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News & events of the Kaurareg homeland of Kaiwalagal, the Torres Strait homeland, and Cape York homelands of the Anggamuthi, Atambaya, Wuthathi, Yadhaykenu and Gudang Peoples

10 - 16 June 2013 • Thursday Island • • • Edition No. 1069 • $2.00 inc. GST

Mrs Mabo calls for Torres Strait to settle land rights disputes ‘ This holds up the whole land rights process.’ By ALF WILSON MRS Bonita Mabo, the widow of the late and great Eddie “Koiki” Mabo, has appealed to Torres Strait Islanders to settle their own disputes over land rights. Mrs Mabo was speaking during a touching ceremony in Townsville to mark the 21st anniversary of the historic native title High Court decision. She wore a shirt captioned ‘Proud of You Darlin’’ near a photo of her late husband when she made her speech at Central Park before several hundred people including many students. Eddie Mabo made history taking his battle for native title to the High Court of Australia. On June 3, 1992, Mr Mabo and a group of Murray Islanders were deemed the rightful owners of their land. When Mrs Mabo spoke to several hundred men, women and children she had two apt messages. “I would like our people with their own disputes to stop and come together. “They have to as this holds up the whole land rights process.” She said that Indigenous Australians had to reconcile with each other before reconciliation between all Australians could be achieved.

Mrs Mabo’s second appeal was for Mabo Day to be held on a weekend day closest to June 3. “That would allow workers and people who have to travel from out of town to attend,” Mrs Mabo said. Master of Ceremonies Sam Savage described the day as a special occasion to remember a wonderful local and national hero. Townsville City Council supported the event and Mayor Jenny Hill described Mabo Day as an event of national and international importance. “This is very important for our own Council Reconciliation Action Plan and is very significant,” Mayor Hill said. There was a speech by Aboriginal elder Ernie Hoolihan who had been a dear friend of Eddie Mabo. Torres Strait Islander entertainers from the Abergowrie College and the Torres Strait Komet dancers were well received by the large crowd. Many took the opportunity to be photographed next to the Eddie Mabo monument. Then most walked a few hundreds metres to a fun day at Central park which finished at 2pm. Mrs Mabo was one of them and was assisted by her grandchildren Siaosi Fine and Marinda Laczik.

ABOVE: Mrs Bonita Mabo near the monument to her late and great husband Eddie Mabo. BELOW: Mrs Bonita Mabo walks from the ceremony to the fun day assisted by grandchildren Siaosi Fine and Marinda Laczik.


Cate with her award-winning book.

Award-winning novel about T.I. murder mystery IT’S been classified information for some years, but from 21 August, you will be able to read about the mystery that unfolded following Thursday Island’s first missing person’s investigation. It’s all in Cate Titasey’s book My Island Homicide published by University of Queensland Press (UQP). Last year Cate won the first Queensland Literary Awards (Emerging Writer category) for her manuscript, Island of the Unexpected and part of the win was a publishing contract with UQP.

The title was changed to My Island Homicide which UQP felt was more appealing to readers. “I worked with editors at UQP over four months tweaking the novel to make it perfect,” says Cate. “It was the hardest job I have ever done and I relied on a lot of coffee to keep me going, but I loved the experience. “I don’t know anything about marketing books, choosing titles or covers,” says Cate. “So I left that it to the experts which was a good thing because I

love the final product. I’d certainly pick it off the shelf.” Cate turned to writing in 2006 after spending two months as a full-time mother to her children aged from one to 10, even with the kids’ big sister, Ashlea, on the island who helps out. “After working full-time for a few years, it was a shock to the system. I almost had a meltdown but instead, rushed to see Miss Agnes at the child care centre about care for a couple of days a week. “She said I could bring the kids in on Mondays. So I did and then

went home and sat at my computer, not knowing what to do. All that came to me was, ‘write a book’ so I started writing. “I owe a big thank you to Miss Agnes because I think I would have gone ahead with the meltdown if she hadn’t taken the kids and I would never have started writing.” Cate says the book is about her favourite reading subject - crime and mystery. “There is also hot romance, good food, great laughs and bizarre events with simmering undertones,

all set against the gorgeous Torres Strait seascape. “I’ve woven in some local touches and features such as TI time, strong wind, Col Jones, Frankie’s Café, fish zura and stray dogs. “So readers will certainly recognise a few of our furry friends who roam the streets.” After finishing her Grad Dip Ed, Cate will continue working on the sequel to My Island Homicide. She also has plans for a historical/political novel about cross-cultural relationships.

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Launch of Erub’s Dauma and Garom project By DIANN LUI ARTISTS of Erub Erwer Meta have been commissioned by the Australian Museum in Sydney to produce a large, sculptural piece made from ghostnet that tells a local story involving marine creatures. Dr Scott Mitchell and Rebecca Fisher from the museum met with artists and elders to outline the project. Prior to the museum visit artists discussed a number of possible stories which were then told to Scott and Rebecca, with a general consensus that the story of Dauma and Garom, as composed by the late Mr George Mye. be the selected story. Dr Mitchell said: “We are thrilled to be working with the artists from Darnley Island. “Not only is the art being produced at Erub Erwer Meta amongst the most exciting being made in northern Australia right now,

Erub Erwer Meta is leading the way in terms of using ghost net to make art. “We think it’s a great story that should be told to a wider audience.” The Museum plans to install the new artwork in its Surviving Australia gallery, where it will be seen by around 400,000 national and international visitors a year. Alongside the sculptural work will be movies that tell the story of the making of the work as well as a planned animation of Dauma and Garom. Jan Cattoni, of Tropic Productions, will be working with art support workers, Jimmy Thaiday and Louisa Anson on the documentation and Arts Development Officer Lynnette Griffiths will manage the sculptural work of this project. Erub Erwer Meta thanks all who have been involved in this process, and to John Mye for giving permission to use the story of Dauma and Garom. John Mye with Dr Scott Mitchell and Rebecca Fisher from the Australian Museum.

Dick drops in 30 years later

Dick Smith with Piera Friolo and Alice Rasmussen at the Airport Kiosk during his recent stop-over as part of his current effort to fly around the world in his helicopter, 30 years after he was the first person in the world to achieve this feat. ADVENTURER Dick Smith was at Horn Island Airport on 29 May as part of his 30th anniversary recreation of his solo helicopter flight aroundthe-world. Airport employee Peira Friolo said Mr Smith told her that he was at Horn Island as part of the initial trip in 1983, and that he recalled staying at the Rainbow Motel on Thursday Island. Mr Smith received international recognition for his initial helicopter flight, which achieved many world firsts. According to Australian Geographic (which was also founded by Mr Smith), Mr Smith flew from Sydney to Cape York in May, 1983, so it appears that he’s managed to stick to the same schedule 30 years down-the-track. Ms Fiolo said Mr Smith was flying onto Daru in PNG from Horn Island. Further information on Mr Smith’s first around-the-world flight can be found at: http:// on-this-day-dick-smiths-around-the-world-soloflight.htm

Closing the Gap on track: But more needs to be done THE National Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has welcomed the Closing the Gap Progress Report findings as confirmation that the program is working, but that there is still more to be done to ensure that the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians does not widen. NACCHO Chair Justin Mohamed (pictured) said that it was imperative to continue the good progress made in halving the gap in child death rates, improving early childhood education and year 12 or equivalent attainment. “The Close The Gap programs are working towards achieving their goal, and improving the health and life expectancy Aboriginal Australians,” said Mr Mohamed. “The 150 Aboriginal community controlled health organisations (ACCHOs) that NACCHO represents continue to work to improve Aboriginal health and wellbeing across the board at a local community level, providing over 75 per cent of the work on-the-ground to Close The Gap. “While we have seen vast improvement in child death rates, more must be done to address the overall mortality rates. “The death rates of Aboriginal Australians have seen little change.

“The main cause of deaths for Aboriginal Australians is circulatory disease - attributed to the high level of tobacco usage, poor diet, physical inactivity and hypertension. “It’s imperative that Close The Gap gets longterm investment from governments, rather than just three or four year funding phases, to ensure that they have resources to deliver these vital services. “The National

Partnership Agreement hangs in the balance which means some of these programs are on a precipice - whilst the Federal Government has renewed its commitment, States and Territories are lagging behind. “We need Aboriginal health and Close The Gap to be a priority for all governments that goes beyond party politics. “These programs which have taken a foothold must be allowed to continue to grow

and build momentum so that Close The Gap can continue to improve Aboriginal peoples’ health and chances in life. “Aboriginal ill-health and mortality rates present a grim picture - one that is out of step comparative to other Australians. “Close The Gap is about improving outcomes for Aboriginal people, but unless these vital programs get ongoing funding, our

chance at increasing life expectancy and health for Aboriginal people narrows. “Aboriginal comprehensive primary health care provided by Aboriginal communities is the key to making a difference to Aboriginal health outcomes,” said Mr Mohamed.

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Funding boost for the Parish Hall restoration By GRANT SMITH ON Sunday, June 2, Bishop Saibo Mabo and the congregation of All Souls and Saint Bartholemew Anglican Church were pleased to present the Parish Hall Restoration Project (PHRP) Committee with a giant NAB cheque for $5000 towards the Parish Hall restoration. This is the third donation made by the church congregation towards the restoration project since the committee was formed in August, 2012. The current balance of funds raised now exceeds $38,400 and the project is fast approaching the stage 1 target of $50,000. Funds for the project have been raised through the very generous support of local businesses, individual church members and the broader community through events such as BBQ’s, trivia nights, the Quetta ball, food staffs and raffles. Recently, the Committee received a significant donation from an Anglican Church Dance Group from southern Victoria who felt compelled to support this community project and see the hall opened again for local dances. Once the stage 1 target of $50,000 is reached, further financial, material and shipping pledges have been made from various businesses and groups to see work hopefully begin during this dry season. Recently a scope of works was conducted by engineer Peter Watton. The next major fundraiser will be the raffle of two adult tickets return tickets to Cairns on the Seaswift Cargo ship Trinity Bay with accommodation in a private room and all meals included. This prize was generously donated by Seaswift and will to be drawn at the Anglican Church fete on September 6, 2013. The Parish Hall Restoration Project committee would like to thank the Torres Strait community for their on-going support for the restoration of this iconic building. The committee meets every Thursday morning at the Grand Hotel at 8am. Anyone wanting to contribute in any way to the project is most welcome to attend.

Bishop Saibo Mabo presents a $5000 cheque to the Pariah Hall Restoration Project.

