnel and their treatment space.

As one of our medics has since remarked:

“Possibly more than 100 people needed to be treated today as police indiscriminately fired pepper spray into the crowd, including onto an injured man who was struggling to breathe, was losing consciousness, and was awaiting an ambulance. They also sprayed the medics treating him. Someone had a seizure, two were taken to hospital and a few were sent home (by us as medics) due to the after-effects of the pepper spray (namely hypothermia-like symptoms of shaking and an inability to normalise body temperature). It was absolute fucking carnage and it was completely unnecessary and provocative. The racists didn’t cop any of the pepper spray at all as far as I know, and they got a three-line police escort away from the area.”

Victoria Police should rightfully be condemned for the deployment of chemical weapons, the targeting of medical personnel, casualties and medical treatment spaces with such weapons and, most of all, doing this in order to facilitate a public rally of racists and overt fascists and neo-nazis. Any assessment of the actions of antifascist protesters will conclude that they were inherently defensive: against threats of violence and the use of weapons by fascists and nazis as part of the United Patriots Front, and against the violence of racism and systematic oppression on the parts of Reclaim Australia, the United Patriots Front and Victoria Police…


A few thoughts after the “Reclaim Australia” rally and counter-rally

Photo from Perth counter rally, stolen from @zebparkes,

I can’t be arsed putting together anything intelligent on “Reclaim Australia”, but there are a couple of brief comments I wanted to make.

1. Islam is not a race – and you are still a racist!

A message to the “reclaimers”: you are a pack of utter racists. You might think you’re being really clever with the whole “Islam is not a race” line, well it’s time for a sixty-five year old news flash: there is no such thing as biological ‘race’.

The category of ‘race’ is socially constructed; it is the product of a system of domination. ‘Race’ is constructed in order to define the out group. The creation and maintenance of a social system of domination and oppression that targets this outgroup is racism.

It doesn’t really matter if you are building a system of oppression that defines the outgroup by religion rather than skin colour, the essential element of racism is the construction of a system of oppression that targets an entire segment of the working class for villification and discrimination. Religion or skin colour, the dynamic is the same; “Reclaim Australia” is a racist project.

It is worth noting that without a relationship of power and domination, someone using a racial slur is not being racist, merely rude. The indigenous teenager who calls you a white c-nt is not creating or maintaining a hierachy of which you are the victim, she’s just being coarse (and in view of history, understandably so).

Related:Theodore W. Allen’s “The Invention of the White Race”, a presentation by Jeffrey Perry.

The sad fact is that the vast majority of Australians still think biological race exists. The majority now think it is bad to discriminate on the basis of race, but if race really does exist (in the world of “commonsense”) and “religion is not a race”, then the likes of Pauline Hanson and Shermon Burgess can continue claiming they’ve escaped being racists on a technicality.

Islamophobic racism is hardly the exclusive preserve of working class fascists like Shermon Burgess. The real work in constructing Islam as the “other” has been done by the state. The raft of “anti-terror” legislation, public propaganda, and fear mongering rhetoric that has emmanated from the top of the political hierachy has created the space in which fascists like Shermon Burgess are now operating.

See also: First Dog on the Moon, ‘A racist carrot reclaims Australia’, The Guardian.

2. If you equate abusing racists with racism you are a f-cking muppet

In the aftermath of the “Reclaim Australia” rallies it’s been pretty clear that the “I’m not racist but…” crowd aren’t the only ones who haven’t got the faintest idea of what actually constitutes racism. Take this choice quote is from Brad Chilcott, director of Welcome to Australia, in The Guardian yesterday:

Fighting hatred with hatred at Reclaim Australia rallies is a failure of progressive politics

What’s less obvious is what “progressives” were hoping to achieve this Easter by opposing naked hatred and foul abuse with public expressions of the same hatred and abuse.

If the counter demonstrations in Melbourne were nothing more than “public expressions of the same hatred and abuse”1 as “Reclaim Australia”, then racism is little more than foul language and a bad attitude.

