Reparation needed before Aboriginal peoples can 'move on'

Michael Anderson Ghillar

Clearly, Noel Pearson has a dissociative disorder. Telling his own people to move on from the traumas of the past [see article below], makes it very obvious why he is not accepted in many Aboriginal communities. I have just spoken at a Hawke Institute forum in Adelaide in Adelaide, where over 300 people attended, more than half were Aboriginal people from the different South Australian Nations. The anger and outcry from within the people demonstrated clearly that Noel Pearson is not in empathy with us. It is untrue that all of the European holocaust victims have moved on and forgotten the past. Throughout Germany and other places there are memorials for those who suffered and died at the hands of tyrannical leaders and murderers, but there is only one monument to the Aboriginal dead, who were killed en masse through white farmer vigilantes and government approved killings - Myall Creek in the NSW Northern Tablelands.


My own people have human remains still scattered on the open plains where a 'free settler' in the 1840s butchered hundreds of children, women and Elders. We have his written testimony of orchestrating the killings, but under the whiteman's law we will be prosecuted for trespass, if we try to rebury the skeletal remains. With no coronial inquests into those killings, there is no closure. The intergenerational pain never goes away.


It is unrealistic for Pearson, and Mundine, to suggest that Aboriginal people should move on and forget such trauma and become successful business people in the world that continues to sanction and deny such killings.


Noel Pearson's limited knowledge of history is reflected in his statement on the so-called continued welfare dependency. This is not of our doing and he knows that, yet he continues to appease perpetrators of racism.


Unlike the reparations after the holocaust of Europe, Australia refuses to return the property that they obtained as a result of their crimes against our Peoples and governments have not compensated us in cash in any form whatsoever, so that we can rebuild our societies. Instead, governments have developed showpieces such as the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), but these organisations are operating on the basis of banks and other lending facilities. This is not reparations, compensation or restitution. They are money laundering and lending facilities. Nothing to do with redress for the wrongs of the past.


Australia and the rest of the world condemned communism and socialism as a form of governance, but when you look at the operations of the ILC and the IBA, communism, that is central control and ownership, is clearly visible and demonstrates how to perfect the communist state. There is no transfer of ownership to Aboriginal Peoples as reparation. There is no ability for equal suffrage. The consequences of the theft and destruction of everything that we knew, and know, is being denied by the likes of a man who is dressed up in an Aboriginal body – called Noel Pearson. Clearly he is an ardent supporter and advocate of John Howard's opposition to the 'Black Armband view of history'.


It is time Noel Pearson identifies who he is and what he truly represents. This man who it is said has gained millions of dollars for his organisation, must now be held accountable for outcomes within his communities and area amongst his people in terms of the benefits that have flowed to the people.


It is time for Noel Pearson to show us the outcomes achieved from the millions granted to him by governments and other agencies. Let him take the

ABC, NITV and SBS on a journey of his achievements on the last twenty years. With the millions given to Noel Pearson's corporation one would expect that he would have something fantastic to show the rest of Australia, which can be held up as a model. If not, Noel Pearson is a perfect puppet for an oppressive tyrannical regime.




Ghillar Michael Anderson

Convenor of Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia

and Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic


Mogila Station, Goodooga NSW 2838, 0427 292 492




Sovereign Union of  First Nations and Peoples in Australia

Asserting Australia's First Nations Sovereignty into Governance



Ghillar, Michael Anderson Convenor of the Sovereign Union, co-founder of the Aboriginal Embassy and Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic


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Get over historical indigenous wrongs: Noel Pearson

    The Australian
    May 07, 2015 12:00AM

Natasha Bita
National Education Correspondent

Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson has challenged indigenous Australians to get over their traumatic history in the same way that Jews survived the Holocaust.

Mr Pearson yesterday declared that alcohol was damaging indigenous communities far more than the past wrongs inflicted on Aborigines.

"I honestly believe people can rise above historic trauma, otherwise we'll lose agency and we're defeated by history," he told the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists annual congress in Brisbane.

"I have to push back against too much attribution to past, to people's present troubles. Whatever the scars and the burdens that people coming out of the Holocaust suffered, they nevertheless endured, and they laid foundations for their families.''

Mr Pearson said it was a "policy and leadership convenience'' to blame the wrongs of the past - such as removing Aboriginal children from their parents - for the poverty, violence and disadvantage now rife in indigenous communities.

"I just see too much acquiescence and submission to history and the loss of agency in the present,'' he said. "It is the -trauma of the present ... that most engages me. The challenge we now face is 20 years of brutal trauma caused by an untrammelled -alcohol binge.''

Mr Pearson, a lawyer and academic who founded the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, said alcohol and drugs had left a generation of "very damaged'' parents who threatened the "beautiful green shoots'' of indigenous children.

"The parents of the children at school now are very damaged,'' he said. "We have cycles of offending and abuse of children and it's hard to see how we are going to break the cycles.''

Mr Pearson condemned the decision 30 years ago by Queensland's Bjelke-Petersen government to open an alcohol canteen in the remote Cape York community of Aurukun, against the protests of the community's women and elders.

"The community received millions of dollars worth of unemployment benefits and the canteen was the means to convert those benefits into local government (revenue),'' he said. "Literally the kidneys and livers and bodies of the Wik people -became a means of laundering commonwealth funds into operational funds for local government.''

Mr Pearson said indigenous people needed jobs and ambition to lift themselves out of poverty and disadvantage. However, he added, " the minute a black person shows a sign of accumulating wealth, there'll be more controversy over that than anyone else owning a Mercedes".

"It makes it very hard for people to progress and we end up in a situation where our young people are equivocal about whether they should be materialistic and whether they should work and be paid for it, or be consultants, or pursue professions,'' he said.

Mr Pearson said "lower-class people'' were told it was somehow selfish to act in self-interest. "Yet the rest of us wake up every morning with self-interest right under our noses,'' he said.

"It is the liberal idea of self-interest ... and the jealous pursuit of something better for themselves and their children that is the engine of development. We want something better for ourselves and our children, but when it comes to the disadvantaged we think the right policy is charity and that we have to save them.''

Mr Pearson said welfare dependence had created an industry of white workers to service indigenous people trapped on the dole. "We now have multinational corporations that deliver work-for-the-dole programs in remote communities, painting rocks,'' he said. "We've constructed a major industry out of indigenous disadvantage. Australia spent $33 billion last year in the name of indigenous people ... yet the results are the poorest you can imagine.''

Mr Pearson said white Australia believed indigenous people had a "right to welfare''.

"All of the middle-class people on good salaries with good homes and their children in good schools are telling my mob we have a right to live at the bottom,'' he said.

"Don't tell me we have a right to $15,000 a year down at the bottom. What kind of a right is that?
We have a right to a job.

"But too many white Australians think the door opens to opportunity from the outside, when you've got to be let into the door from the inside.''

Mr Pearson said constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as Australia's first inhabitants would be "psychologically liberating''.

"You know, this is our country too,'' he said.