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Torres Strait women are at cervical cancer risk THERE has been a slight decline in women participating in Cervical Cancer screening across the nation and Torres Strait Islander women are at more risk than non-Indigenous women. More than 3.6 million women were screened by the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) in 2010-2011, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The NCSP aims to reduce cervical cancer cases, as well as illness and death from cervical cancer in Australia, through regular screening. The number of new cases of cervical cancer per 100,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women was more than twice that for non-Indigenous women. The number of deaths per 100,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women was five times the non-Indigenous rate. The report, Cervical cancer screening in Australia 2010-2011, shows that in 2010-2011, 57 per cent of women in the target population group (aged 20-69) screened through the NCSP. “Participation had decreased slightly in 2010-2011, down from 58 per cent in 2009-2010, and 59 per cent in 2008-2009,” said AIHW spokesperson Justin Harvey. “Despite the slight fall in the proportion of women participating in the NCSP, the number of participants continued to rise and detection of high-grade abnormalities remained high.”

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Learning new skills on Erub

Solomon Charlie, Jimmy Thaiday and trainer Geoff Hirn concentrate on welding.

Jimmy Thaiday welds a frame. By DIANN LUI, Manager Erub Erwer Meta ERUB Erwer Meta recently held a welding workshop. Cairns trainer Geof Hirn facilitated training in the cutting and welding of steel as well as the care and use of equipment and safe operations. Art support workers Jimmy Thaiday and Solomon Charlie completed a workbench made with a steel frame and recycled timbers. These new skills will open opportunities for incorporating metal in artwork as well as improving work areas with additional benches. The new benches also have the potential of becoming an enterprise activity of the art centre. Specialised workshops such as this for our remote community would not be possible without the assistance of external funding. Erub Erwer Meta gratefully acknowledges training funds allocated through the Torres Strait Island Job Transition, Office for the Arts.

Solomon Charlie and Jimmy Thaiday at work.

Mystery bottle found A PRINCE of Wales resident has found an old bottle among the mangroves and is wondering if anyone knows anything about it. The bottle is labelled Torres Straits Fresh Food and Ice, and carries a company logo. Lewis Flett says he’s been living in the Torres Strait for about 30 years and on Prince of Wales since 1995 and has never heard of the company. “A family member found it in the mangrove swamps at the southern end of the Island while looking for Akul shell. “I’ve never heard of it and am curious if anyone can provide any information about it,” he said. Anyone with information can contact the Torres News (4069 1561) or Page 6 Torres News

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What’s On

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have an upcoming event, please let us know by email to or phone the editor on 1300 867 737.

JUNE Thu 13. Cape York Sustainable Futures open forum, Seisia, 1pm Fri 14. Rotary breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Sat 15. Mini Markets, PKA Hall TI, 9am - 12 noon Sat 15. Wakaid Tribal Council AGM, Badu, 10am 2pm Mon 17. PHRP volunteers meeting Grand Hotel, 7pm Mon 17 - Tue 18. Optometrists Visiting Warraber Island. Phone (07) 4033 7575 Tue 18. Torres Shire Council monthly meeting, Council Chambers TI 9am Wed 19 - Thu 20. Optometrists Visiting Yorke Island. Phone (07) 4033 7575 Fri 21. Optometrists Visiting Coconut Island. Phone (07) 4033 7575 Fri 21. Rotary breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Tue 25. Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award opening night Fri 28. Rotary breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Sat 29. Mini Markets, PKA Hall TI, 9am - 12 noon

JULY Date TBA. NAIDOC Awards Evening, PKA Hall, TI Mon 1. Coming of the Light shire holiday Mon 1 - Fri 5. Optometrists Visiting Bamaga. Phone (07) 4033 7575 Thu 4 - Sun 7. Island-of-Origin rugby league carnival, Badu Mon 8 - Fri 12. Optometrists Visiting Thursday Island. Phone (07) 4033 7575 Fri 5. Rotary breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Fri 12. Rotary breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Mon 15 - Tue 16. Optometrists Visiting St Paul. Phone (07) 4033 7575 Tue 16. Torres Shire Council monthly meeting, Council Chambers TI 9am Wed 17 - Thu 18. Optometrists Visiting Kubin. Phone (07) 4033 7575 Fri 19. Rotary breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Mon 22 - Wed 24. Optometrists Visiting Badu Island. Phone (07) 4033 7575 Thu 25. Optometrists Visiting Mabuiag. Phone (07) 4033 7575 Fri 26. Rotary breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Sat 27. Mini Markets, PKA Hall TI, 9am - 12 noon Mon 29 - Tue 30. Optometrists Visiting Hammond Island. Phone (07) 4033 7575 Wed 31. Optometrists Visiting Horn Island. Phone (07) 4033 7575

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Why do we celebrate Mabo Day? QUESTION - Why are we celebrating MABO Day on 3 June, 2013, when we have lost our Native title Rights under Mabo since we accepted the DOGIT (Deeds of grant in trust) system on December 14, 2012, (Land Transfer, Mer Island). In the event of the islands (Mer, Dauar and Waier) being transferred to the PBC (Mer Gedkem Le Corporation), the overall directives of PBC is to negotiate with both levels of governments (State and Federal) over the provisions of housing - through a 40-year lease agreement, with the Federal Government saying we need to close the gap, saying they will invest government funds but needs the 40-year lease to say I will build you a home, and at what cost and who is filling up their pockets. According to the Torrens Title it states that there are two ways of extinguishing native title under Mabo, both involve notion that crown does something inconsistent with the continuity of native title: • Grant a fee simple (right to fee simple gives owner the right to possession). • Grant a lease (extinguishing

native title if it is one that grants exclusive possession, as such a lease gives the tenant the right to exclusive use of land). • Exclusive possession is an essential ingredient of a lease, without exclusive possession there can be no lease, and exclusive possession gives the right to the usage of premises. So this simply explains clearly to us that we are now at loss to possession of our inherited lands given to us by our forefathers and that it is official that we have lost our native title rights under MABO. The Meriam Elders and people were led to believe that the transfer that occurred on 14 December 2012 (Mer Island) did not extinguish our native title rights under MABO and that we did not receive the DOGIT system which is of false and malicious claims and a cover up for the deceit and corruption which is involved. Brian Keon-Cohen QC who represented Eddie Mabo and Plaintiffs quoted in he’s book “Mabo in the courts” that ‘Mabo instructed us lawyers to try to prevent the introduction of a DOGIT (Deeds of grant in trust)

on Murray Islands.’ The second quote is taken from the diary of Eddie Mabo dated 16 April, 1985, as written - Torres Strait Council should not permit any Islander to lease any part of these islands. We must insist and demand that Queensland Government recognise our traditional native title to these lands inherited through our fathers before us. The public must also keep an eye on the actions of the council. If they make any move in favor of the new land law, the public should dismiss the whole council, as these actions are against our own interests. Our local Prescribed Body Corporates that were set up to look after the best interests of Elders and traditional land owners are not there to support the community, but are merely instruments or puppets of the State Government through the Department of Environment and Resources Management which provide the guidelines and rules through their manual for trustees (leasing Torres Strait Islander deed of grant in trust land). Our PBC’s were set up by the State Government, funded and guided by them and all parties involved to kill off MABO and

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AUGUST Fri 2. Rotary breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Fri 9. Rotary breakfast meeting, Grand Hotel, 7am Sat 10. Mini Markets, PKA Hall TI, 9am - 12 noon Thu 15. Japanese Ancestral Honour Celebration, Venue TBA

CHURCH SERVICES Parish of St Bethel,131 William Cr Bamaga NPA, Sundays 10am Uniting Church, 114 Douglas St Thursday Island, Sundays 9am Independent Church Parish of the Resurrection TI, Morning Prayer Sundays 10am, Evening Service 7pm

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Billy Gordon (red shirt) at the May Day March on Thursday Island. IT was great to be back in the Torres Strait a few Shire Mayor Pedro Stephen. weeks ago to celebrate May Day. I’m also planning to get out and visit the Outer The Committee and organisers certainly did a Islands. fantastic job making the day such a success. So if you have a concern or an issue you would It was really great to see the March so well like to raise with me please visit my website for supported by the local community and it was a more details about my upcoming visit www. privilege to step out in front. I’ll be back in the Torres Strait again soon and Billy Gordon, I am looking forward to catching up with Torres ALP Candidate for Leichhardt.

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Michael T. Passi that is what they’ve achieved on December 14 2012. This is a violation of Human Rights involving denial to proper consultation with all Meriam Elders on Mer and throughout mainland Australia to our traditional land and ownership and this brings the Meriam Elders Group to take their case foreward to “Revisit the Mabo Case No.2” to once again stand up for our rights against all parties involved with the transfer that took place on December 14 2012. “The Truth Must Be Revealed, and that Truth always Prevails” Yours in support, Michael T. Passi, Meriam Elders Supporter,

Thank you list for Mabo Day MURA Kosker Sorority Inc and DATSIMA would like to acknowledge and thank the following people and organisations for their valuable contributions during the ‘Mabo Day Celebrations 2013.’ Milton Savage Tagai State College Dalton Bon Bua Mabo Vera Havili Maria Passi Dimple Bani Micky Bon Mayor Pedro Stephen Tanisha Pabai Tanya Jobi Leo Akee Patrick Mau You Me Three Community Enterprise Australia Torres Shire Council

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Social media threat to traditional hunting

Joseph Elu TSRA Chairman

Torres Strait Regional Authority

TSRA Senior Rangers Don Whap and Frank Loban working with the Arnarvon Protected Area Conservation Officers to prepare for a presentation for the WIN conference in Darwin. By JOSEPH ELU TSRA Chairman

TSRA Chairman Joseph Elu at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues in New York in May.

