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    Australia: Riot police rescue Gillard, Abbott from protesters

    Riot police rescue Gillard, Abbott from protesters - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Riot police rescue Gillard, Abbott from protesters

    Updated January 26, 2012 16:51:28

    Photo: The Prime Minister was rushed to an awaiting vehicle. (AAP: Lukas Coch)

    Dozens of police and security guards have rescued Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott from a group of angry protesters who had surrounded a Canberra restaurant.

    The Prime Minister stumbled as she was rushed to an awaiting vehicle and was helped up by security officials who were confronted by the protesters.

    It appears the mob was incensed by remarks made by Mr Abbott earlier in the day in which he said he thought it was probably time to reconsider the relevance of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

    The protesters gathered outside the restaurant near Old Parliament House where Ms Gillard was handing out medals to emergency services representatives.

    Mr Abbott was also inside the building.

    At least 50 police, including the riot squad, were called to the scene shortly after 2.30pm (AEDT).

    The protesters, involved in a nearby event to mark the 40th anniversary of the embassy, banged on the three glass sides of the restaurant chanting "shame" and "racist".

    The two leaders, protected by police and security officers, escaped out a side door after about 20 minutes.

    Protesters chased their car down the road, banging on its roof and bonnet.

    There had been false reports that the Prime Minister had been tackled. Ms Gillard's office confirmed she lost her footing, and a shoe, as she was dragged by security.

    ACT Police Sergeant Chris Meagher says no-one was injured in the fracas and he has praised the police response.

    "Immediate response - we had about 35 to 45 police respond also with the assistance of uniform police from Parliament House as well," he said.

    Some of the protesters scuffled with police after the Prime Minister left but there have been no arrests.


    Photo: At least 50 police were called to help escort the leaders from the restaurant. (AAP: Lukas Coch)

    'Invasion day'

    Hundreds of people marched in the capital on the anniversary of the tent embassy, calling for land rights and Aboriginal sovereignty on what many call "invasion day".

    Embassy founder Michael Anderson addressed a rally at the site.

    "To hell with the Government and the courts in this country. You haven't got a high hope to take us on," he said.

    "We will force these issues. Too many of our families have suffered for some bastard to get in the road."

    Earlier, Mr Abbott told reporters in Sydney that he thinks it is probably time to reconsider the relevance of the tent embassy.

    He says he can understand why the embassy was established but he thinks times have changed for the better since then.

    "I think the Indigenous people of Australia can be very proud of the respect in which they are held with every Australian," he said.

    "Yes, I think a lot has changed and I think it's probably time to move on from that."

    'Madness'

    Mr Anderson said the comments were disrespectful.

    "He said the Aboriginal embassy had to go; we heard it on a radio broadcast," he said.

    "We thought no way, so we circled around the building."

    He said the protesters wanted the leaders to clarify their position and whether Mr Abbott was serious about removing the embassy.

    "You've got 1,000 people here peacefully protesting, and to make a statement about tearing down the embassy - it's just madness on the part of Tony Abbott.

    "What he said amounts to inciting racial riots."


    Photo: It appears the mob was incensed by remarks made by Tony Abbott earlier in the day. (AAP: Lukas Coch)

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    "Slavery is the daughter of darkness; an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction; ambition and intrigue take advantage of the credulity and inexperience of men who have no political, economic or civil knowledge. They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice."-Simón Bolívar

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    Earlier, Mr Abbott told reporters in Sydney that he thinks it is probably time to reconsider the relevance of the tent embassy.
    Probably unwise.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Abbott
    "I think the Indigenous people of Australia can be very proud of the respect in which they are held with every Australian," he said.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Anderson
    "What he said amounts to inciting racial riots."
    blaady heck, that's not quite right.

    everyone looks bad out of this.


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    Aust Day needs to be replaced, ANTaR says
    Thu Jan 26 2012

    The country needs to consider a more inclusive national holiday to replace Australia Day, Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) say.

    ANTaR national director Jacqueline Phillips said the day is regarded by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Invasion or Survival Day.

    "On January 26, a British naval officer, Arthur Phillip raised the Union Jack over Sydney without the consent of the first peoples," Ms Phillips said.

    "Until we choose a more appropriate national holiday, our aspirations for a modern, reconciled nation will be difficult to realise."

    ANTaR says it has sent a message of support to those at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra, which turns 40.

    Four Aboriginal men - Michael Anderson, Billy Craigie, Bertie Williams and Tony Coorey - set up the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, opposite Old Parliament House in Canberra, at 1am on January 27, 1972.

