Goodooga, northwest NSW, 18 June 2010
Australia's free party at the expense of our people is over. On behalf of my people, the Euahlayi nation, I have sent the following letter to the Prime Minister of Australia, the Premier of New South Wales and the Governor-General of Australia.
The charade has to stop somewhere and it is now time to lay the cards on the table for all to see. The former National Aboriginal Conference was shut down not because of alleged fraud or anything like that, it was because the treaty process was beginning to cut to the chase and it was beginning to get a little hot for the Australian government.
In July of 1981 the then Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, was advised by the Federal Government's Attorney-General to avoid the word treaty at all cost, because of its international connotations. The advice also went on to say that if the American Indian models were used, the National Aboriginal Conference could argue that as a duly elected body they could assert their right of self-determination. This was the government's greatest fear.
Visits by Mr. Ossie Cruse, an elected executive of the National Aboriginal Conference and delegation leader, former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and myself as a staff member, to five African countries whose presidents we met, really made the federal government nervous.
The next Labor government under Mr. Bob Hawke closed off all of the treaty negotiations and sought a softer and more conservative approach. Prime Minister Hawke went to the Northern Territory and announced the ‘Barungar Statement' which had absolutely no effect on Aboriginal Affairs, but at least it served the government's agenda to distract the attention away from the shutting down of the National Aboriginal Conference's Treaty.
We have a legitimate argument in respect of our continuing sovereignty; our land rights are being covertly taken from us under the false pretence of legitimised Australian court claims to native title. This process is a government strategy to have their court legitimise their claims and continuing theft of ours lands, waters and natural resources.
I call on all Aboriginal people and their nations to write the same letters demanding an answer to these very vexed questions.
18th June 2010
Dear Prime Minister,
Re: Evidentiary proof of the origin of your head of power to rule over the euahlayi nation and the authority to usurp our proprietary rights and usufructory entitlements.
The People of the euahlayi nation seek from your government certified copies of any and all documents where our past or present Elders surrendered to the British colonial authorities, or the Australian successor in title, thereby allegedly ceding our sovereignty and relinquishing our proprietary right to our lands, territories, waters and natural resources through their free prior and informed consent.
We assert and affirm that at no time since 26th day of January 1788 had the British Admiralty declared war upon our People of the euahlayi thus negating any claim that the People of the euahlayi were conquered. Consequently our lands, territories, waters and natural resources were never acquired by conquest nor cession.
To the best of our knowledge and belief we assert and affirm that no treaties were entered into by our Elder representatives with the then colonial governors or their successors in state.
By this we assert and affirm that the People of the euahlayi nation have never submitted to the British invaders nor their heirs and successors, nor have we ceded our lands, natural resources, waters and the airspace above our homelands.
Should your office fail to produce the documentation of our alleged cession of sovereignty we will take this to confirm no such documents exist.
The People of the euahlayi thereby assert and affirm that neither the Crown nor the State of New South Wales and Federal Governments have acquired or extinguished the euahlayi People's sovereignty and our rights and freedoms to our lands, waters and natural resources and airspace above our lands.