THE Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people of the Torres Strait are the traditional custodians of what has been recognised as the healthiest dugong population in the world. This has been repeatedly stated by marine mammal experts who to date have given no indication that current hunting levels in the region are unsustainable. The area is also home to the largest sea grass meadow in the world covering 875,000 hectares. That area is included in a 1.3 million hectare Dugong Sanctuary where no hunting is allowed. The TSRA Board is currently supporting a consultation process to investigate community views about increasing the area the Dugong Sanctuary. The people of the region have also demonstrated a strong commitment to the effective and sustainable management of all marine resources. Turtle and dugong management plans have been operating in 14 Torres Strait communities now for more than seven years and the taking of sea life is strictly monitored. Five Torres Strait communities are also participating in a project to assess an alternative way of euthanizing Green Turtles more humanely. Individuals need to stop posting images and comments on social media about dugong and turtles because it makes it look as if these animals are not being respected under cultural and traditional practice. This social media behaviour by a number of individuals must stop because it is feeding a growing national and international push to end traditional hunting in Australia. The Turtle and Dugong Plans now include a direction that prohibits any photos or video to be taken of the butchering of turtles and dugongs, including such recording by community members. The right to traditional hunting is enshrined in Native Title law and has previously been upheld by the High Court of Australia. We must not allow the senseless actions of a small minority who disrespect animals we hold as cultural icons to jeopardise all the progress that has been made towards sustainable sea harvesting for future generations. I recently had the privilege of addressing the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York and would like to share some of my thoughts from that occasion with you. I began by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land on which the meeting held. I also paid my respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Elders from other communities who attended the forum. My main theme was the critical importance of maintaining and promoting the unique culture of Indigenous peoples, including the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people. A 2005 National Indigenous languages survey identified the two main Torres Strait traditional languages, Kalau Lagau Ya and Meriam Mir were in critical danger of being lost. It became clear that if the remaining traditional language speakers passed away we would lose the bedrock of our Torres Strait cultural identity. Continued Page 10 >>

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NEWS A READER is interested to learn of the history of these pylons off the beach on Horn Island (almost out the front of the Wongai Hotel). Can anyone shed some light on them. There is a line of thought that it is Jack Zafer’s old cultured pearl shed where he used to have Japanese technicians work from and had his pearl beds along the beach. Anyone who can help can contact the Torres News (4069 1561) or email

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traditional hunting << From Page 9 Australia recognises that for Indigenous cultures to survive, traditional languages along with traditional storytelling, song and dance must be revived and promoted. Without a strong connection to culture, underpinned by language, globalisation poses a risk to our identity in the Torres Strait. This loss would reduce opportunities to take part in the emerging Indigenous culture and arts economies which are key opportunities for economic development for local communities. The Australian Indigenous arts industry generates several hundred million dollars in revenue a year. The raw materials required include a strong and deeply rooted connection to culture. Research shows that Government investment in Indigenous arts centres generates a financial return to artists and their communities at a rate of $52 for every $1 invested. It also shows that Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal artists reinvest around 40 per cent of revenue generated from art sales back into their community art centres. The Torres Strait arts industry is in its infancy compared with the Australian mainland Aboriginal success story. If Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal artists in the Torres Strait are to see increases in income from arts activities, further work on cultural maintenance, particularly traditional languages, is needed. This investment is a long term strategy to promote and encourage sustained cultural development and ensure sustainable local economies. Through the TSRA, the Government is supporting efforts to achieve two simple but broad outcomes for the region’s culture, arts and heritage - strong, supported and respected Ailan Kastom (Torres Strait customs and traditions), and an active and sustainable arts and craft industry. A critical focus of this program over the next five years and beyond is also the revival, maintenance, preservation and development of Torres Strait languages. The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples sets out the importance of the retention of cultural identity in all its forms, stating: ‘Indigenous peoples have the right to revitalize, use, develop and transmit to future generations their histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and literatures, and to designate and retain their own names for communities, places and persons.’ In the spirit of this important statement and the Declaration as a whole, it is essential that national governments prioritise the survival and promotion of critically endangered Indigenous languages. The first round of what I hope will be an ongoing exchange has ended with a World Indigenous Network inaugural conference held in Darwin. The WIN has been set up by the Australian government and has so far involved exchanges with conservation managers from New Zealand, Mexico as well as the Solomon Islands. The exchange started when I accompanied a group of TSRA Rangers on a trip to the Arnarvon Protected Area in the Solomon Islands. The TSRA then hosted a visit by a group of five Environment Officers from the Solomons who spent almost a week in the Torres Strait visiting six communities and a number of other important sites. These exchanges provided an opportunity to share regional approaches and experiences. The Rangers were able to compare contemporary and traditional knowledge and local practices to better manage the sea and land environment. It also allowed the Rangers to swap notes on progress in the various communities towards supporting sustainable livelihoods. These exchanges will enable land and sea managers to improve their knowledge and skills and consolidate genuine partnerships, essential to the ongoing success of the World Indigenous Network. The exchange has been a resounding success and we look forward to further consolidating our connections with the people of the Arnarvon Protected Area.


Border dispute: When Joh saved the Torres Strait FORTY years ago the Torres Strait was at the centre of a bitter political dispute over whether it should stay Australian or become part of the soon-to-be independent Papua New Guinea. Prime minister Gough Whitlam wanted the Strait split in half, but was outwitted by Queensland premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who supported the Torres Strait Islanders’ “Border Not Change” campaign. With federal government’s current push to strengthen even further ties with its northern neighbour, STEFAN ARMBRUSTER looks at the events that established Australia’s northern international border. THE islands of Saibai, Boigu and under international law, obviously visits to the Torres Strait, chamDauan mark Australia’s only inter- they were entitled to the continental pioning their demand to remain national border with another country. shelf and the economic boundary Australian. Tiny villages on these islands lie they needed to establish that.” It was in stark contrast to his just a few kilometres off the coast of So the game began … and the staunch opposition to Aboriginal Papua New Guinea. islanders were caught in the middle. land rights. Forty years ago there was outrage Gough Whitlam was elected “All I’m saying is it’s got to be in the Torres Strait as these islanders prime minister in 1972. stopped this land rights business and faced being stripped of Australian In the spirit of decolonisation at continually giving away the national citizenship to become Papua New the time, Mr Whitlam promised the assets, and not only giving it away Guineans. strait would be split in half, and up but giving the militant leaders in the Getano Lui Junior was deputy to nine inhabited islands transferred are the right to veto mining and all chair Iama island at the time. to PNG the rest of it. “ “There were people didn’t know There was no consultation with he national asset at stake in the where Torres Strait was and I can the islanders. Torres Strait was 25,000 square understand the feeling. ‘Oh it’s only Hugh Lunn was working for the kilometres of Queensland territory. a group of islands, let’s divide it’, Australian newspaper at the time as Mr Lunn said: “Joh Bjelke-Peuntil they actually had tersen was looking for publicity that uprising, in a sense, and he knew it was going to be which was the protest by great for him and that the people us, by our people.” were on his side.” The late George Mye, In 1973 Bjelke-Petersen asin his time considered sembled the media for a trip to the elder statesman of the islands, that Whitlam had the Torres Strait, led the never visited. so-called “Border Not Journalist Hugh Lunn was Change” protests. among them. He spoke about why “So he wanted to take us up in an interview recorded there and see and tell the rest in 2011. of Australia about the huge “We can’t let Auswelcome he’s receiving from tralia go, they owe us all these islanders, who think he too much, they cleaned almost like he is a God and that our place out, too much he’s right, and it’s a message to of our resources.” Canberra don’t take me on about In 1879 Queensland this, and it worked.” annexed the whole of the A famous image of the trip Torres Strait, and about shows Bjelke-Petersen being 300 islands, right up to carried ashore by two islander the coast of present day men. Papua New Guinea. “No doubt it was organised Once valuable pearl like all political events, but when shell, trochus and beche we arrived at this island the tide de mer fisheries motivatwas out and we all had to walk ed colonial occupation. through the mud to get to the With it came control shore, and Joh appeared like of an international ship- Former Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Peterson he was going to walk through, ping channel between the is carried ashore by two Torres Strait Islanders in but these two blokes ran out and Pacific and Indian oceans. 1973. This is a photograph taken by the Courierpicked him up and carry him In the 1960s, proposed Mail at the time. ashore, like a messiah, and it P-N-G independence led made a great photo.” to the inevitable question of what its Queensland correspondent. Bjelke-Petersen’s campaign happens to the Torres Strait colonial “Canberra would have said, the stalled Whitlam, and the issue was border? obvious thing to do would be to unresolved when he was dismissed For thousands of years Torres move the border south half way and in 1975. Strait islanders have traded with some of the people may not like that His successor Malcolm Fraser their P-N-G neighbours - and still because the may not be eligible for decided to keep all the islands but do on islands like Saibai. Medibank and those sort of benefits with a twist … and again faced a Mr Salee Koiget is an elder from of being part of Australia rather than familiar opponent. Sigabadaru village, a short boat ride New Guinea.” Mr Bjelke-Petersen said: “The away on the coast of PNG. Queensland government consent island leaders are still deeply con“The PNG government was to change the state’s border was cerned over the border issue with saying they would take Torres Strait required. Papua New Guinea. They have been islands, like Saibai, they were saying Whitlam faced a formidable foe informed by the federal government the Papua New Guinea government … one who revelled in attacking the that they can live on their islands would take that.” Labor party, the Queensland premier but they must give up their seas. Getano Lui Jnr recalls the de- Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. However the leaders have informed mands from PNG’s future prime “You are people of the sea, not the me that their islands without their minister Michael Somare and his land. The sea is just as important to seas, their people will become colleagues. you as the land of the island itself, strangers in their own land.” “hat call came from Port Moresby the sea is what gives you most of Fraser visited the islands to sell for the Torres Strait to be divided, your food, it’s the highway to other his plan, again with the media in tow. mainly because of the fact that, when islands.” “We sat under these giant trees PNG received their independence Mr Bjelke-Petersen made several and that’s when Fraser took off his

The Late Mr George Mye, from Erub, who was the forefront of the fight to keep the Torres Strait within Australian borders, with former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser. trousers, another time, he wrapped leaving almost everything as it was. one of these big bits of cloth around Today, not everyone is happy with his waist, like George Mye and the the outcome, including villagers islander leaders and they sat for a on the PNG side of the border like pow wow and Fraser got up and Salee Koiget. explained that you don’t have to Mr Koiget said: “I would honworry, and Bjelke-Petersen’s wrong, estly say no, I was not educated, I “That it’s a seabed border and didn’t really know what was hapits down in the sea and you can pening. Me and my Siga people, travel wherever you like and it’s most of us along the coastline were not a problem, and Fraser made this not educated during that time, speech and said, ‘Now has anyone properly” got anything to say?’ and out strode But the treaty did give the islandthis George Mye, who was bigger ers … and 13 PNG coastal villages than Malcolm Fraser and he stood … unprecedented recognition of there and said, ‘Mr Prime Minister, their traditional rights. we are concerned and why we Whatever Bjelke-Petersen’s modon’t want you’re sea bed border is tivations - the federal government’s because we believe it will rise up to redrawing of a line on a map, ended the sea and then to the sky and that with Torres Strait islanders place was the end of it, I never heard it in Australia being secured with an mentioned again.” international treaty The Late George Mye recalls The role of Joh Bjelke-Petersen is his tactic. not lost on Getano Lui Junior. “Torres strait is the only part of “I feel and being personally Australia that is interfacing with a involved with him, met the guy and foreign country, and that’s something spoken with him, the things we we’ve got up our sleeves and we’re asked for we actually got and if proud of it.” anyone gave us a greater measure In 1978, PNG and Australia of autonomy in the Torres Strait, it signed the Torres Strait Treaty, was Joh.”

