Foundation Meeting of the Sovereign Union – National Unity Government
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A meeting of representatives from across the continent gathered to confirm their intent to form a National Unity Government of the Sovereign Union of First Nations Peoples in Australia.
This intent was confirmed with representatives formally signing an Act of Sovereign Union between First Nations Peoples in Australia.
Michael Anderson, spokesperson for the Sovereign Union said from Wollongong today, "The delegates acknowledged that having now stepped up to the plate of taking on this enormous task of nation building, not just at the national level, but at our local and regional levels as well. The most pleasing aspects of this movement is that nation building has now become organic within our communities throughout Australia. The grassroots people are using their own personal resources to bring their people together to rebuild their own nations and governance.
"It is important to acknowledge this effort because the Sovereign Union is a Peoples' movement and they own it. This is not Australian government inspired nor funded. It was decided that any funds for the further advancement of the Sovereign Union movement is to operate on the basis of goodwill from the people of Australia though donations or bequests (through the Sovereign Union website: http://nationalunitygovernment.org)
"Wayne Coco Wharton said, 'The time has come now for people not to just put their hands up and say they support, they must also understand they have obligations to commit themselves to working to fulfill our set objectives in nation building.'
The gathering concluded that the political significance of our Aboriginal Embassies are vital to our sovereignty movement as they represent a sovereign stand against the invader State and are an assertion of our rightful place in this country. Moreover, these Embassies are not protest sites and we call upon both the domestic and international community to recognize them as valid diplomatic missions, and to be afforded standard diplomatic immunities. It is also important to understand that when these Embassies are assaulted by superior force of the invader State, the people have a right to defend their sovereign independence. The sacred Fire that burns at these Embassies are a sacred spiritual essence uniting our people through our ancient songlines and Dreamings. Our People will defend this spirit life that comes form the Sacred Fire.
"The gathering agreed that what we need now is not just generals, but foot soldiers who go out among the people and provide them with briefs and the objectives.
"Delegations were issued to Fred Hooper of the Murrawarri (at Weilmoringle) to head the establishment of the constitutional framework for the National Unity Government, including regional and local assemblies. He is to be supported by Judulu of the Kunghi (Grubunna) Djunkun (Yarrabah North Queensland). Jululu is also delegated to communicate with tribal ceremonial Elders across the nations to co-ordinate the joining of ancient songlines. Vanessa Colbong of the Wdjuk, Wilmen and Ingarda (southwest WA) is delegated to co-ordinate the unification of the nations in the southern half of Western Australia. Peter Skuthorpe of the Gomeroi nation (NW NSW) is responsible for co-ordinating youth action and education. Michael Anderson, is the national co-ordinator and responsible for all diplomatic relations both domestic and international.
Attached to this media release is the communiqué of the 'Act of Sovereign Union' and stated principles:
between First Nations and Peoples in Australia
Whereas in the course of human events and history there are times when it becomes absolutely necessary for one Nation or People to dissolve the political and legal bonds which have connected them with another;
Whereas we now call upon the powers of the Creators of the DREAMING to enforce the natural authority that establishes a decent respect of humankind. It is required that we should declare the causes which impel us to the separation from our oppressor and to now declare our unity under our DREAMING and songlines, as we have since time immemorial;
Whereas we hold the Law of the Dreaming, as evidence of authority that all people are born equal, and that they were granted by the Creator certain sovereign inalienable rights; among these are the right to life, liberty, the right to maintain the Law of the DREAMING and the pursuit of spiritual wholeness and personal wellbeing;
Whereas to secure these rights in the modern world, governments are instituted among different Nations and Peoples, deriving their just powers from the consent of the people and the spiritual authority of the Dreaming. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive, it is the right of the Peoples to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, ensuring that at the very foundation of this process are principles based upon the rule of Law of the Peoples and organising its powers to ensure the most pleasing of outcomes for peaceful existence, safety of the Peoples' happiness and wellbeing;
Whereas prudence will dictate that governments long established should, without prejudice, support the objective of the Peoples who choose to exercise their inalienable sovereign right to be governed by their own peers in accordance with their Laws and under their authority;
Whereas all experience has shown that humankind is more disposed to suffer, while the wrongs are sufferable, than to correct them by abolishing the entrenched subjugation. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations derides the rights of Peoples, which reduces them to absolute despotism, it is the right of the oppressed, it is their sacred duty, to reject and throw off such tyrannical governance and to provide new guards for their future security and to pursue their own goals and objectives. Such has been the patient sufferance of First Nations Peoples of this island continent now known as Australia; and such is now the necessity which requires us to dispel the existing destructive systems that oppress us; and to reinforce our own systems of governance, in accordance with our Law of the DREAMING;
We resolve to adopt and adhere to the following Statement of Principles:
Signed this 24th day of May 2012 at Kuradji Aboriginal Embassy, Sandon Point, New South Wales