To the likes of Chilcott racism is simply a vulgar attitude held in sections of the working class. His is the kind of analysis that assumes public policy in Australia is so racist because the Australian working class is so racist, our political leaders have not created racism, merely pandered to it and failed to “show leadership”. His role as a liberal anti-racist is to promote “diversity, compassion, generosity”2 amongst those unenlightened working class types. When that is your analysis, of course getting in the streets and shouting at racists is as bad as racism itself.

Chilcott is utterly wrong, he confuses the symptoms of racism with racism itself. “Hatred” and “foul abuse” are not racism itself, they are public expressions of racism. The public expression of racism creates, re-creates and reinforces the system of racism, but the system itself is more than this. Racism is a social structure of domination: one part of the working class is segmented off from the whole and subjected to greater oppression; the remainder of the class are co-opted into the process of racist oppression and are bought off with a position of relative privilege.

If you cannot criticise the structure of racism, and the system that creates and re-creates it, how can you attack racism? Obviously you can’t; if you cannot see the problem you cannot be effective in combatting it (except by pure chance). Chilcott is worse than ineffective, in failing to see what racism is he reacts against forces that actually have the potential to combat racism.

3. “Reclaim Australia” is fascist

Let’s call a spade a spade. “Reclaim Australia” is fascist, and I am not saying that simply because it has drawn the participation of an array of far right and overtly neo-Nazi supporters.

Fascism “is as a particular form of mass movement, possessing a core set of ideas, and in which the ideology and movement interact. … [It is] a specific form of reactionary mass movement” which is “racist, nationalist, and militarist”3. “Reclaim Australia” fits the fascist bill on all counts:

  • racist, in it’s demonisation and attacks on muslims and Islam, and its attempts to construct muslims as an other counterposed to “Australia” and “Australians”;
  • nationalist, with it’s overt flag-draped appeals to “Aussie pride”, continual talk of ‘patriotism’, and the casting of its campaign as ‘Islam vs Australia’;
  • militarist, in its continual appeals to the ANZAC myth, valorisation of the ADF, etc. It was telling at Melbourne rally just how many of the assembled bigots claimed they had “fought them” (meaning Muslims) “over there” (meaning in the invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afganistan).

The organisers of the “Reclaim Australia” rallies certainly intended them to be the launching point for a far right movement. The anti-Islam conspiracy theories of “Reclaim Australia” are its core set of ideas, and I think we are seeing an interaction between the people gathering around the “Reclaim Australia” banner and these ideas.

Further Reading: Dave Renton, Fascism: Theory and Practice.

4. Racism and fascism have a public space agenda

Public space matters, and a heck of a lot of societal control and power is bound up in who is allowed in public space, how they are legally or societally required to act, dress, and so on. Fascism seeks to dominate public spaces and to drive opponents, targetted groups, and rival politics out of public space.

This is a half developed thought on my part, but a sizeable chunk of the historical experience of racism seems bound up in public space. Segregation for example, whether in Australia or the United States, had a heck of a lot to do with who was allowed where in public, and how they were required to act.

A good deal of a lot of the “Reclaim Australia” rhetoric is also basically about public space. Outlawing “the Burqa or any variant thereof”4 is essentially an attempt to control how people look in public. The conspiratorial rubbish around halal certification boils down to an attempt to determine what can or can’t appear on the packaging of goods sold in public.

Public rallies by racists and fascists are attempts to control or change who feels safe and comfortable in public space. At present (thankfully) it is socially unacceptable (mostly) to make overt statements of outright racism publically; the public expression of racism often results in some form of social sanction. The far right is attempting to reverse this situation. By rallying in public they are seeking to embolden racists, and bring racism directly into public space. The results of this will be reaped in a increased harvest of racist abuse and attacks directed at muslims.

More than anything else, the public space agenda of racism and fascism is the reason racism must be fought directly and in public, not behind closed doors on some farm in the hills.

A vocal and determined counter-rally is both a general rejection of racism, and a direct action to disrupt a specific attempt by racists to build an overtly racist movement in the public sphere.