Signing of the Torres Strait Treaty, PNG House, Sydney, 1979. From left: Joh Bjelke-Petersen (Premier of Queensland), Andrew Peacock (Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia), Malcolm Fraser (Prime Minister, Australia), Michael Somare (Prime Minister, Papua New Guinea) and N Ebia Olewale (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Papua New Guinea). Photo courtesy National Australian Archive. Torres News 10 - 16 June 2013 Page 11

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VMR in good shape despite funding setback

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VOLUNTEER Marine Rescue in the Torres Strait is “in very good shape” despite the disappointment of missing out on almost $500,000 in funding to provide facilities for Masig and St Pauls VMR units. “That won’t stop us; we’ll continue on and try to find some other way to fund those projects,” Harry Hubner, State Sectary of Marine Rescue Queensland told the Torres News. The $464,000 being sought under Regional Development funding was to be used to build sheds to house boats at both Masig and St Pauls, and to train volunteers. “That won’t stop us; we’ll just start again,” Mr Hubner said. “The VMR is in a pretty healthy condition in the Torres Strait. There are about 40 members at Masig and almost that number St Pauls and the Thursday Island group has been rejuvenated.” A training manager will visit the Torres Strait in June to work with the Ranger program. “We have preliminary arrangements with the Masig and St Pauls Ranger programs where we provide the training, rather than the Rangers being sent to Cairns or somewhere else to be trained,” Mr Hubner said. Mr Hubner said the Masig Unit should have their boat by the end of the year. The vessel will have been stored in the shed for which the funding was being sought. “We manage all VMR units’ affairs in Brisbane which allows the units to concentrate and training and carrying out rescues.” Mr Hubner said VMR would endeavor to find out why the funding was rejected. “Our application was short-listed, but we didn’t get the final decision. “We appreciate other people and organisations are seeking funding for their needs, but VMR does and will continue to do a great deal of good across the Torres Strait. “It’s disheartening, but it won’t hold us back as we plan to expand even further.” Mr Hubner said: “We want to establish a unit at Badu which will work in partnership with St Pauls in the short term, while Masig can work with Ugar. “If there is a call out, a boat can leave Masig, for example, with just a skipper and a navigator and pick up a crew at Iama or Ugar. “That allows for more diversity and flexibility. The communities work together as there is frequent travel between them. “It’s important that in remote areas, VMR can help meet community needs.” Thursday Island has a vessel and two, smaller craft donated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) which can be used for training or for nearby rescues. St Pauls has a vessel while the Masog craft will be ready by the end of the year.

3. What colour are the wings of Australian king parrots? 4. Photovoltaic cells convert light into what type of energy? 5. What is the charge of a chloride ion? 1. The quadriceps muscles are found in the legs. 2. Oceanic lithospheric plates are denser than continental lithospheric plates. 3. Australian king parrots have green wings. 4. Photovoltaic cells convert light into electrical energy. 5. A chloride ion has a charge of -1.

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Satellites to treat eyes A MEDICAL imaging system that will help doctors in city hospitals diagnose eye diseases in the Torres Strait and other remote communities is among the ‘’telehealth’’ projects that will share $20 million in grant money. The project, designed by the CSIRO, is to give ‘’tele-eye care services’’ via satellite for 900 elderly and indigenous Australians living in the Torres Strait and remote Western Australia. Dr Sarah Dods, Leader of Health Services for CSIRO’s Digital Productivity and Services Flagship, said telehealth services were made possible by the arrival of fast broadband services across Australia, and could deliver many health services especially into remote communities, reducing the need for travel; providing timely access to services and specialists; improving the ability to identify developing conditions and provide a means to educate and train and support remote healthcare workers. The projects will reach about 2500 patients in 50 areas connected to the NBN, the government said.

Photos ROMINA FUJII PORT Kennedy Association’s annual Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday, May 23, has raised more precious funds for the Queensland Cancer Council. Held at the PKA Hall from 10am to noon, more than 60 people showed their support by raising funds for cancer reseach. There was a variety of cakes, tarts, scones, muffins and even

quiches for sale and the occasion was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. All donations raised goes to the Cancer Council for research, prevention and support. Port Kennedy Association Inc would like to extend a big thank you for all those who donated the delicious baked goods, helped in setting up, a thank you for all who attended and showed their support for a very good cause.


Port Kennedy Association Inc staff members providing morning tea (from left): Carolyn Williams, Ellen Akee, Shakira Zitha and Yuriko Nakachi.

ABOVE: Sasau Mills and Lydicia Ikeda. BELOW: Leitha Assan and Diat Alferink.

Joey Laifoo, Nicola Laifoo and Damien Fujii.

HACC Ladies enjoying Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

ABOVE: Aunty Ina Titasey and Georgia Curry. BELOW: Some of the HACC ladies who took part were (from left): Mena Billy, Ena Passi, Col Nakata and Cessa Nakata.

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Low turtle numbers THERE are concerns about the low number of turtles travelling to Raine Island off the tip of far north Queensland’s Cape York in recent years, the ABC reports. Until recently, more than a hundred thousand turtles came to the island each nesting season to lay their eggs, but in the past few years, that number has plunged to around twenty thousand and only a small proportion of the eggs are producing hatchlings. A spokesperson for the state Environment Department says a loss of sand may be to blame.Meriam elder Douglas Passi says it’s sad to see a large number of turtles dying because of exhaustion, falling off ledges and getting stuck in crevices. Horace Nona from the Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation says traditional owners are getting more involved in helping to conserve the island.

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MABO DAY recognises 21st ANNIVERSARY

Among the Mabo Day ceremony crowd. Tanisha Pabai and Tanya Jobi. Mayor Pedro Stephen. College, Tanya Jobi and Tanisha Pabai, community that Aboriginal and Torres Dimple Bani asked the crowd a quesBy AARON SMITH also spoke about what Mabo Day meant Strait Islander People had a history and tion. “Are you still waiting for answers, are now a valid voice in shaping the still waiting for solutions? MABO Day on June 3 at Thursday for them from a student’s perspective. “If you are still waiting for the light at All in all it was a great ‘youmpla future of our nation.” Island’s Anzac Park was a festive Bua Mabo spoke of how all people the end of the tunnel, well go down and occasion, with music, cultural activities, yarn’. Milton Savage gave a ‘Welcome of the world were of the same race and switch it on yourself,” he said. laughter, a barbecue and even cake Mabo Day represented the last day stand, all celebrating 21 years since the to Country’ and in addition to paying that we should all walk hand in hand of National Reconciliation Week and, Mabo legal case broke new ground in respect to Eddie Mabo, also acknowl- together. “We have been in this place since despite the sad news of the passing of edged and honoured other Meriam indigenous land rights recognition. Films were also screened, the Land families, the Reverend Dave Passi, the time immemorial and the rest of the Yothu Yindi frontman Dr M.Yunupingu, late Uncle Sam Passi, Uncle James Rice, country must understand our culture and the week’s celebration and recognition Bilong Islanders and Mabo. customs and then we can stand shoulder is something to be proud of, all around Leo Akee was the MC of the event Celuia Salee and Barbara Hocking. the country. “Mabo is seen as a turning point in to shoulder,” said Mr Mabo. and Father Dalton Bon started the Maria Passi then read an eloquent Dr Yunupingu was an inspiration to celebration with an opening prayer race relations in Australia. “It is a defining date for changes speech written by her brother, Charles, all Australians; a passionate advocate for and was followed by a speech by the Chairperson of the Kaurareg Tribal in the way our rights as Indigenous about their father, who is one of the last reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other People have been treated within the surviving plaintiffs of the Mabo Case. Council Milton Savage. Mayor Pedro Stephen described Australians, and the band’s popular song A minute’s silence was held for legal system. In essence it removed respected elders who had recently the legal friction of terra nullius which the last 21 years since the Mabo case Djapana (Sunset Dreaming) was used passed away. This was followed by continued to impact negatively with as a coming of age for Indigenous for the first ever simultaneous flash mob inter-racial relations for many decades,” People and with that came the duty of dances to launch this year’s National march of solidarity around the block. Reconciliation Week (NRW) in Cairns responsibility and trust. Other speakers included Bua Mabo, Mr Savage said. “Mabo put a wedge under the door, a and Melbourne. “Mabo can be seen in the historical Maria Passi, Adhi Dimple Bani and Cr More than 500 reconciliation events Pedro Stephen, Mayor of Torres Shire continuum as a small step in the direc- door that can now never be shut,” Mayor and activities were officially registered tion of national reconcilation. It has Stephen said. Council. Finishing the opening speeches, Mr on the Reconciliation Australia website Two students from Tagai Secondary served to remind the Australian wider

Father Dalton Bon.

and many more occurred around the country-including flash mobs, bridge walks, concerts, exhibitions, flag raising ceremonies and morning teas.

Milton Savage

Adhi Dimple Bani.

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RESIDENTS of NPA marched along the main street of Bamaga in celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Mabo Native Title Case decision. “We stand together as one community today, to celebrate the anniversary of a ruling that changed ‘law’ to ‘lore’, recognizing traditional ownership of Australian land,” NPARC Mayor Bernard Charlie said. He spoke about the significance of this ruling upon the journey of Indigenous rights. “We are recognised as the traditional owners and the first inhabitants because of this ruling, that proved wrong the doctrine stating Australia was terra nullius upon European settlement.” Residents, visitors and guests shared a minute’s silence in remembrance of a man who dedicated his life to fight for what he knew to be true, and to reflect upon the significance of this day.

