Tent Embassy turning 40 and drumming up a big gathering

johnboy 11 January 2012 48

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Last June we had a look at planning for the Aboriginal Tent Embassy’s 40th anniversary.

Today pink little birdie has reminded me that’s it’s full steam ahead.

This from the Facebook event page:

Indigenous elders invite all Aboriginal people, supporters and other members of the general public, to come together at the ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ site, on Thursday 26th January 2012, to celebrate “SOVEREIGNTY DAY” and be part of the Sacred Fire Ceremonial Gathering that will marks 40 years since the first protest on the site.

The ‘Federation of Aboriginal Sovereign Nations’ will be convening on Thursday 26th January 2012 where the focus of discussions will center around Sovereignty Issues.

After Sovereignty Business has been attended to by the ‘Federation of Aboriginal Sovereign Nations’ we will have a big Sovereignty Corroboree, over the rest of the weekend.

One Mob Represents Aboriginal people of Australia and a call to stand united as one.
One Voice Stands for a free Aboriginal Voice.

For further information please contact: niokac32a@hotmail.com

Apparently the Australian “occupy” movement are getting involved, they could certainly use some lessons in sticking to it from the tent embassy.


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devils_advocate devils_advocate 10:20 pm 21 Mar 12

troll-sniffer said :

devils_advocate said :

troll-sniffer said :

The Ghandis, the Abraham Lincolns etc of the world didn’t accept things the way they were, and had the will, foresight and most importantly ability to change things.

But luckily we have the 99 per cent (such as your good self) who are able to articulate such a clear and compelling road map for their like-minded sheeple friends to live by.

Ummmm your argument is wrong and misses the point. The characters you have nominated all worked within the society they found themselves in, used its and their own resources to further their cause. There’s a Grand Canyon of difference between those who constructively change society, even if there’s resistance at the time, and the loser brigade of spoilt cry-babies down at OPH.

1) I don’t think the tent embassy achieves anything. I alluded to as much above. So no argument from me there.
2) there was a blanket statement above stating we should just blindly do what the state tells us to. I don’t agree with that statement.
3) For around 99 per cent of the population, blind obedience to the state is probably the optimal course. But that 99 per cent shouldn’t hate the 1 per cent who can create change.
4) I don’t think that the circumstances leading to the emancipation proclamation can be accurately described as working within the system. Regardless, rather than comparing the tent embassy to Lincoln, I am actually contrasting them to illustrate a point, which was 2) above, not 1).

milkman milkman 7:27 pm 21 Mar 12

Deref said :

Arseholes are arseholes – it has nothing to do with the colour of your skin. As the hymn says “Red and yellow, black and white, all are arseholes on that site” or something like that. Every day they spend there puts their cause back years.

It’s a damn shame.

Well said. The are plenty of Aboriginals who want to stand up and take their place in modern Australia, and lots of Australians who want them to do just that.

I-filed I-filed 7:20 pm 21 Mar 12

Does anyone know how the Tent Embassy parking exemption works? Is it an agreement between Katie Gallagher’s government and the NCA that they aren’t to be booked? There are three or four cars parked at the Tent Embassy daily … any public servant who dared park anywhere near there would be booked.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 6:22 pm 21 Mar 12

EvanJames said :

Indira or Rajiv?

Propa?

Deref Deref 5:16 pm 21 Mar 12

Arseholes are arseholes – it has nothing to do with the colour of your skin. As the hymn says “Red and yellow, black and white, all are arseholes on that site” or something like that. Every day they spend there puts their cause back years.

It’s a damn shame.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 5:15 pm 21 Mar 12

EvanJames said :

Indira or Rajiv?

Goosey, goosey?

Stevian Stevian 5:08 pm 21 Mar 12

EvanJames said :

devils_advocate said :

Erg0 said :

If you’re sensitive to the subtext, I think he’s actually likening himself to Ghandi.

Buh? Any alleged subtext of this nature is purely your own invention. I’m nothing like either of the Ghandis.

Indira or Rajiv?

Mohandas, but I can’t expect someone like you to be aware of him

Stevian Stevian 5:07 pm 21 Mar 12

c_c said :

Send in the AFP Lenco and smash that eyesore.

What’s done is done, there will not be any sovereignty. There will not be any going back. Either move forward and try to be constructive members of society or exclude yourselves from society, meaning stop claiming dole checks while saying you want the white man out.

So sick of it. There are so many, high achieving, intelligent Aboriginal people in society. It’s low lives like this that give them all a bad image. And by trying the brain wash the next generation, they just fuel inter generational animosity and disadvantage.

Thankfully you have no control over what the AFP can and cannot do.

Stevian Stevian 5:01 pm 21 Mar 12

EvanJames said :

Someone sent this to me, thought I’d share, has anyone else heard of this sort of carry-on?

” It appeared that an English tourist was taking a picture up towards the war memorial from outside old parliament house. Well she was approached by an aboriginal woman and asked what she was doing. She told them and was then told that it would cost $2.00 or she would have to delete the photo. Needless to say she deleted the photo!!”

I’ve heard of tourists and people being hassled, this is just stand-over begging.

And probably complete Bullshit. Admit it.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 4:47 pm 21 Mar 12

devils_advocate said :

troll-sniffer said :

The Ghandis, the Abraham Lincolns etc of the world didn’t accept things the way they were, and had the will, foresight and most importantly ability to change things.

But luckily we have the 99 per cent (such as your good self) who are able to articulate such a clear and compelling road map for their like-minded sheeple friends to live by.

