Call for delegates to Sovereign Union 2012

Interim National Unity Government
Assembly - 23 & 24 May 2012
Wollongong, NSW

All Aboriginal nations are being called on to send two delegates - one man and one woman (if appropriate) to the inaugural assembly of the Sovereign Union interim National Unity Government in Wollongong Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 May. If possible bring a young person(s) between 15 & 25.

Each nation will have a limit of two official delegates to the interim National Unity Government, with room for associated Observers.

DAY 1: 9am - 5pm - Wednesday 23 May at Law School, Wollongong University
DAY 2: 8am till late - Thursday 24 May at Sandon Point Embassy

"This gathering to form the Interim Sovereign Union National Unity Government is so important, as the federal government and their Uncle Tom collaborators are working overtime to indoctrinate our children and youth into their way of thinking by falsely promoting that recognition in the Constitution will give our people something," the spokesman of the movement, Michael Anderson, writes in a media release.

Since the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Embassy in Canberra in January, Anderson, its last remaining founder, has travelled the country promoting the idea of sovereignty. He reports that 40 nations in the Murray Darling Basin have already come on board.

On the first day two universities, Southern Cross and Wollongong law faculties will host a law symposium to discuss the continuing sovereignty of Aboriginal Peoples as an introduction to this history-making event.

On Day 2, at Sandon Point Embassy REGISTRATION is at 8am for the inaugural assembly of the Sovereign Union interim National Unity Government. The agenda will include:

The formal establishment of the interim National Unity Government of the Sovereign Union

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Aboriginal nations

Focusing on the proposed new Constitution

Program of stages towards independence and timeline

Allocation of interim portfolios

Development of diplomatic and international relations

Strategies for representations in United Nations

MEDIA will be able to film during Registration and the official opening. A press conference will be held in the afternoon at a time to be confirmed. No media is permitted at other times.

It would be helpful if we can get an idea of who may be coming by May 10. This is so we can determine the numbers for catering purposes on the first day at the Uni. We will also need to have the numbers for the second day as we are calling for donations 'in kind' of food, tea and coffee.

I must emphasise that there is NO money to assist anyone to travel, and that it is the responsibility of each nation to raise their own money for their delegates and to be as self-sufficient as possible .

Like the Embassy 40th anniversary in Canberra, we ask that people bring a tent as we intend to create another tent city. In part this is in keeping with our cultural norms to gather around a camp fire, which is part of our connection with the natural environment. We are a grassroots movement very much in our infancy and we will grow.

"This is a liberation movement that seeks to gain our rightful place in the world and to correct our history. This is a Peoples' movement motivated to take responsibility for our own destiny through a right of self-determination as is guaranteed under the United Nations Charter."

The complete statement

Goodooga, northwest NSW, 22nd March 12

I'm calling on all Aboriginal Nations to send their two delegates to the inaugural Sovereign Union, [Interim] National Unity Government Assembly to be held at the Sandon Point Aboriginal Embassy Wollongong south of Sydney on the 23rd and 24th May.

On the first day, 23rd of May, two universities, South Cross and Wollongong law faculties will be hosting a law symposium to discuss the continuing sovereignty of Aboriginal people as an introduction to this history-making event. It would be helpful if I can get an idea of who may be coming by the end of April. This is so we can determine the numbers for catering purposes on the first day, what we will need have this number for the second day so that we can call for donations in kind in respect to food and tea and coffee for the second day.

I must emphasise that there is NO money to assist anyone to travel, and that it is the responsibility of each nation to raise their own money for their delegates.

Like the 40th Embassy anniversary we ask that people bring a tent as we intend to create another tent city. In part this is in keeping with our cultural norms to gather around a camp fire which is part of our connection with the natural environment. We would like to be flash but this is not yet achievable. We are a grassroots movement very much in our infancy and we will grow. Should people be able to afford the comforts then that is their choice.

This is a liberation movement that seeks to gain our rightful place in the world and to correct our history. This is a people's movement motivated to take responsibility for our own destiny through a right of self-determination as is guaranteed under the United Nations Charter.

The Sovereign Union, [Interim] National Unity Government will not accept second class rights as are prescribed in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It is not acceptable to have the invader society tell us through the United Nations that for the sake of their territorial integrity, we the First Nations Peoples have to accept second class rights in order for them to maintain the status quo and their illegal rule over us.

It is now time for us as Aboriginal peoples of the world to stand up and correct the wrongs. These are indeed great challenges but then we need to look at ourselves and see what is happening to our children and youth. Death is their greatest friend, it seems. They cannot accept nor tolerate what is happening to them and too many of our people seem to think that we can negotiate with the invader society to improve our plight. No way, the invader society are themselves struggling, what would make us think that they can and will develop programs to help our mob?

We just need to look at this shame program called 'closing the gap'. Who do they think we are? Prime Minister Gillard and her dysfunctional Labor Party government are relying heavily on their Production Commission Report that allegedly indicates an improvement. Statistics fail to tell the truth. What is happening on the ground is what counts and when our people can see and feel a difference they will let everyone know, not just through a report, either.

This gathering to form the Interim Sovereign Union national Unity Government is so important as the federal government and their Uncle Tom collaborators are working overtime to indoctrinate our children and youth into their way of thinking by falsely promoting that recognition in the Constitution will give our people something. Well then if this is the case let them tell the students what and how we will get something. What will we get? How will it alter our situation? How will it address the racism being suffered by our people? How will it lift the racist Northern Territory Intervention?

It is wonderful to get educated in private schools but also find out what our people's struggle is about. It is certainly not about seeking to be accepted through a policy of assimilation.

It is not acceptable for the expert panel for constitutional change to say in their report, "we cannot deal with sovereignty because it might upset the white population". What rot!

By the way, children, Aboriginal people have been voting in the state and federal elections since when. In fact our people have been voting in elections, if they were not considered as receiving government rations and were independent. Aborigines have also voted in the very first election for the national parliament. You youth are being duped for the sake of assimilation.

It must be remembered that the people they call the 'radicals' are the ones who caused historical changes to occur. No public servant can achieve that.

Michael (Ghillar) Anderson can be contacted on 0427 292 492 or 02 68296355 Email: ghillar29@gmail.com