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Real blackfellas don’t complain

Letter to the editor, Daily Telegraph

“On 26 January 1788 when the First Fleet ships unloaded their c12…00 convicts, Royal Marine guards and officials not a shot was fired.
As they looked around what’s now Circular Quay they saw nothing other than bush.
Not a single building, planted field, domesticated plant or animal – nothing at all. It was the same across the continent.
It was “terra nullius” – a vacant land.

There was no Aboriginal Army to defeat in battle. There was nothing to claim as the spoils of victory.
There was just wild bush. The few Aborigines who came out to have a look at these strange people were completely illiterate and innumerate
and those on the south side of the harbour spoke a language completely unintelligible to those on the north side of the harbour and they’d been constantly at war with each other for as long as anyone can remember.
There was no “invasion”.

Captain Phillip was instructed by the government in London to treat the natives “with amity and kindness” and he did.
No Aborigines were shot; no platoon of Marines fixed their bayonets or loaded their muskets or took a shot at anyone who emerged from the bush
to see what was going on. Instead they offered them gifts and friendship.

Most people now “identified” as “indigenous” – like myself and my children and grandchildren have European – mostly British – ancestry to a greater or lesser extent.
I recently had a DNA test done that shows I’m 48% Irish, 20% English, 30% Scandinavian, 1% Spanish and 1% Aboriginal.
The absurdity is that, in this time of identity politics, I am an “Aborigine” by virtue of the fact that one of my Irish ancestors married an Aboriginal woman 6 generation ago.

There is no reason to change Australia Day. It was the day “Australia” came into being and had it not been for those British coming ashore on 26 January 1788

I wouldn’t exist and neither would Mr Mundine.
The name “Mundine” is as English as a cold pork pie or fish-n-chips wrapped in newspaper.
It’s time for all indigenous people take a spoonful of cement, harden up and to get over what happened 229 years ago and stop playing the victim.”

Editor: If it were not for the Australian, American and New Zealand soldiers, sailors and airmen defending Australia from the swarming Japanese in 1942, there would be no Aborigines living in Australia today. The black power mob should be holding street rallies to thank ordinary Aussies for keeping them alive today in more ways than one. We owe them nothing!

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State and Federal Governments will soon clash head-on over northern agricultural development

The Federal Government’s Northern Development legislative program could take a hit should a double dissolution election be called on July 2. The Government has pledged $5 Billion for development from the Kimberley region in Western Australia to eastern Cape York Peninsula. The enabling bill to secure this massive project could stall and not be presented at the next Parliamentary sittings.

Agriculture will be the main beneficiary of the long sought after strategy with large-scale irrigated cropping projects to be funded on a 50-50 basis, starting at $50 million.

The CSIRO has been charged with mapping the areas of arable soils across the north, already identifying 16 million hectares, about 5 per cent of the total northern land mass.

The notion of Northern Development and large scale irrigated farmland has been around for decades but its main proponent in more recent years has been Kennedy MP Bob Katter.

He says the Government must get the bill through Parliament before the election, because he did not trust the Labor Party to continue with the scheme should it win on July 2.

Katter urged the Member for Leichardt and chairman of the Joint Select Committee On Northern Australia, Warren Entsch to ensure it is passed through both Houses at the next sitting starting April 18.

“The CSIRO might have found several dam sites on eastern Cape York, but the State Labor Government and their bed-mates the WWF, Wilderness Society and CAFNEC are hell bent on shutting the Peninsula down to prevent any agriculture or other development, thus denying indigenous communities jobs and a future,” Mr Katter pointed out.

“Successive state governments have plastered the entire Cape York Peninsula with environmental overlays covering about 70 per cent of its land mass, stopping any economic development for pastoralists and indigenous communities, so we must get some development on what is left.”

CSIRO researcher Dr Peter Stone has been heading up the North Australia Water Resources Assessment looking for substantial dam sites to irrigate proposed large scale farmland.

Dr Stone told ABC Radio that 16 million hectares of arable soils had been identified as suitable for irrigation and 90 dams sites had been found to provide up to 15,000 gigalitres of stored water.

The north was inundated with an average 2 million gigalitres of rainfall each year, of which 90 per cent evaporates, 10 per cent goes into streams and about 2 per cent enters the groundwater storage, he said.

“The research by CSIRO proves these projects can be taken seriously and I have been pushing for 20 years that northern development has to occur, because for too long southern cities have lived off our coat tails of copper, coal and cattle and its time we put this country back on track,” Mr Katter said.

 

Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson(above) has been scathing of the State Government over land use on the Peninsula. At a recent Mareeba meeting he stressed the need for more secure land tenure on the Peninsula and likened proposed draconian vegetation management laws to a “re-run of Wild Rivers,” an impost he said he had fought to get rid of for five years.

Nearly 70 per cent of Cape York covered by nature reserves or national parks; little left for Aboriginal economic benefit

Aboriginal people of Cape York Peninsula are being duped and dudded by the State Government over large land ‘hand overs’ that the local communities believe will prevent them from earning income.

On April 7, another 54,000 hectares north of Cooktown was handed over to several tribal groups from Hopevale, adding even more locked-up land to the vast national park estate on Cape York.

Since the CYPLUS (Cape York Peninsula Land Use Study) research of the 80’s and early 90’s once productive grazing land has steadily been resumed by State Governments, mainly the ALP, to be gazetted as national park or some type of nature reserve.

Nature reserves, national parks, regional parks, timber reserves and DOGIT land shaded areas cover at least 70 per cent of the Peninsula leaving small areas for grazing or commercial purposes that are not of any economic benefit to Aboriginal groups

Various Aboriginal corporations gratefully sign up to vast areas of former cattle stations, such as the Olkola people when last year they were handed five, once viable large cattle properties in central Cape York Peninsula totalling 1.5 million acres that used to run 30,000 cattle.

