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National Convergance: Stand up for Aboriginal Rights

February 1, 2008

A National convergance on Canberra has been called by the Aboriginal Rights Coalition. It is timed to coincide with the opening of parliment on the 12th of February.  

Sunday 10th Feb: assistance with setting up the site for camping and convergence events. Second National Aboriginal Alliance meeting in Old Parliament House.

Monday 11th Feb: community information forums, with indigneous people from the NT sharing their stories, and feedback from the second National Aboriginal Alliance meeting (being held on the 10th feb)

Tuesday 12th Feb: Main Rally: meet at Tent Embassy at 11:30am. Walk to new Parliament house and Rally 1pm

Wednesday 13th Feb: PM Kevin Rudd has announced he will give the Apology to the Stolen generation on this day.
There are also opportunities for people to meet with ministers (limited numbers)

Turn back Howard and Brough’s racist legacy!

  • Reinstate the Racial Discrimination Act
  • Demand immediate review of the NT intervention
  • End welfare quarantines, compulsory land acquisition and ‘mission manager’ powers
  • Implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Aboriginal control of Aboriginal affairs

TRANSPORT FROM MELBOURNE

TRANSPORT OPTIONS: Bus, Car Pool or Public Transport

1) BUS: the Alliance for Indigenous Self Determination are
organising TWO buses:

One leaving 10th feb and returning by 5pm on thursday 14th feb One leaving 11th feb and returning by 5pm on thursday14th feb.
The Cost of the Bus will be $45 PLUS SHARED PETROL COSTS BETWEEN 8 PEOPLE (up to $40) IF you require specific consideration re leaving and returning dates let us know when you book as we may be able to sort something out.

IF YOU WANT TO BOOK A PLACE ON THE BUS YOU MUST DO SO BY 2PM MONDAY 4TH FEB AT THE LATEST – UNLESS YOU’VE BOOKED AND PAID BY THIS TIME THEN YOUR SEAT IS NOT GUARANTEED!

Contacts:
Michaela 0429136935
Alyssa 0402680337
Anna 0439891832

PAY UPSTAIRS at Friends of the Earth, 312 Smith St, Fitzroy

2) CAR POOL:
Please contact Jacinda or Matt at ANTaR VIC who are coordinating car pooling – drivers and passangers wanted!

antar@antarvictoria.org.au
67 Brunswick St
Fitzroy VIC 3065
ph (03) 9419 3613
fax (03) 9417 2691

3) PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
The two options are by Vline train to albury and then greyhound bus to canberra, or bus from melbourne to canberra. The cost of these options is around $60 – 80 depending on concession or full fare.

ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation is onsite Camping at the Tent Embassy on parliament lawns. You need to bring all you own camping gear – tents, sleeping bag and mat etc. Alternatively arrange your own accomodation in canberra.

TRANSPORT FROM SYDNEY
UPDATE: BUSES FROM SYDNEY ARE FULL

As of yesterday evening (30th January), the buses from Sydney are fully booked. You can still book a seat! Any new bookings will be placed on a waiting list, so keep booking with us!

If you have access to buses, or know anyone who has, please get in touch with Janene on 0416 490 481,Greg on 0432 050 240, or Shane on 0414 077 631.

For more information visit the Aboriginal Rights Coalition blog.

I booked onto a Sydney bus just in time but I can only get one day off work (if that) so I will only be going to the convergance on Tuesday. 😦

I would love to be able to stay for the four days. Monday looks like it will be worthwhile, getting to hear more voices from the Northern Territory.

Oh and if you can’t make it to the protest but would like to help the mob from the Northern Territory get there please consider donating some money.

Any donation you are able to make would be a great help. We have limited time as we hope to leave for Canberra in ten days’ time. CAAMA (Central Australia Aboriginal Media Association) is our sponsoring organisation and has kindly agreed to deposit funds in a special account.

Cheques should be made out to: CAAMA Productions – Support Fund and sent to:
PO Box 2608 Alice Springs NT 0871 as soon as possible.

Electronic donations can be made through the Commonwealth Bank Account of the Sydney based support group.

Account name: Aboriginal Rights Coalition
BSB: 062 231
Account Number: 10264494

Contact Paddy Gibson on 0415 800 586 to notify of deposit.

Let us hope that we can get the government to see some sense in regards to the Northern Territory Intervention.

2 comments

  1. Hey! I would like to financially support this, but am in Europe. How can I do this? Paula.


  2. Hey Jokerine thanks for your support but I don’t think that you will be able to donate money from overseas. I should have said it applied to Australians only. They haven’t got a paypal set up just a national bank acount. Sorry, but thanks heaps for the thought.



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