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REJECTED: Australia’s parliament recognizes indigenous peoples as first inhabitants

“This Act of Recognition is a sleight of hand, as the Crown and Government continue to bypass proper recognition of our continuing Sovereignty. The Commonwealth Government is using the reform process to attempt to bring Sovereign Aboriginal Nations and Peoples into the Constitution of a foreign illegal occupying force.”

PM Gillard and GG Bryce, Photo by wowelle

PM Gillard and GG Bryce, Photo from wowelle

Australian lawmakers have passed a new law that recognizes its indigenous population as the continent’s original inhabitants. Prime Minister Julia Gillard called on parliament to put the issue to a referendum vote.

The House of Representatives approved the bill in a unanimous vote on Wednesday, giving the nearly 500,000 indigenous Australians legal recognition as the nation’s first inhabitants. Prime Minister Julia Gillard stressed the importance of gaining national support for an amendment to the constitution in order to continue the healing process, calling earlier work toward improving the population’s rights “incomplete.”

“Among the 128 sections of the constitution, there is no acknowledgement of Australia’s first peoples. No mention of their dispossession, their proud and ancient cultures, their profound connection to the land or the unhealed wound that even now lies open at the heart of our national story,” Gillard said before parliament.

Opposition Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott also expressed his party’s support for the decision.
“We need to atone for the omissions and for the hardness of heart of our forebears, to enable us all to embrace the future as a united people,” Abbott said.

Referendum foreseen
While the legislation, entitled The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill, is expected to also gain approval in the upper chamber the Senate, Australians must vote in a referendum to amend the constitution.

A referendum has not yet been scheduled, as it is reportedly unknown whether the proposal would garner a majority among Australian voters. Nevertheless, the prime minister appeared optimistic that indigenous Australians would not have to wait much longer for an amendment.

“I do believe the community is willing to embrace the justice of this campaign because Australians understand that indigenous culture and history are a source of pride for us all,” Gillard said.
The new legislation on Wednesday coincided nearly to the day with the fifth anniversary of the government’s first official apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

In 2008, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologized on behalf of the government for past mistreatment of the indigenous peoples. His speech acknowledged the wrongs perpetrated repeatedly that followed soon after the arrival of the first British settlers in 1788.

Rudd also apologized for the forced removal of children from their families in the 20th century, when the Australian government attempted to “assimilate” an estimated 100,000 children by placing them in orphanages or with white foster parents.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Peoples were first recognized as full citizens by the Australian government in 1967.

kms/ipj (AFP, dpa)
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BUT it gets better:

Graham Merritt, Photo by welcomehomelightningston

Graham Merritt, Photo by welcomehomelightningston

Sovereign Union serves the Crown with formal objection to the Act of Recognition

Media Release 13 February 2013

Aboriginal Sovereign Union diplomat Graham Merritt, speaking today from Parliament House Canberra said:

“Today is an historic moment, when on behalf of the Sovereign Union I am serving the Crown via the Governor General Quentin Bryce and the Commonwealth Government of Australia with our formal objection to the Act of Recognition.

“This Act of Recognition is a sleight of hand, as the Crown and Government continue to bypass proper recognition of our continuing Sovereignty. The Commonwealth Government is using the reform process to attempt to bring Sovereign Aboriginal Nations and Peoples into the Constitution of a foreign illegal occupying force.”

“Now that the Crown and Commonwealth Government have the Sovereign Union’s written objections they cannot claim ignorance of the significance of our Sovereign position, nor do they have the free, prior and informed consent of Aboriginal Nations and Peoples to usurp our sovereignty.”

“Even more insulting to me as a member of the Stolen Generations is that the Federal Government is doing this on the fifth anniversary of the Apology. Since the Apology the Commonwealth Government has further stripped back our human rights. Now they want to use the Act of Recognition to achieve the legislative equivalent of Constitutional Reform, usurping our Sovereignty in a way that attempts to undermine our inalienable connection to country and our true ownership of the Land and Waterways that are so significant to us: the rocks, the hills, the rivers that will always be a part of our culture and traditions.

Sovereignty is the most important issue today in this country they now call Australia. The Gillard Government may be educated but we as an Aboriginal Sovereign peoples are smarter and are here to stay. Our proposed solution is the negotiation of Sovereign Treaties, or other instruments under international supervision such as a Peace Accord.

Timing: Presenting to Senator Rachel Siewert at 2pm, Parliament House, Canberra. Meet in Parliament House foyer at 1.45pm followed by a presentation to the Governor-General at Government House, Yarralumla

ARTICLE AND OPEN LETTER: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sovereign-union-serves-crown-formal-objection-act-recognition

Demonstrators at Invasion Day Rally (Jan. 26 2013)

Demonstrators at Invasion Day Rally (Jan. 26 2013)

FIRST PART ARTICLE FROM: http://www.dw.de/australias-parliament-recognizes-indigenous-peoples-as-first-inhabitants/a-16597226

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