The Prescribed Body Corporate gleefully accepted the gift from the State Government, but seemingly did not properly read the paperwork. The PBC just helped the National Parks and Wildlife Service add another one million acres to their vast estate, on which no cattle grazing is allowed.

The remaining portion of Aboriginal Freehold can be used for grazing or selective timber cutting, but under the ALP environmental laws would have to be excluded from the nature reserves and park area by fencing it off.

The fencing would cost several million dollars and require maintenance on a weekly basis to be effective.

Indigenous leader Noel Pearson angrily said, “…again Aborigines have been duped by the Labor/Green bureaucracy.”

Noel Pearson sick and tired of being ‘dudded’ by the Labor/Green bureaucracy

Pearson heaped vitriol on the Labor and former LNP governments at a large meeting of stakeholders in Mareeba recently for dudding the communities of Cape York over land use.

“We have no property rights on Cape York and we need upgraded tenure. There are lots of fronts where all landowners are vulnerable,” he said.

Public servants who once worked for environmental lobby groups were targeted by Pearson for pushing extreme green agendas within government.

“These greens have infiltrated indigenous groups and government departments and it’s like a tag team, they are all the same, and have networked with all departments,” Mr Pearson said.

“Public servants should declare their association with environmental groups.

“The proposition there is going to be land clearing the size of Victoria, is fantasy.

“There are only pockets of land suitable for development.

“White people too have had many generations on this land and they have a great love for their land. It’s high time the law in Queensland started to respect that relationship.

“We spent five hard years and lots of money fighting Wild Rivers in court but we could have been doing other more productive things.

“We need another 10 independents in parliament to put us in a better position, given the absence of an Upper House.”

Members vow to vote down any changes to Qld vegetation laws moved by Labor

“We do not want a return to the nasty era of tree police”

     KAP member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth

An emotionally-charged meeting of Far Northern pastoralists, indigenous representatives, councils and farmers at Mareeba has urged three State Parliamentary crossbenchers to vote down proposed changes to the Vegetation Management Act.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, in a move to appease Brisbane environmentalists and bolster Greens Party preference support for the ALP, will introduce new VMA regulations to halt tree clearing in State Parliament this week.

Agforce hosted the gathering of nearly 80 primary producers and industry representatives from Innisfail to Cape York Peninsula, held at Mareeba Bowls Club on Tuesday.

In spite of the threat of a snap election, crossbenchers Rob Katter and Shane Knuth vowed they would vote against the new regulations that Mr Knuth said would set the state back 20 years.

Agforce Tablelands organiser Graham Elmes, Robbie Katter, Shane Knuth and Billy Gordon

“We have been telling the Premier for a long time that landowners cannot afford and will not support the return to the nasty era of tree police,” Mr Knuth said.

“We have just had one of the worst droughts in history with record numbers of bank foreclosures and the Labor Party wants to make farmers suffer even more.

“We will not support the new laws.”

After the meeting Mr Knuth said he did not know which way Member for Cairns, now independent Rob Pyne would vote after he deserted the Labor Party last week.

While addressing the audience, Member for Cook Billy Gordon tacitly approved the stance of his crossbench colleagues.

Agforce General President Grant Maudsley said the State Government’s own data showed tree coverage in Queensland increased by 437,000 hectares between 2012 – 2014.

“Moves by the government to reject simple data and repeal the current vegetation management laws are the biggest threat to Queensland farmers since the Gillard Government smashed the live cattle export trade in 2011,” Mr Maudsley told the meeting.

“The results for consumers will be more expensive fresh produce and a loss of jobs. Meat processors have already started putting off staff because of a slow-down in domestic cattle supply as the national herd hits a 20 year low.”

Mareeba District Fruit and Vegetable Growers representative Makse Srhoj warned the new laws would impact severely on farms within the MDIA because of their smaller size.

“If we have to leave 30 per cent remnant vegetation on a block then we can’t do anything with them, particularly if there are two or more deeds,” Mr Srhoj said.

“Who looks after the land the best? Farmers; we are the real greenies.”

Noel Pearson says even white people have land rights

Noel Peason

Noel Pearson

A member of the panel, indigenous leader Noel Pearson, waded in roundly condemning green groups and the ALP Government for holding back economic opportunities in northern communities, rejecting the new laws as a ‘rebirth’ of Wild Rivers legislation.

In his hallmark immutable style Pearson did not hold back, criticising Federal Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch and former Member for Cook, David Kempton for waging a “disgraceful campaign against Billy Gordon” after he was elected.

“These guys are ‘false prophets,’” Mr Pearson told an entirely attentive audience.

“We have no property rights on Cape York and we need upgraded tenure. There are lots of fronts where all landowners are vulnerable.”

Public servants who once worked for environmental lobby groups were targeted by Pearson for pushing extreme green agendas within government.

“These greens have infiltrated indigenous groups and government departments and it’s like a tag team, they are all the same, and have networked with all departments,” Mr Pearson said.

“Public servants should declare their association with environmental groups.

“The proposition there is going to be land clearing the size of Victoria, is fantasy.

“There are only pockets of land suitable for development.

“White people too have had many generations on this land and they have a great love for their land. It’s high time the law in Queensland started to respect that relationship.

“We spent five hard years and lots of money fighting Wild Rivers in court but we could have been doing other more productive things.

“We need another 10 independents in parliament to put us in a better position, given the absence of an Upper House.”

