Extract from media release of Ghillar Michael Anderson (7 July 2015)
For mainstream media to refer to PM Tony Abbott's suggestion that he would deal 'with love' any right wing opposition to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution – a 'Mandella type moment' is taking media spin to a ridiculous extreme. [ABC News 24 7 July 2015]. In reality PM Tony Abbott's Summit on Constitutional recognition with 40 Indigenous 'leaders' is more like a Pinochet or Hitler type moment for Aboriginal Peoples, so much so that the mainstream media refuses to deal with any oppositional point of view for Aboriginal Nations and Peoples.
This Recognise campaign is about securing the head of power to govern over Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. It is not about securing our rights or freeing us from racial discrimination.
Whether this is by design or construction from PM Tony Abbott, it is a far cry from a democratic process when opposing and critical opposite views are rejected and suppressed. As one of the placards from yesterday' s protest stated: “Decolonise not recognise!”
We can come up with all sorts of critical words and viewpoints to describe this oppressive state of affairs, but the central tenet of the Vote 'No' campaign opposing arguments can be directed at one significant point from the communique of the Summit on Constitutional recognition released yesterday and that is:
'.... Further we agree with the Joint Select Committee (Interim Report July 2014) that a successful referendum proposal must:
... Preserve the Commonwealth's power to make laws with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; ...'
[Statement issued on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander attendees at a meeting held today with the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader on Constitutional Recognition at HC Coombs Centre for Financial Studies, Sydney, 6 July 2015]
This statement now confirms PM Menzies advice in 1965 when the Commonwealth Parliament debated the Bills for the 1967 referendum, when he said that if Aboriginal people are taken out of the Constitution then the Parliament will have to make laws specifically for the Aboriginal race.
[See below in Background and at nationalunitygovernment.org/content/governments-attempting-counter-sovereignty-movement-understanding-when-we-are-winning ]
That is why Indigenous Land Corporation legislation is specifically for the members of the Aboriginal race. That is also why government has mainstreamed medical services etc to take away that independence and to assimilate us without our people understanding the real truth behind it.
If we look at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2005 it can be seen that all our rights are, in fact, guaranteed because of the international law on human rights and self-determination was imported into the common law of Australia through this Act.
[see below in Background and nationalunitygovernment.org/content/decolonisation-be-or-not-be-included-constitution ]
Our people are being completely mislead by the Aboriginal elite and some middle class educated Aboriginal people and the Recognise campaign. This is a despicable act on the part of the government selected so-called 'Indigenous leaders'. We must ask ourselves do they truly believe they are doing the right thing, when they forego all that we, and those who have gone before us, have been fighting for in favour of empty symbolism and feudal rhetoric.
Even though Britain rid itself of feudalism in 1660, colonial Australia is still governed under the feudal land system of escheat. This is why the Commonwealth government introduced the Native Title Act because they seek for us to prove we have connection to country as the original owners, courtesy Noel Pearson and the Magnificent Seven. These people were wrong then and they have it wrong now. I recall Pat Dodson making an oral submission to the Senate Standing Select Committee on Constitutional & Legal Affairs in 1981 in Alice Springs, when he said we need our land rights recognised first, before we go to the next step of Aboriginal Sovereignty, that one we can put in the too hard basket. They failed to give us Land Rights; they failed to articulate what Reconciliation is other than to shake hands, say G'day and walk across the Harbour Bridge. These people failed us then and they are failing us now.
But there is one significant point in our favour that must always be remembered - the ability of our people to rise to the occasion when we need to fight for our rights.