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Function of young Indigenous artists showcased in MoAD exhibition

By Sam Provost

Posted December 08, 2015 21:53:55

Land, Neil Mitchell, synthetic polymer on canvas Photo: Land by Neil Mitchell, depicts the area about Menindee in NSW, in synthetic polymer on canvas. (Supplied)

Five young Aboriginal artists from Menindee in far western NSW have come to Old Parliament Property to see their artworks displayed in the Right Right here Now exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD).

The exhibition showcases 18 artists operating outside the significant city centres of Australia who have been paired in a creative mentorship project.

Neil Mitchell and Rick Ball at MoAD Photo: Neil Mitchell and Rick Ball explore the Correct Here Now exhibition at MoAD. (ABC News)

The artists, from Menindee, have been accompanied to Canberra by Rick Ball, a renowned artist from Broken Hill and mentor to the group.

Taya Biggs, Jade Cicak, Neil Mitchell, Joseph Newman and Tahlia Philp every single have a piece in the exhibition.

The artists work with a variety of mediums such as cardboard, paint and photography.

The title of 16-year-old Mitchell’s piece is Land.

He said it was a representation of his residence, a desert town amidst a series of ephemeral lakes.

“That’s what my paintings are about, the land and region about Menindee. I cannot genuinely do any other kinds of art. This is my art,” Neil mentioned.

The piece harnesses the colours of the land: reds, yellows and browns, with textures and dots used to illustrate man-produced and animal tracks.

‘They can’t cope with any bullshit… I love that’

Ball, who has been working with the younger artists considering that they were in pre-college, stated the connection had changed the way that he approached his personal art.

Beginnings of Art, by Rick Ball Photo: Beginnings of Art, by established artist Rick Ball, in shellac, oil and gouache on paper. (Supplied)

“I have learnt and un-learnt so a lot operating within the Menindee Community and operating with these young youngsters,” he mentioned.

“They just cannot cope with any bullshit, and I adore that. They just won’t take it. I consider being out west and away from the city, that happens, and that impacts my art practice.”

Ball also has a piece in the exhibition.

The director of the Museum of Australian Democracy, Daryl Karp, stated the objective of the exhibition was to nurture emerging artists by constructing relationships with established artists in their region.

“What is truly exciting about this exhibition is that we’ve got leading-of-their-game artists and the subsequent level of emerging artists coming collectively in a mentorship system,” she said.

“So you get a collaboration that among them has something really strong to say.”

Right Right here Now runs at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Old Parliament Residence until February 7, 2016.

Subjects: visual-art, contemporary-art, arts-and-entertainment, indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, indigenous-culture

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Indigenous Referendum Council named soon after drawn-out negotiations

Posted December 07, 2015 00:01:11

The Federal Government and Opposition have settled on the lengthy-awaited Referendum Council to seek advice from on the greatest prospect of recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution.

Advocates of adjust are hopeful the 16-member council will break the impasse in the debate over the question that would be put to voters.

The council was anticipated to be named around the time Tony Abbott was toppled as prime minister in mid-September and the time lag has caused great aggravation for some advocates.

Membership of the council was negotiated between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

It consists of prominent Indigenous advocates for adjust from across the country — Pat Dodson, Pat Anderson, Noel Pearson, Mick Gooda, Megan Davis and Galarrwuy Yunupingu.

They will be joined by former Labor NSW premier Kristina Keneally, former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja and former federal Liberal indigenous affairs minister Amanda Vanstone.

Former AFL chief Andrew Demetriou, senior lawyer and advocate Mark Leibler and former higher court chief justice Murray Gleeson are also members.