Ummmm your argument is wrong and misses the point. The characters you have nominated all worked within the society they found themselves in, used its and their own resources to further their cause. There’s a Grand Canyon of difference between those who constructively change society, even if there’s resistance at the time, and the loser brigade of spoilt cry-babies down at OPH.

Baldy Baldy 3:32 pm 21 Mar 12

c_c said :

What’s done is done, there will not be any sovereignty. There will not be any going back.

I have issues with th whol “soverignty” aspect of this anyway.
Soverignty suggests that they had rule in th first place, which they didn’t. they had a society but no hierachal structure that said whose was what.

So if they want to claim prior soverignty they should really prove they had it in the first place.

PBO PBO 2:47 pm 21 Mar 12

BYO?

Diggety Diggety 2:33 pm 21 Mar 12

troll-sniffer said :

Fact: No matter where you are in the world, no matter your background or circumstances, getting off your butt and adapting to the society around you will always provide a better more satisfying outcome than some pointless campaign based on some mythical pride and sovereignty. Technically I could occupy a patch of land somewhere back in England and assert my ancestral rights, but commonsense decrees that I would be wasting mine and everyone else’s time.

Nature teaches us that a fair go is an aberration rather than the norm. Smart people realise this simple immutable law and work with it, the others never really get it.

+1

The status quo reminds me of a chapter in The World According to Garp where guilt by association is discussed.

My guilt by association is being part of an Australian community where the pointless path you mention is actively promoted, and even the most constructive dissenting view is ridiculed.

EvanJames EvanJames 2:08 pm 21 Mar 12

devils_advocate said :

Erg0 said :

If you’re sensitive to the subtext, I think he’s actually likening himself to Ghandi.

Buh? Any alleged subtext of this nature is purely your own invention. I’m nothing like either of the Ghandis.

Indira or Rajiv?

devils_advocate devils_advocate 1:56 pm 21 Mar 12

Erg0 said :

If you’re sensitive to the subtext, I think he’s actually likening himself to Ghandi.

Buh? Any alleged subtext of this nature is purely your own invention. I’m nothing like either of the Ghandis.

devils_advocate devils_advocate 1:55 pm 21 Mar 12

EvanJames said :

devils_advocate said :

You’re likening the squattters at the Tent Shambles to Ghandi? Come off it. There are some members of the Aboriginal community at large who would give Ghandi a run for his money, and Mr Lincoln too, but they’re not at that Tent mess and never would be either.

No – actually I specifically pointed out that the tent embassy occupants were unlikely to ever make a change to anything. I was responding to the more general admonition that we should all just shut up and do as we’re told by the state, like good little sheeple.

And my response to that was, yes, roughly 99 per cent of the population should do just that, because they’re too stupid to do anything else. But they shouldn’t hate the 1 per cent that is willing and able to make a change.

c_c c_c 1:47 pm 21 Mar 12

Send in the AFP Lenco and smash that eyesore.

What’s done is done, there will not be any sovereignty. There will not be any going back. Either move forward and try to be constructive members of society or exclude yourselves from society, meaning stop claiming dole checks while saying you want the white man out.

So sick of it. There are so many, high achieving, intelligent Aboriginal people in society. It’s low lives like this that give them all a bad image. And by trying the brain wash the next generation, they just fuel inter generational animosity and disadvantage.

Erg0 Erg0 1:42 pm 21 Mar 12

EvanJames said :

You’re likening the squattters at the Tent Shambles to Ghandi? Come off it. There are some members of the Aboriginal community at large who would give Ghandi a run for his money, and Mr Lincoln too, but they’re not at that Tent mess and never would be either.

If you’re sensitive to the subtext, I think he’s actually likening himself to Ghandi.

EvanJames EvanJames 1:28 pm 21 Mar 12

devils_advocate said :

That’s true for the 99 per cent of the population who lack the mental capability to change the world or to appreciate those with the capacity to do so (not saying the tent embassy people are in the 1 per cent, but these people do exist).

The Ghandis, the Abraham Lincolns etc of the world didn’t accept things the way they were, and had the will, foresight and most importantly ability to change things.

But luckily we have the 99 per cent (such as your good self) who are able to articulate such a clear and compelling road map for their like-minded sheeple friends to live by.

You’re likening the squattters at the Tent Shambles to Ghandi? Come off it. There are some members of the Aboriginal community at large who would give Ghandi a run for his money, and Mr Lincoln too, but they’re not at that Tent mess and never would be either.

devils_advocate devils_advocate 1:14 pm 21 Mar 12

troll-sniffer said :

Fact: No matter where you are in the world, no matter your background or circumstances, getting off your butt and adapting to the society around you will always provide a better more satisfying outcome than some pointless campaign based on some mythical pride and sovereignty. Technically I could occupy a patch of land somewhere back in England and assert my ancestral rights, but commonsense decrees that I would be wasting mine and everyone else’s time.

Nature teaches us that a fair go is an aberration rather than the norm. Smart people realise this simple immutable law and work with it, the others never really get it.

That’s true for the 99 per cent of the population who lack the mental capability to change the world or to appreciate those with the capacity to do so (not saying the tent embassy people are in the 1 per cent, but these people do exist).

The Ghandis, the Abraham Lincolns etc of the world didn’t accept things the way they were, and had the will, foresight and most importantly ability to change things.

But luckily we have the 99 per cent (such as your good self) who are able to articulate such a clear and compelling road map for their like-minded sheeple friends to live by.

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