Like many in the community, I am saddened by the needless deaths of thousands of Yemeni children as well as the prospect of many more deaths if the Saudi Blockade is not immediately lifted. On the 4th of December I was delighted that together with Bint Jeil Association and the Lebanese Community Council, we were able to raise more than 5000 dollars for the children of Yemen. A huge thank you to all who attended on the night.
Photo Credit: ABC News – Lucy McNally
The Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme started on 1 July 2017 and will run for five years. Stolen Generation survivors who went into the care of the Aborigines Protection Board or the Aborigines Welfare Board up until the repeal of the Aborigines Protection Act in 1969 are eligible for two payments under the scheme.
Stolen Generation survivors can apply for a payment of $75,000 by submitting an APPLICATION FORM and copies of two forms of identification (an additional Application Form is also available from the NSW Government). People who are eligible for the Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme are also automatically eligible for a Funeral Assistance Fund payment of $7,000.
For more information on the Stolen Generations, a useful guide is offered by Australians Together.
Stolen Generation Wills Initiative
Legal Aid NSW and the NSW Law Society have established the Stolen Generation Wills Initiative. This will help Stolen Generation survivors who make a claim for reparations obtain a will for free, or for a substantially reduced fee. Call the Law Society on 02 9926 0333 to talk with a lawyer about getting a will made under this initiative.
Where can I get more information?
- Aboriginal Affairs NSW has published guidelines and factsheets about the Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme.
- Legal Aid NSW will be publishing a presentation for members of the Stolen Generation about how to claim compensation and a tip sheet for lawyers who will be running these presentations.
Additionally, NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2017 MULTICULTURAL AND INDIGENOUS MEDIA AWARDS, TO BE HELD AT NSW PARLIAMENT ON TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2017.
To find out more, please visit the website at http://www.shaoquettmoselmane.com.au/national-indigenous/
Online nominations close 5:00PM, 2nd of September 2017 (AEST).
Last Wednesday the 10th of May 2017, I was proud to convene and host the 4th annual National Indigenous Human Rights Awards last Wednesday at Australian Parliament House, in additional recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision.
We were lucky enough to have Senator Malarndirri McCarthy as our Keynote Address on the night (https://vimeo.com/217336317?ref=tw-share), and were pleased to invite NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award winner Mr Tauto Sansbury to close the evening (https://vimeo.com/217124158?ref=tw-share).
The winners this year were:
For the Eddie Mabo Award for Lifetime Social Justice Achievement, Ms Gayili Marika Yunupingu. Gayili is a prominent suicide prevention campaigner and is credited for reducing suicides in her Arnhem community of Nhulunbuy. Gayili is a board member of the Federal Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group. Gayili is also the driving force behind Wesley Mission’s One Life program which has now reached more than 70 communities around the nation. Born on the shores of Melville Bay at the Galupa Community where she still resides to this day, Gayili has promoted the traditional stories of her community and has been given permission by the senior elders of the Gumatj, Galpu, Wanguri, Djapu, Djumbalupungu & Rirratjingu clans to reproduce clan designs. Gayili trained as a health worker and is regarded as a traditional healer by her community. Gayili’s Arts and Craft have been sold to clients all around the world, and with her husband Banduwa produces fine artifacts as well.
For the Dr Yunupingu Award for Human Rights, Mr Mervyn Eades. Mervyn is last year’s Eddie Mabo Social Justice Award recipient for his transformative work in moving prisoners from incarceration and into work. Mervyn is a relentless human rights campaigner and has dedicated the Ngalla Maya Aboriginal Corporation to the transformation of the lives of the most margainalised, of the most vulnerable, of those who finish up in prison. Ngalla Maya has become the nation’s leader in pre- and post-release transformations, seeking to ‘close the gap’ in incarceration by mentoring, training and educating to help secure employment for graduates. Mervyn also has experience in native title law, fighting to prevent the imminent extinguishment of his Noongar peoples’ native title rights. Mervyn has also campaigned for a Royal Commission into Native Title to address past and ongoing wrongs in this vital legal space. While changing lives at Ngalla Maya, while leading a Native Title rights repair and while leading the struggle to prevent the extinguishing of rights for his peoples, Mervyn works tirelessly to support, help and listen to the struggles of the most vulnerable.
For the Anthony Mundine Courage Award, Professor Chris Sarra, who was represented on the night by NSW Legal Services Commissioner John McKenzie. Professor Sarra is a Goreng Goreng man who has experiencing first-hand the challenges facing Indigenous students at school. He is a teacher who has been a champion of improving education methods and outcomes through his ‘Stronger Smarter’ approach. After qualifying as a teacher, Chris became the first Aboriginal principal at Cherbourg State School in South East Queensland in 1998, and has pioneered his ‘Stronger Smarter’ philosophy encouraging students to be both strong in their cultural identity and smart by attending school and making the most of their educational opportunities. In 2004, Chris was selected as Suncorp Queenslander of the Year and received the Chancellor’s Alumnus Award from Queensland University of Technology for his outstanding work. He was also acknowledged as the 2006 NAIDOC Scholar of the Year and was Queensland’s nominee for the Australian of the Year. In January 2017 Professor Chris Sarra was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council.
Congratulations to everyone involved on an important night! I hope we can continue recognizing the hard work and important achievements into 2018 and beyond.
I am pleased to announce the finalists for the 4th National Indigenous Human Rights Awards, coinciding with the 25th Anniversary of Mabo & Native Title.
Winners will be announced on 10 May 2017 at this year’s gala dinner at Australian Parliament House. #NIHRA
For more information, see our website http://www.shaoquettmoselmane.com.au/national-indigenous/