A small gathering of Aboriginal rights activists gathered at Moree’s Tent Embassy on Saturday morning to discuss their claim to continuing sovereignty and dominion over Aboriginal land.
Among the activists was Michael Anderson who is an Aboriginal activist with a long career of defending people’s rights.
From 1969 he was a leader in the Australian Black Power movement and was appointed by his peers as the first Aboriginal ambassador to white Australia after he and three comrades Bertie Williams, Billy Craigie and Tony Coorey established the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on the front lawn of parliament house in 1972.
“In pursuing our ambitions to achieving self-determination, we must now commit ourselves to each other to create a national unity, as this is the only way by which we can achieve our future ambitions and free ourselves from the yoke of tyranny,” Mr Anderson said.
He believed the Moree Tent Embassy had a vital purpose for all Aboriginal people who were fighting for sovereignty.
“We need to unite as a national unity government by committing to the formation of the Sovereign Union of Aboriginal Nations and People in Australia (SUANPA) led by the National Unity Government, which must be created by ourselves under our terms,” he said.
“To do otherwise will be detrimental to all of us as sovereign peoples and sovereign nations.”