Current affairs & Advocacy

“Wedge-tailed Eagle we are all dying!”
I was sitting in a hospital waiting room to see a specialist and there were a number of Yolŋu present, also waiting to see the same doctor. None of these men and women was over mid-30s. As we sat there…
Phone scammers target Yolngu families
February 2014 Before Christmas 2013 I received a phone call from a Yolŋu person who wanted me to make a transfer of many thousands of dollars into Asia. All the lights went on for me and after a number of…
Yolngu Nations Third Assembly and 99 Year Leases
  Media Statement   Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni (Yolngu Nations Assembly) RE: Yolngu Nations Third Assembly and 99 Year Leases           Statement: This past weekend the Yolngu Nations Assembly (YNA) held their third assembly at Milingimbi (15-17th…
Rule of Law is Lost in Arnhem Land
Press Release 21st March 2013 The rule of law is in danger of being lost forever in Arnhem Land due to the confusion over English legal language and NT Legal procedures. “We are seeing two systems of law at war…
Yolngu leaders speak up together on NT and federal policies
MEDIA RELEASE: SECOND MEETING OF THE YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY         Independently established 12 months ago in Galiwinku, the Yolnguw Makarr-Dhuni (Yolngu Nations Assembly) held its 2nd annual gathering in Maningrida from the 11th to the 13th of…
Responding to Violence in the NT: the usual ‘get tough approach’, or a different way forward?
Richard Trudgen, author of Why Warriors Lie Down and Die, responds to media coverage of recent violence in NT communities: Richard Trudgen, author of Why Warriors Lie Down and Die, responds to the ABC news on the recent violence and…
Yolŋu Leaders Speak Up Against Stronger Futures Legislation
Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni (Yolŋu Nations Assembly) Statement on Stronger Futures Legislation  Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni represents the people of 8 nations in the Western, Central and East Arnhem Land areas of the Northern Territory: Miwatj, Laynha, Raminy, Marthakal, Garriny, Gumurr-Rawarraŋ, Gaṯtjirrik…
On being income managed
As the mother of a two and a half year old, on a low income with my partner, I am eligible to receive a Parenting Payment from Centrelink, our Australian Department of Human Services.  As a family we highly value…
First Yolngu Nations Assembly held in Galiwin’ku
The first ever Yolŋu Nations Assembly (YNA) was held from 14th-17th October in Galiwin’ku, bringing together clan leaders from across Arnhem Land. Below is a letter of thanks from Yolŋu leaders to those who supported the gathering. 31st October 2011 Dear Supporters, On…
Aboriginal Leaders Respond to Government’s “Second Intervention”
Media Release by Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM: June 2011 In June, the Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a “second intervention” to follow the Government’s Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER). This is the response from Aboriginal leaders in the Northern…