TAGAI COLLEGE CELEBRATES MABO DAY MABO Day celebrations were rich in culture and tradition at Tagai Secondary College who recently celebrated the 21st anniversary of Mabo Day. Mabo Day is a very significant day for us Torres Strait Islanders as it commemorates Uncle ‘Koiki’ Mabo’s historic win for the Meriam people, in which they stood up to the High Court of Australia to disprove the legal doctrine of Australia as Terra Nullius, or ‘land belonging to no-one’. This legal win, which occurred on 3 June, 1992, proved what was rightfully ours - the ownership of our traditional lands through cultural identification, passed on from generations since time immemorial. It was through the observation of the Meriam peoples’ traditional land boundaries, fish traps and the system of the passing down of land that the High Court judges learned of Torres Strait Islanders’ practice of tending to crops to prove their intentional occupation and ownership of land. Unfortunately, this win occurred four months after Uncle Koiki had passed away from cancer. The legacy that has since been left behind by such a great man can be seen in such legal acts such as the Native Title Act 1993 and the subsequent awarding of Native Title to successive Islander communities in the Torres Strait. On 31 May, Tagai State College’s Waibeni Koey Ngurpay Mudh paid our respects to Uncle Koiki with an assembly commemorating his life and our Torres Strait culture. This event was made poignant and heartfelt due to the two wonderful guests that we were privileged to hear, Athe Bua Mabo and Bishop Saibo Mabo. Both respected elders were able to share their stories of growing up with Uncle Koiki and the valuable lessons that they learned from him throughout their lives. Our students sat enthralled by Athe Bua Mabo’s story of Uncle Koiki’s strongly upheld values on education and how he would make the long trek each day from his house, on the other side of the island, to attend school. Athe Bua stressed that even back then Uncle Koiki knew that education was the key to success. Bishop Mabo encouraged our students to be the new leaders. These two amazing men were

able to share that their schooling experiences were limited as they lived under the oppressive Assimilation era. However, they implored our students to rise up and envision how they too can change the world for the new generation of Torres Strait Islanders. Students were left with much food for thought. The event closed with some very impressive and entertaining dances by our Eastern Island students. These performers were accompanied by Father Simeon and Aunty Clarice Noah on vocals and drums. It was during this event that we were privy to an impromptu performance by Bishop Mabo as he accompanied the dancers. Overall, the Mabo Day assembly was a wonderful event. This assembly was made even more significant as it was the first official duty of those participating Cultural Ambassadors: Tanya Jobi, Ian Gaidan, Kobe See Kee and Gwen Garnier. These students performed exceptionally in their facilitating of the event. Waibeni Koey Ngurpay Mudh would like to thank the following: Athe Bua Mabo, Bishop Saibo Mabo, Father Dalton Bon, Father Simeon and Aunty Clarice Noah, Aka Silen David, Father Tom and Aunty Lucy Stephen, Aunty Nancy Sailor, Father Wilson David and See Hops Bakery.

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ABOVE LEFT: Deacon Bua Mabo addressing the school community. ABOVE: Bellphina Blanco. LEFT: Eastern Island Dancers Jeremiah Naawi, Kenny Sailer, Taukie Sisa, Joseph Tapim, Moses Kaigey and Charles Epseg.

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AMSA Chief Executive Officer Graham Peachey said up to 200 life jackets would be given to each treaty village for use during open water voyages. “Community members from these coastal villages undertake extended open water voyages to visit Australian island communities in the Torres Strait to take part in traditional activities. The people often travel in unseaworthy vessels which have very little or no safety equipment,” Mr Peachey said. “The operators and passengers of these vessels are aware of the need for safety equipment. However the remote location of their villages, combined with low socio-economic factors put equipment such as lifejackets out of reach for most villagers,” he said. The lifejackets will be provided to the villages in lockable containers with a register to assist in self management of the lifejackets by village leaders and their delegates. The initiative came about following a request from traditional inhabitants of the Torres Strait Treaty Villages. The request was supported by the Joint

Life jackets for Western Province villages being loaded in Cairns aboard the Pacific Responder. Advisory Council to the ing safety equipment, the Marine Driver’s Licence,” Torres Strait Treaty, an program runs a number of Mr Peachey said. “In addition, since the advisory body made up safety courses and inforof Australian and Papua mation sessions in an effort 2006/07 financial year, New Guinea officials, and to reduce the number of the number of search and then AMSA came on board incidents of lost seafarers rescue incidents in Torres to fund and deliver the in the Torres www.amsa. Strait area has steadily decreased from 258 to 160 initiative. Strait region, increase in 2011/12,” he said. “The distribution of lifejackets is in line with the chances of survival of Mr Peachey said the AMSA’s commitments lost seafarers and increase delivery of the lifejackets under the Torres Strait Ma- community and industry would be accompanied rine Safety Program and commitment to safety. by education sessions on “Since August 2011, boating safety by AMSA to help improve maritime safety in the region,” Mr participants across 17 and PNG’s National communities involved Maritime Safety AuthorPeachey said. T h e To r r e s S t r a i t i n t h e T S M S P h a v e ity. Marine Safety Program completed more than 630 “We will visit one or (TSMSP) was initiated training modules, and two villages per day to in July, 2006, as a joint more than 90 per cent of deliver the lifejackets and initiative between AMSA, senior school students in undertake education sesMaritime Safety Queens- the program area have sions in maritime safety land and the Torres Strait completed a boat safety to adults at all 13 treaty Regional Authority. training course and were villages and local school In addition to provid- awarded a Recreational children,” he said.

I can. We can. Stop family violence theme By MARK COLLETTI NPA Family and Community Services ATSI Corporation Healing Centre staff visited local schools and Out of School Hour Care Centre’s (OSHC’s) as part of Domestic and Family Violence Month throughout May. It was promoting the “I CAN. WE CAN. STOP FAMILY VIOLENCE.” campaign which seeks to educate and raise awareness of the impacts of family violence, cyber bullying and support services available in Northern Peninsula Area (NPA). The Healing Centre is working with NPA youth around issues of cyber bullying and highlighting that “when you leave your country and enter cyber country you leave permanent footprints”. Healing Centre staff asked each participant to paint a message of non-violence on their hands as part of the interactive art-based program which seeks to bring awareness in the community and that everyone can and does have a role in stopping family violence. Each individual hand was photographed and be used to

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Girls 12&U Touch Football makes a comeback

Term 2, Week 7 Attendance Campuses that achieved 90% and Cluster trials were held during May to select a Torres Strait District 12&U Girls Touch Football Team above to compete in the Peninsula Carnival in Gordonvale. Dauan 91% Because of the difficulty in getting enough aircraft to Erub 98% bring all the girls together for a single carnival, the cluster system was adopted as an alternative. This also Mabuygiw 92% meant that more girls could be involved in the Masig 94% selection process and students had the chance to either Mer 93% travel to other islands or host visitors on their own island. Narupay 97% District Team coach Wally Shibasaki travelled to the Poruma 96% three trials to conduct coaching clinics and select the St Pauls 96% final team.The first carnival was on Masig on May Warraber 98% 18 for students from the Eastern and Central islands with a total of 17 girls participating. On May 25, 15 Iama 90% students met at Saibai for the Top Western trials. Most Kubin 91% of the time at these two venues was spent on skill Malu Kiyay 98% development, with a game being held in the afternoon. Stephen 92% The students at these trials also had a chance to have a walking tour of the island. For a surprising number of girls, this was the first time that they had visited either Every Day Countsâ&#x20AC;Ś Masig or Saibai, even though their islands are relatively close. When parents expect children to The third trials were on at the Ken Brown Oval on be absent from any classroom May 28 with nearly 50 students from Iama, Mabuygiw, Waybeni, Narupay, Sacred Heart and NPAC competactivity, please contact your campus and inform staff of this ing. There was some time for skills sessions, but most of the day was spent on games. absence. We want student attendance records to be accurate At the end of the day, the final team to travel to Gordonvale was announced â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Joyanna Pabai (Malu and authorised by parents. Kiyay), Esther Kebisu (Iama), Emi Fuwajima (Sacred Heart), Alion Guiga and Jazmyn Wena (Narupay),

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2013 Community Careers Market When: Thursday 20th June Where: TRAWQ Community Hall Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm For more information, please contact: Suberia Bowie or Julie Abednego on 07 4212 0222

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Tenisha Solomon (NPAC) and Clarissa Laifoo, Rebecca Sailor and Stella Matthew (Waybeni). Thanks to TSY&RSA for their support, the campus staff and communities for hosting these events, coaches and supervisors, Wally Shibasaki for conducting clinics and selecting the team and to Ishmail, Bernard and Ted for refereeing the TI games.

Cultural Outward Bound Youth Camp Ms Taum Nona and four girls attended the Cultural

Saibai Game

Masig Skills Clinic

Outward Bound Youth Camp (COBY). COBY Camp is designed specifically for young Aboriginal/ Islander youth aged 15 to 18 years and is intended to work with youth who want the opportunity to direct their lives in a more positive way and this is an opportunity to make that change. The girls and Ms Nona came back with many stories of great times together, made friends, Students from Waybeni, Narupay and NPAC paddled in the freezing river, hiked over developing their skills mountains, took responsibility for themselves and each other and did the Torres Strait proud. Well done Girls and Ms Nona.

Warraber Ngurpay Lag Term two at Warraber Island Campus has been fantastic! The school and community have begun developing a shared vision for our school. We’re very fortunate to have a local artist, Tony Harry, assisting us with the visual design that will represent our voyage towards outstanding teaching, learning and student outcomes. In the classrooms the teaching and learning team have been doing a phenomenal job. We’ve developed an explicit teaching clock that all of the teaching team use to develop the language, metacognition and behaviours associated with explicit teaching, student learning and self-managed choices. Other new and exciting work that we’ve implemented The Teaching and Learning team hard at work with this term is a whole school behaviour program which will lead into leadership Warraber Ngurpay Lag students opportunities for both lower and upper school students, integrating the key comprehension strategies into our everyday learning and we’re currently organising an individualised homework program that we’ll begin when we hit the ground running next term. Last week we had Floral Friday where all of the staff and students came to school dressed in floral shirts or dresses. The community are getting into the spirit too with the Council Office employees also donning floral attire.

Poruma Ngurpay Lag In 2011 Councillor Mosby spoke about a gardening project close to his heart where Poruma residents would have community gardens providing each household with seedlings for their own gardens. It would be based at the school and students would help grow the seedlings and then sell them from a roadside shop at the front of the school. A number of options were discussed with community members and support groups, with an action plan and timelines established and the ideas have come to fruition over the last couple of years. This year twenty-five huge pumpkins were grown that were cooked in a variety of ways,were fresh and delicious.The students delivered them to the Elders and families and yarned with them about the garden. Last week Poruma community celebrated the construction of the greenhouses, shop and gardens. Community members witnessed the blessing, toured the grounds and shared a BBQ meal together. Lemon grass, cassava, sweet potatoes, bananas, pumpkin, rockmelon, watermelon, sunflowers, lemons, mandarins, oranges, ginger, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, pawpaw and a variety of herbs including parsley are some of the produce we have on offer. We are also using recycled materials to grow our vegetables in, used tyres with sweet potato, raised garden beds made out of pallets with tomatoes staked in them. Thank you to the following groups that have worked together to get this project going: Tagai State College Land and Sea, TSRA, TSIRC, Murray Pearson and his CEA workers, Senior Ranger Mr Kevin Levi, Ranger Des and the visiting cadets , Councillor Mosby and the Poruma Ngurpay Lag staff led by Mr Kebisu Larry, our groundsman.

Warraber Ngurpay Lag students dressed in their Fantastic Floral Friday attire

The cadets who helped do the garden boxes out of pallets and the new gardens

Lemon grass and bananas

TSRA Representative for Poruma Francis Pearson talking to Tim Hillier in the greenhouse that the CEA workers built.