    The foursome camped underneath a beach umbrella in protest of the McMahon Liberal government's refusal to recognise Aboriginal land rights.

    Over the years the issues of sovereignty became central to the embassy's ongoing protest.

    "Forty years on, the Tent Embassy remains a powerful symbol of the Aboriginal struggle for equality, rights, recognition and sovereignty," Ms Phillips.

    "It is a reminder of how far we have come but also how far we have to go to secure a truly equal place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait people in this country."

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    you know why they call abbos boongs right?
    it's the sound they make as they bounce off your landcruiser.

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    Most racist of 60 odd countries Ive been to. Easy solution turn of the benefits and allow the aborignes to see hw much grog and glue they can buy when the debit cards don't work They were fucked and live on handouts with rare exceptions,like the white rastas of S London there is new generation of Bludgers in the Housos who ape their hunting and gathering lifestyle hunt grog and gather centerlink cheques. If any doubt a quick vist to Blackalls Park Fassifern or stroll around Sydne's inner West as I did in December reminded me what a relative failure the Oz welfare system is. During the recent good times stong Unions well paid jobs and comfort from ,albeit mortgaged,property value rorts tolerated such largesse. When the mine for China bubble bursts or the'Mad monk" brings more austere handouts I foresee the sort of desperation common to large parts of the "mother " country. An example two teenage girls wee collecting for Xmas charity next to Central,a group of 20-30 aborigines the males drunk at 0830am started abusing them,I intervened was threatened and asked an Indian taxidriver to call th cops ,he refused terrified by approaching gang of drunks,drove off (I reported hime later from Hotel ,no action to be taken,by police,I am prsuing via taxi licesing ) I am ashamed to say I was Chased off by these yobs(most 40 years younger,wis I'd been armed,Meanwhile frightened commuters ran away. n' I reached Mercure Hotel and summoned NSW Police. Not least surprise the officer said he did;t need a statement or description as they knew who these folks were. Gas 'em may be a slight over reaction but turn off the free grog is my advice to the Commonwealth taxpayers or drop em all on the Taleban,see how much culture sensitivity they get in Helmand. Rant over enjoy Australia day thin pickings here a baby ate our Dingo
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    ^

    Yep same shit happens every day in every city in Australia and some wankers call us Australians racist. ????

    They get given all sorts of support and social benefits and just piss it all up against the wall.

    Fuk me dead, if poor people in Asian countries had half of what the aboriginals are given they would be happy as fok.
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    Q. Why are Aboriginals only buried 6 inches under the ground when they pass away?

    A. So they can still get a hand out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    ^

    Yep same shit happens every day in every city in Australia and some wankers call us Australians racist. ????

    They get given all sorts of support and social benefits and just piss it all up against the wall.

    Fuk me dead, if poor people in Asian countries had half of what the aboriginals are given they would be happy as fok.

    You stole their rich natural resources, they should be living better then members of the Saudi Royal Family. If it wasn't for their land, you'd be piss poor. I don't know why you think everything in life is about social benefits, they had a way of life, their way of life, ever think they don't find your way of life the best way of life?

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    Look at that pic, that dipstick chick in the red top and her lsbian mate on the right, that's what fucks me off, what are they doing there rabble rousing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Gribbs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    ^

    Yep same shit happens every day in every city in Australia and some wankers call us Australians racist. ????

    They get given all sorts of support and social benefits and just piss it all up against the wall.

    Fuk me dead, if poor people in Asian countries had half of what the aboriginals are given they would be happy as fok.

    You stole their rich natural resources, they should be living better then members of the Saudi Royal Family. If it wasn't for their land, you'd be piss poor. I don't know why you think everything in life is about social benefits, they had a way of life, their way of life, ever think they don't find your way of life the best way of life?
    Yes, well they're too thick to make use of their resources, so we did, and paid them for it.
    They would never be able to live like members of the Saudi royals, they don't have the intelligence for it, they'd drink themselves dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo
    that's what fucks me off, what are they doing there rabble rousing
    yep..

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    On one hand this seems to me like an over-reaction. But of course it's hard to tell - I watched the Aussie video (two of them). It could also be bad planning - they were assembled for their awards next to this 'tent' city. Not the brightest it would seem - then again the risk was probably rated low to moderate. The crowd seemed smallish (100-200?).

