YAMI LESTER OAM – 24 August 1941 to 21 July 2017 R.I.P.

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Yami Lester OAM – 24 August 1941 to 21 July 2017  R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that the family of Yami Lester announce the passing of Yami Lester (Poppa Yami), Yankunytjatjara leader and Elder, Land Rights and anti-nuclear campaigner on 21 July 2017, age 75. Continue reading

SERIOUS CRASH ON UMUWA TO FREGON ROAD IN FAR NORTH

A young female child has tragically died at the scene of a serious accident when a car rolled over on the Umuwa to Fregon Road in the State’s Far North at 7.35pm on Friday night.

Another passenger was seriously injured however there are no further details at this time.

Police and emergency services  responded to the accident on the remote APY Lands.

The death takes the road toll to 48 compared to 56 this time last year.

MEDIA TAKE THE BAIT ON MISLEADING DRUG RAID RELEASE

Mintabie bud bust scored 1.5 gram

A marijuana bud and a business shop takings were “seized” in the latest raid at Mintabie on Officer Oil Basin in the Far North of South Australia.

On Monday 11 April, 2011 a contingency of eight police personel including a police dog and handler arrived at the Mintabie Opal Mining Town in the Far North and confiscated storekeeper Lindsay Kobelt’s shop takings. Mr. Kobelt said the money was takings from the business and there was nothing to suggest it could have been “drug money”. Continue reading

MARALINGA: THE BLACK MIST INCIDENT

Supressed from the public

The Black Mist and its Aftermath -Oral Histories by Lallie Lennon
A Submission to the Government of South Australia, the Commonwealth Government of Australia and the International Atomic Energy Agency
Oral Historian Michele Madigan, 2006 and 2009
Transcription and Commentary by Paul Langley

Foreword
The story of Lallie Lennon has been public since 1981, when Lallie spoke, on film, of the ordeal she and her family had been through. The family was engulfed by a portion of the fallout cloud created by the 1953 Totem 1 atomic bomb, detonated about 180 kilometres south west of their location, Mintabie, where they were looking for opals.

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EIGHT ARRESTED – ALLEGEDLY TRAFFICKING DRUGS BETWEEN ADELAIDE & MINTABIE

Eight people were arrested after police moved in on a drug ring allegedly selling cannabis to Aboriginal communities in the far north of South Australia.

Coober Pedy Police [on Friday 5 March 2010] pulled over a vehicle on the Stuart Highway in the Far North of South Australia and discovered the driver, a female from Carrington near Adelaide, with a quantity of cannibis inside the body of her Ford sedan vehicle. Continue reading

WILL APY-MINTABIE BILL BE REPEALED IF FOUND TO HAVE NIL EFFECT?

Dear Editor,

A Crushing Blow to Civil Rights in Australia

UPDATE: On 3/12/2009 Hansard records research performed by Ms. Chapman had revealed NIL statistical evidence existed to justify this new legislation. In my and other’s opinion it was only successful because of party numbers.
 
The APY-Mintabie Amendment bill now needs to signed off by S.A. Governor Scarce. It is now his job to make sure this bill is constitutionally and legally valid and does not double up on existing laws.
 
Faxes outlining objections have been sent to the SA Governor’s office – 08 82039899, asking him to give careful thought prior to signing off this Wednesday.

PRECEDENT, INTERVENTION STYLE LEGISLATION FOR OUTBACK TOWN 

South Australians may be interested to know about recent events relating to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Mintabie) Amendment Bill 2009.  View here

The APY-Mintabie Amendment Bill has been passed through the Lower House of Assembly.  Will this Bill be repealed if it is found to have nil effect? 

It was illuminating to see the true colours of some South Australian politicians emerge when reading the record of debate in Hansard, 1/12/2009.  Continue reading

MINTABIE: IMPENDING LEGISLATION TO STOP OPAL MINERS HAVING A DRINK IN THEIR HOMES

CIVIL LIBERTIES:  PRECEDENT SOUGHT BY STATE GOVERNMENT

To the Editor,

Impending SA State Legislation will see entry to Mintabie (an existing community settled prior to land grants), by ordinary Australians drastically restricted, if not totally closed off!!

The draconian Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (Mintabie) Amendment Bill 2008 (and related Amendments to the Opal Mining Act 1995) is supposedly designed to put a simple town lease into State Legislation. WHY? Continue reading