AQ Monthly - June 2013

AQ Monthly  - June 2013


The ANTaR Qld Monthly

June 2013

rights  l  justice  l  respect





ANTaR activities



Sunday June 16

When: 3-5pm. Where: Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundary Street, West End.


Come along and get involved at the inaugural meeting of our 4 new working groups. We are keen to have your input in any of these 4 areas:


  • Closing the Gap

  • Stolen Wages

  • The Learning More Program and our Sea of Hands

  • Reducing Incarceration Rates


To find more about what these Working Groups might do please click here (Attach link to statement about these Working Groups). Training will also be provided at this meeting on “how to be an activist”.


Afternoon tea will be provided. Please RSVP to for catering purposes.

If you are unable to make this meeting but want to get involved please email the office with your details and your area of interest.



Thank you to all who came along to our annual fund-raiser – the ANTaR-QUT Trivia night. A big thank you in particular to QUT for partnering with us to put on the event. An excellent night was had by all. Profits from the evening will be spent on supporting women’s healing and health projects across the State.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH - July 2013 - The Native Bee and Other Stories


Sunday 21st July 2013

Join ANTaR Qld this Black History Month at the Mount Cootha Botanic Gardens as we walk and talk some Queensland Aboriginal culture. Join us for a morning walk with Danny Doyle, bush-tucker guide and nature yarn facilitator, and an afternoon with Senior Dauwa Kabi woman, Colleen Wall. As Program Manager of Nguin Warrup, Colleen will talk with us about about some of the Story Lines that are important to her family and her writing of this important issue. This fascinating and informative discussion will explore the rich cultural history of Aboriginal Queenslanders and the significance of this heritage in today's world.

Date : Sunday 21st July 2013

Venue: Richard Randall Art Studio, Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens

Bush Tucker Guided Walk : 10.30am - 12

Story Line Talk : 2pm - 4pm

Cost: gold coin donation

Booking : or 3844 9800



Letter-writing / Call to action




“Concerned Australians” is running a campaign “Keeping them Home”.


The most recent data shows that the number of children being moved into out-of-home care in the Northern Territory has just almost doubled since 2007. Two-thirds of these children are being placed with non-Indigenous families away from their communities.

Elder Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, as spokesperson for Yolngu Makarr Dhuni calls for this trend to be reversed by increasing family support services in communities. He has written to the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Adam Giles, asking him for his support. Further information is available from

Please give your support to Dr. Gondarra and the YNA by writing, emailing or telephoning  the Chief Minister-Adam  Giles and ask him to:

We ask the Chief Minister to reverse the decision that slashed funds to the Community Sector  and to Increase Aboriginal-managed  Family Support services in all Aboriginal communities including the establishment of  Family Group Conferencing processes when there are concerns regarding child safety

NT Chief Minister Adam Giles:

GPO Box 3146
Darwin NT 0801
Telephone: 08 8928 6500
Facsimile: 08 8928 6621



Other Activities




'My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia'


from June 1 - October 7, 2013

at GoMA in Brisbane


Reconcilation Art Exhibtion   


24th May - 28th June 2013

When: Opening hours

Where: Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital, Ground Floor walkway (between Ned Hanlon & Joyce Tweddel buildings). Just show up.


Impossible Odds


8th June 2013   

When: 8:30-9:00pm

Where: slq Gallery, level 2, State Library. Cost - Free, bookings required

Book at - or 3840 7768

Some of Brisbane's best black lyrical activists including Fred Leone and Kaylah Tyson.


The Conspiracy of Silence – Dr Timothy Bottoms 


FREE ENTRY TO ANTaR members (usually $7.50 per person)

Tuesday 11 June

When: 6.00 for 6.30pm 

Where: Avid Reader Bookshop & Cafe 193 Boundary Street, West End 

Join ABC Radio National's Kate Evans for a Big Ideas in-conversation with Dr Timothy Bottoms discussing his new book The Conspiracy of Silence.

The Conspiracy of Silence is the first systematic account of frontier violence in Queensland. Following in the tracks of the pastoralists as they moved into new lands across the state in the 19th century, Timothy Bottoms identifies massacres, poisonings and other incidents, including many that no-one has documented in print before. He explores the colonial mindset and explains how the brutal dispossession of Aboriginal landowners continued over decades.

Please email directly with the number of tickets to reserve. 


Far OUT Forest Festival – free school holiday fun 


Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July

When: 10am-2pm

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Cootha

Numerous activities including traditional Aboriginal Games and Torres Strait Islander games; Yarn tree show; Bush-string making; Rapt in reptiles show; Ab-fab Fibonacci; Fantastic forest; Story-telling; Live Music; Wearable Art; Insect Discovery; Bat conservation and rescue

Free shuttle bus to and from the Gardens from Toowong Village Bus Stop 23.

For more information  phone (07) 3403 8888 or visit


Wrong Side of the Road (movie)   


7th July 2013   

When: 2:00-3:30pm

Where: slq Auditorium 1, level 2

Free showing. Rated M15+    (07) 3840 7768;


Yarnin' Time in Inala


9th July 2013   

When: 11:00am-noon

Where: The Learning Place, Indigenous Schooling Support Unit, 47 Kittyhawk Avenue, Inala

Cost - Free, but bookings required

Book at - or 3842 9061


Black Queen, Black King by Steven Oliver    13th July 2013    When - 6-6:30pm


Where - Red Box, level 2, State Library

Cost - Free, but bookings required

Book at - or 3840 7768

Three Indigenous gay men explores the importance of  identity, the meaning of family and the needs for honesty.