    Couldn't the police handle that without the theatrics/drama without a "rescue"? "Oh! They might break the glass!" - It's almost like this Abbott guy knew that was planned. It makes me wonder if a male PM would have gone through this. Which raises the question - yes I know I'm Mr Conspiracy.. But ya gotta wonder. This wasn't a major threat now was it? Who wins and who loses - especially hard on the heals of Labour (Labor?) losing its key single-seat coalition partner?
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    Oh, as for the photo with her bodygaurd - she's doing exactly as she would have been trained to do. The whole thing looks weird to me. I mean the whole thing about talking to her loud enough for the clearly evident TV cameras right next to him about getting her out of there is like a red flag to a bull. Why did he do that? Why didn't he whisper to her that he had an urgent need to speak to her (over there - away from the media)?
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    phuck me wot a media beat up .........................

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    Looks like she's got her hand down his pants in both pics.

    Cinderella's dropped her slipper.
    What a set up!

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    Gillard's Media Advisor Quits After Role in Riot Revealed

    Julia Gillard outlines adviser Tony Hodges' role in tent embassy riot

    AAP January 28, 2012

    PRIME Minister Julia Gillard says her former media adviser Tony Hodges did not say or suggest that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott had called for the Aboriginal Tent Embassy to be torn down.

    Mr Hodges resigned on Friday after it was revealed he had told people on Thursday that Mr Abbott was at a Canberra restaurant where an awards ceremony was taking place.

    Ms Gillard said journalists at the event had told Mr Hodges that Mr Abbott had made comments earlier in relation to the tent embassy and called for people to move on.

    ''Mr Hodges in having received this information from journalists waiting at The Lobby restaurant formed the view that these comments should be responded to,'' Ms Gillard told reporters in Melbourne.

    The Prime Minister said Mr Hodges first contacted ACT Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Chris Bourke.

    When Dr Bourke was unavailable he was referred to ACT Unions secretary Kim Sattler

    Ms Gillard said Mr Hodges spoke to Ms Sattler by phone.

    ''Mr Hodges accurately conveyed to her the statement made by Mr Abbott,'' the prime minister said.

    ''At no point did Mr Hodges say to Ms Sattler that Mr Abbott had suggested that the tent embassy be torn down or removed in any way.''

    She said Mr Hodges suggested to Ms Sattler that it may be appropriate for a couple of Aboriginal spokespeople to go to the restaurant to respond to Mr Abbott's remarks.

    ''Mr Hodges in taking these actions acted alone and his actions were not authorised. Clearly they are viewed by me as unacceptable.''

    About 200 protesters surrounded the building on Thursday, many believing Mr Abbott had called for the embassy to be removed.

    Security guards ushered the Prime Minister and Mr Abbott out of the building and into a nearby car.

    Ms Gillard, who appeared distressed, tripped and lost a shoe in the incident.
    Ms Gillard said she accepted Mr Hodges' resignation because his conduct was unauthorised and unacceptable.

    She said no-one was angrier about the incident than her because of the impact it had on people who were receiving awards.

    ''They shouldn't have been been in a circumstance where instead of all eyes being on them, all eyes were on protesters and people pounding on glass,'' she said.
    ''The people who initiated those violent acts, the people who were involved in those violent acts, are responsible for the violence that was there.

    ''Their conduct has made me very angry. It's understandably made people around the nation very angry indeed.''

    The prime minister said she was also angry at Mr Abbott for suggesting she had a part in the disruption.

    ''For it to be insinuated that I would play some role in disrupting an event to recognise Australians who had performed miracles during a natural disaster is deeply offensive.

    ''And it is absolutely typical of Mr Abbott's negativity and his tendency to go too far.''

    Earlier, tent embassy members had identified Ms Satter as the person who advised protesters on Australia Day as to Mr Abbott's whereabouts.
    "This person said Tony Abbott is in the coffee shop talking to the press about closing down the Aboriginal Tent Embassy," Tent Embassy representative Barbara Shaw told reporters on Saturday.

    "She clearly stated 'tell people'. So that's what I did."

    "They (media representatives) clearly stated that it was Kim Sattler speaking to me. It's recorded on a number of videos.

    "I know who she is now. Thursday afternoon I didn't know who she was."
    Ms Shaw identified a photograph of Ms Sattler which was handed to her.
    One of the founders of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Michael Anderson, said Ms Sattler had spoken to him as well.

    "There was a lady running around here when I was doing a radio interview and she said the prime minister's office wants to talk to you and I thought she was joking and said I'll talk later," he told reporters.

    "I know that woman to be Kim Sattler."

    Mr Anderson said Ms Sattler recognised who he was.

    "She came and then she went away and, because I didn't respond, she went to other people," he said.

    "All she said was 'Michael. the prime minister's office would like to talk to you."'
    Mr Anderson said he believed the protest incident outside the restaurant on Thursday was a set-up.