Pastor Frank Fauid blesses the greenhouse and gardens

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SUDOKU No. 152

Your  Lucky 



Stars  

GEMINI (May 22nd - June 21st)

A misunderstanding will be resolved easily when both of you are in the right mood. Now is not the best time. Wait for the tension to clear. Romance. Your partner will be much more positive than they have been for some time. Try to take on this same sense of wellbeing.

CANCER (June 22nd - July 23rd) The Moon/Neptune Midpoint in your sign may, regrettably, cause you to overreact a little this week. Apologise for any wrongs you are about to do. Romance. You are in a very positive mood and will achieve a great deal, so long as you are not put off by those around you.

LEO (July 24th - August 23rd)


Don’t allow yourself to be tempted by an offer which you know will cause problems in the future. It’s easier to decline the offer now versus reconciling later. Romance. Make sure that you really think things through. You may be a little rash with your partner at the moment.

VIRGO (August 24th - September 23rd) Don’t let money worries get you down. You may have been a little extravagant over the past few weeks. However, there is one expense which you will be able to avoid. Romance. Don’t give in to an emotional outburst. Your partner may be a little on-edge at the moment.

LIBRA (September 24th - October 23rd) Don’t allow a comment about your disposition to get you down. You’re the only one who knows what you have been through. Romance. Don’t allow yourself to be overtaken by your partner’s decisions. You will need to be brought up to speed on some of these choices.

SCORPIO (October 24th - November 22nd)


You will be very emotional at times. Try to calm down before you say anything that might upset someone. It’s best not to say anything. Romance. You may be looking for change in your relationship, while your partner wants stability. Somehow you’ll have to reconcile your desires.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd - December 21st) Some of your friends may prefer to laze about doing nothing, but you will be full of energy and rearing to go! Move on without them. Romance. Be careful not to criticise your partner about their appearance. It’s possible that they are in a slightly difficult mood this week.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd - January 20th) You may be feeling a little under the weather at the moment. Take the time you need to restore your health before thinking about returning to work. Romance. Do something special to help your partner this week. They have been extremely considerate to you recently.

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AQUARIUS (January 21st - February 19th) You may get a little frustrated because the people around you have much less energy than you do yourself. Try to get as much done as you can. Romance. A person whom you admire is quite keen on getting to know you better. Try not to rush into anything at this stage.

PISCES (February 20th - March 20th) The Moon/Saturn Midpoint moving through your sign could make you a little more reserved than normal. Don’t remain alone for too long though. Romance. Make sure that your partner supports any moves which you plan to make. You may need some moral support in the future!

ARIES (March 21st - April 20th)

The important thing in

You will have to make improvements at the workplace this week. Make sure you have a plan of action as there’s a lot to accomplish. Romance. You may be surprised when someone you’ve only met once remembers your name. Be sure to show them you’re interested.

science is not so much

TAURUS (April 21st - May 21st)


to obtain new facts as

to discover new ways of thinking about them

– Sir William Bragg


A visit to a friend’s house will be interesting. You will be intrigued at something they have bought. Be sure to compliment them on it. Romance. A person whom you meet will have a much more positive impression of you than you have of them. Don’t overanalyse the situation.

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Anega & Idagi families announce the combined Tombstone Openings of the late,

Jabai Charlie Gawada Charlie Korona Charlie Daru Charlie Kanu Charlie And Joey Charlie

Community Notice Native Title Representative Body Review Deloitte Access Economics has been contracted by the Australian Government to undertake a National review of Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRB) and Native Title Support Providers (NTSP). Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBC), Indigenous Corporations and individuals who are interested in the future supporting roles of NTRBs or NTSPs are encouraged to examine the Terms of Reference of the review and prepare a submission for consideration by the review team. Submissions should be forwarded directly to Deloitte Access Economics. The call for submissions opens on June 3, 2013 and closes on August 30, 2013. Submissions will not be made publicly available unless requested at the time of submission. Deloitte Access will be holding consultations on Horn Island for the Torres Strait region in late June or July this year. The TSRA will provide information on the consultations as soon as dates are confirmed. Further information on the NTRB review including the terms of reference and the discussion paper please visit the TSRA or FaHCSIA web sites. or

ITEC Employment

Friday, January 10, 2014, Erub The Healing Foundation is a national organisation supporting culturally strong, locally run Indigenous healing programs around Australia and funding education and research on Indigenous healing. Position: Project Officer Torres Strait Healing Gathering • Great opportunity to contribute to the development of a healing gathering and healing strategy for the Torres Straits. • 6 months part-time position commencing in July. • Salary $75,000 pro rata plus salary sacrifice. Working as part of a team the Project Officer will consult with local organisations and community members, provide logistical support and contribute to the implementation of the healing gathering.


Rescue Foster Adopt

An animal rescue group based in Cairns that is the only animal rescue dedicated to helping stray, unwanted and neglected animals in the Torres Straits. We provide veterinary care and rely on dedicated and passionate foster carers to provide a loving home for rescued animals until the right forever family is found. For help or further information please call Hannah on 0402 354 249 or email

Inner Islands  Workplace Health and Safety Officer/Facilities Coordinator  Arts Support Worker  General Labourer  General Cleaner  Assistant in Nursing  Kitchen Hand  Finance Team Leader  Purchasing & Supply Coordinator  Community Project Officer/ Grants Officer  Finance Manager  Affordable Housing Project

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Families of the late

Mrs Emily Ah Mat (Nee Agale) Wish to extend an open invitation for the tombstone unveiling on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Thursday Island Cemetery at 9.30am.

FOR RENT Various Houses and units for rent on Thursday Island and Horn Island from $550 per week. Please call Kellie from Torres Strait Real Estate on 0427 691 355 to arrange an inspection.

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DATE CLAIMER Tombstone Unveiling of the late

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Torres Shire Council Tender no. 02/13 Horn Island Quarry Drill and Blast Works

Tenders from suitably qualified and experienced companies are invited for the supply of all materials, plant, equipment and labour to carry out drill and blasting works at Council’s quarry located at Horn Island, Far North Queensland. The contractor will be responsible for providing a design of the blast layout and testing of the rock volumes. The contractor will be required to hold a current shot firers licence along with any relevant Queensland Government and Torres Shire Council permits to carry out the drill and blast works. Interested parties should obtain a copy of the tender specification from the Council, 68 Douglas Street, Thursday Island, 4875, QLD, phone 4069 1336 or email For further information or to arrange site inspection, please contact Keith Yorkston, Manager Engineering Services, phone 4083 1231, email worksengineer@ Written tenders addressed Tender 02/13 – “Horn Island Quarry Drill and Blast Work”, must be lodged in the tender box at the Council Office or mail to PO Box 171, Thursday Island, 4875, in accordance with the specification no later than 4pm, Friday, July 5, 2013. The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. Faxed or emailed tenders will not be considered. Dalassa Yorkston CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Position Vacant ProPerty manager

TORRES NEWS Box ad bookings: Noon, Wednesday before publication Box ad material: Noon, Wednesday before publication

Line classifieds: 10.30am, Thursday before publication

Torres Strait Real Estate is looking for a motivated, organised, honest person who wishes to work from home. The successful applicant must be able to work independently, have excellent communication and organisational skills. Have good computing skills and able to use Microsoft Office, (word, publisher and excel), and outlook. Duties will include, administering keys, Property inspections and reporting, Showing and photographing properties, coordinating repairs and maintenance.

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) is a Commonwealth statutory body located on Thursday Island. The TSRA is engaged in a wide range of service delivery functions to Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal people living in the Torres Strait region.

VARIOUS OPPORTUNITIES – Expected Vacancies Ongoing, Non-ongoing - Fulltime

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The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) has a number of current and anticipated vacancies across a range of disciplines and is seeking experienced, professional and motivated APS Level 2 - 6 employees who are flexible, adaptable and interested in working in an ever changing, demanding and diverse work environment in the Torres Strait, Far North Queensland. The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) is always looking for dedicated and professional people to deliver services in order to achieve TSRA outcomes. If you are interested in the work of TSRA and are willing to learn and develop your skills then we would like to hear from you. We offer a challenging and rewarding career with the opportunity to work in a number of exciting policy and program areas. Program areas include: • • • •

Digital Enterprise - Virtual Advisor Program APPLICATIONS INVITED The Australian Government is working to support all Australians to realise the full potential of the digital economy empowered by the National Broadband Network (NBN), including through initiatives such as the Digital Enterprise - Virtual Advisor Program. The Digital Enterprise - Virtual Advisor Program will provide online training to assist Indigenous Australians, small to medium enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations located in regional, rural and remote areas to help them to improve their online presence and maximise the opportunities provided by the NBN. The Government is seeking applications from eligible organisations in order to select a provider of online group training and one-on-one training. For further information on the program and application process visit, email or call 1800 017 984. Applications close at 5.00 pm AEST 2 July 2013.

Environment Governance and Leadership Culture, Arts & Heritage Healthy and Safe Communities

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If you would like further information about these opportunities or are interested in applying please go to our website at This recruitment process may be used to fill existing vacancies and a merit pool will be established to fill future vacancies across the TSRA over the next 12 months. *Generous allowances are paid on top of the salary. Allowances include district allowance, leave fare allowance (payable after 12 months of service) and housing subsidy. Superannuation is paid at 15.4% TSRA accommodation is not available for these positions, applicants should familiarise themselves with the Thursday Island housing market prior to applying for a position. The filling of this employment opportunity is intended to constitute a special measure under section 8(1) of the ‘Racial Discrimination Act 1975’. This employment opportunity is only available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Indigenous jobseekers are encouraged to apply for this employment opportunity. How to apply: • Visit our website at and click on the Employment link to apply through the online application system • If you do not have access to the internet please contact the HR Team on (07) 4069 0700 ***APPLICANTS ARE REQUESTED TO APPLY ONLINE*** Closing date for applications is cob 14 June 2013. For further information relating to these positions please contact Melinda White on Tel: (07) 4069 0700 Note:


• Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered. • All positions with the TSRA are subject to satisfactory character checks, police checks, health clearance, Australian citizenship requirements, and, if applicable, formal qualifications. TSRA is committed to ‘Closing the Gap’ and in support of Government policy encourages applications from Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal Australians. TSRA embraces Workplace Diversity. Enjoy the benefits of a career in the Australian Public Service.