Referendum Council members:

  • Professor Patrick Dodson (co-chair)
  • Mark Leibler AC (co-chair)
  • Pat Anderson AO
  • Professor Megan Davis
  • Andrew Demetriou
  • Murray Gleeson AC QC
  • Kristina Keneally
  • Mick Gooda
  • Tanya Hosch
  • Jane McAloon
  • Michael Rose
  • Natasha Stott Despoja AM
  • Noel Pearson
  • Amanda Vanstone
  • Dalassa Yorkston
  • Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM

Topics: indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, community-and-society, government-and-politics, indigenous-policy, federal-government, australia

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Mining spoils for Indigenous groups allegedly funnelled back to business

Updated December 06, 2015 22:14:51

Coal mine Hunter Valley Photo: There are claims that trust funds intended for Indigenous projects in the Upper Hunter have as an alternative gone back to the mining market. (AAP: Dean Lewins)
Connected Story: State Govt asked to explain lack of consultation more than Register of Aboriginal Owners
Map: Mudgee 2850

A New South Wales Government body is beneath scrutiny amid claims it failed to distribute trust cash to regional Indigenous projects in the Upper Hunter and as an alternative gave it to a mining industry physique.

Key points:

  • Trust set up so that mining companies spend $ 50k for each new improvement
  • Funds to go to Aboriginal groups with connection to Upper Hunter
  • $ 300k provided to ARG, a company endorsed by chief mining lobby group
  • Aboriginal Land Council chief says ARG has little affiliation with Indigenous communities

In 2001, the former Labor government set up the Upper Hunter Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Trust to give back to the Aboriginal communities who have a cultural connection to the region.

Each and every time a mine was given improvement consent, the mining company in query paid $ 50,000 into the fund.

Upper Hunter Native Title claimant Scott Franks said he believed the funds was to be used exclusively to safeguard Indigenous web sites and fund neighborhood projects.

“My understanding was men and women from that region had been capable to make submissions to the trust to get funding for improvement of perform capabilities, projects and a couple of other things,” he mentioned.

However, $ 300,000 was awarded from the trust to the Mudgee-primarily based Aboriginal Resource Group (ARG), which is endorsed by the chief lobby group for the mining market, the Minerals Council.

On its website, the ARG — registered in 2013 — is described as “the broker for sharing commercial opportunities amongst resource firms to create and develop on a partnership of Indigenous participation in employment and help enterprise pursuits that add value”.

ARG founder Cory Robertson stated the funds it was awarded was getting spent on proper programs in the Upper Hunter area.

“Our project has to provide programs to 90 Aboriginal higher college students per year more than two years,” he stated.

“More than the last ten months of our very first year we have delivered our programs to 105 Indigenous higher school students.”

Even so, Wanaruah Neighborhood Aboriginal Land Council chief executive Noel Downs, who is an advisor to the trust, mentioned ARG had tiny affiliation with the Upper Hunter Indigenous communities.

“The firm that’s been granted funds for abilities education is not a local organisation,” he stated.

“We think they’ve visited our land council once, but nothing, no more communication.”

ARG application related to mining industry

Mr Downs stated ARG’s application was quite equivalent to an application which had previously been proposed by the Mineral Council.

In April 2014, the green light was offered for the Minerals Council to be granted $ 300,000 for an Aboriginal employment and enterprise improvement system.

Whilst the application enjoyed some early support, it was withdrawn six months soon after its approval.

Minutes from the Mineral Council’s meeting on October 21 noted: “[The Minerals Council] were concerned about the perception of the trust granting funds back to the mining business.”

“All agreed that the ARG application is very related in its goal and outcomes to the NSW Minerals Council project application,” the minutes study.

Mr Downs said: “Clearly they felt that some thing was incorrect and that it was going to look really genuinely poor for them otherwise they would not have given the money back.”

The Minerals Council later went on to assistance the $ 300,000 going to the Aboriginal Resource Group.

The ABC tried to contact the NSW Preparing Minister, but he was unavailable.

Nonetheless, the Minister’s workplace said the NSW Minerals Council withdrew their funding application so no funding was granted to the organisation.

Funding also awarded to controversial bureaucracy

Greens MP David Shoebridge has been very crucial of the Council’s conduct.

“It is insulting enough to have the destruction of their heritage and culture taking place on a grand scale,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“But then a few crumbs that fall from the table are gathered away by bureaucrats and folks outdoors the neighborhood, it’s disgraceful.”

In 2014, the Workplace of the Registrar of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act was granted $ 298,000 from the trust’s funds to permit it to establish a register of Aboriginal folks from the Upper Hunter.

Mr Downs stated there was an office already set up to do the exact same operate.

“The Federal Government funds Native Title services to do exactly that,” he stated.

