“There’ll be plenty of people saying the next thing is a treaty. Now I think, of all of the absurdities coming out of this debate, there is nothing more absurd than the notion of making a treaty with the indigi… How can you make a treaty with yourself? Treaties are made between sovereign nations. We have treaties with other countries; we don’t have treaties with bits of ourselves, and it only has to be stated to be realised as a complete absurdity.”
“I’ll try and reach agreement but a nation, an undivided, united nation does not make a treaty with itself. I mean to talk about one part of Australia making a treaty with another part is to accept that we are in effect two nations.
“…The notion of a treaty is very divisive because demands about land ownership and so forth will be made if there were ever any negotiation for a treaty and that would open up a divide rather than heal a rift.”
Indeed, that’s exactly how the radical blacktivists behind this referendum see Aborigines: as sovereign nations, not Australian. Lidia Thorpe told Miriam Margolyes, “I don’t identify as being Australian. It’s a concept that’s been imposed on our people since we’re invaded.” Later as a Senator, Thorpe also got triggered by then Senator Amanda Stoker factually referring to her as an indigenous Australian.
“I’m not going to sit here and by told by a white senator that I’m an indigenous Australian, that is insulting.”
At the 2018 Garma Key Forum, Noel Pearson, Cape York leader and outspoken activist for The Uluru Statement From The Heart, gave this warning to all Australians thinking the 2023 referendum is simple request with no oft’ denied, further agendas:
“We’ve gotta have a foundational negotiation. But before we can do that, we can’t just enter into it willy nilly. We need a constitutional voice for the First “Nations”; a position from which we can never be shifted; a position from which to negotiate with all of the moral and historical power that is ours by virtue of our possession of this land for more than sixty thousand millennia.
“So for those of us who’ve come late to this strategy, you need to wake up. Treaty door is the second door. The first door is constitutional enshrinement.”
The endless rhetoric of separatism is truly disturbing for every non-racist Australian who is proud of how far we’ve come as a nation together.
Claims of sovereignty and nationhood for the disparate and warring tribes which sparsely occupied the continent before European settlement are greatly exaggerated and deliberately driving Australia further and further from the laudable goal of reconciliation and racial harmony.
There were no “nations” here before the colonies federated in 1901 to constitute the new nation of Australia, certainly not by any conventional definition. A nation is a territory where all the people are led by the same government. The meaning has come to be contorted by progressives as they are wont to do when their preferred narrative is not served by any traditional definition.
There were more than five hundred tribes, and certainly none of them long enjoyed any real sense of sovereignty. I wrote recently about one of Lidia Thorpe’s own identified ancestral tribes which committed a massacre against another, contributed to its genocide, and then colonised their land.
The absolute most an Aboriginal separatist can honestly claim about the legal state of territories prior to 1788 is that the boundaries of even very large tribes were fluid. If grandiose claims of being here since “time immemorial” are to be believed, then it is likely there had been many invasions, genocides, annexations and colonisations by various Aboriginal tribes of others which “never ceded” the land the stronger tribe came to call their own.
Sovereignty, if it ever actually exists anywhere, doesn’t have to be ceded to be lost. It’s usually forfeited by the occupants’ inability to defend it – this is global history. Only since the conclusion of World War II has international law stopped recognising invasion and annexation as lawful.
The most easily recognised claim of Aboriginal sovereignty as a myth is articulated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart itself as some kind of religious belief, “a spiritual notion.”
Progressives delight in telling us that the religious definition of marriage shouldn’t be “imposed” on people who don’t identify as that particular religion.
How much more so the false religion of animism which worships and reveres created things instead of their Creator! The dirt, bird and tree do not have eternal spirits, and it is an equally false religious claim that the spirits of people come from the land, are tied to the land, and return to the land.
If the reader insists that I am wrong in my religion, he or she proves my point. We must at least concede that religious beliefs are obviously not proofs of sovereignty and irrelevant to anyone not following that religion. One doesn’t have to worship the Creator to see the charade of Aboriginal sovereignty as “a spiritual notion” is as lifeless as the bull dust falling through one’s fingers to be trodden under foot.
There is certainly no such thing as Aboriginal sovereignty now, if there ever was. What a complete absurdity!
What there is in buckets, is a concerted effort to say it repeatedly until it comes true. The concerted effort to establish sovereignty is transparently all about Aboriginal separatism through the separatist-despised constitution, then a divisive treaty, then a selective rewriting of history – all opposites of reconciliation.
Shame on everyone ignorantly supporting the deliberate white-anting of Australia “one and free” with divisive rhetoric about Aboriginal sovereignty, as if there was some mythical bliss and reverie on this blood soaked continent before Europeans arrived.
It’s past time the myths and deceptions were called for what they are: a blatant, divisive agenda of Aboriginal separatism.
As another popular anthem says, “I am, you are, we are Australian.”
Dave Pellowe is a Christian writer & commentator, founder of The Good Sauce, convener of the annual Australian Church And State Summit and host of Good Sauce's weekly The Church And State Show, also syndicated on ADH TV. Since 2016 Dave has undertaken the mission of arming Christians to influence culture through events from Perth to Auckland, videos, podcasts and articles published in multiple journals across Australia and New Zealand. [more]
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