40,000 years of aboriginal autonomous rights in the Tuncurry area of NSW will come to an end in 2040. The Federal Minister for Lands has won a great victory for colonialism by finessing a cheap deal with a few aboriginal locals who have questionable tribal authority to enter into such an agreement. The deal $10million to be paid over 30 years, for 400 hectares of prime coastal land described as "of immense cultural and commercial value" is the bargain of the decade for colonist landgrabbers and a distardly shame foisted on future generations of the Worimi Birpai people, who,by the decision of some current "leaders" and their advisors, are rendered landless,with no future relationship with their ancestral home.
The notion of tribal relationship with land and resources is that we are each an inseparable part of each other -each exists to benefit the other. The aboriginal tribe comprises those of the past, those of the present and those of the future.
The question raised by this and like deals is that of authority- do any generation have the authority to "make deals" -good or bad - which result in a changed relationship with ancestral resources being imposed on future generations without their consent.
The deal brings to the fore the Federal Governments lack of goodwill in dealing fairly and equitably with aboriginal people. It is unconceivable that $10million paid over 30 years represents fair value for 400 hectares of prime coastal real estate anywhere in NSW by current land values.
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If this was my peoples country I would die opposing this sellout!!