    ''Someone set us up. They set the prime minister up. They set Abbott up,'' he said.

    ''And they knew that feelings and emotions were running high here and I think they knew that reaction would occur.''

    Mr Anderson said that person would face retribution under Aboriginal law.
    ''And whoever it was that really promoted that confrontation, we need to take them through the cleaners.

    ''And I'd like them to hand them back when they finish under White Man law, give him under our law so we can put him under our law as well.''

    Comment has been sought from Ms Sattler.

    Mr Anderson said the Tent Embassy would pursue a legal challenge against the British Government.

    He said the embassy had lawyers in London who would take their concerns to the European Court of Human Rights and possibly the International Court of Justice.
    ''England still has some residual obligation in Australia.

    ''So what we're doing now is we're investigating the legal ramifications of that 1875 Act which recognises when Queen Victoria said she did not claim sovereignty or dominion over Aboriginal lands of this country and the people.

    ''Our objective is to go after England because they failed to implement their law in this country.''

    Mr Anderson said he had been advised that the Tent Embassy had the capacity to sue the British Government in the court system.

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    Aside from the 'shoe' - there was a series of mis-steps. The bodygaurd should have quietly worked out a plan to remove her (and at her request the Oppoistion leader) without bleating it out in front of several people and a TV camera with reporters. Maybe there was only way out and it wouldn't have mattered if they heard. But still - common sense - whytell everyone? Also a diversion should have been created at one side to make the egress easier at another exit - instead they decided to just charge out of the place with a few cops and security guards around her. Didn't look very professional to me.

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    So it was her staff that caused it, nice to see she's hung him out to dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer
    Maybe there was only way out
    There is never only one way out of a public building. It was a set up to show the helpless female prime minister being bullied by a mob.

    Her security force should be ashamed and fired for such bad planning and execution.

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    She's attempting a false flag as an excuse to target protest groups in general. It was a rehearsed event.

    Look at the cop's face, the one with her in a grip. I can imagine what was going through his mind then! He doesn't know whether to look determined or laugh his head off!

    Pressure's been building up against her from the opposition parties lately.
    Environmental groups along with a lot of Ozies are getting sick of her deceit and presumption.
    She's not very popular at all.

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    Nah, she's not too popular at the moment, but like it or not she's the PM. Even though I usually vote for the other side, she is the PM, and IMO leaders should get some kind of respect..
    I'm seriously considering canceling my upcoming LOS trip, and "protesting" in this manner towards the "tent embassy" leader and see if I'm arrested.

    Their land? Like fuck, my ancestors took it off them fair and square, they didn't even put up a fight.
    Abbott dares to speculate the tent "embassy" is a bit out of date and this happens - well fuck me, I agree with him. I mean really, a tent embassy... Please! I'm sure the "employees" of said "tent embassy" are employees and paid a full time wage by... well by who??? Surely they aren't dole recipients.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redbaron
    Their land? Like fuck, my ancestors took it off them fair and square, they didn't even put up a fight.
    I'm sure white S Africans said the same ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbaron
    she is the PM, and IMO leaders should get some kind of respect..
    show her the same respect she showed us

    the lying bitch

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    likely - the difference being, unlike years ago, now the indiginous people of australia DO have a "fair go" - extra jobs, extra social security, and it seems they can even assault the leaders of the country and get away with it. No charges were laid.

    How would anyone attempting to assault the US president (no matter which one) go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbaron
    likely - the difference being, unlike years ago, now the indiginous people of australia DO have a "fair go" - extra jobs, extra social security
    Doesn't appear to be the case.

    Aboriginal people are the most disadvantaged group in our community.
    • Most indicators of poverty and related disadvantage show that Aboriginal people are between 2 and 3 times worse off than non-Aboriginal people in Australia. 1
    • Being disengaged from education and employment increases the risk of poverty. 1
    • Only 45% of Aboriginal teenagers are still at school, compared to 70% of non-Aboriginal teenagers. 1
    • 35% of Aboriginal teenagers are unemployed or not participating in the labour force, compared to 10% of non-Aboriginal teenagers. 1
    • Aboriginal people have a low rate of school retention (staying at school to complete their HSC), and a low rate of entry to tertiary education. 7
    • The life expectancy of Aboriginal people is 20 years less than non-Aboriginal people. 3
    • Aboriginal people are 20 times more likely to be homeless. 8
    • Aboriginal people suffer greater ill health, are more likely to experience disability and reduced quality of life than non-Aboriginal people. 3
    • Contrary to popular belief, Aboriginal people receive over 30% less financial support per person than non-Aboriginal people. 23
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