Tour talks about rights and treaty

Broome Advertiser - - Advertiser | News - Robert Dougherty

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.”

Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

Michael An­der­son toured the Kim­ber­ley pro­mot­ing in­dige­nous rights.

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