NSW Organizing Minister Rob Stokes’ workplace stated Mr Downs was incorrect.

“The Workplace of the Registrar was funded to conduct a research project that would provide Upper Hunter Aboriginal men and women with recognition of their cultural association with the land, by means of registration as an Aboriginal owner beneath the State’s Aboriginal Land Rights Act,” he said.

“Registration as an Aboriginal owner under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act is a separate and distinct approach than occurs beneath Commonwealth Native Title legislation.”

Trust’s processes questioned

Now, the Upper Hunter Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Trust is also becoming questioned about how it makes choices.

Run by a management team and an advisory group, the trust deed states the function of the advisory group is “to offer specialist suggestions on projects submitted to the management team”.

Mr Downs mentioned that had not occurred because 2008.

“Every six to 12 or 18 months I’ll send an email to the arranging department asking when the advisory committee is going to meet,” he stated.

“If I am fortunate they will say ‘I’m not certain however but we’ll get back to you’.”

Registered Native Title claimant Mr Franks applied for funds from the trust, but he was left concerned about exactly where the funds was going.

“My concern is the trust and the way its been managed,” he told the ABC.

“There are no checks and balances in spot.”

The Greens has warned that it will take the matter further if the Government does not investigate.

Subjects: native-title, mining-sector, coal, mudgee-2850

First posted December 06, 2015 22:13:16

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Call for royal commission into Indigenous corporations after monetary allegations

Posted November 30, 2015 13:59:32

Borroloola community members protest Photo: Borroloola community members protested the sacking of Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation chief executive Michael Gravener. (Supplied: Tahnee Mawson)
Associated Story: Residents demand investigation into sacking of Aboriginal corporation chief
Map: Borroloola 0854

The sacked chief executive of a Northern Territory Indigenous corporation is calling for a royal commission into what he calls an “Aboriginal industry”.

Important points:

  • Former Indigenous corporation CEO alleges inappropriate use of resources
  • Mabunji Corporation denies and rejects the allegations
  • Angry residents fail in try to elect new Mabunji board members

Michael Gravener, the former CEO of the Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Indigenous Corporation in Borroloola, in the NT’s Gulf Country, argued a couple of corporations had been unfairly benefitting from billions in government spending although many remote Indigenous men and women remained disadvantaged.

Mr Gravener has launched Federal Court action against his former employer alleging “inappropriate use of resources” and “spend and overtime irregularities”.

Given that getting sacked by Mabunji in August, he has not left town.

From a caravan in the Gulf of Carpentaria’s mining and tourism hub, he launched Federal Court action claiming unfair dismissal.

I genuinely think that there is adequate evidence about the Territory and Western Australia to recommend there need to be a royal commission into the Aboriginal market.

Michael Gravener, former Mabunji CEO

“Mainly I feel it was because I was unveiling a lot of irregularities,” Mr Gravener said.

He alleges he was sacked simply because he alerted Mabunji management to “inappropriate use of sources” by employees.

In his statement of claim to the Federal Court, he alleged “inappropriate use of obtain orders,” including a employees member employing them “to get private groceries”.

“And her reasoning for that was that she didn’t have any cash at that time and that she needed to eat,” he mentioned.

Mr Gravener also alleged “serious pay, timesheet, and overtime irregularities”.

“There was a claim of $ 100,000 for a single person in one particular year [in overtime], if you calculate that would be a lot of hours,” he stated.

He complained to the Northern Territory Police, who are not investigating, and to the Indigenous Corporations Watchdog, the Workplace of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, which has refused to comment.

He has also asked the Division of Prime Minister and Cabinet to investigate.

The department mentioned it “has decided to undertake a compliance overview in relation to PM&C funded activities”.

Allegations of financial impropriety company ‘too common’

Soon after years functioning for Indigenous corporations across Australia, Mr Gravener says he finds allegations of irregularities too widespread.

“I actually believe that there is enough proof about the Territory and Western Australia to suggest there should be a royal commission into the Aboriginal business,” he stated.

Indigenous residents worried about Mr Gravener’s allegations attended Mabunji’s annual common meeting in Borroloola last Wednesday.

Among them was Garawa elder Jack Green.