These so-called blackfellas should be jailed for burning flag

If an Islamic group burnt the Australian flag there would be public lynchings. How is this motley mob of fringe activists who disgrace the Aboriginal industry, who readily accept taxpayer-funded sit down money, are able to be ignored in the major media when carrying out an act of sedition? These ignorant activists should remember they owe their lives to a handful of indigenous military and thousands of white soldiers who saved their grandfather’s arses by keeping out the Japs in 1942. If the Japs had taken northern Australia there would be few Aborigines left today. Those who survived would now be speaking Japanese if it were not for brave, distinguished Australian and American troops. – Editor

Noel Pearson and Warren Mundine effigies burned in Indigenous G20 rally
The Guardian – Sunday 16th November 2014

Public figures branded ‘elitist sellouts’ in Brisbane protest that also targeted academic Marcia Langton

Indigenous rights protesters burn the Australian flag during a rally on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Brisbane on Sunday. Photograph: Jamie McKinnell/AAP

By Joshua Robertson

Aboriginal activists burned effigies of prominent Indigenous figures Noel Pearson and Warren Mundine on the final day of protests during the G20 summit in Brisbane.

Wayne Wharton, the Brisbane Aboriginal sovereign embassy (Base) leader, told a rally of about 100 people the pair were “elitist sellouts”, as a crowd circled burning figures labelled “King Noel Pearson” and “King Warren Mundine”.

Protesters also burned the Australian flag and an effigy of Indigenous academic Marcia Langton, labelled “Queen Marcia Langton”.

The protest again highlighted the hostility of grassroots activists towards Pearson, a Cape York lawyer, and Mundine, a former national Australian Labor party president, and their perception by mainstream Australia.

Last week Base elders publicly interrupted a speech Pearson was giving at the Sir Paul Hasluck foundation dinner in Brisbane to attack his credibility as a spokesman for indigenous people.

Base has been the mainstay of the local protest movement during the G20 summit in Brisbane, leading the largest march of the event through the city on Saturday.

Those who challenged Pearson during his speech in Brisbane last week included long-time activist and perennial socialist political candidate Sam Watson.

Lawyer and academic Noel Pearson speaks at the Sydney Opera House in September. Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Pearson accepted an invitation from Watson to meet Base elders and discuss his views on progress for the Indigenous community at Brisbane’s Musgrave park, a traditional meeting place and destination for protest marches throughout the G20.

Watson – who criticised Pearson for his “lopsided” views on Indigenous affairs as the latter gave his speech – told Guardian Australia Pearson’s profile was a source of frustration to many Indigenous people.

“We keep being told that there are these people here who are our leaders, you’ve got Pearson and others with the 10-gallon hats and everything, but you never see these people down at our community,” he said. “He’s not our leader.”

Pearson, who has often sought to emphasise personal responsibility as the way forward for Indigenous Australia, was speaking on constitutional changes to empower Indigenous people when he was interrupted last week.

In an exchange broadcast by ABC Radio National, Pearson told one interjector he had “never claimed to speak on behalf of anyone but myself”.

An elder who was not named replied: “You do every time you open your mouth. You speak [that] you are chosen to speak on behalf of black people. You have got no right to do that, stand there like a big strong black man. You’re not a strong black man, no way in the world.”

Watson said he had “a lot more to say but I didn’t think it was appropriate to canvass all the issues there”.

“I thought it was not an appropriate setting for a more complete and robust conversation about exactly what we see as Noel Pearson’s love affair with white Australia, in particular Tony Abbott and the Murdoch press,” he said.

“He still makes out that Aboriginal Australia are the masters of our own destiny and white Australia gets a free ride.”

Watson said his invitation to meet Base elders was genuine and that Pearson “readily accepted it in front of all his mob”.

“He’s on record now as saying he’d love to come up to Musgrave park and talk to us but no word [yet],” he said.

Another Base leader, Wayne Wharton, said Pearson was “always more comfortable where there’s no Aboriginal people or Aboriginal people that aren’t articulate”.

“That’s why Noel’s platforms are either in The Australian newspaper or taken up by Murdoch or Packer,” he said. “The only times he’s referred to as a leader is by non-Aboriginal groups.”

Pearson won national acclaim for his eulogy to Gough Whitlam at the late prime minister’s memorial service on 5 November in Sydney. Many commentators described the address as one of the country’s best political speeches.

Comment is being sought from Pearson..

The real Noel Pearson that makes one shudder

A combined taskforce of investigators is looking at Noel and Gerhart Pearson through a microscope and will be publishing their findings, allowing all Australians access to information exposing Noel Pearson’s stand-over tactics and blatant racial abuse against whites. His  consistent use of  disgusting foul language and manipulation of unsuspecting Traditional Owners was published in the Melbourne AGE newspaper on August 18, 2014.

One must ask why this person still remains Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s appointed special adviser on indigenous affairs (or should that read “ENFORCER” ) and why his obsessive hatred of white people has not been addressed?

 

Dropping bombs and stoking feuds: the other side of Noel Pearson

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By Paul Sheehan

Shortly after 11 am last Friday, Noel Pearson, chairman of the Cape York Group and a nationally prominent Aboriginal leader, walked into the newsroom of The Sydney Morning Herald and approached a senior editor. He proceeded to berate the editor, loudly, obscenely. He took off his jacket and told the editor he would “beat you to a pulp”. He also mentioned throwing him off the balcony. He dropped the “c” bomb repeatedly.

All in the middle of a metropolitan newsroom.

This is the other side of Noel Pearson, the unelected, unaccountable bridge-burner who has left a trail of damage and division that offsets and undermines his efforts to break the cycle of social dysfunction in many indigenous communities.

