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Tension between Australian Aborigines over sovereignty
Unless we address divisive policies, a gigantic David and Goliath struggle going on in Aboriginal Affairs has the potential to become an enormous disconnect between First Nations people supposedly aspiring for the same outcome.
Challenging the Great Divide in a David and Goliath struggle
By Ghillar, Michael Anderson
Mataganka, Northern Territory, 1 June 2018 – On my way Home from the Kimberley, Western Australia I reflected on a gigantic David and Goliath struggle going on in Aboriginal Affairs, a struggle with the potential to become an enormous disconnect between First Nations people supposedly aspiring for the same outcome, unless we address divisive policies.
What is currently and actively going on without our Peoples’ full realisation is the struggle between, on the one hand, grassroots Peoples and their leadership, who are beginning to assert their pre-existing and continuing sovereign status as linguistically based Nations, whose Countries are occupied by the Australian/British colonialist administrators and, on the other hand, the assimilated two-bob-mob conditioned by the colonised mindset who are attempting to derail the sovereignty movement. Only yesterday at Warmun, Turkey Creek, Kimberley Land Council
presenters were challenged by people asserting their sovereign position, only to be told sovereignty was a ‘load of rubbish’ but this was strongly refuted by Elders and the younger generations. This situation at Warmun is developing fast.
The complex and grimy underbelly of Australia is gradually being exposed for the world to see. Meanwhile in the international arena, diplomats under the instruction of the executive Commonwealth government falsely pretend that Australia is an independent Nation. The Australians sitting in the UN are there at the behest of Britain and are mere puppets to the United States and Britain.
These puppets, in the guise of the Australian State, hide the fact that there is a major struggle for sovereign title to this island continent, now known as Australia, These colonial puppets know they have no legitimacy while ever our sovereign First Nations continue to exist and our Law if the Law of the Land, always was, always will be.
This is a major material legal fact the governments now realise and know that they do have trouble within their midst.
Australia is trapped between a rock and a hard place, because its true legitimacy as a sovereign state cannot and will not be achieved while our First Nations Peoples continue to challenge the sovereignty of the occupying British Crown, through our pre-existing and continuing sovereignty, as we are the sovereigns of the soil and have never ceded nor relinquished our sovereignty to the British Crown.
On this most recent journey to the Kimberley, I was alerted to the very real fact of the enormous destruction and desecration that is looming without our people knowing what is coming. In this regard, I am reminded of a statement by Kevin Buzzacott,
Arabunna Elder and Lawman, who drew ‘The Black Line’ at the Aboriginal Embassy twenty years ago and said:
I, Kevin Buzzacott, from Lake Eyre
have to stop the destruction that’s happening in Lake Eyre
I’m calling on all leaders, full Aboriginal leaders
all full white (non-Aboriginal) leaders
to witness that I read to the Australian Government
and Aboriginal leaders
the ancient rights of this land
to sort out who’s on which side of the line
who’s causing destruction
who’s implementing all the misery
and destruction on innocent people?
This is the final call up before confrontation.
The stakes are too high
there’s no turning back.
The wrongs that that have been committed -
these people who are actually doing it
they don’t know what they are destroying.”
The realisation is that State and Territory governments, aided by the Commonwealth, are now funding a covert operation to get our grassroots people signed up to agreements, such as Indigenous Land Use Agreements
(ILUAs), Prescribed Body Corporates (PBCs) and the farcical treaties currently being proposed nationwide, while at the same time they are funding a second covert operation to get some form of constitutional recognition,
following the lines of the Uluru/Yullara Statement.
The WALKOUT from the corrupt Referendum process at Yullara and the statements we made clearly had an impact upon the government sitting in Canberra, because they were forced to realise that there was NOT a true consensus on the proposed constitutional inclusion. The actual ‘Uluru Statement’ must have sent shock waves that propelled the government to abandon its enthusiasm for a referendum.
It is now clear that, because of the WALKOUT, the government became aware that the leadership for this Constitutional inclusion had failed, because the grassroots people saw through the con and did not want to be included in a racist colonial constitution belonging to Britain.
The impact that the WALKOUT had on those present created a situation that scared the organisers, who clearly lost the complete overview of their original intentions, which the government know of. The final document that was concluded came completely out of left field and the government realised mere symbolism was never going to be accepted.
