Mardi Gras, ALP clashes with No Pride In Detention

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The 2016 Mardi Gras saw tensions rise between the ‘No Pride in Detention’ float, which is advocating for the abolition of detention, especially for queer refugees, and the rainbow ALP float. No Pride in Detention organiser Evan says they were nearly removed from the parade after false accusations of harassment. In a statement, Mardi Gras CEO Michele Bauer said NSW Police had reported an “unacceptable level of harassment” from the No Pride members. She went on to say the decision to remove the No Pride in Detention float from its original position was “the best course of action to ensure both parties were able to march and spread their individual messages to the world while maintaining safety for all marchers.” A member of the float recorded Mardi Gras’ interaction with float organisers, which can be viewed here

Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy ‘trespassing’ on Aboriginal land

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The Block in Redfern, Sydney was one of the first parts of urban Australia to be formally returned to Aboriginal people. The NSW Supreme Court has now ruled that the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy is trespassing on Aboriginal land, after it was established on The Block last year, after the Aboriginal Housing Company put forward a planning proposal for a $70 million dollar commercial development on the site. I spoke to Greens NSW spokesperson for Aboriginal Justice, David Shoebridge, who is calling on all levels of government to step up and ensure Aboriginal housing is funded on The Block.

4zzz Headlines (Pt. 21)

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– WA Greens condemn shark drum lines
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– Hamas PM announces clemency for Fatah Continue reading 4zzz Headlines (Pt. 21)

4zzz Headlines (Pt. 17)

– Sydney aid summit strengthens resolutions
– Online toolkit launched for families of missing persons
– Indonesia recalls ambassadors, rebukes Australia
– Indonesian zoo ‘torturing’ its animals
– Boys at risk of HPV without vaccinations
– MAVEN to travel to Mars
– Potential changes to OP system
– Indonesia gives ultimatum: Two days to apologise
– One in 10 Federal Police under investigation Continue reading 4zzz Headlines (Pt. 17)