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Royal Hotel’s 120-year history continues THE Royal Hotel on Thursday Island has been part of the island’s history for more than 120 years, being built in around 1890 and, being part of the present day island landscape, this history continues. During the hotel’s early years, it was managed by Mr George Pearson who was a prominent member of the community, involved in both business and civic affairs. Mr George Pearson was also known widely as Captain Pearson, a term he used all his life. This was in acknowledgement of his on-going involvement in the maritime and pearling industry and there are various newspapers reports of him buying and selling pearling and other vessels during his time at Thursday Island. Apart from being one of the island’s leading publicans and being involved in pearling, he also served as a councillor

as well as Thursday Island mayor. His interests were obviously wide as there is also a reference to his being the president of the Thursday Island Rifle Club. The pictured advertisement dates from the late 1890s and shows the hotel building as well as the dining room with its main table formally set and ready for guests. In this image we also see that there was a separate wing containing sample rooms, enabling prospective guests to views the accommodation on offer before deciding to stay. The Royal Hotel has always been popular with visitors to Thursday Island and many would have had happy memories of holidays there. One rather poignant, and perhaps not so happy an event, which involved a young guest, took place in 1893 and is worthy of relating here. This young hotel guest was a little

girl named Sissy Brown, staying at the hotel with relatives. On one occasion, she was playing on the balcony with other children, when she fell off, breaking her arm and suffering concussion, but surviving. What is particularly interesting about this little girl is that she was one of the survivors of the sinking of the Quetta, with her rescue from that tragic event being described as miraculous. One wonders what happened to Sissy Brown later in her life, after these early traumatic events. Captain Pearson eventually moved on from Thursday Island and in 1904 we find him managing the Black Horse Hotel in Richmond, New South Wales, where he continued to be a well regarded and respected member of the community. Other managers followed at the Royal, continuing its history through to the present.

Shine a Light On our history Royal Hotel, Thursday Island, 1897.


We Want your photos!


Submission Application Closing Date: Time:

Friday June 14, 2013 4PM

Submission Application must be received on the deadline set, late applications will not be accepted. For further information or to obtain a Submission Application Form, you can contact: Administrator: Mrs Agnes Bani on 4069 2484

Employment Opportunities Mura Kosker Sorority Incorporated (MKS) is a community-based, not-forprofit incorporated association operating in Torres Strait. MKS delivers a range of programs and services to support women, children and families. These include child and family support services; domestic & family violence counseling for survivors, child witnesses and perpetrators; emergency relief program; older peoples action program; support and assistance to those in crisis; drop in centre; community education programs; information and resources and community development programs.

Contract No. 2013/0091/T - Dauan and Stephen Island Accommodation Invitation To Tender - Contract No 2013/0091/T Tender closes 3pm, Wednesday 3rd July 2013 Further tender information is available through the Tenders link at tenders.asp and through the Current Business Opportunities link at

Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing

Further details about these positions and the application process can be obtained by contacting the Administration Officer on (07) 4069 1663 or by emailing Closing date for applications June 28, 2013.

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Please include the names of the event, the people in the photo and a brief description of the event

The Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing is seeking Expressions of Interest from suitable organisations for the pilot ‘Torres Strait Community Sport and Recreation Program’ (TSCSRP).

Enquiries: 1300 torres (1300 867 737)

The program seeks to progress the delivery and strategic planning of sport and recreation services in the Torres Strait region by a locally supported organisation, in partnership with the department.


The objectives of the TSCSRP are to: • identify a local organisation to manage the delivery of the Torres Strait Community Sport and Recreation Program

• develop and implement an education and training strategy that creates developmental pathways and opportunities for volunteers in sport and active recreation and promotes the development of sustainable clubs and associations within the Torres Strait.

Accommodation is not available for these positions; applicants should investigate housing/accommodation options before applying.

Torres Strait Community Sport and Recreation Program

• Project Officer • Case Manager (Part time) • Communications Officer (Part time) • Administration Officer • Receptionist

Full details, including documentation and application information can be obtained by contacting Sport and Recreation Services, Far North Office (Cairns) on 07 4222 5236. Expressions of Interest applications are to be lodged by 3 July 2013. Great state. Great opportunity.


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Expressions of Interest

Mura Kosker Sorority Incorporated invites applications from suitably qualified people for the following fixed term positions:



Just send us your happy snap, or if it is a very special occasion, our photographer could attend the event. Photos are published free of charge.

• deliver a planned and coordinated sport and recreation program extending from grass roots competitions to regional carnivals and participation at an elite level

We t Wan r u yo s! o phot EWS • New babies • Engagements • Weddings • Special functions • 21st Birthdays • Anniversaries • Festivals • School awards…


Sport and Recreation Funds are available to cater for Sport and Recreation purposes from July 1, 2013 – September 30, 2013

Tender Opportunities

Rev. Bai Day Saturday, December 14, 2013. Townsville

Port Kennedy Association

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If you have a photo of a special occasion that you would like us to publish, we would love to see it!

Come along and grab a bargain!

Saturday, June 15, 2013 9.00am to 12.00pm port Kennedy Hall

For more information or to book a stall contact the Port Kennedy office on (07) 4069 2306

FEATURE The New York Times, one of the world’s leading newspapers, has featured an article on the repatriation of ancestral remains from overseas museums to the Torres Strait. The article, which appeared on 25 May, is as follows:

NY Times article focus on repatriation of Torres Strait remains ROWS of gap-toothed human skulls and formaldehyde-soaked brains stock the Museum of Medical History in Berlin, where the popular exhibition “Beneath the Skin” can be so grim that visitors will occasionally swoon to the cold stone floor. For more than a century, the museum has exhibited assorted limbs, bones, tubercular lungs and fetuses, all in the name of science and enlightenment. Yet lately the curators are re-evaluating the principles that govern their displays as they confront a growing debate over what cultural organizations should be doing to preserve the dignity of the dead. Many of the world’s grand museums are hearing increasing demands for the return of human remains from former colonies or conquered peoples. Some are giving back bones and skulls that were once viewed as exotic trinkets and were traded by native peoples for calico or plundered in the late 1800s by scientists exploring racial differences. Late last month the medical museum and officials who direct the anatomy collection of a sister organization at the Charité Hospital in Berlin, returned 33 skulls and skeletons to Australia and to members of tribes from the Torres Strait Islands between northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. The handover took place in a simple ceremony in a lecture hall at the Charité. Gray cardboard boxes of remains were draped in white and aboriginal flags. “These are very moving moments for indigenous people around the world,” said Ned David, a Torres Strait islander who helps lead a repatriation group and attended the Berlin ceremony. “They are bringing their ancestral remains home. There are mixed emotions, one obviously of relief, so it’s a celebration. And then the moment is tinged with sadness for what was involved with the removal of the remains.” That same week the German Museums Association issued new ethical guidelines for museums on how to handle human remains in the face of repatriation claims from former colonies where scientists gathered skulls and skeletons under murky circumstances more than a century ago. In a 70-page report, sprinkled with references to Kant’s concept of human dignity, a commission of lawyers and curators recommended that institutions study provenance systematically and return remains that had been collected as part of a violent conflict. They urged each individual museum to develop a policy and concluded that “there

is no simple answer that can be applied equally to all collections.” In many ways, the German association is drawing on the experiences of museums in Britain and the United States, which started facing claims for the repatriation of human remains decades ago. The Smithsonian began to repatriate American Indian bones in the late 1980s, and in 1990 the United States passed legislation to enforce the return of those remains by museums that benefit from federal funds. The Smithsonian independently returned remains to Australia in 2008 and 2010. However, a report in 2011 from the Government Accountability Office still urged new measures to speed up the Smithsonian’s work, because by then it had returned only 5,000 remains, about one-third of its collection of such material. Human remains are held by many of the world’s museums, most typically those exploring natural history, science, medicine and archaeology. Collecting such remains in pursuit of scientific knowledge once went unchallenged, but now institutions face the quandary of how to display Egyptian mummies in a respectful fashion. What is the purpose of displaying shrunken heads or tattooed Maori skulls or bone flutes? And should curators return remains that have been transformed into works of folk art? In England, the Manchester Museum just issued a six-page statement of its guidelines for its natural history collection that pledges transparency and “respect” for human remains. It is looking to transform old exhibitions to reflect new attitudes by, for example, offering more information about the lives of people preserved as mummies, so they can be viewed as individuals instead of specimens. Experts on the repatriation issue say that it appears that many museums are growing more sensitive. “There’s a lot of work to do,” said Paul Turnbull, a history professor at the University of Queensland, in Australia, who has studied the use of indigenous remains. “But there is a trickle effect. When museums are contacted, they are now willing to talk.” Australian diplomats say that even France’s traditionally bureaucratic museums are trying to streamline the process by creating a commission to develop a system to avoid passing national legislation for each individual return. And at the Smithsonian, the handover of remains has become such an institutional ritual that it has a special room for such ceremonies. Other institutions, like

Andreas Winkleman, director of the Institute of Anatomy, among human remains displays in the institute’s main exhibition room in Berlin, May 3, 2013. Many curators are re-evaluating the principles that govern their displays as they confront a growing debate over what cultural organisations should be doing to preserve the dignity of the dead. (Gordon Welters/The New York Times) the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, in Berkeley, Calif., have followed suit. Jordan Jacobs, head of cultural policy at the Hearst, said that fears that a policy of returning remains would empty museums and hurt science have not been borne out. “It has been positive for relations between museums and tribal communities,” he said. “We are learning so much because of these conversations.” Others, though, say they are concerned that repatriation could hamper scientific studies, particularly as developments in DNA research permit scientists to draw more information from ancient remains. “The danger is that museums will no longer explore because they will have other priorities,” said Tiffany Jenkins, a sociologist and author of “Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections.” “There’s a whole host of research that isn’t being done because it’s too sensitive.” And museums will still push back on occasion. For example, Mr. David, of the Torres Strait Islands, said he was still reeling from the British Museum’s rejection last fall of a reburial claim for two “divining skulls” that had been decorated with pearl shells, beeswax and wood. They were collected by a 19thcentury British marine biologist who wrote in vivid detail about trading a tomahawk and calico for a skull from a native family that he said had removed it from a burial site and transformed and decorated it in tribute to a dead male relative named Magau. In the language of the British Museum trustees, the reburial claim was rejected because it was not clear “that the process of the mortuary disposal of the skulls had been interrupted.” Hannah Boulton, a spokes-