Tony Abbott is having a shocking run with his inner sanctum. He’s been putting out fires lit by his Treasurer, his Attorney-General, his Minister for Employment, his Treasurer, again, and now his personally appointed special adviser on indigenous affairs.

Abbott’s appointment of Pearson now looks well-meaning but obtuse. If Pearson were to ever appear in court in a defamation action over being called a bully, the court would be presented with voluminous evidence of his foul temper and self-indulgent rages, some of which have been recorded on tape.

One of his tirades was recorded by a former federal minister. Even after Pearson was advised he was being taped he continued a long, expletive-laden soliloquy of abuse and invective. The current Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, is also reported to have been subject to one of Pearson’s rages, repeatedly being told to “f— off”.

The trigger for Pearson’s rage on Friday was an old sore, a profile published in Good Weekend  two years ago, on August 25, 2012, by Jane Cadzow. The profile was rigorously researched and crafted, a trademark of Cadzow’s work. She has won two Walkley Awards for feature writing and been a Walkley finalist four times.

Cadzow’s request for an interview with Pearson had been turned down. Yet on the morning her profile appeared he was on the phone delivering a long blast of outrage. He was aggrieved that it had been written while he was receiving treatment for cancer and that Cadzow did not go up to Cape York when researching the story.

But Cadzow was not going to Cape York without an interview with Pearson. She also felt his rage over the phone vindicated her portrayal of his anger, based on many sources.

“His call went on so long,” she told me, “and I had so little chance to get a word in, that I even made a cup of tea … It was ironic that while he was complaining about the story his behaviour fitted exactly with the pattern I had reported.”

Her profile began with this confronting scene: The meeting began cordially enough. A Queensland government delegation was in Cairns to confer with Noel Pearson, the most influential indigenous leader in the country. Pleasantries were exchanged as people took their places around the table, then the room fell silent while everyone waited respectfully for him to speak.

What followed, according to former parliamentarian Stephen Robertson, was “a tirade of expletives and abuse”, including, more than once, the phrase “f—ing white c—s”…  starting very slowly, very deliberately, and speaking quite softly, then over the next 15 or 20 minutes reaching a crescendo”.

Among those present was state environment minister Kate Jones, whose female adviser was dismissed by Pearson as an “arse-wipe”. Robertson says his own chief-of-staff, an indigenous man, was called a “sell-out c—“. Another member of the group sums up the rest of the diatribe: “‘You f—ing white c—s’, scream, scream, scream. Full on, for half an hour. Nobody could get a word in.”

The story presented a troubling portrait of a charismatic bully who has extracted millions of dollars of funding for indigenous programs from governments and corporations, via persuasion or browbeating. The portrait of Pearson’s older brother, Gerhardt, was also troubling. The profile was balanced with the many positives for which Pearson is famous – his intellect, his lucidity and his commitment to practical improvements for Australia’s poorest communities.

I’ve interviewed Pearson, seen him speak, seen a room captivated by his eloquence, and  written in his favour. But his positives are offset by his negatives, the feuds, the disdain, the costly demands on the public purse.

And his bullying is often premeditated. Cadzow interviewed many people including a former close associate of Pearson who became an adversary, Lyndon Schneiders of the Wilderness Society. He described how Noel and Gerhardt Pearson planned their intimidation: “They called it ‘bombing’. When they were going to go in and make their views forcefully known to government, they were going on a ‘bombing raid’. I watched them do it to advisers, to backbenchers, to ministers, to journos. It wasn’t pretty.”

Even the journalist who did more than any other to push the Pearson mythology, Tony Koch, came to regret his long silence about Pearson’s dark side. In a column for The Australian in April 2012, he wrote: “Instead of drawing people into his orbit, Pearson has succeeded in pushing almost everyone away.”

This does not augur well for his role as Abbott’s emissary. Pearson’s story forms just a fractional part of the tens of billions of dollars of government funding that has been funnelled into indigenous communities and programs with little impact on measurable improvement. The public’s exasperation and cynicism is rampant. It pays the bills.

Pearson’s most recent explosion, on Friday, is emblematic of a man who cannot control his anger or curb his ego. This does not serve his cause. It also damages the cause of the Prime Minister he is supposedly helping.

 

Source: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/dropping-bombs-and-stoking-feuds-the-other-side-of-noel-pearson-20140817-1053ie.html

 

 

NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT WHITE PAPER SHREDDED BY CAPE YORK LAND COUNCIL

by Robert J Lee

LIBERAL GOVERNMENT LEFT WITH EGG ALL OVER ITS FACE

THE CAIRNS POST AND THE ABC HAVE HAD THIS STORY FOR 3 WEEKS BUT WILL NOT TOUCH IT

TROUBLE AHEAD FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF CAPE YORK PENINSULA WITH A NEW INDIGENOUS STATE TO BE CREATED

 Cape York Land Council takes control of the Peninsula Development Road on Cape York Peninsula.

Cape York Land Council says the $210 million Mein Deviation road job near Weipa can start

The prospect of Northern Development hailed by the Federal Government as the panacea for northern Australia has been placed on the back foot after the State Government and the Cape York Land Council signed an agreement allowing the Land Council to control the Peninsula Development Road, the main arterial access to Cape York.

The Land Council claims it wants jobs for local community residents but some Cape Traditional Owners, businessmen and pastoralists believe it to be a “greedy land grab for the few at the top of the CYLC” that will not benefit most struggling communities.

There will be more of the traditional CYLC ‘jobs for their boys’ who in most cases are never local indigenous businesses. Richie AhMat, Gerhardt and Noel Pearson are in bed with the big boys and their predictions of jobs for  Peninsula indigenous contractors like most of their other failed, expensive schemes will also fail local businesses, contractors and the long-suffering community resident.