Final thoughts

Bringing all this crap together… The last time the so-called “Australian Defense League” tried to have a rally in Melbourne thirty people attended. Four years later and with four months of preparation (and a significant rebranding), the far right managed to assemble a few hundred in Melbourne and Sydney, and concerningly large numbers in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Perth. They are seeking to build a far right movement on a base of anti-Muslim racism, and their rallies are clear attempts to embolden racists, intimidate Muslims, and build a milleu in which the far right can recruit and propagandize. The qualms of liberal anti-racists and social democrats should be dismissed, because when fascists rally on the streets they need to be smashed back into the sewers they rose out of.

And see again…

Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheenner Commemoration

 Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheenner Commemoration 2015

Jan 20, 12-2pm at Bowen Lane, RMIT, city

First hour broadcast live on 3cr

Click here to PLEDGE to the Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheenner public monument

The denial regarding the brutality accompanying the colonisation process in Australia 225 years after a convict settlement was established at Port Jackson in 1788 is so complete many Australians are more familiar with the names of North American Native American tribes and resistance leaders like Geronimo and Sitting Bull than they are with indigenous Australian tribes and indigenous resistance fighters. It’s no exaggeration to say most Australians would have difficulty naming one indigenous tribe in Australia, let alone the name of an indigenous resistance fighter.Australia has a rich and moving history of resistance to white colonisation. The denial of this country’s Blak History is linked to the inability of Australians to make any serious attempts to heal the festering wound that still exists between many indigenous and non-indigenous Australians 225 years after the colonisation process began.

Every city, every town has a story about indigenous resistance to the colonisation process. These stories are never acknowledged, let alone publicly recognised. Melbourne has a rich history of resistance to the colonisation process. The 20th January marks the 171st Anniversary of the execution of the indigenous freedom fighters Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner.

At 8.00am on Thursday the 20th of January 1842, over 5,000 people, a quarter of Victoria’s white population, gathered on the outskirts of Melbourne crowding round the gallows erected on a small rise east of Swanston Street and north of LaTrobe Street. The land where the execution took place was only partly cleared. The crowd, in a carnival mood, had come to see the public execution of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner – the first two people executed in Victoria.

Early in October 1841, Tunnerminnerwait, Maulboyheenner, Pyterrunner, Truganini and Planobeena – 5 of 16 Tasmanian Aborigines who had been brought to Melbourne by Robinson in 1839 to ‘civilise’ the Victorian ‘blacks’, stole two guns and some ammunition from a settler’s hut at Bass River. Over the next seven weeks, they robbed many stations in Dandenong and Mornington, wounding four white men and killing two sealers ‘Yankee’ and William Cook. All five were captured by a party of police, settlers and soldiers on the 20th of November 1841. Five days later when they arrived in Melbourne, they were charged with murder. They appeared before Judge Willis on the 20th December 1841. The five were defended by Redmond Barry – the standing Defence Council for Aborigines (as Chief Justice he sentenced Ned Kelly to hang 39 years later in 1880). He argued that as they were not naturalised citizens, half the jury should have been made up of people not subjects of the Queen.

The only evidence to link the party of Aborigines with the murders was the confessions of the Aborigines themselves. Barry, the Defence Council, continued to question the legal basis of British authority over Aborigines. He claimed the evidence was dubious and circumstantial. Truganini turned Queen’s evidence and claimed the men had killed the sealers. Unlike Truganini, Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner refused to shift the blame on the others. Later that night, the jury took only 30 minutes to find the two men guilty of murder; they acquitted the women. The jury made a very strong plea for clemency “on account of general good character and the peculiar circumstances under which they were placed” acknowledging they believed Trugannini’s story that one of the sealers had killed her husband in Tasmania and they understood why Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner killed the sealers.

Judge Willis ignored the plea for clemency. On the 20th of January 1842, the men were dressed in white, paraded through the streets of Melbourne in an open cart drawn by two grey horses. The executioner John Davies, a convict who had been sentenced to life for sheep stealing, was promised his freedom and ten pounds if he acted as executioner. Eighteen convicts had competed for the post of public executioner; some wanted the heads of the Aborigines as payment. A carnival atmosphere surrounded the execution until the trapdoor was opened.