A Blaxploitation version of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.



Harold (movie)   



14th July 2013   

When: 2:00-3:50pm. Where: slq Auditorium 1, level 2. Free showing. Rated G. 07 3840 7768


From Little Things Big Things Grow (movie)   


21st July 2013

When: 2:00-3:45pm. Where: slq Auditorium 1, level 2. Free showing.   Rated G. (07) 3840 7768




Sunday 21 July

When: 5pm. Where: Playhouse Theatre QPAC.

Presented by Anti-Discrimination Commission QLd to be delivered by Les Malexer, Co-chair of National Congress of Australia’s First People.

For further info please call 1300 130620.


Bran Nue Dae (movie)


28th July 2013   

When: 2:00-3:30pm

Where:  slq Auditorium 1, level 2. Free showing. Rated PG    (07) 3840 7768


The Deadly Brothers


Until September 15

When: 10am – 5pm daily

Where: at Kuril Dhagun

Providing an Indigenous perspective to the Live! Queensland band culture exhibition, Deadly Brothers throws the spotlight on five Indigenous musicians whose inspiration is drawn from their culture.

Over the next four months in kuril dhagun you can discover the musical stories of Classik Nawu, Black Image, The Medics, Mop & the Dropouts, and Harold Blair.


Ration Shed Tours – Aunty Honor and Aunty Fayes’ Most Excellent Adventure


Various dates coming up: June 15th; August 10th; Sept 7th; Nov 9th

Visit the Cherbourg Ration Shed and hear first hand what life was like living under the Act on the government controlled mission formerly called Barambah. Departing 7.30am and returning 6pm at Ettmogah Pub.

Includes 2 course meal and wine tasting at Moffatdale Ridge.

Email to book of call Grace O’Brien on 0417 198 354 for more information.





And making news… a few snippets (for more info on these topics go to ABC online…


  • Closing the Gap – slow progress


The latest report card on Indigenous disadvantage shows the Northern Territory is the only Australian jurisdiction on track to meet its 2031 target to close the gap on Indigenous death rates.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council found there has been little progress in improving overall Indigenous death rates.The exception is the Territory, where the Indigenous death rate fell by an average of 47 people a year from 1998 to 2011. If that trend continues, the Territory is expected to close the overall life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians by 2031. However, the Territory also recorded the highest Indigenous child death rate for the past five years, at 312 deaths per 100,000 children compared with 94 non-indigenous children. The report says complications during pregnancy, labour and delivery, and low birth weights were the leading causes of death for Indigenous children.

The report also found the rate of Indigenous students attaining Year 12 or equivalent school results has risen, but so has Indigenous unemployment. The rate of Indigenous people attaining Year 12 or equivalent rose from 47 per cent to almost 54 per cent. The Territory saw the largest improvement. But also recorded the worst result for Indigenous unemployment, about 19 per cent. That compares to 17.2 per cent nationally, more than three times the rate for non-indigenous Australians.


  • Indigenous author named as a Qld Great


A respected Indigenous author from south-west Queensland has been named among this year's Queensland Greats.

Herb Wharton from Cunnamulla was recognised at a ceremony in Brisbane where high profile people like businessman Stefan Ackerie and philanthropist Tim Fairfax were also honoured.


  • Palm Islanders remember 1957 strike


Palm Island residents recently remembered a strike in 1957 that saw a group of Indigenous men and their families banished from the island off Townsville in north Queensland.

The men went on strike to protest against poor health, housing, wages and working conditions, that were enforced under government law.

Evelyn Lymburner is a daughter of one of the men and says it is a chance to reflect on positive changes on the Island.

"We just want to come together and see how progressed in life we are, to acknowledge them and show our elders that are still living with us that their generation, the next generation, are coming up good," she said.


  • More support urged for Qld’s Indigenous councils under funding shake-up


The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) says there are ways for Indigenous councils to raise revenue to cover a loss of funding from the State Government.

Indigenous councils will get less money from next financial year but can qualify for extra funding if they start raising revenue through water and amenities charges.


  • CAPE York Deal for more jobs


A new agreement between a traditional owner group and a construction company will see more locals on far north Queensland's Cape York get building qualifications.

APN Cape York has signed a deal with Remote Building Solutions to provide 12 carpentry apprenticeships in Napranum, Aurukun, Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama.

"Actually offering people in the western Cape the opportunity to stay in [the] community and develop their own trade capability whilst staying on country and being around their own community."


This E-newsletter is compiled by ANTaR Qld and sourced from community news items. Subscribe on the right hand side of our home page. Our thanks to the editorial team of Mikie Gardner, Kitty Carra and Melanie Wright.

ANTaR Qld acknowledges the traditional owners of Queensland and we pay our respects to Elders both past and present. We also pledge our support for the ongoing struggle for rights, justice and recognition in this country.