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Gerhart Pearson

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Ritchie AhMat

The state and federal governments have rolled over to the unrepresentative CYLC yet again. Next comes the new Aboriginal state of Cape York above the 16th Parallel with the TOLL gates set at Laura or Lakeland.

 

Every local authority in the nation should be terrified about the hijacking of this vital state government-owned road that is the only land access to important northern defence facilities and the major mining town of Weipa.

Meanwhile September is a few days away and the wet season a few months away.  Starting such major roadworks near Weipa that should have begun in May will be a disaster for the unlucky contractor, soon to be announced.

And the annual $25 billion Aboriginal industry, taxpayer feeding frenzy continues for CYLC and Balkanu…….. 

Meetings to discuss Cape York issues to be held soon

flyer-1A series of meetings about the Penisula Development Road will be held next week across Cape York Peninsula.

Contact: info@cyfs.com.au – (07) 40532856

Meeting Dates:

Cooktown Monday 3rd August 5.30pm – 7pm Sovereign Resort

Coen Hotel Wednesday 5th August 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Lakeland Hotel Monday 3rd August  2.00pm – 3.30pm

Laura Tuesday 4th August 10am – 11.30am Quinkan Hotel

Lockhart River Church Hall Tuesday 11th August 10am – 12.30pm

Loyalty beach camp ground and fishing lodge Friday 7th August 5.30pm – 7pm

Musgrave Roadhouse Tuesday 4th August 3.30pm – 5pm

Weipa Albatross Bay Resort Tuesday 6th August 5.30pm – 7pm

Warren-EntschIt would seem Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch has been fence sitting over this issue and continues to ignore the voice of the people. He may have started his own political demise with voter anger reaching boiling point in North Queensland.

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 Landmark agreement paves way for Peninsula Development Road

Published on Facebook – 29 July 2015

THE Cape York Land Council today signed an important agreement which paves the way for the start of construction on the Mein Deviation and other sections of the Peninsula Development Road, known as the PDR.

Under this agreement, the Queensland Government and Native Title Holders will now begin negotiations to settle an Indigenous Land Use Agreement for the whole of the PDR by the end of 2015. These negotiations follow the lodgment and registration of one of Australia’s largest native title claims earlier in the year, over Cape York.

Chairman of the Cape York Land Council, Mr Richie Ah Mat, said the Department of Transport and Main Roads could now finalise contract arrangements for construction to commence next week.

“There has been a mammoth effort by the Queensland Government and the Cape York Land Council to settle these outstanding matters over the last two months and our meetings over the last two days have endorsed our approach,” he said.

The agreement addresses Indigenous employment, training and business opportunities, cultural heritage clearance processes and environmental considerations.

“On Cape York, where the Indigenous community is battling very high unemployment, high incarceration rates and alcohol and drug abuse, projects such as the PDR are critical in providing opportunity to our mob,” said Mr Ahmat.

“This is a great example of the State Government recognising the Native Title and cultural interests of Traditional Owners to maintain respectful ongoing relationships to carry the PDR to completion.”

Under the agreement, a Traditional Owner steering committee has been established that will guide the settlement of the Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the Queensland Government.

Mr Ahmat said that it was very important for Traditional Owner groups to work together on major linear projects such as the PDR. “An important principle of the Native Title claim has been that Traditional Owners speak for their country,” he said.

“Prior to the settlement of the Indigenous Land Use Agreement, there will need to be further discussions with Traditional Owners from along the road route”.

Southern Kandju and Negotiating committee member, Dion Creek, praised the agreement.

“For the first time, the State Labor Government, Cape York Land Council, and Traditional Owners have respectfully negotiated a single agreement covering the PDR,” he said.

“There can be no longer be any excuse for our people to remain on the sidelines, when it comes to capitalising on investments for the PDR and other road networks throughout Cape York.

Mr Creek said that PDR investments specified in the agreement would be used to increase the capacity of Indigenous people, through the provision of training and employment, enterprise facilitation and the commitment to support local business.

“We have a jobs crisis in Cape York,” he said. “It is a priority we must address

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A landmine roadblock for northern development

The fate of a $210 million road construction project near Weipa remains in limbo while protracted negotiations between the Cape York Land Council and the State Government continue behind closed doors.

In spite of tenders being called more than three months ago no contractor has been announced with time running out to complete the Mein Deviation bitumen sealing before the wet season begins.

The Land Council has demanded that an Indigenous Land Use Agreement be registered over a part of the Peninsula Development Road network giving it control of all future road works.

Included in the list of demands is a 1000 per cent increase in royalties paid to indigenous groups for gravel taken from ‘borrow pits’ along the road.

The holding up of road works by the Land Council has not been supported across Cape York Peninsula by some alienated indigenous groups and Traditional Owners who have been left out of initial negotiations.

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Deputy Chairman of Cape York Sustainable Futures Jack Wilkie-Jans condemned the Cape York Land Council for its attempt to control the Peninsula Development Road

Cape York Sustainable Futures Deputy Chairman Jack Wilkie-Jans launched a scathing attack against the Land Council claiming it is “divisive and all about segregation.”

Mr Wilkie-Jans is a Traditional Owner from Mapoon on the Western Cape who says “enough is enough.”

“The Land Council is just introducing a tax not a royalty scheme which is an abuse of their position on the PDR that will not benefit Traditional Owners,” Mr Wilkie Jans said.

“I am extremely disappointed in the way the government has laid down and let this (road) project be stopped.

