Old wounds will be re-opened in the Federal Court after disgruntled Aboriginal Australians filed an action against the Northern Land Council for allegedly losing them large sums of money after canning the Muckaty Station nuclear waste dump proposal.
Nigel Scullion is at odds with Joe Morrison, CEO of the Northern Land Council, a fight that could be determined on July 2, writes Jon Altman, research professor at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.
On the political front, it might be a significant symbolic victory for the Howard government to have co-opted a renowned leader of the land rights movement to its current view that traditional owners of townships should encumber their freehold title with 99-year leases to gain equitable access to public housing and utilities. But on the longer-term policy front this victory might be pyrrhic, writes Jon Altman.
The Black Prince of north east Arnhem Land and long time chairman of the Northern Land Council Galarrwuy Yunupingu, has set himself up at loggerheads with Aboriginal leaders throughout Australia with the signing yesterday of a memorandum of understanding with Indigenous Affairs minister Mal Brough.
The highlight of the annual Garma cultural festival at Gulkula in north east Arnhem Land is the traditional dancing competition. Not dancing with these stars, however, were Aboriginal leaders from around the Northern Territory, who Crikey understands met separately from the festival at a two day "Leaders Forum" on 3-4 August.
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The silence of the Northern Land Council (NLC) in the two weeks since the announcement of the “national emergency” in the Northern Territory has been puzzling.