The men only fell a short distance, not enough to break their necks. “There was a dead pause and a cry of shame from the crowd. The two…..twisted and writhed convulsively in a manner that horrified even the most hardened”. A spectator kicked away a piece of timber holding up the trap door and they fell to the full length of the rope. Tunnerminnerwait died instantly. Maulboyheenner continued to struggle wildly as his noose had dislodged. The bodies hung for the regulation hour; they were stripped of their clothes (a regular perk for executioners), their naked bodies were put in wooden coffins and buried in the Aboriginal cemetery (the site of the current Queen Victoria Market). Their remains lie on the northern side at the eastern end of the wall that currently divides the Queen Victoria Market.

Robinson was upset that Judge Willis had made him personally responsible for the 3 women who were acquitted of the charges laid against them. La Trobe finally agreed to pay for the remaining Tasmanian Aborigines to be returned to Flinders Island. Truganini, Planobeena and Pyterruner – ‘David Bruny’, ‘Walter Arthur’ and ‘Jack Allen’ a Tasmanian Aborigine, who had been brought across from Tasmania by Batman in 1835, were returned to Flinders Island. ‘Peter Brune’ and ‘Johnny Franklin’ remained in Victoria. Nine of the original party of 16 had died during the 3 years they were at Port Phillip.

Those that returned to Flinders Island sought better living conditions and organised the Flinders Island community to petition Queen Victoria in 1846 to grant them some land and remove the European Superintendent from the Island. The Colonial office in London closed down the Flinders Island community as a result of their protests and returned many of the Flinders Island Aborigines to the mainland. In 1847, 45 Aborigines were removed from Flinders Island and transferred to Oyster Cove outside Hobart. Oyster Cove had been abandoned as a convict settlement because of the harsh and damp conditions there. By 1856, 29 of the Tasmanian Aborigines who had been transferred to Oyster Cove had died mainly as a result of respiratory diseases. By 1868, only 3 remained at Oyster Cove.

Truganini was the last survivor at the Oyster Cove community. Aborigines who had remained on the islands in Bass Strait, living in sealers camps, invited her to live with them in 1872. She refused, preferring to live near her traditional lands. She died in 1876 aged 64 – ‘the last of the Tasmanians’ in the public’s eye. Two years later, her body was dug up by the Royal Society of Tasmania and put on public display for almost a century. Despite protests from the Tasmanian Museum, her bones were finally cremated on the 1st of May 1976 and her ashes were scattered on her tribal fishing grounds by members of Tasmania’s thriving Aboriginal community.

The struggle between squatters and Aborigines in Victoria intensified over the next few years. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Aborigines where shot, clubbed to death and poisoned. Their bodies were thrown over cliffs, chopped up and buried or cremated as the squatters did not want any evidence of their handiwork to be found. Sheep rapidly replaced the Aboriginal people that had lived in harmony with nature for over 40,000 years.

A Victorian Aboriginal population of over a 100,000 had been decimated by European introduced disease before the first squatter put a foot in Victoria. Only about 20,000 Aborigines had survived the introduction of European diseases when Batman „signed? his dubious treaty with the Aborigines in 1835. Within 25 years of white colonisation, the Aboriginal population had been reduced to around 2,000.

Tunnerminnerwait’s and Maulboyheenner’s execution was followed by the execution of 3 European bushrangers – Ellis, Jepps and Fogarty – who were publicly executed on the 5th of June 1842.

On the 5th of September 1842, Figara Alkepurata (Roger the Russian) an Aboriginal man from the Port Fairy region was publicly executed for the murder of Patrick Codd – a squatter who had a history of murdering Aboriginal people. Although there was a great deal of doubt about who committed the murder, it seems an Aboriginal – any Aboriginal – had to be hanged to set an example to Victoria’s Aborigines.

