Hope on the Horizon for Australia’s Indigenous!
By Hwaa Irfan
It was as recent as March 2011 when Michael Anderson, the last survivor of the four 1972 founders of the Aboriginal embassy in Canberra, Australia and leader of the 3,000 Euahlayi people, described Australia’s desire to be the last bastion of the Aryan race. This was exampled in 1867 when Prince Alfred’s visit to colonial Australia was deemed as a torch bearer for colonialists. When Anderson made his remark it was in the context of the Australian bid for a seat on U.N’s Security Council. As far as Anderson was concerned:
“Australia does not have the right to be nominated, let alone have a seat there. How can a colonial state of England have such a right? We will make every effort to lobby against Australia getting nominated.”
Since then Queen Elizabeth II of England made a rare royal public appearance on a 10-visit to Australia in October 2011. Royalists and anti-royalists were prepared, but the real reason for her visit was never made apparent. As the 84 year old Constitutional monarch of Australia and 39 other countries (referred to as the Commonwealth) much of the old British colonial empire is still in place as evidenced by there never dwindling wealth. The Commonwealth is a direct transference of the British Empire into what has become the common wealth, but whom/what? We were reminded of this relationship as the official reason for her trip was to preside as Head of Commonwealth Nations as the two-yearly meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government held in Perth. The theme of that conference attended by representatives from 50 states was ‘Building National Resilience, Building Global Resilience’ though by looking at the recent actions of European globalists over the eurozone crisis, national and global are not mutual unless the national serves the globalists.
Then President Barack Obama visited Australia the following month, November 2011 to increase U.S. military presence as a part of U.S. global governance. But given that the governing nature of the Commonwealth Nation is against unconstitutional overthrow of governments and the U.S. overthrows anything that gets in its way, there is an unpublicized struggle for power between the two entities.
In the mean time, the much unpublicized Occupy Melbourne Movement’s 8th General Assembly passed a proposal to support the creation of a treaty between the First Nations of Australia and the Australian Commonwealth Government following the first call in 1972 by the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra for aboriginal sovereignty.
The Australian Government had planned to peruse a formal recognition of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution, but without a treaty the basis of the Constitution the law falls on fallow ground.
Of those indigenous peoples after so much suffering, humiliation, and degradation can give a better example of what it means to be true to one’s self over hundreds of years and attempts to erode that identity, those indigenous of Australia who have never given up on themselves is that example of what it means to fight for something that is worth fighting for.
The way forward comes in many forms, and sometimes from the heavens down instead of from the Earth up to the dismay of materialists who are separated from the Greater Reality, but when one’s consciousness is low, small is one’s perception of the machinations of the world.
Uluru has been calling from the Akashic Records, and change is afoot. The great floods that took place in Australia in 2010 have blessed the land and made it more fertile for a sustainable reality.
The first half of December 2011, witnessed the indigenous of Hope Vale being allowed 110,000 hectares of freehold title land under the State’s Aboriginal Land Act along with an ex-gratia payment of U.S$6.5mn in royalties collected by the government for mining. Home to 1,000 people of 13 clans finally there is real acknowledgement that the indigenous have a right to live, own, and manage their land albeit a percentage of their native land. This sets an example of what should take place in the sharing of the world’s natural resources instead of the ongoing pillaging, and decimation of peoples in the neo-colonial mentally behind land grab activities.
Still in Queensland, the indigenous Muluridji people have been recognized as the native title holders of 12,030 hectares of land N.W. of Cairns. That also includes the Hann Tableland National Park, Mareeba Tropical Savanna, Wetland Reserve Nature Refuge. The original claim was lodged by the Muluridji Muluridji Tribal Aboriginal Corporation in 1998, and 2001, and has now been recognized by the Courts including the right to access, the right to be on the land, the right to hunt, fish, and the water rights.
In South Australia, the Federal Courts recognized the claims to 20,000 sq km in Bloods Creek by the Eringa and the Wangkangurru/Yarluyandi people. This represents honouring of an eight claim with others going back to 2006. The Wangkangurru/Yarluyandi had to be persistent with previous claims lodged in 1996, 1994 and 2010. Now they have non-exclusive rights to live, hunt, fish, and gather natural resources, and to carryout cultural and religious activities in light of the presence of pastoral lease holders.
As the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Embassy in Canberra approaches on 26 January 2012 there are still countless issues to address including the Whitehall copy of the Pacific Islander Protection Act 1875 which states:
Nothing herein or in any such Order in Council contained shall extend or be construed to extend to invest Her Majesty, her heirs and successors, with any claim or title whatsoever to dominion or sovereignty over any such islands or places as aforesaid, or to derogate from the rights of the tribes, or people inhabiting such islands or places, or of chiefs or rulers thereof, to such sovereignty or dominion, and a copy of every such Order in Council shall be laid before each House of Parliament within thirty days after the issue thereof, unless Parliament shall not be in session, in which case a copy shall be laid before each House of Parliament within thirty days after the commencement of the next ensuing session.
Anderson, M. “Australia: Who Deleted the Phrase ‘Her Heirs And Successors’?” http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13271%3Aaustralia-who-deleted-the-phrase-her-heirs-and-successors&catid=24%3Aaustralia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=57&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IndigenousPeoplesResources+%28Indigenous+Peoples+Issues+%26+Resources%29
Minister for Finance, Natural Resources and the Arts “Queensland: Handover Of Land Supports Traditional Ownership On Remote Aboriginal Community.”