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"Tjootiny" ("Djudiny") by Leashay Eggington

"Tjootiny" ("Djudiny") by Leashay Eggington

First Star over the bush

First Star over the bush

Further than the eye can see

Further than the eye can see

Heading North

Heading North

Kimberley Table Top

Kimberley Table Top

Macdonald Ranges crest

Macdonald Ranges crest

Mount Augustus

Mount Augustus

Out beyond the Mulga scrub

Out beyond the Mulga scrub

Pink and Greys out back

Pink and Greys out back

River Gums in Flood

River Gums in Flood

Saltbush in the river bed

Saltbush in the river bed

Sunset on the plateau

Sunset on the plateau

Moorditj Mural

ALSWA historical mural by David Wirrpanda Foundation and Central Institute of Technology Solid Futures participants with Artist Peter Farmer 2010

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Evictions from Country will have Disastrous Effect
 

MEDIA STATEMENT

04 February 2015

"Evictions from Country will have Disastrous Effect" says ALSWA

 

The Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (ALSWA) is appalled that Premier Colin Barnett will not commit to using the ‘Royalties for Regions’ fund to keep Aboriginal communities open unless they are deemed ‘viable’.

 

 “Who determines which communities are viable or not, and on what grounds?” said ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington, also concerned that the government would not be holding meetings with many of the communities earmarked for closure.

 

 “Our people were here for thousands of years before cities and towns were built and have survived with great resilience, despite the dispossession and institutionalised racism that has faced us at every turn. In 2015, I am ashamed at the mindset of a government which continues to fail in its efforts to promote, embrace and maintain our people’s existence on their traditional ancestral lands”.

 

ALSWA said that the long-standing legacy of dispossession remained disastrous on families today and was evidenced by the over-representation in the court and prison systems.  “The enforced fracturing of our families and removal from Country has had a major and devastating effect on our people and I’m extremely worried about the impact that future evictions from Country will have on Community members” said Mr. Eggington.

 

The Aboriginal Legal Service of WA urges the Government to carry out comprehensive consultation with affected Communities and other stakeholders and to prioritise working towards keeping Communities strong and on their land, rather than displacing those whose homelands are not viewed by onlookers as being ‘viable’.

 

“It’s a fundamental human right that our people stay on their land which is pivotal to Culture and identity. To overlook the significance of Country for our people shows a blatant disregard for the oldest living Culture in the world.  This feat should be celebrated and supported, not viewed as a business venture that’s not worth investing in” said Mr. Eggington.