Now the government has changed the leadership of the original referendum push and has now commenced a new approach to constitutional inclusion Mark II, with new faces at the helm. It has now become a case of – if at first you don’t succeed try, try, and try again.
There is a very concerning matter that is raising its head in no uncertain terms. This chasm that is opening up between our people is about to burst the vessel of tolerance. Unfortunately, it has to be named because too many people at the grassroots are now talking about it in many of the communities.
The grassroots leadership, that is, people living on Country and who have always lived on Country going through the hard times of severe oppression are now making their stand
against the occupying colonising powers to state their claim of rights and entitlements as the sovereign First Nations and Peoples.
For our people at the grassroots and who live on Country, constitutional inclusion is not a pressing consideration. Our Peoples have a bigger fish to fry.
Ironically, the division that has emerged is one where reconciliation, constitutional recognition and Treaties merge against the assertion of our pre-existing and continuing sovereignty over the land mass and islands now called Australia.
This chasm of difference must be addressed as a matter of urgency, otherwise it will implode and the net result will be a divide between our mob that will take generations to resolve. The internal struggle will have to be resolved well before any semblance of order in our political struggle can be achieved. The grassroots people are now patently clear that many of the descendants of those who were exempted under State laws, that is the ‘Dog Tag’
achievers, are now the ones who are controlling the government push to steal our patrimony and all that goes with it.
Moreover, many of the grassroots communities express grave concern that these people have teamed up with certain descendants of the stolen generation, whose families were unfortunately de-Aboriginalised, but who now assert Aboriginality, having studied Aboriginal studies at university. It is most unfortunate that we have come to this point in having to expose the underbelly of the internal struggle in Aboriginal Affairs. This is one of the evils of the scourge of colonialism - divide, conquer and rule.
Some senior Lawmen across this Country have expressed grave concerns that there are First Nations men, who have completed their ceremonies and who now live in cities, facilitating what the bush people call ‘microwaving’ for a high fee, that is, doing physical ceremonies so that they can say they are Men under Aboriginal Law and, in turn, argue that they then have the right to speak for Country, even though they do not have, nor maintain, proper connection to their own mob, in accordance with their own Law and customs.
There is another group who are university trained and are professionals in the occupiers’ world and these are the people, who the government authorises the mainstream media to focus on, so that there is a false image being put out there that they are the ‘leaders’ who speak for all Aboriginal people across this land.
We have said right from the beginning that Aboriginal Peoples and their Nations linguistically are different from each other and not one group can speak for another. When this is fully realised by the occupying State’s leaders, then we may be able to find a pathway through the current impasse.
Then there are those who were taken during 1940s, 1950s and 1960s and were either adopted or fostered out. Some of these children became very successful in their own right, while some others have been traumatised and continue to live with that trauma. But for those who became educated and successful we must applaud them and congratulate them, but we ask that they do not come back and pretend to hold the answer or solutions to an historical intergenerational struggle against the occupying oppressors. Grassroots understandings of assertion of sovereignty are very different from those with the colonisers’ mindset.
As I travel across this Country I constantly observe that the two-bob-mob are frequently visiting our Peoples throughout Australia, pushing what appears to be promises of change. But our people are now beginning to realise that they are being cheated and conned by these government funded traitors to our cause.
On another note, many of our First Nations people now realise that Native Title
gives you nothing, except to facilitate treachery and division, which is aimed at legalising the continental theft of this Country.
Having travelled and talked with many grassroots Peoples, who have gone through the experiences of false promises of change and better conditions, along with Native Title settlement determinations, it is clear that most of the people do not realise what the consequences are that flow from these Native Title determinations and are coerced into signing away Country and future claims, while agreeing to false promises that may come for the next generation.
Having looked at some of these Native Title determinations and speaking directly with the claimant groups, it is obvious that they were not permitted to have their own independent legal, political, social and cultural advisors to sit and inform with them of all the possible consequences that flow from these Native Title determinations. Not having independent legal advice and being told by the Native Title organisations that it all ‘had to be done in-house’ is coercive and an outright lie, which results in denial of natural justice and free, prior and informed consent.
The governments of Australia are propagating the same coercive lies to the people about the possible beneficial outcomes of constitutional recognition and/or a Treaty. The Victorian Treaty model
that is currently being proposed needs to be very carefully analysed,
if the First Nations Peoples in Victoria are to pursue this ambition without ceding or relinquishing, in part or in whole, their inherent sovereignty.
