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Australia’s Aboriginal Sovereign Union needs a genuine pathway, not just an inadequate Treaty

 To  Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia When resetting the agenda:  Don’t cede your sovereignty or acquiesce, in your enthusiasm for Treaty-talks

 Ghillar, Michael Anderson,, Convenor of the Sovereign Union, last surviving member of the founding four of the Aboriginal Embassy and Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic  provides further insight into a viable pathway going forward. 4 Nov 17 

I propose a refocusing of our political agenda, after our successful and clear ending of the constitutional recognition campaign, because Sovereignty-educated grassroots First Nations people refused to accept mere symbolic inclusion in the colonial Constitution. This spelt the death knell for the bipartisan coercion to lure our Peoples into their racist colonial constitution, in order to put an end to the power of the Sovereignty Movement.

At least it is now clear that Aboriginal people have never been in the Australian Constitution and have never had citizenship, but instead are classified as ‘aliens’ by the constitution. The constitution clearly stipulates that children who are born of a foreign group who have been in hostilities with British colonisers at the time of their birth, which includes 100% of our people all over this country, are deemed to be and classified as ‘aliens’. This is confirmed by Quick and Garran’s interpretation of the constitution on the matter of aliens. This, in my view, confirms, that we, the descendents, continue to be classified as  ‘aliens’ and non-citizens. This raises serious questions about the continued presence of all Aboriginal people in the Federal parliament, given they cannot produce any naturalisation nor citizenship papers.

If there is ever to be a national treaty between the Commonwealth and First Nations, it has to be through a process of meaningful negotiation in respect of our pre-existing and continuing sovereignty. Additionally, a prerequisite to negotiations of a complete package is for the Commonwealth and its colonial States and Territories to unequivocally admit to the atrocities committed and gross violations of human rights perpetrated against First Nations Peoples.

A meaningful national treaty or treaties must include reparations, restitution and compensation for all the wrongdoings and the horrific carnage that occurred during the colonial establishment of modern Australia, which continues to traumatise to this day in all its forms, along with a guarantee that it never happens again.

There can be no justice, no peaceful co-existence, without honesty and truth.

I find a need to revisit the historical aspects associated with Treaty-making Australian style. It has come to my attention that Patrick Dodson now appears to accept a lesson from the past, that is, he now appears to be recanting his original objection to treaty-making. In 1991, as the first Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Patrick Dodson was quick to make a media statement that ‘Treaty is not on the agenda’. It is ironic that Patrick Dodson may have seen the errors of his ways and now seeks to get on the same page that the National Aboriginal Conference (NAC) and Kevin Gilbert’s 1979 call for a Sovereign Treaty and the Treaty 88 campaign were on more than 30 years ago.

The time has come when we must focus a defined strategy that will achieve our liberation and freedom, without appointed so-called ‘leaders’ (agents of the coloniser) bending to the occupiers’ agenda.

The reality that now has to be dealt with is: What process is to be followed for a treaty or treaties that concludes a remedy for our Peoples’ objective, for our age-old campaign to locate solutions for us to go forward. Who will set the agenda now for the treaty/treaties-process, if that’s what people want?

The material that has been circulating on this and other related topics raises a number of questions that must be addressed before we are to go forward, namely: What will be the centre-pieces of a national Treaty or Treaties?

We need to investigate the different options in respect to signing a Treaty/Treaties and to know if  there are viable alternatives? Treaties between First Nations is a solid start, but there still needs to be a final resolution with the occupying power of the Commonwealth. Then there is also the option of a Peace Accord, considering we are oppressed by a belligerent occupying foreign power? We’ll explore the implications of a Peace Accord in a later article.

The early push for a Sovereign Treaty was brought into sharp relief in August 1979 by the bold protest on Capital Hill, Canberra, before the new parliament house was built. It was here that Kevin Gilbert (1933-1993) and others crystallised the demand for a Sovereign Treaty that enshrines Aboriginal Nations’ sovereignty. Former PM Malcolm Fraser accepted the challenge and involved the National Aboriginal Conference (NAC) as the duly elected representative body.

Based on all of this information it is imperative that those Aboriginal leaders within the States who are enthusiastically engaging with the colonial States on ‘treaty-talk’ need to realise that the States will not and cannot engage with First Nations and their leadership as sovereign equals. This state-led process can only be carried out on the basis that the colonial States are the Masters of Ceremony and the First Nations, or the grouping of Aboriginal people within that State, can only negotiate on matters that are determined by their respective State constitutions. The colonial States can then only advise the Commonwealth what the content of a National Treaty could be, because the States are not sovereign bodies able to negotiate Treaties in the true meaning of Treaty under international law. The Victorian government spelt this out in its recent ‘Treaty Fact Sheet’:

There are three main limitations on treaties in Victoria:

  1. The parties must agree on what is necessary and just.
  2. As a state within the Commonwealth, the Victorian Government can only agree to what is within its own constitutional powers.
  3. As one state within the Federation, Victoria can only advocate for what is included in a national treaty

It is crazy to jump head first into a pond without understanding the depth of the water, especially if you can’t swim! The colonialists wear the floaties and I can assure you that they will not give you a rubber tube to jump onto. They will let you sink, until you have nothing, then resuscitate you enabling them to dictate the terms to you, because they will be arguing that, if they did not resuscitate you, you would no longer exist. Therefore their attitude will be that you should be grateful that they are prepared to talk to you.

The Australian colonialists are masters at deception, lying, cheating and spin. They will do this and get away with it if our Peoples fail to understand and assert our sovereign inherent rights.

To use the modern international law to free ourselves from the tyrannical practices of the colonial occupying State, it is incumbent upon us as Peoples, through our independent Nations, to stay Home or to go Home, mark and record our ancient boundaries and follow the accepted international process of making Unilateral Declarations of Independence and thereby assert our right to govern over and within all that is in our Country under our Law, customs and culture.

If the occupying colonialists want to continue operating within our Lands, they must come to the table and talk to us about governance and co-existence into the future. It is only at this point that any Treaty-making becomes relevant.

We are the sovereigns of the soil. They are not. …

Ghillar, Michael Anderson …,  0499 080 660

November 3, 2017 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL

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