“The Land Council wants to grab control of the PDR because they have filed an ambit claim with nine claimants over all of Cape York not already claimed or decided.

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Noel Peason
“Puppet Master”

“There would be many more than nine and there is no cultural precedent to surrender governance to different groups.”

He said he could not understand how Noel Pearson( founder of Cape York Partnership) had a monopoly on the only voice heard by government.

Billy Gordon MP

Billy Gordon MP “Silent

“The Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch and Member for Cook Billy Gordon should have a position on the PDR but their silence is inexcusable, damaging and very telling.”

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey remains hopeful a solution can be found after a closed meeting of indigenous stakeholders to discuss the impasse was rescheduled by the Land Council from July 15 to July 28 and 29 to be held at the Colonial Club Resort in Cairns.

“Indigenous employment, training and business engagement are critical components of the project and we will continue to work closely with the land council, traditional owners and native title applicants to deliver this important project,” Mr Bailey said.

“We hope to announce a tenderer soon for the Mein Deviation, which will upgrade and seal a 29km section of the Peninsula Development Road, north of Coen.”

Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott says Land Council control of the Peninsula Development Road will be a landmine bottleneck for development.

“Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott says Land Council control of the Peninsula Development Road will be a landmine bottleneck for development”

Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott said he had been advised the new ILUA map released by the Land Council had dropped all Cook Shire-controlled roads, with the disputed section now beginning at Laura and terminating at Weipa.

“We have made our position pretty clear and we have been too hard to deal with,” Cr Scott said.

“I spoke to Fiona Simpson (Shadow Main Roads Minister) who said she would take the matter up with the Premier.

“Giving control of this section of the PDR to the Land Council will be a landmine roadblock for northern development,” Cr Scott said.

Shadow Minister Fiona Simpson has expressed dismay that the road works have not yet started.

“The government has put this into the ‘too hard basket’ because it should not be too hard to fix,” she said.

“There are legal mechanisms to deal with native title and there is only a short window of opportunity to deal with it before the wet season.

If the project was not resolved in the near future Ms Simpson said there could be opportunities at the Budget Estimates hearings in August to question the Minister.

The CYLC and Member for Cook Billy Gordon have not responded to requests for comment.

An ILUA too far

Yadaikana Tribal Group of Elders spokesman Meun Lifu (right) and Elder Allan Savage. " Nobody asked us about an ILUA over the PDR."

Yadaikana Tribal Group of Elders spokesman Meun Lifu (right) and
Elder Allan Savage. ” Nobody asked us about an ILUA over the PDR.”

The promise of northern development, heralded by the Federal Government as the saviour of the languishing agricultural and business sectors took a mortal blow last week as the Queensland Government contemplates withdrawing from a $220 million road project on Cape York Peninsula.

Central to unlocking the great potential and opportunities in the north is all weather road access, but moves by the Cape York Land Council to place an Indigenous Land Use Agreement over the Peninsula Development Road network have stalled the Mein Deviation upgrade north of the Archer River.

In spite of tenders being called three months ago, the successful tenderer for this project has not yet been announced and nearly two hundred jobs hang in the balance.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said his department was working through Native Title issues with the Cape York Land Council.

“The Palaszczuk Government is keen to create jobs and get this project up in the Cape once agreement can be reached,” Minister Bailey said.

“We will work closely with the CYLC, Traditional Owners and Native Title applicants to deliver this important project for the Cape York community.

“Ultimately both parties are working towards an outcome that will be in everybody’s interests.”

Ritchie Ahmat

CYLC Chairman Richie Ahmat says he has not been a part of the ILUA negotiations with the Government

CYLC Chairman Mr Richie Ahmat said he had not been following the ILUA negotiations because of his involvement in the campaign to include indigenous people in the Commonwealth Constitution.

Spokesman for the Land Council Peter Callaghan was unavailable for comment.

Meanwhile Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott said he was unaware of any result with the negotiations and feared other road works in Cook Shire could be impacted as a result of the demands made by the CYLC.

“There could be an agreement on doing only priority works or maybe compulsory resumptions of land necessary to start the road program,” Cr Scott said.

“If this project does not go ahead contractors will lose a lot of money and worst of all we all lose credibility with any investors who want to start projects in the north.

“The Premier wants to have a conference to attract investors to the north but if we lose the (Federal) funding for this project, then it will be hard to get anyone interested in northern development.”

John McDowell

Musgrave Roadhouse operator John McDowall fears the Peninsula will suffer if the CYLC gets control of the PDR.

Musgrave Roadhouse operator and a member of Cape York Sustainable Futures, John McDowall said he was “horrified” at the prospect of the CYLC registering an ILUA over the PDR.

“We are worried that if the Land Council gets total control of the road they could charge tourists and trucks to go up the Peninsula,” Mr McDowall said.

“This would keep tourists away and the only reason they are coming in such big numbers this year is because most gravel sections are in good condition.

“Until the end of June, the traffic counter showed that 20,400 vehicles had passed the roadhouse and this looks like being one of the biggest years ever.

“Local communities want a bitumen road because the cost of freight and the cost of living will come right down if fresh food like milk can get through quickly and without truck breakdowns.

“We have heard the Main Roads Department might walk away from this road job and that will be a bad result for the future of businesses on the Peninsula.”

Traditional Owner and spokesman for the Yadaikana Tribal Group of Elders at Injinoo, Meun Lifu said he did not agree with an ILUA being placed over the northern section of the Peninsula Development Road or the Telegraph Road.

“This is not good for development and it should be stopped,” Mr Lifu said.

“We want the road upgraded and a bridge over the Jardine River, otherwise we will look for another access to go around the river.

