by Sherryn Groch, Canberra Times, Nov 6, 2017
It’s hosted Canberra’s prime ministers, diplomats and brides but now the iconic Lobby restaurant is home to a quiet occupation.
Nioka Coe, a Ngunnawal person, joined forces on Sunday with the Aboriginal Tent Embassy to “reclaim” the restaurant in an act of sovereignty. Read the rest of this entry
June 15, 2014
Brisbane protest harks back to old rifts
Laraine Stathan and Mirand Forester, May 16, 2012
An Aboriginal rights protest directed at Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has marred the ceremonial opening of parliament and harked back to the state’s days of deep division.
Around 200 police surrounded Musgrave Park at South Brisbane on Wednesday to remove tent embassy protesters who had refused to make way for this weekend’s annual Greek festival.
The ugly eviction, which saw 31 people arrested, coincided with the official opening of parliament. Read the rest of this entry
PM dragged away after being trapped by protesters
Dylan Welch, Sydney Morning Herald, January 26, 2012
The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, had to be extracted from a restaurant near Parliament House as angry protesters banged on the glass.
Supporters of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra picketed the Lobby restaurant over comments by Mr Abbott this morning that the tent embassy should close.
As many as 200 gathered in front of the restaurant, banging on its glass walls and yelling “shame” and “racist”. Read the rest of this entry
Aboriginal tent embassy clocks up 40 years
Lisa Martin, Sydney Morning Herald, January 24, 2012
For some it’s a Canberra eyesore, for others a curiosity but on the eve of its 40th anniversary the Aboriginal Tent Embassy is still in place – an icon of indigenous struggle for generations of Australians.
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. Read the rest of this entry