Tour talks about rights and treaty
Renowned Aboriginal activist Michael Anderson has wrapped up a legal aid tour through the Kimberley.
Anderson, appointed as an instructing officer in criminal law to the NSW Office of Public Prosecutions in 1979 and co-founder of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra visited communities around Kununurra, Wyndham and Broome talking about their rights last week.
“I started in Kununurra with the Waringarri people and looking at their native title determination, then I went to Wyndham and the communities around there,” he said.
“A lot of people want to know about Constitution and treaty, what is constitutional reform, how it’s going to impact on them and about sovereignty — because not many people can tell you this stuff.”
The embassy ambassador ended the tour in Broome with a talk promoting indigenous rights and Australian sovereignty at Broome Lotteries House before heading back east.
“I’ve come here to review a lot of the indigenous land use agreements and look at management structures, where the benefits are flowing and their rights to develop their own lands,” he said. “I’m coming back in a month, working around Kununurra and Kalumburu area, it’s basically just about letting people know what their rights are and how they can go about progressing their ambitions.”
Michael Anderson toured the Kimberley promoting indigenous rights.