Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Woman sues as body revokes certificate of Aboriginality
Being an Aborigine can earn you good gravy from the government. And many people who are objectively white want in. And in Australia, white can be black -- the government says so. It's an invitation for fraud. And you can be hauled into court for saying it is a fraud -- as Andrew Bolt found out when he was convicted by a biased Jewish judge who had no regard for his constitutional free speech rights. I have a niece whose skin is as white as snow but she is entitled to Aboriginal privileges if she wishes to claim them, though she has not done so. Crazy politically correct rules
A NSW woman teaching Aboriginal culture to school-aged children after being stripped of her certificate of Aboriginality in 2012 is claiming compensation in the Federal Circuit Court, saying she was discriminated against.
The Yamanda Aboriginal Association gave Elizabeth Taylor, 40, a certificate of confirmation of Aboriginality on May 23, 2010, after it was provided with a handwritten family tree at a meeting in Bowral.
Yamanda says the initial certificate was issued to avoid embarrassment, due to the large crowd of local community members in attendance at the meeting, with a full geneaology or family history required by Ms Taylor and her family within three months.
But the genealogy was not provided and on July 17, 2012, the group cancelled her certificate after a special extraordinary general meeting was called, at which elders argued Ms Taylor had failed to meet two of three criteria defining an Aboriginal person under the NSW Land Rights Act.
In 2014, Ms Taylor launched legal action against Yamanda and the Moyengully Natural Resource Management Group, seeking more than $150,000 in compensation for lost income, pain and suffering. She argues in her submissions she is of Aboriginal descent and identifies as Aboriginal.
Ms Taylor’s court challenge to Yamanda’s withdrawal of her certificate follows revelations in The Weekend Australian that one of Australia’s largest indigenous land councils has called for a standardised system of identity checks to combat an increasing number of false claims of Aboriginality.
Warren Mundine, the chairman of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, has argued that a system to test claims needs to be created to cut rorting and ensure targeted taxpayer money and jobs go to Aborigines.
In June 2012, while they still held a current certificate of Aboriginality, Ms Taylor and her family applied to register Families Sharing Culture Aboriginal Corporation, a group which describes itself as an educational corporation teaching Aboriginal culture to children in schools in the Southern Highlands area. Ms Taylor is listed as the secretary of the group, whose members include her parents, husband and daughter.
Elizabeth Taylor wants more than $150,000 in compensation for lost income.
Court documents allege that, since her certificate was withdrawn, Ms Taylor won a Smith Family award for her participation as a member of the Aboriginal community, attended NAIDOC celebrations at the local community cultural centre and participated in consultations for a NSW state government-funded program.
Yamanda argues that, under the Land Rights Act, an Aboriginal person should be able to provide documentation proving they are a member of the Aboriginal race, that they identify as Aboriginal, and that they are accepted by the Aboriginal community.
Ms Taylor is not accepted as Aboriginal in her community and has insufficient proof of her Aboriginal heritage, despite a search of archives held at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, they say.
In arguments set out in Federal Circuit Court documents, Ms Taylor argues that the revocation of the certificate of Aboriginality discriminated against her, in breach of the Racial Discrimination Act.
She has argued that the group circulated a letter to indigenous service providers in the Southern Highlands, blocking her from working in Aboriginal-identified positions. Ms Taylor worked in an Aboriginal-identified position at a cultural centre in Moss Vale, 120km southwest of Sydney, from April 2011, after obtaining a 12-month traineeship funded by the NSW government’s Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program.
In submissions to the Federal Circuit Court, she said she had “disagreements” with Yamanda’s treasurer Eileen Warren, who had signed both the certificate certifying her Aboriginality and the letter notifying her that the certificate would be withdrawn.
Australian Scientists Claim Human-Caused Global Warming in The 1930's
This is just modelling nonsense. Amusing that they found an effect in the 1930s, though. The usual Warmist story is that the human effect did not start until the LATE C20. But that discrepancy will be dismissed with an armwave, no doubt
The last 16 record-breaking hot years globally clearly show the influence of human caused climate change with the first signs appearing as far back as the 1930s, according to new Australian research released today.
“Globally all the record-breaking hot years we’ve had since the 1990s are so much outside natural variability that they would be almost impossible without climate change caused by humans,” said Dr Andrew King, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.
But even at country and regional scales, where it is often much harder to detect global warming signals, the influence of human caused climate change still became unmistakable in many regions in the 1990s and for Australia as far back as 1980.
“In Australia our research showed the last six record-breaking hot years and last three record-breaking hot summers were made much more likely due to global warming,” said lead author, Dr King.
“We were able to see climate change more clearly in Australia because of its position in the Southern Hemisphere in the middle of the ocean, far away from the cooling influence of high concentrations of industrial aerosols.”
Previous research has shown that aerosols in high concentrations over specific regions had a cooling effect, reflecting more heat back into space. However, when those aerosols were removed from the atmosphere, the warming returned rapidly.
This cooling impact was seen very clearly by the researchers when they looked at five different regions, Central England, Central Europe, Central US, East Asia and Australia.
Cooling periods, likely caused by aerosols, occurred in Central England, Central US, Central Europe and East Asia during the 1960s and 1970s before accelerated warming returned. These heightened aerosol concentrations also delayed the emergence of a clear human caused climate change signal in all regions studied except Australia.
“In regards to a regional human caused climate change signal, Australia was the canary in the coal mine for the rest of the world. The signal appeared there first and then over the coming years it became apparent elsewhere,” Dr King said.
“Recent increases in aerosols over East Asia has started to slow the rise in the number of the region’s record hot years and summers, again masking the clear climate change signal we are finding in other areas.