Redmond Barry eventually became a Victorian Supreme Court Judge. He was the Judge who sentenced Ned Kelly to death. He died six days after the execution of Ned Kelly on the 11th of November 1880.
In 1847, John Davis, the hangman, was working as a self employed shoemaker in Brighton in Melbourne.
Judge Willis was removed from office for incompetence on the 24th of June 1843. He returned to England and lived the life of an English country Squire. He died peacefully in his sleep in 1877.

The interpretation of history changes with each generation. The difficulty about interpreting Australia’s early colonial history is that only the colonisers left written records about what occurred. These records were incomplete. In many cases, you have to read between the lines to find out what really happened. The story of Tunnerminnerwait, Maulboyheenner, Pyterruner, Truganini and Planobeena is a great Australian story that all Australians should be familiar with. It is a love story, a story of survival against all the odds, a story of armed resistance, rebellion, compassion, brutality and most importantly of all – hope.

It is easy to dismiss the group as a bunch of cold blooded murderers, arsonists and thieves, but their behaviour tells another story. The Van Diemen’s Land Aborigines knew what was in store for the Victorian Aborigines. Survivors of a 33 year war in Tasmania that saw the Aboriginal population reduced from over 10,000 people to a little under a 100, they knew how to use firearms and how to survive in the bush. Their struggle was carried out with a great deal of compassion. The Tasmanians believed that by taking up arms against the squatters, they would be able to ignite an Aboriginal revolt that would drive the invaders into the sea.

The way they conducted their guerrilla campaign highlights they had motives that went far beyond survival and vengeance. They collected and stockpiled firearms whenever they could; they stockpiled food, they burnt down the houses they raided driving the squatters in the Port Phillip region back to Melbourne. They understood the only way to drive the squatters out of the country was by using their own weapons against them. Their struggle was a compassionate one; women and children and many of the squatters were spared. The killing of the two whalers was clearly a case of mistaken identity, as they were believed to be from a party that was chasing the Tasmanians. Those squatters that were wounded were injured in the heat of battle and were not killed.

The Tasmanians capture only occurred as a result of the help of local Aborigines. The colonial authorities had a great deal of difficulty finding black trackers, as the local Aborigines supported the Tasmanians war against the squatters. On several occasions, the Tasmanians were helped by local Aborigines, and on one occasion local Aborigines were involved in the attack on a hut. Ironically, the local black trackers who were lured into the hunt with promises of guns and goods only received a few knick-knacks once the Tasmanians were captured.

In 2008 the Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner Commemoration Committee was established to hold a yearly commemoration on the 20th January at the execution site (corner Bowen and Franklin St, Melbourne) to work towards acknowledging the injustice that occurred on that day, to attempt to highlight the unfinished business that exists between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians and to work towards the establishment of a significant public monument to publicly acknowledge what happened on that fateful day. The Commemoration Committee wants the area bounded by Victoria Parade, Franklin St and Swanston St to be made into a public park that hosts a monument to Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner. The creation of open public space in a City that has little open public space would not only highlight Melbourne has a black history it would also act as a focal point to kick start a reconciliation process between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians that stalled years ago.

The story of Tunnerminnerwait, Maulboyheenner, Pyterruner, Truganini and Planobeena is a story of revolt, armed resistance and survival. It is a story that is as pivotal to the creation of 21st century Australia as Gallipoli and Kokoda were. To acknowledge Gallipoli and Kokoda and ignore their struggle is our loss as a people and a nation.

Dr. Joseph Toscano / Convenor Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner Commemoration Committee

This year’s Commemoration will be held at midday on Sunday 20th January at the corner of Bowen and Franklin St, Melbourne (opposite City Baths). At 1:00pm participants will be walking from the execution site to the men’s burial site, the north side of the eastern end of the wall that currently divides the Queen Victoria Market, the men’s last known resting place. – Please bring flowers.