The deceit and treachery that is occurring in our First Nations’ struggle is the fuelled by the intent of the occupying colonising power to gain legitimacy by stealth, through First Nations surrendering sovereign claims to all that exists within this continent. The governments do NOT care about our welfare and well-being. Their aim is assimilation and the surrendering of our sovereign claims. Many people whom I have recently met around this Country are now working on their own solutions, the first of which is to identify ‘right people for right Country’.
The Native Title process and the constitutional recognition referendum is divisive and promises nothing in real terms. The Native Title process, constitutional recognition and Treaty have now scrambled our peoples’ thinking. This is a clear ploy by the governments and the conspiring two-bob-mob to finalise the absolute theft of our Peoples’ lands, culture, language and resources. The two-bob-mob will facilitate the Final Solution to assimilate our Peoples into a foreign occupying power’s society, in which our culture, language, proper ceremonies will be things to study and observe in museums through non-Aboriginal interpreters. Meanwhile our sacred lands and waters are desecrated with impunity.
The façade and the lies have become so great that it is often hard to tell where the truth starts and/or ends.
One thing I do know is that those with whom I am working through the Sovereign Union
know who they are, know where they come from and know where they are going, and whatever it takes will stand and fight against all the odds for what is right and what is theirs.
We will find solutions to retracting and addressing the wrongful, deceitful, treacherous actions that have been perpetrated against us by the ‘two-bob-mob’ and the governments.
Money is not the solution. These evil wrongdoers will soon realise that bribing impoverished Peoples to get their support is an empty vessel. They may act for money, but what is embedded in their heart and spirit money cannot buy.
During recent events in WA, the Kimberley Land Council appears on the surface to be pushing the interest and barrow of the mining proponents on and within the lands of the First Nations Peoples, whom they classify as their clients. In reality, there exists a major conflict of interest, which arises because, on the one hand, the Kimberley Land Council and its agents are supposedly acting in the best interest of their First Nations clients to win back rights to control their Country as self-determining Peoples and they are paid by the Commonwealth government to carry out this task on behalf of their clients. But, on the other hand, when governments issue exploration licenses and/or mining tenements the same lawyers then charge mining companies service fees to get First Nations clients to consent for the mining proponents to have the right to explore and mine the lands.
It is interesting to note that Kimberley Land Council staff and their agents such as the Kimberley Regional Economic Development corporation (KRED)
and KRED Legal
get dominant and thuggish community members to demand and force the Old People to attend meetings on Native Title claims that they do NOT want, and to sit down and talk to mining companies, who they do not want on their Country.
What makes this even more horrific is the fact that Kimberley Land Council and KRED Legal anthropologists go uninvited to the homes and doors of the Elders, if they don’t attend the meetings and try to con them by giving them sit-down money so they can get a signature of approval for exploration or mining.
The Warmun community, aka Turkey Creek, is presently under assault by KLC and its agents on a weekly basis. I have seen it for myself and have listened to the Old People who say: ‘We do not want this.’ and then complain that the agents for the mining proponents get people who have no authority to go out for $300 per day under a program of look-see and clearing the land of any sites of cultural significance, without the approval of the senior Elders.
What makes Native Title even worse, in the case of the Kimberley area, is that much of the land is already defined as ‘Land Reserved for Aborigines only’ and held by WA Aboriginal Lands Trust (ALT).
This is tantamount to ‘exclusive possession’, but the Kimberley Land Council, KRED Legal and Arma are demanding that the proper owners apply for a Native Title determination over these old Aboriginal-owned pastoral leases and reserves. On analysis, the only motive for this is so that the KLC and its agencies, such as KRED Legal and ARMA can get the Right To Negotiate (RTN) with trillion dollar mining projects under the Native Title Act, where the owners can only be promised between 0.2% and 0.5% and possibly some jobs for a selected few. A Native Title determination will give them a lesser title to that of the Aboriginal Lands Trust title. In this case what should be happening is a demand for the WA State government to transfer the Aboriginal Lands Trust lands to the rightful owners and they do know who they are. There are many other instances of this type of corruption. Such is the divisiveness of Native Title and colonialism.
Ghillar, Michael Anderson
Convenor of Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia
and Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic
ghillar29 [at] gmail.com, 0499 080 660, http://www.sovereignunion.mobi