Tag Archives: tent embassy

Canberra Tales: Huts of protest


If you happen to be driving past the South African Embassy in Canberra, you may notice a lonely and disused sentry box on the corner near the entrance to the embassy and its residence. Today, this corner of Canberra is very quiet and most people drive by without giving any thought to the place this [...]

Inside Out comes to Canberra

By 14 June 2013

A two-day forum entitles Inside Out: new actions for change by First Australians will take place in Canberra next month.
The event will cost $440 and you can grab tickets through the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website at
Registrations are now open for Inside Out: new actions for change by First [...]

Father of Hip Hop to tour the Tent Embassy

By 26 March 2012

KP Records and the Tent Embassy are letting you know that New York Hip Hop kingpin KRS One is going to be making a solidarity visit to the Tent Embassy when he’s here in Canberra on 12 April (to play on 13 April).
This special meeting will be conducted at the Tent Embassy to give KRS [...]

Kim Sattler on 7.30

By 15 February 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

The head of Unions ACT, Kim Sattler, got a lengthy run on the ABC’s 7.30 report last night.
Probably not how she’d have wanted to appear with her actions on Australia Day and involvement in the nationally humiliating fracas getting a forensic going over.

The Mully Cup for January 2012 goes to Kim Sattler from Unions ACT

By 1 February 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

*drum roll*
The Mully Cup* for January 2012 looked like a lock for Simon Corbell as he’s the only person we could think of responsible for housing affordability.
But then Australia Day rolled around and the Prime Minister was publicly humiliated in pictures that went around the world.
It’s still not entirely clear what role Canberra’s Kim [...]

The Slap. Slow motion from the Tent Embassy protest

By 31 January 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

WGARaustralia has graced YouTube with some fascinating video of last Thursday’s Tent Embassy disturbance.
Curious stuff.
(Thanks to Min Mae for posting this on facebook)

So what is Kim Sattler’s story?

By 30 January 2012

Unions ACT boss Kim Sattler is still refusing to take a bullet for Julia Gillard despite the PM’s best efforts to make her the fall guy for the unedifying spectacle on Australia Day.
Today in The Age Michelle Grattan is not giving up on the yarn:
Ms Sattler made several contradictory comments about the affair. She initially [...]

Canberra’s Kim Sattler and the Australia Day fracas

By 28 January 2012

In the Canberra Times the Secretary of Unions ACT, Kim Sattler, is denying she was the one who riled up the Tent Embassy with news from the Prime Minister’s Office that Tony Abbott was in the nearby lobby restaurant.
When contacted by the Sunday Canberra Times this morning, Ms Sattler said she had been at the [...]

Parliament House protests

By 27 January 2012

Apparently there are protesters marching on Parliament House and burning a flag out the front as a result of what went down yesterday.
Anyone know whats going on?

ED – Socket Gar’eh has sent in these pictures taken from the bus on Commonwealth Avenue with this note:
Hey Johnboy, was on the bus around 2.15pm rounding Parliament House [...]

Julia trapped by an angry mob at the Tent Embassy?

By 26 January 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

We’re hearing there have been ugly scenes at the tent embassy with the Prime Minister needing to be rescued by police.
If you were there please tell us all about it in the comments or mail pictures through to .
Here’s Nine’s take on it:

Tent Embassy turning 40 and drumming up a big gathering

By 11 January 2012

[ 26 January 2012 to 29 January 2012. ]

Last June we had a look at planning for the Aboriginal Tent Embassy’s 40th anniversary.

Today pink little birdie has reminded me that’s it’s full steam ahead.

This from the Facebook event page:

Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters and other members of the general public, to come together at the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ site, on Thursday [...]

Armoured rescue vehicle deployed at the Tent Embassy

By 10 January 2012

ACT Policing apprehended a 28-year-old man following negotiated surrender at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy last night (Monday, January 10).
Around 11.30pm police attended the tent embassy after a man and a woman flagged down AFP Protective Services Officers following an alleged assault and theft.
Witnesses said a man at the site threatened to shoot them. Police attended [...]

Trouble at the old Tent Embassy

By 2 September 2011

Just looking to share an unfortunate incident that I happened to be witness whilst on my lunchtime constitutional.  A group of tourists, composed of a number of adults with cameras and children in tail, happened upon the grassy area that encompasses the area usually associated with the Tent Embassy.
As innocent as their endeavours appeared to [...]

Tent Embassy documentary. Ningla A-Na

By 14 June 2011

[ 20 June 2011 at 1:00 pm; ] Facebook brings word of a screening at the Arc Cinema (National Film and Sound Archive) of a documentary on the founding of the Tent Embassy here in Canberra.

Made in 1972, this documentary records the events surrounding the establishment of the Aboriginal tent embassy on the lawns of Parliament House. It incorporates interviews with black activists, [...]

The Tent Embassy turns 40 next year


Facebook brings word that the Tent Embassy in front of Old Parliament House is celebrating its 40th birthday next Australia Day.
Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters and other members of the general public, to come together at the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ site, on Thursday 26th January 2012, to celebrate “SOVEREIGNTY DAY” and be [...]

Souvenir shenanigans at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy?

By 30 July 2010

Something is brewing at the Tent Embassy and it has to do with souvenirs.
On a recent visit I noticed that the area around the mosaic at the Tent Embassy is now decked out with tables selling all manner of Australiana souvenirs. There is new handmade signage directing people to the items on sale and that [...]

Interesting topic on the 7:30 Report; should the Australian War Memorial have a section devoted to the conflict between aboriginals and the 18th century Europeans?

By 27 February 2009

I suppose some aboriginals would consider that they are still at war with white settlement.
[ED - The transcript is online. Perhaps if this could be offered in exchange for packing up the tent embassy?]

Tent Embassy land grab?

By 3 February 2009

Over the last couple of days I have noticed that the temporary style accommodation and vehicles around the Tent Embassy opposite Old Parliament House have grown considerably. I guess there may have been increased numbers in town for Australia Day, but that is now over one week ago. Does anybody know if there is another [...]

Another look at Canberra and the Tent Embassy

By 3 October 2008

Overlander TV a travel video channel have been chatting to Darren Bloomfield at the Aboriginal tent embassy. It’s an interesting approach to the issues.

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