“High aerosol concentrations also significantly delayed the climate signal in the Central US.”
To get their results the researchers took a new approach. In the past, most researchers searching for a human caused climate change signal selected specific events and then tried to determine the role of climate change in those events.
By contrast, this study looked at when events started exceeding the range of natural variability. Using climate models, they looked at a world without human produced greenhouse gases and compared it to a world where the composition of the atmosphere corresponded with those found over time in the real world.
Where real world observations rose above the range of natural variability produced in climate models showing temperatures in a world without industrial activity, this indicated the unequivocal influence of human caused global warming.
“Everywhere we look the climate change signal for extreme heat events is becoming stronger. The key now is to determine how much warmer the climate will continue to get, so we can respond to the impacts this will inevitably bring,” said Dr King.
“This is particularly true for Australia, which appears to have one of the strongest climate change signals for a populated country. As a nation, it will need to respond more quickly and understand clearly what future climate change brings.”
What happened to celebrating free speech? Homosexuals prevent criticism of Leftist leader
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras organisers have defended their heated approach to refugee advocates who were told they would not be in the parade after protesting at a Labor press conference.
A video posted by organisers of the No Pride in Detention float shows a heated confrontation with Mardi Gras producer Anthony Russell who told them they would not be in the march if they continued to shout slogans at federal opposition leader Bill Shorten.
'If I bring Bill Shorten out here and one of you people say something to him, you are not in the f***ing parade...so have a chat to your people,' Mr Russell can be heard saying.
'If you don't act like a normal human being all in the parade together, you're out.'
When questioned by refugee advocate Ed McMahon in the video, the producer says 'I don't care, don't harass people,' before stating his role and name as producer Anthony Russell.
A statement released by Mardi Gras CEO Michele Bauer said NSW Police had reported to march producers there had been an 'unacceptable level of harassment and offensive comments from the No Pride in Detention float members being directed towards members of the Rainbow Labor float.
'Police requested parade officials ensure the safety of the Rainbow Labor float participants during the parade.'
Ms Bauer said the No Pride in Detention float had an important message to send and to prevent police from intervening and removing the float from the parade, a last minute decision to reshuffle the run order was made.
She said tensions were 'understandably high' after producer Anthony Russell used strong language toward the No Pride in Detention float participants.
'The level of harassment reported to parade officials, just prior to 12,500 people commencing to march along Oxford Street, meant that tensions were understandably high,' she said.
'Many people had worked for many months on the co-ordination of the 178 floats in the parade, not to mention the work of thousands of parade participants.'
However, No Pride in Detention said in a statement that Bill Shorten's office and Mardi Gras 'pushed to expel the group' for their support for refugees.
Ed McMahon, the refugee advocate who features in the video, said he was abused by a Mardi Gras representative because the float made politicians uncomfortable.
'As a compromise, we were moved back while accompanied by an extra contingent of heavily armed riot police,' he said.
The refugee advocates justified their right to use Mardi Gras to push a political message but said tensions arose not long after Mr Shorten gave a press conference promoting Labor's stance on queer rights.
No Pride in Detention member Evan van Zijl, 29, told the Daily Mail the fallout from the incident highlighted a racist undertone.
‘I think it’s an interesting contradiction that Labor and Mardi Gras are saying it was the decision of the police. There is the video recording of blatant aggression from Mardi Gras,’ Mr van Zijl said.
‘This is not about abuse and harassment of our protesters it’s about a clear reference of whether you are racist or not racist as members of a party.
‘There are many Labor members who sided with us and oppose mandatory detention, unfortunately Shorten’s office isn’t taking that perspective.'
In a statement to the Daily Mail, Bill Shorten's office denied he asked for the No Pride in Detention to be rescheduled to appear several floats behind.
'That's not correct. Given the significance of the occasion, we were keen to ensure everyone was able to march,' the statement read.
Political upheaval in Qld
North Qld politicians combine to grab balance of power. The North has always been more conservative than Brisbane
North Queensland is being hailed as the big winner from Cairns MP Rob Pyne's decision to quit the Labor party and join what looms as a powerful voting bloc.
The newly Independent MP's move leaves the minority government deadlocked with the Liberal National Party with 42 seats in the 89-seat parliament - and gives a distinctly northern crossbench the balance of power.
Mr Pyne joins another former Labor MP, Billy Gordon, whose electorate borders his own, along with Katter's Australian Party MPs Rob Katter and Shane Knuth in that group.
Mr Knuth said Mr Pyne's resignation was a brave move. "This is an opportunity for us as crossbenchers to really scrutinise legislation," he told ABC radio.
When asked about the idea of a voting bloc, Mr Katter said: "We'd be silly not to". "That's an obvious conversation," he said. "And I think we're obligated to have that conversation."
Mr Katter cited the KAP's sugar marketing bill, which passed parliament in December, as an example of how a cross bench could trigger action despite both parties aiming to implement change for a decade.
The Mt Isa-based MP said a strong cross bench could lead to strong outcomes for Queenslanders, given the state's lack of an upper house and the "rigid" two-party system. "I think it's an unhealthy part of our political system that desperately needs addressing," he said. "It's creating a lot of disenchantment with voters."
Mr Pyne has said Ms Palaszczuk still has his support - and would back the government on confidence motions - but he would not declare his support for Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.
Griffith University political analyst Dr Paul Williams said the existing crossbenchers had increased their power by a third. "It's very good news for north Queensland - they are winners out of this," he told AAP.
Dr Williams said the region had rightly felt ignored by the government in recent times.