“We have had no say and nobody has asked us about the Land Council taking control of the main road.”

A Coen businessman has labelled the move to control the PDR as “a greedy grab for total control of the Cape.”

Publican Barry Mulley said the local business community could not afford to lose the Main Roads Department project.

“My business will be stuffed and I would never be able to sell it if they close off the Peninsula,” he said.

“Its time the government stood up to the Land Council and their greedy demands.”

The member for Leichardt Warren Entsch is touring the electorate and unavailable for comment.

Cape York Land Council may soon charge entry into Cape York Peninsula

by Robert J Lee

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Four wheel drive enthusiasts, pastoralists, transport companies and tourists may soon have to pay a toll to drive on the Peninsula Development Road after the Cape York Land Council this week indicated it would pursue an Indigenous Land Use Agreement over the entire Peninsula Development Road and the Telegraph Track.

Not only has the land council laid down the gauntlet to all Australians, but its move has jeopardised the construction of a $220 million bitumen road upgrade near Weipa.

The Main Roads Department has been struggling for five weeks to deal with an intransigent land council and its representatives, who have demanded extravagant royalties for gravel and prohibited the taking of any water from permanent rivers, dams or springs.

The legality of the road network grab, according to land council sources comes via an ambit land claim (see illustration) placed over the entire Peninsula in December, covering 146,390 square kilometres.

It is the largest single land claim ever lodged in Australian history

When coupled with the 53,990 square kms already determined on the Cape, all land and inland waters of Cape York will be either determined as native title, or under claim.

Cairns News in 2003 was given a copy of a map of the Peninsula that shows a proposed Aboriginal state taking in all land north of the 16th Parallel.

This ambit claim was lodged in December, with nine token claimants, Mike Ross, Silva Blanco, Wayne Butcher (Mayor of Lockhart River), James Creek, Clarry Flinders, Jonathan Korkaktain, Philip Port, Hogan Shortjoe and Reginald Williams.

And when added to the vast areas transferred to Aboriginal ownership under the Aboriginal Land Act 1991 (QLD), all significant activity on the Cape will require the consent of the Traditional Owners.

This includes mining and other major projects.

“This means the Traditional Owners of the Cape will be the real masters of development and use of their lands,” said Riche Ah Mat, Chairman of the Cape York Land Council.

Richie Ahmat, Chairman of the Cape York Land Council and unofficial mouthpiece for Noel Pearson

“Traditional Owners can now reconnect with country, and also ensure we can use our lands so our futures are bright with economic opportunity, not blighted by continued welfare dependence.”

Meanwhile northern pastoralists, development associations, tourist bodies and other affected groups are sharpening their swords to engage the CYLC head on.

This story will be regularly updated – editor

Greens party not interested in stopping coal seam gas, the morons are only after vote money

Labor benefits from Green and PUP preferences

by Robert J Lee

Coal seam gas and open cut coal mining on the way to Cape York

Clive Palmer and the Greens share first place for screwing up the chances of Independents and the Katter party winning seats at Saturday’s election. The hopeless nitwits of the Greens, usually off in weed-induced fairyland actually believe their fruit-loop Senators or other parliamentary members will do something about halting the coal seam gas scourge that is ruining water supplies and some of the best farm land and in Australia.

Christine Milne, Tasmania – Janet Rice, Victoria – Rachel Siewert, WA

Scott Ludlum WA – Penny Wright, SA – Lee Rhiannon, NSW

Richard di Natale, Victoria – Larissa Waters, Queensland

Pictures: Some of the Malthusian Green Party Senators clambering for Queensland taxpayer’s funds

But the Queensland Greens Party is primarily after the lucrative $2.90 per vote handed out by the Queensland Electoral Commission, compliments of the taxpayer. The Greens how to vote card gave closet CSG supporters, the Labor Party number two. Conversely the ALP card did the same. Most of the arm draggers of the Greens are too stupid to know their megalomaniacal idol and one-time Premier, now American citizen Peter Beattie actually started CSG in Queensland when he handed out hundreds of exploration permits to foreign CSG companies ten years ago. Beattie, of course was handsomely rewarded for his efforts and has a share portfolio that would be the envy of Macquarie Bank.

At an anti-CSG meeting Bob Katter told Cairns News 12 months ago he had presented a Bill in Federal Parliament to place a moratorium on CSG exploration and drilling until its environmental effects could be properly assessed by competent authorities. This Bill has been widely publicised. Where are the Greens? What has Queensland Green senator Larissa Waters ever done to stop CSG. Nothing!

It is now overwhelmingly apparent the pagan Greens have no interest in halting the CSG industry. The party’s claims of helping the environment fly in the face of reality.

 

The ETU, CYLC, Balkanu and Bill Gordon

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Billy Gordon

The Electrical Trades Union claims it dispatched 6000 of its drones from Melbourne, Tasmania and New South Wales to converge on polling booths and towns across the state. In the electorate of Cook that stretches from the PNG border to Mareeba(60klm west of Cairns), ETU minions adorned with their red Billy Gordon(ALP) T shirts clutching ‘no sale of assets’ green signs assisted indigenous candidate and now Member for Cook Bill Gordon with his election campaign. The ETU assailed the inhabitants of Thursday Island, Bamaga and Aurukun with their presence and dominance at pre-polling centres in communities across the top of Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait. What policy deals have been done between the ETU, Bill Gordon, the Greens and the dodgy Cape York Land Council and its business arm, Balkanu, are not yet evident.

What is evident however, in true ALP style, is that a bus load of indigenous rent-a-vote people was seen arriving at the Mareeba pre-polling centre to vote, evidently for Bill Gordon. How this crowd was able to bypass the new identification requirement of the Electoral Commission is not yet known.

