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First Nations fire methods could slash global emissions: UN report

Indigenous fire methods could slash global emissions says UN

Ancient Indigenous Australian bush-burning could be used around the world to radically cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to United Nations research, which also challenges Prime Minister Tony Abbott's refusal to embrace the purchase of international carbon credits. Abbott has previously said buying overseas offsets sends money "offshore into dodgy carbon farms in Equatorial Guinea and Kazakhstan".

The government this month delayed considering the measure until 2017 or later, saying it would rather make cuts domestically. Read more about First Nations fire methods could slash global emissions: UN report

Evidence that 'Australian' First Nations peoples were the first Americans? Tribes in the Amazon found to be the most closely related

Our of Australia

A new genetic study is threatening to transform theories about who the original Native Americans were after finding certain tribes in the Amazon are related to Aborigines in Australia. Researchers believe these stories could constitute some of the oldest accurate oral histories in the world, passing through some 300 generations. Traditional stories passed down through generations by Australian Aborigines may be among the oldest accurate oral histories in the world. 'About 2 per cent of the ancestry of Amazonians today comes from this Australasian lineage that's not present in the same way elsewhere in the Americas.' Read more about Evidence that 'Australian' First Nations peoples were the first Americans? Tribes in the Amazon found to be the most closely related

'Advance Australia Fair' and 'The White Australia Policy'

Whate Australia March

"Advance Australia Fair" was the national anthem proclaimed as Australia's National Anthem by the Governor-General on 19th April 1984. 'Advance Australia' and 'Fair' are the key words and title of their anthem, and it appears that they were extracted from the 'White Australia March' songbook which materialised a few years after Federation in 1901. The information with the White Australian March sheet music stated; 'Of the National Policy Song, and is intended to express the life, character, and aspirations of the Australian born, depicting in musical form the patriotic spirit of the race ...' Read more about 'Advance Australia Fair' and 'The White Australia Policy'

Change Your Name and Disappear: A terrifying tale of survival

Rosie Malezer

A young First Nations woman was subject to such brutality in a domestic violence situation, she was inflicted with injuries were so severe, she was left profoundly Deaf and legally blind.

Nevertheless, her life has turned around and Rosie is now an author, and in her spare time she promotes awareness of issues relating to domestic violence as well as the extreme racism towards First Nations people by the Australian government.
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Space for Justice after Mabo: Theological Critiques of Sovereignty

Throughout Australian history, principle has been overwhelmed by economic interest, and the idea of justice embodied in natural rights is voted down by justice made in the image of the majority. The Mabo decision of the High Court in 1992 might be taken as a paradigm case of what has been called "complex space." Instead of assuming a homogenous jurisdiction over Australian territory, the court had to acknowledge the validity of a different legal system and "storied" country inside the national borders. - Theological Critique by Mark Brett, Professor of Old Testament Read more about Space for Justice after Mabo: Theological Critiques of Sovereignty

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