1. How widespread is support of the proposal in the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community? We can argue till the cows come home about how widespread the support is. But until there is an inclusive plebiscite of the peoples involved, no one can definitively make a claim either way. Reuters gave Hillary Clinton … Continue reading 8 Questions about the Uluru Statement
Mabo 2 didn't overturn terra nullius. It overturned the Crown's right of preemption, allowing Australia to purchase land directly of sovereign peoples and to allow Treaty.
The 1999 referendum question looked a lot different to the 1967 referendum, however both referendums had an overlapping goal, to fix the “aboriginal problem”. The overlooked, ‘missing piece’ that links the two referendums is changes to UN decolonisation rules that happened in 1970. The attempt at integration of “Aborigines” in the 1960’s; under the UN … Continue reading 1999 Referendum: Why
One of the strange things of the Uluru Statement was the abandonment of race power reform and leaving out the prohibition of racial discrimination clause. Before the Referendum Council (2017), there was an emphasis on the importance of removing racism in the constitution. This was reflected in the 2012 Expert Panel report and the 2015 … Continue reading The Shield and the Sword: Why The Constitution will stay racist.
This week is the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. I am going to show that giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples "equal rights" was for the benefit of the colony, and not for the benefit of Aborigines as it was sold to the Australian public. Firstly: the movement was initially pushed by Lady Jessie … Continue reading The 1967 Referendum: an alternative perspective
The right to Self-Determination is implemented very differenty for indigenous peoples than it is for colonised peoples. Colonised peoples have options of self-determination under the United Nations General Assembly Resolutions 1514, 1541 and 2526. This includes the option to choose full independence and Sovereignty Indigenous peoples have options of self-determination in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. These are limited self-determination rights for indigenous minorities. In this article, the difference between the right to self-determination for colonised peoples and for indigenous peoples is explained. A big-picture self-determination roadmap is presented to show how all the self-determination options for peoples who are BOTH indigenous and colonised (for example: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) fit together.
Around Christmas last year I did a video about the Declaration of Recognition. I wrote and did a video about how I thought that having the declaration "outside of the constitution" was code for in the preamble - which is in the Imperial constitution act - and therefore not "in" the constitution. But I don't … Continue reading Declaration of Recognition
Lately there has been some people sharing my blog on Facebook, and I've been getting a lot of views. I just want to say thanks for sharing this information. I want to write more and post more videos, and getting feedback is encouraging. If you haven't seen it already - I posted a video a … Continue reading Third Chamber – revisited… And welcome to my new visitors
Hint: They have already used their Treaty making power in the past. Normally, a Treaty is defined as a contract between actors in international law. The original agreement at the federation of Australia in 1901 was between 6 colonies. Over time, each of these colonies got their own Crown title. For example, The Queen of … Continue reading How the States have power to Treaty
It is no coincidence that the first elections to the First Peoples' Assembly are happening at the same time as the lead-up to call for referendum. The connection between the two lies in contract law. More specifically, the laws into formation of a contract. Contract formation can vary from simple to a complex, multi-step process. … Continue reading First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, Contract law and Constitutional Reform