Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Australia: 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.
Multiculturalist accused of stabbing his heavily pregnant partner appears in court on charges of attempted murder and trying to 'destroy' the baby daughter who was born after the attack
A company director accused of repeatedly stabbing his heavily pregnant partner in a street attack appeared in court today. Babur Karamat Raja, 41, is accused of trying to kill Natalie Queiroz, 40, by knifing her 'multiple times' in the middle of a busy town centre.
He was arrested at around 3.15pm on Friday after five have-a-go-heroes stepped in during the incident, outside a Baptist church, in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.
Ms Queiroz, who was 36-weeks pregnant, suffered multiple wounds to her abdomen.
But the mother of two, who worked as a product development manager for a pharmaceutical company, had a baby girl by caesarean section hours after the alleged attack.
The little girl is said to be doing well at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, and her mother's condition was described as stable.
Today, businessman Raja appeared before Birmingham Magistrates' Court, where he spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.
He was not required to enter pleas to one charge of attempted child destruction and two charges of attempted murder when he appeared before magistrates in Birmingham.
Magistrates heard that Raja is accused of possessing a knife in a public place and attempting to kill both divorcee Ms Queiroz and passer-by John Mitchell, who suffered a hand injury as he tried to intervene.
Raja has also been charged with assaulting another witness, Anthony Smith, and is alleged to have attempted to 'destroy' the life of the unborn baby girl.
Raja, of Sutton Coldfield, appeared in the dock handcuffed to a guard wearing a grey t-shirt and grey jogging bottoms and kept his head bowed for the duration of the 10 minute hearing.
Shahzad Imam, prosecuting, told the court: 'The complainant, Mrs Queiroz, states her relationship with the defendant lasted 18 months and she was 36 weeks pregnant at the time of the incident.'
He said that Mr Mitchell and Mr Smith were also injured.
'The victim was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition where she was given an induced birth. 'Both parties remain in hospital.'
Raja was remanded in custody and will appear at Birmingham Crown Court on April 6.
Chairman of the bench Geoffrey Shuttleworth said: 'You will appear by video link at the crown court and will be remanded in custody until then
During Friday's attack, brave witnesses, including an off-duty prison officer, rushed to help the Ms Queiroz, who was bleeding heavily while others flagged down a passing police patrol car.
She was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where her baby girl was delivered by caesarean section.
Why did I resign as a lawyer last week?
You might have heard the news: I resigned as a member of the Law Society of Alberta last week. I actually had to apply for permission to quit.
Now, that’s not really news — I haven’t worked at a law firm in 13 years. I’m a journalist and activist. But for some reason, there were more than 100 news stories about my resignation.
I’ll tell you the reason: because it was a matter of freedom of speech.
You see, even though I was a non-practicing lawyer, I was still governed by the Law Society’s code of professional conduct. That’s supposed to discipline lawyers who do things like steal money from their clients — serious, professional malpractice. But there’s also a catch-all provision to discipline lawyers who engage in “unbecoming” conduct.
Well, over the last eight years, left-wing political extremists have abused that provision to file 26 nuisance complaints against me, claiming my journalism and political activism was “unbecoming".
I’d been a lawyer for almost sixteen years. So why did all these nuisance complaints start eight years ago? Because that’s when I launched my campaign against Canada’s corrupt human rights commissions, and their censorship powers.
Not a single one of these complaints against me was ever upheld. I resigned with a perfect record. But each time I’d beat one complaint, leftist activists would simply file a new one. Because it cost them nothing — and it cost me thousands of dollars to fight each complaint.
The process itself became the punishment. So I applied to get out. But not before I gave the Law Society a piece of my mind.
I fought so hard against these leftist bullies for eight years, but finally decided to quit.
Finally, the bleeding from the legal bills is over — at least in this forum. But unfortunately, I’ve still got plenty of nuisance suits being filed against me in other courts, by many of the same activists. In fact, my next court date is coming up in May.
I hate these vexatious suits against me. But I know one thing: people never shoot at a dead duck. The fact that 26 nuisance complaints were filed against me is a grim compliment. These leftists know I’m making a difference, or they wouldn’t be trying so hard to bankrupt me.
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What happened to celebrating free speech? Australian 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 correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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