Land rights chal­lenge to Gympie court

The Gympie Times - - NEWS | GOOD MORNING GYMPIE -

GYMPIE Abo­rig­i­nal land rights ac­tivist Wit-boooka this week ac­cused Gympie Mag­is­trates Court of “mock­ing” his sov­er­eign rights.

Charged under his reg­is­tered name, Gary Tom­lin­son, he chal­lenged the ju­ris­dic­tion of the court and said he was ap­pear­ing “under duress” on charges of pub­lic nui­sance and tres­pass at Gympie Re­gional Coun­cil’s Mary St of­fice on May 31 last year.

He and fel­low ac­cused, Diane Red­den-King (Djaki Wid­jung) and Mervyn Tom­lin­son (Djaa ‘mee Gu­lar Djan’du Kabi) are due back in the Gympie court on De­cem­ber 18, af­ter a District Court hear­ing on De­cem­ber 13, where they are seek­ing greater ac­cess to ev­i­dence held by po­lice.

They are also chal­leng­ing the au­thor­ity of both courts.

“We are free, sov­er­eign Kabi Kabi peo­ple,” he told mag­is­trate John Parker.

“So are all of us,” Mr Parker said.

“You’re mock­ing me, sir,” Tom­lin­son replied.

“I’m not go­ing to lis­ten to that non­sense to­day,” the mag­is­trate said.

“You’re on tribal land here, sir,” Tom­lin­son said.

“As far as I’m con­cerned you’re be­fore the courts of Queens­land,” Mr Parker replied.

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