woman for the British Museum, named Magau. explained that this means that In the language of the British “these skulls were possibly created Museum trustees, the reburial claim for trade or sale rather than burial.” was rejected because it was not clear The repatriation debate has been “that the process of the mortuary particularly unsettling in Germany, disposal of the skulls had been where demands for the return of interrupted.” skulls from Namibia has reopened Hannah Boulton, a spokesa dark chapter of Germany’s brief woman for the British Museum, colonial history in southwest Af- explained that this means that rica, where thousands of rebellious “these skulls were possibly created members of the Nama and Herero for trade or sale rather than burial.” tribes were killed by German troops The repatriation debate has been in 1904. Some human remains were particularly unsettling in Germany, later used by German scientists where demands for the return of in discredited scientific studies skulls from Namibia has reopened that aimed to document the racial a dark chapter of Germany’s brief superiority of Europeans over colonial history in southwest AfAfricans and indigenous tribes. rica, where thousands of rebellious Today officials at the Museum of members of the Nama and Herero Medical History here - which has tribes were killed by German troops more than 5,000 skulls in storage - in 1904. Some human remains were say the new German guidelines are later used by German scientists just the beginning of an evolving in discredited scientific studies process that emphasizes evaluating that aimed to document the racial each claim individually within a superiority of Europeans over moral framework. Africans and indigenous tribes. Thomas Schnalke, the museum’s Today officials at the Museum of director, who helped devise those Medical History here - which has standards, said he knows that returns more than 5,000 skulls in storage stir uneasiness among museums, say the new German guidelines are which worry that such repatriation just the beginning of an evolving could intensify demands for looted process that emphasizes evaluating art objects too. “There is anxiety each claim individually within a that it might open the gates,” he moral framework. said. So far, he added, the “avaThomas Schnalke, the museum’s lanche effect” has not happened, director, who helped devise those and the reparations have aided a standards, said he knows that returns “healing process.” stir uneasiness among museums, He cited the museum’s ceremony which worry that such repatriation for the return of remains last month. could intensify demands for looted It was, he said, surprisingly moving art objects too. “There is anxiety because of its stark simplicity: no that it might open the gates,” he flowers, no music, “just pure words” said. So far, he added, the “avaof loss and homecoming. lanche effect” has not happened, They were collected by a 19th- and the reparations have aided a century British marine biologist “healing process.” who wrote in vivid detail about He cited the museum’s ceremony trading a tomahawk and calico for for the return of remains last month. a skull from a native family that he It was, he said, surprisingly moving said had removed it from a burial because of its stark simplicity: no site and transformed and decorated flowers, no music, “just pure words” it in tribute to a dead male relative of loss and homecoming. Torres News 10 - 16 June 2013 Page 25


BigBalaBurger leads

BigBalaBurger has had his lead cut by one after round 11 of the NRL competition and the State-of-Origin clash last Wednesday night in the Torres News/Sea Swift/IBIS NRL tipping competition.’ Many tipsters tripped on the Maroons’ loss but the Broncos’ heavy defeat by the Warriors also cost them. BugBalaBurger (with four from five) leads with 68, one ahead of TI Turkey (5), with Mr Spiggot (4) on 66. Kingtutt is on 64, with Denis Hill and

VooDoo Magic together on 63. 62: Gilligan1, Mariner, BJ Danger, beaniebuzza, KPP, Tigerrrr, Jooty, Leon Whittaker, Mugai87. 61: esjay, Marakai, Marro. Six tipsters got all five correct, indicative of those who tipped NSW. They were TI Turkey, Denis Hill, Mariner, Marakai, Marro, Maggie Hill. This year’s tipping competition is again sponsored by Sea Swift and IBIS, with prizes valued at more than $2300.

The winner will receive a trip for two to Cairns aboard Sea Swift’s Trinity Bay (value $1850); The runner-up will receive $500 voucher from the IBIS. As the Torres News is printed prior to the completion each full round, results published are a week behind. However, the up-to-date results are published on the operator’s web site after each round. Staff from the Torres News and sponsors are ineligible to enter. Only residents from

local post codes and subscribers to the Torres News are eligible to enter. The competition is computer generated, with all selections being lodged to an independent, national footy tipping website. Neither the Torres News nor the sponsors can access the website, and all results are generated by the website operators.

Having a go at cross country on Hammond Island By AARON SMITH WINNING isn’t everything, it’s more about having a go. That’s just what the kids from Our Lady of Sacred Heart School did on Friday, May 31, on Hammond Island (Keriri) during their annual cross country race. Students and staff from the Thursday Island campus took two ferries kindly provided by the Torres Shire Council across to Hammond Island in the morning. They then climbed the hill to the school grounds where Miss Lasmintan briefed them on how the races would be run. This was the 6th cross country race to be held by the school and the second time it has occurred on Hammond

Island. A total of 117 students were divided into groups according to age. Some volunteer parents and some of the teachers lead each group around the course. The little kids just had to run across the grounds beneath the church, around a tree and back again, while the bigger kids had a much-more grueling run. The under 11s and 12s had to complete a 1500-metre course. They had to go down the hill, past the shop, back up and around the oval and back to the school, where their fellow students gave them all a hero’s welcome of cheering. Despite the heat and sun all the students completed the course and some really gave the adult volunteers a good workout. More photos Page 27. >>


Each age group that raced was awarded for first, second, third and fourth place. The winners were as follows (listed from first to fourth): Under 4: Tom Whiteside, Stephen Amber, Casey Cowell, Francis Pitt. Under 5 Girls: Dorothy Sabatin, Shakyah Dorante-Garnier, Felicia Fangatataia, Beka Dorante. Under 5 Boys: Tamu Sabatino, Onosai Cvetko-Lueger, Lucas Horn, Koby Under 6 Girls: Starkysha Councillor, Bessie Daniel King, Erika Freebairn, Dahlia Amber. Under 6 Boys: Zahdein Bowie-Pearson,Jack Whiteside, Sean Seriat, Teddy Pearson. Under 7 Girls: Parimah Daniel, Acacia Smith, Lilly-Ana See Kee, Zoe Fava. Under 7 Boys: Randal Ingram, Debah Fauid, Feenin Conaty, Boston Love-Beasley. Under 8 Girls: Methraima Fauid, Maggie Harrington, Bella Murray, Anima Dornate-Garnier. Under 8 Boys: Callum McNicholl, Joseph Cowell, Zachariah Sabatino, Keiran Garnier. Under 9 Girls: Bethany Purdy, Jemma McNicholl, Amelya See Kee, LaShauna Nathaniel Under 9 Boys: Nicholas Visini-Wall, Kenneth Councillor, Isaiah Smith, Mataio Cvetko-Lueger Under 10 Girls: Giaan Sabatino, Rozahlia Dorante, Kantisha Daniel, Danni Pickard. Under 10 Boys: Buckley Ingram, Max Harrington, Daniel Sabatino, Zawai Garnier. Under 11 Girls: Isabella Du Toit, Indira Laifoo, Palysse Love-Beasley, Laianie Benjamin. Under 11 Boys: Patrick Pearson-Bowie, Kydan Wiernert, Jayden Seden, Ngukis Fauid. Under 12 Girls: Emi Kuwajima, Anah Garnier, Neru Mills, Charlotte Horn. Under 12 Boys: Hallam Ingram, Jake Ford, Izaiah, Hugh Harrington.


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Sacred Heart cross country on Hammond Island


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A Goemu Bau Raiders ball carrier about to be tackled by two Argun Warriors opponents at the last Origin on Badu.

Ladies’ action at the last Origin carnival on Badu.

Teams rolling in for Island-of-Origin By ALF WILSON EIGHT men’s team and three women’s sides have already nominated for the 2013 Island of Origin rugby league carnival to

be held on Badu Island from July 4-6. Josephine Ahmat from the organising committee told the Torres News that so far in the men’s section Magun Warriors

(Yam Island), Mabuiag Island’s Goemu Bau Raiders, Argun Warriors (Badu), Saguci Tigers (Badu), Koedals (Badu), Dabu Titans (Kubin), Moa Boars (Moa), and

Thursday Island were competing. “We are still waiting to hear from the NPA and Top Top Western islands about possible sides,” Josephine said. This is great news for organisers as Argun Warriors defeated Saguci 20-14 in the grand final of the last carnival held in 2011. Argun Warriors has since gone on to win the title of Australia’s best All Blacks carnival side and will be keen to defend its Origin

supremacy. No Origin was held last year due to a lack of volunteers to run it. In the 2013 ladies section, Josephine said that Centrals Island, Dedeyal Gammas (St Pauls), and Badu/Mabuiag would be there. “There will possibly be one more team,” she said. Darts will also be played during the carnival with Warraber Island, Mabuiag, St Pauls, Badu, TI and NPA looking to enter two or more teams.

“Also Government Agencies will attend to promote their programs and services - Centrelink, Queensland Health (KSD, Child Health programs etc), Queensland Police - Licensing/ Registrations, Boating Safety, DV Programs etc,” she said. Josephine said that respected Torres Strait r u g b y l e a g u e Te r r y Abednego figure was interested in clinics and health awareness for juniors and looking at games for the oldies.

The strong possibility that a golden oldies game will be part of the carnival is sure to have many former Origin players pulling their football boots from the cobwebs in preparation. A golden oldies match several years ago at the Origin was well received by spectators and ex-players, officials, referees and officials participated. Although it did take weeks for some of them to recover from sore muscles.

Mills playing for NBA championship ring TORRES Strait’s Patrick Mills is on his way to the NBA Finals which started last Friday (Australian time) in Miami. The Australian’s San Antonio Spurs completed a 4-0 Western Conference Finals clean sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies last Monday with a 93-86 victory in Memphis. The Spurs, who have another Australian-connection in assistant coach Brett Brown at the club, are playing LeBron James’ Miami Heat in the best-of-seven finals. The Heat edged out the Indiana Pacers 4-3 in their best-of-sevem Eastern Conference finals. Point-guard Mills, 24, and fellow Aussie forward-centre Aaron Baynes will join Australian basketball greats Luc Longley and Andrew Gaze as owners of NBA Championship rings if they win. Longley won three rings with Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in the 1990s while Gaze earned one with the Spurs in 1999. US-born Brown is the former Australian men’s basketball coach and led the Boomers, which Page 28 Torres News

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featured both Mills and Baynes, at the London Games. The Spurs have been in hot form in the play-offs, with only Golden State Warriors, featuring Australian centre Andrew Bogut, challenging them. The Spurs dominated Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 in the first round, overcame the Warriors 4-2 in the Western Conference Semi-Finals and then crushed the Grizzlies 4-0 to reach the finals. Game 2 was played on Sunday (US time), with Tuesday (game 3), Thursday (game 4) and next S u n d a y / Tu e s d a y / T h u r s d a y (games 5/6/7 if needed. US media is speculating Mills could move on, with the Utah Jazz and New York Knicks both mentioned as possible new homes for the 2014 season. Mills has a 2013/14 player option with the Spurs for a modest $1.13million but struggles to get court time behind Tony Parker who is regarded as one of the best three players in the NBA. Critics believe Mills could get starting time if he moved to the right club.

Torres Strait’s Patrick Mills in action for the San Antonio Spurs.

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