Posts in: indigenous struggles

For my sister, Letty Scott: a strong justice woman

Winter/Spring 2009

Letty Marie Scott was born on the 26 April 1953 at Raggetts Well, Glen Helen in the Northern Territory. Her Mother was Lucy Gibson, nee Briscoe Nampijimpa, an Anmatyerre woman from Central Australia, and her father was Arthur William Gibson from New South Wales who claimed Irish descent. On 25 November 2006, Letty was diagnosed… Read more »

Radical Women supports Tamil struggle for self-determination

Winter/Spring 2009

Earlier this year, the Australian media began to report on horrors endured by the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. We watched military forces invading the tiny northeastern “safety zone,” where hundreds of thousands of Tamils had been trapped and bombarded for months. The government’s objective was to force the surrender of the Liberation Tigers of… Read more »

The death of Mr Ward: A case study in racist neglect

Winter/Spring 2009

On 12 June 2009 the West Australian State Coroner found that Warburton Elder, Mr Ward — a 46-year-old father of five and one of the last nomads born in the Gibson Desert — died of heatstroke sustained while being transported from Laverton to Kalgoorlie in the rear pod of a privatised prison van. For nearly… Read more »

Your Say

Winter/Spring 2009

The Freedom Socialist Bulletin welcomes your opinions and campaign reports. Send contributions to PO Box 266, West Brunswick Vic 3055. Email: freedom.socialist.bulletin@ozemail.com.au Author’s thanks Thank you for another top notch Freedom Socialist Bulletin. As an American, I really appreciate your in-depth coverage of Australian and Asian issues that we don’t get as much coverage of… Read more »

Maritime workers stop work for Lex

Summer/Autumn 2009

Rank-and-file wharfies consider the jailing of Lex Wotton as a complete injustice. On the day of Lex’s sentencing, the entire Sydney waterfront came to a standstill — for only a brief period, but for enough time to make a very symbolic gesture of solidarity from maritime workers. The union had done a lot to build… Read more »

Lex Wotton speaks!

Summer/Autumn 2009

I was born on Palm Island in 1967, a product of the Stolen Generation. I grew up and did all of my schooling on the island, apart from year eight when I went to school on the mainland. My mum’s tribe is the Yidingi. They come from around the Tableland area, near Cairns. Dad’s people… Read more »

Locals speak out against the Northern Territory Intervention

Summer/Autumn 2009

The Prescribed Area People’s Alliance is a group of Aboriginal people from communities affected by the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER.) On Friday November 7, 2008, the Prescribed Area People’s Alliance held its second meeting in Alice Springs and issued this statement. We are outraged that, today, Lex Wotton, an Indigenous man from Palm Island,… Read more »

Resistance is not a crime: Lex Wotton must not do time!

Winter/Spring 2008

Support continues to swell for the campaign to force the dropping of all charges against Lex Wotton, the respected Aboriginal community member accused of leading a riot on Palm Island in 2004, following the death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee. To the streets. On 5 April 2008 nearly 200 people marched through the streets of… Read more »

Apology to the Stolen Generations: Don’t stop at “Sorry,” Pay compensation!

Winter/Spring 2008

On February 13, 2008 the country stood still. That morning, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered an apology in Parliament for Australia’s Indigenous Stolen Generations. Indigenous people from across the country went to Canberra to witness it. Everywhere else, people sat in front of TVs and radios. At my workplace, all the staff gathered around the… Read more »

After the Howard disaster: Indigenous leaders look to the future

Summer/Autumn 2008

Many Australians were jubilant to see former Prime Minister John Howard lose his own seat of Bennelong at the 24 November federal election. But for the Indigenous rights activists holding a sovereignty vigil outside the old Victorian Aboriginal Health Service building in Fitzroy on election night, the news that Mal Brough — architect of the… Read more »