  • To hold a yearly commemmoration on the 20th January at the site the execution took place – (Cnr Bowen & Franklin Sts, Melbourne)

  • To acknowledge the injustce of what happened on the 20th January 1842,

  • To highlight the unfinished business that still exists between indigenous and non indigenous Australians

  • To work towards the establishment of a significant public monument to publicly acknowledge what happened on that fateful day


  • Carolyn BRIGGS – Elders Spokesperson for Boon wurrung Elders Land Council


  • Dr. Joseph TOSCANO



  • Joy FRENCH

  • William FRENCH

  • Ellen JOSE

  • John O’BRIEN

  • Rick SIMPSON


At the site the execution took place

(Opposite the City Baths)

At 1:00pm participants will be walking from the execution site to the men’s burial site, the north side of the eastern end of the wall that currently divides the Queen Victoria Market, the men’s last known resting place. – Please bring flowers.


G20 and Sovereign Aboriginal Embassy

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The 12th to the 16th of November will see Brisbane playing host to the G20 Summit. Leaders from the world’s richest economies will be meeting on Jaggera country to discuss how best to control the world and destroy indigenous lands and resources for profit. Australia is among the 20, taking its place as one of the most economically rich countries in the world while the living conditions and quality of life for its First Nations people rank among the lowest in the world.

These are desperate and critical times for us as First Nations people. Our life expectancy is only 45 years, deaths in custody have almost doubled since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, the stolen generations continue with almost 14000 of our children in out of home care, youth suicide rates are at an all time high, the NT Intervention has been extended for another 10 years and the land that was won back during the land rights movement is being taken again by a government that is refusing to build community housing and infrastructure unless 99 year leases are signed.

The 40th Anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy represented a coming together of several generations of aboriginal activists with non-aboriginal solidarity. The anniversary connected people in a way not seen since the 1982 Commonwealth Games protest. The G20 Summit is another chance for a week of Aboriginal unity. It is time for us to come together as a network of strong Aboriginal nations sharing ideas, perspectives and solutions to the myriad of struggles we face under colonisation.

“In 1972 the tent embassy really highlighted to me what sort of strength aboriginal people have got when we all come together in unity” Billy Craigie Jan 27 1992

Colonisation is not a thing of the past; the colonial power structure exists today. The majority of the people living in Australia are from the dominant colonialist culture and, whether consciously or unconsciously, exploit and benefit from our land and culture while conditions continue to deteriorate for our people. Decolonisation is the first step towards liberation, recognition of our sovereignty, and self determination.

The Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy will be boycotting the G20 Summit, which will be taking place on stolen aboriginal land. We want decolonisation to be recognised as a priority and added to the agenda as a political reality.

Decolonisation is a process for all Australians and provides a chance for all who live on this land to build a new society based on Aboriginal culture and values; a society ruled by social need and environmental sustainability, not one of greed and discrimination.  A unique society with a definitive system of laws and customs to govern it, based on the world’s oldest living culture.

Musgrave Park has been declared a zone for peaceful protest during the G20 Summit. Prior to invasion, Musgrave was home to the Kalperum-Jaggin people and is a part of Kurilpa ‘place of the water rats’. The park has been an important meeting place for First Nations people since time began as it still is today. We ask all attendees to respect Jaggera Law in this historically significant meeting place and the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy sacred fire.

There will be a statement outlining appropriate protocols for all wishing to visit or camp in the park during G20. Respecting traditional protocols allows everyone an opportunity to actively practice decolonisation and have a better understanding of the relevance our laws have in the struggle of all peoples against oppression.

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together” Attributed to The Collective Aboriginal Voice

We welcome cooperation from the general community, activist groups, unions and elsewhere. We aspire to develop a united community front which fully recognises the need to decolonise.

For more information contact Wayne Wharton on 0408 064 900, Paul Spearim 0416 069 788 or Debbie Jones 0422 569 325

See for more info about Brisbane Blacks and the Sovereign Aboriginal Embassy in Brisbane.

3cr radio presenters, First Nations people and supporters are heading up from Melbourne to take part in Decolonisation Before Profit. For more info and fundraising events/info, see

For events in Melbourne and interesting reading, see