(Greens-Media) World Indigenous People Day

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 10/08/2004 - 16:49

On the International Day of the World's Indigenous People, Michael Organ has reminded parliament of the shameful position adopted by the Howard government regarding the United Nations Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Bolwell, Kristian (M. Organ, MP)


Michael Organ MP
Greens Member for Cunningham

9 August 2004

Since 1998 this government has rejected the use of the term self determination:jawdrop: within the Declaration - a core issue for Indigenous peoples around the world. Michael Organ told the Parliament today.

John Howard's attempts to railroad the Declaration is a further rejection of Indigenous rights and sovereignty in this country and follows on from the recent abolition of ATSIC and the mainstreaming of Indigenous health, education and employment programs.

Australia, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Japan are seen as the most fierce challengers to the fundamental principles underlying the Declaration.

Dootch Kennedy, one of Australia's representatives at last year's Working Group meeting in South Africa, told me only this morning that the Australian proposal would: ....water down the rights of Indigenous Australians and make it more difficult to pursue those rights in the future.

I call on the Howard Government to cease its attacks on Aboriginal sites such as the tent embassy in Canberra, to acknowledge Indigenous rights and support the passage of the draft Declaration through the United Nations without delay. Michael Organ said.

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