Our oceans to the north, east and south of Lutruwita are already at above average water temperatures and are in a global warming hotspot. The marine heatwave forecast is severe and expected to persist throughout spring and summer. Check out the video below to see what the TAC is doing to tackle this issue and for some tips on how you can help.
Stand up for our land rights!
Join us and find out why the government's proposed amendments to the Aboriginal Lands Act are reprehensible.
1 pmThursday, 14 September 2023Parliament Lawns, Nipaluna/Hobart
The Tasmanian government is hell-bent on removing any power we have over our land and our identity.
The Aboriginal Lands Act was passed in 1995, and the premier of the day, Ray Groom, returned 12 sites - equating to 3800 hectares - to the Aboriginal community.
Ray Groom gave a powerful speech in Parliament about the purpose of the Aboriginal Lands Act. He championed for an Aboriginal Lands Act that:
Has responsibility for its own board policy decisions.Is free to operate at arm's length ...
"A vote for an advisory body is a vote to keep Aborigines down, to be advisers not decision-makers" Michael Mansell
Michael Mansell's Talking Point, published in The Mercury, Friday, 18 August 2023.
I am part of the Aboriginal progressive No group which opposes the referendum on the Voice because after all that has been done to Aboriginal people, and all that needs to be done, a piddly advisory body is not the answer.
proposal has been the dominant political agenda for 16 ...
Restoring language strengthens Indigenous
pride and culture
Language returned to ‘spoken life’
By Stephanie Dalton, The Examiner, Friday, 14 July 2023
Picture by Paul Scambler
For the past 30 years,
the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has
worked deliberately and arduously to restore their language, palawa
kani, to its spoken life.
is a revived language, composite of
several of the estimated dozen original Tasmanian languages that were once prolific throughout the state, a consequence of the
devastating impacts of invasion in colonisation on Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre language and research ...
The State Government has again asked for feedback on the Aboriginal Lands Act. We must all act now to make sure the Aboriginal Community decides how the returned land is governed and managed.
The Government is encouraging further feedback on revised proposals, which would remove the current safeguards in place regarding the electoral roll and how land is managed. The review of the previous consultation seems to bias certain submissions, who feel that the current process excludes ‘local’ Aboriginal people and organisations.
Nepotism and farce alive and well in Rockliff’s cable car crusade
Despite a comprehensive, independent rejection of the kunanyi cable car proponent’s self-declared ‘best effort’, a new Mount Wellington Cableway Company chair has been appointed to pursue the project once Premier Rockliff decides how to sideline proper process and fast-track an approval for the detested, non-compliant development.
The new chair of the company
has been, until very recently, ‘Principal Advisor’ in Premier Rockliff’s
office, presumably involved in delivering the Premier’s requested advice on
‘developing a pathway ...
Aboriginal empowerment won't come from a Voice to parliament, but through authority
By Michael Mansell
Published in The Mercury, Talking Point, pages 16 - 17
The Greens have good reason to consider if the Voice might undermine or block Aboriginal sovereignty.
In the context of empowerment, sovereignty means Aboriginal people decide Aboriginal policy. Sure, those decisions have to take account of modern white Australia’s existence, but the fundamental point remains that we, as a sovereign people, decide, not others. By contrast, by merely advising ...
Opinion pieces by Michael Mansell, Heather Sculthorpe and Maggie Walter on Voice, Treaty and Truth, published in The Mercury on Saturday, 21 January 2023.
Image of the opinion pages, The Mercury, Saturday, 21 January 2023
Assimilation Had Their Day
NO to a
referendum, yes to a treaty, is a vote for Aboriginal people.
Albanese government has surprised many with its reforms. While the PM is in
this frame of mind, we need to convince him that the best way to help build an
Aboriginal future is to ...
putiya kanaplila / dont' celebrate Invasion Day!
Join us for our Invasion Day marches and rallies across Lutruwita in 2023 and support the campaign to Change the Date!
STREET MARCH11.30 am gather at Tulaminakali Health Service, 106 Best Street, Limilinaturi/Devonport
RALLY11.50 am gather in Market Square (behind Paranaple Centre) for a 12 pm noon start.
STREET MARCH10.45 am gather at TAC, 198 Elizabeth Street to depart at 10.50 am
RALLY11.45 am gather at Parliament Lawns for a 12 pm noon start.
These events ...