“Mabunji was set up to appear right after the interests of Aboriginal folks on outstations but from my understanding, I was on the board when they initial began off, it’s sort-of drifted away from what its supposed to do,” he mentioned.

The concerned clan members had gone to the AGM hoping to elect new board members.

They came out angry after the election did not take place.

“They stated it really is not going to be happening right now, its going to be taking place next year,” Mambaliya clan elder Nancy McDinny said.

“I don’t feel they’re listening to the individuals. The individuals are the ones who are suffering out in the community,” clan member Maria Pyro said.

Systematic maintenance failings regardless of government-funded services

Some residents are accusing Mabunji of not providing sufficient government-funded Indigenous housing upkeep services.

Mara camp resident Linda Owens Photo: Mara camp resident Linda Owens has accused Mabunji of not replacing louvers in her residence. (ABC News: Jane Bardon)

Resident Linda Owens lives in a dilapidated tin shack with a dirt floor in the Mara Indigenous town camp in Borroloola.

She mentioned Mabunji promised to make some little improvements to her home.

“Mabunji took this window out, they had been supposed to place louvers in, but they did not place any louvers in, they didn’t come back,” she mentioned.

Asked to respond to the allegations, Mabunji’s management refused to be interviewed.

Mabunji supplied a statement to say it stood by its decision to terminate Mr Gravener’s employment.

“Mabunji stands by its decision to terminate Mr Gravener’s solutions and will vigorously defend any legal action brought by Mr Gravener against it.”

Mara neighborhood member Samuel Evans has just returned to the Mabunji board.

He said he was unaware of the economic allegations, but defended the corporation’s service delivery on housing upkeep and outstation crucial solutions.

“There are so a lot of outstations and we do supply services but some of these individuals on the outstations are not doing their, or aren’t helping themselves,” Mr Evans said.

He hoped Mabunji would not be broken by court proceedings.

“If we collapse, we fall down, it will be taken by an NGO, a non-government organisation, and no Aboriginal person in Borroloola will have their say,” Mr Evans said.

Critics of Mabunji say they already do not have a voice.

Topics: indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, corporate-governance, borroloola-0854

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Indigenous men executed in colonial conflict honoured in Melbourne memorial

Posted November 27, 2015 13:44:58

A memorial planned for central Melbourne to remember executed Indigenous Tasmanians Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener. Photo: A memorial planned for central Melbourne to keep in mind executed Indigenous Tasmanians Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener. (Supplied: Melbourne City Council)

A swing set reminiscent of the gallows exactly where two Indigenous guys were hanged in 1842 will be erected as a memorial to colonial conflict in Melbourne.

The memorial marks the initial main monument recognising colonial conflict in Melbourne, and will be established near the site where Indigenous Tasmanian males Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener had been executed.

It will feature a series of newspaper stands and an Indigenous garden, inviting the public to reflect on the executions – Victoria’s very first formal hangings – on the corner of Franklin and Victoria Streets, close to the old gaol.

Artist Trent Walter, who co-designed the memorial with artist Brook Andrews, stated it was a difficult activity to memorialise such a confronting component of the city’s past.

He mentioned it could be compared to a war memorial for Indigenous individuals, or a marker for hidden components of Melbourne’s previous.

“It’s definitely a confronting story but the space we’ve developed is about reflection – it is attempting to say let’s deal with this traumatic past,” Mr Walter stated.

“It is not pushing a distinct political agenda, it is just saying these issues occurred we want to acknowledge it and think about it more broadly than we have ahead of, and what the implications are for our society.”

The swing set will provide a view towards the old gaol, exactly where Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener have been kept before their hanging.

Facing the other path, visitors will appear towards the newsstands.

“The concept of the newsstands is that this must be news every single day, we should bear in mind these men and women.”

Just before becoming recruited to design and style a memorial with Ms Andrews, Mr Walter stated he had no expertise of the story behind Melbourne’s initial executions.

“This is a really difficult thing – I think it shows fantastic vision, by the City of Melbourne,” he stated.

“Hopefully it really is the start of broader engagement with these histories.”

The City of Melbourne will devote $ 155,000 constructing the memorial.

Subjects: history, neighborhood-and-society, indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, unrest-conflict-and-war, local-government, melbourne-3000, tas

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