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1965 Freedom Ride re-enactment going off track

February 2015 is the 50th anniversary of Charles Perkins' and Sydney University's Freedom Ride from Wellington, Walgett, Moree, Gulargambone, Boggabilla, Bowraville and Kempsey etc, but having learnt of Rachel Perkins' proposal to travel with Noel Pearson to commemorate this historic occasion, this commemorative re-enactment of the original Freedom Ride will not be celebrated for what the original Freedom ride stood for. Read more about 1965 Freedom Ride re-enactment going off track

Anderson responds to Malezer's condemnatory 'GLOBAL ALERT'

Ghillar Nichael Anderson

Ghillar Nichael Anderson seems to have put Les Malezer's nose well out of joint when he showed his ignorance of the historical factors behind the NAC's original participation in 1981. 'Clearly his attempt to discredit me at the international level through his 'Global Alert' is something I would expect of the government and not a co-chair of an Aboriginal body'. Anderson said. '... it shows the political divide between 'National Congress' and the grassroots sovereignty movement'. Read more about Anderson responds to Malezer's condemnatory 'GLOBAL ALERT'

'Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples' needs serious revision says Anderson on return from Geneva

Ghillar Michael Anderson returned from Geneva after attending an organisational meeting to bring together the first delegates to the UN of the world's Indigenous Peoples in 2015.
"It was from the first delegates' conference in July 1981 that the United Nations established the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples and it was from this body, over many years, that the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was formed. Read more about 'Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples' needs serious revision says Anderson on return from Geneva

Fred Chaney's absolute deceit – learn from the past and beware of "Recognise"

Fred Chaney made a career out of undermining First Nations' struggle for self-determination and he still promotes assimilation by leading our young people under the banner of 'Recognise'.

"In 1979, Fred Chaney committed a major illegal, immoral and unethical act against the Aboriginal Peoples of Aurukun, Mornington Island and Doomadgee when he, as the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, commenced a legal challenge to the Queensland Government's proposal to establish the Deeds of Grants in Trust (DoGiT's) for these communities. Read more about Fred Chaney's absolute deceit – learn from the past and beware of "Recognise"

John Howard recognised continuing Aboriginal sovereignty in his Ten Point Plan for limiting Native Title


Former PM, John Howard

With the passage of time it is now painfully obvious that former Prime Minister, John Howard, fully realised that Aboriginal peoples maintain a very powerful position in Australia, so much so, that by amending the Native Title Act in 1998 he demonstrated the inherent power of Aboriginal peoples, which stems from our continuing sovereignty.

Having now reviewed his Ten Point Plan it is important for us, as First Nations Peoples, to revisit John Howard’s amendments and what they meant.

Howard’s Ten Point Plan promised ‘bucket loads’ of extinguishment of Native Title after the Wik decision, in which the High Court found that Native Title continued to exist on pastoral leases in Queensland. This sent the Howard government into a fervent need to create ‘certainty’ for the non-Aboriginal landholders, driven by the fear in existing landholders of our continuing connection to Country.

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