Gugada Original Sovereign Tribal Federation
At 10:00am today (15th August 2012) in Gladstone Square, Pt Augusta, South Australia, the Gugada Original Sovereign Tribal Federation announced their new embassy.
"We, the Gugada Original Sovereign Tribal Federation have not, as yet, acquiesced Our Sovereignty," said Sandra Dingamen.
"In the spirit of the 40 year anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra, it has been decided, in the interest of the law of this land, that we, the Gugada Original Sovereign Tribal Federation, say no to the Constitutional Reform and acknowledge that it is the time for Respect and Recognition and Treaty."
"The way forward is not a tokenistic inclusion of Aboriginal people in the Australian Constitution, which has underpinned a political system founded on the fiction of Terra Nullius, but through the recognition that Aboriginal sovereignty has never been ceded, and the development of treaty based on this recognition."
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ABC News August 16, 2012 14:52:01
About 20 activists sat in Port Augusta's Gladstone Square yesterday, to protest against the inclusion of Aboriginal people in the Australian Constitution.
Sandra Dingamen Taylor from the Gugada Original Sovereign Tribal Federation organised the gathering.
She says she would rather see a treaty that recognises Aboriginal sovereignty, than inclusion in the Constitution.
Ms Dingamen Taylor says the Constitution was based on Australia being unoccupied at colonisation.
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