The sad part of the Cape York Peninsula result is that rank-and-file Aborigines, duped by the CYLC and Balkanu believe that their plight might change with the election of CLYC puppet, Bill Gordon. Nothing could be further from the truth. When in government the ALP shut down the Peninsula with Wild Rivers and other Green ideology. The ALP and then the LNP allowed the CYLC and Balkanu to manipulate communities and their leaders, depriving them of funds intended to lift the living standards of its languishing people.

The federal government handed self-appointed indigenous leader Noel Pearson $22 million for his pet school curriculum, that none of the communities seem to want. If that was not enough the Liberals dished out a further $8 million to another of Pearson’s private companies for a training program.

The Greens have demonised coal mining, the backbone of the Queensland economy, claiming runoff from coal mining, hundreds of kilometres inland, somehow finds its way to the Great Barrier Reef, more than 50 kilometres off the coastline. The Environmental Protection Act disallows run off from any mine site and according to independent geologists, seldom occurs.

The brain-dead Greens know little about the importance of thousands of years of soil run-off during the wet season. This important natural occurrence provides the sediment for upper estuaries, nurturing mangroves and fish breeding grounds. The Greens omit to mention that Gladstone Harbour, like other coastal ecosystems has a permanent oil slick. Shale-oil runoff from Kerosene Creek and shale-oil beds along the upper reaches of the Calliope River seep into the waterways that feed Gladstone harbour. This has been occurring for several thousand years, ever since the shale oil beds formed.

What will these knuckleheads do about this natural phenomena?

Sarah Hanson Young, SA – Adam Bandt, Vic MHR – Peter Whish Wilson, Tasmania

Pictures: Some of the arm-dragging Green Neanderthals

 

 

Palmer gets wrecker of the year award

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Clive Palmer

Clive Palmer should get the wrecker of the year award for standing candidates in 50 seats, neutering the KAP and independent candidates. PUP’s best result was eight percent, predicted by most observers who said PUP would not gain one seat. Palmer has turned out to be the secret weapon of the Labor Party. He did not care if he trashed KAP or independents, he just wanted the LNP and Campbell Newman’s scalps. But he took votes from those independents with similar policies to PUP,  caring less about the economic fate of business or households.

Should Palmer’s antagonism towards the Liberals not dissipate over the next three years, and if he has the financial resources, can we expect a similar fiasco next time around?

These Murris demand to be included in the Commonwealth Constitution of Australia

TO OUR ABORIGINAL FRIENDS DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND OUR MONEY CAMPAIGNING FOR SOMETHING YOU ALREADY HAVE!

The sad news for all the indigenous agitators, hangers-on, misguided and deluded social justice groups and the Greens, is that Aborigines are already included in the Constitution. Beginning on July 9, 1900 :

“WHEREAS the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland; and Tasmania humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth……and under the Constitution hereby established.”

We the people of the Commonwealth united under the Constitution will not include you in our Constitution, for you already exist. Take note we will not then have to pay you rent for evermore on the entire Australian continent. You already cost the taxpayer $25 billion a year. How much more do you want?”

Message From a Broome Cop – Australia 2014 G’day !

Yesterday arvo just about to knock off work when all hell breaks out at Town Beach, Broome. Over 150 black fellas from Halls Creek, Balgo, Broome start bluing. They’ve been on the gas all day. They were loaded up with cartons of beer and JDs. First car goes in and the missiles get launched at them and the troopy is trashed. The troops beat a retreat under a barrage of rocks and cans. 2nd, third and 4th cars arrive and they too are smashed by the mob that stop fighting each other and turn on the boys and girls in blue. I go in with my team and we start tipping out grog and the mob comes at us. Apparently it’s our fault for turning up. In our misguided attempt to protect the innocent members of the community going about their lawful business, we have caused the mob to turn on us. We shut all the liquor outlets and the mob go wild again. After an hour and a half we restore order. We have 5 wrecked cars and four injured staff. One obese woman is run over by a police car after throwing herself at the vehicle. Fortunately she is not seriously injured. Your tax payer funded dollars fuelled this disorder. Your tax payer dollars will pay for the repairs, the overtime, the medical bills and the clean up of the public park. Next week is royalty payment week. That means, they can afford to buy cartons of JD and JB and smoke kilos of gunja. That means we will be again back at Town Beach fighting them when things get out of control. Yep, this is paradise.

A 12 year old has been ripping up and down the road on his brand new quad bike. As he flies past he gives us the bird. We won’t chase because of the danger to everyone else. He comes past again, flips the bird and takes off. We know where he lives and arrive in time to catch him and his mate who is riding a small trail bike. We seize both bikes for 28 days and tell them they will be summonsed. He is full of foul language and threats to get us. Mum comes out and is screaming because she only bought the bike today for $2500. Whilst we load the bikes onto a trailer, a local tax payer funded charity organisation turns up with heaps of food -tv dinners and deserts for all the people at the house. So, she can afford to buy the little shit a quad bike but can’t afford to buy them food. Why would she bother – the tax payer is supplying her booze, rent, drugs and (free) mobile phone (yes, you can get a free Telstra mobile if you’re the “victim” of domestic abuse).

When will any politician have the stones to stop this blatant waste and demand accountability from these people who are partying 24/7 on a tax payer funded junket for life. And, when they call me a white dog c-you-en-tee, that’s not being racist. And I’m supposed to treat them with respect when they get locked up. And the wet hasn’t even started yet.

Welcome to the Kimberley.

http://www.break.com/video/ugc/aboriginal-kicked-in-the-head-1891560

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