"A vote for an advisory body is a vote to keep Aborigines down, to be advisers not decision-makers" Michael Mansell
Michael Mansell's Talking Point, published in The Mercury, Friday, 18 August 2023.
I am part of the Aboriginal progressive No group which opposes the referendum on the Voice because after all that has been done to Aboriginal people, and all that needs to be done, a piddly advisory body is not the answer.
proposal has been the dominant political agenda for 16 ...
Aboriginal empowerment won't come from a Voice to parliament, but through authority
By Michael Mansell
Published in The Mercury, Talking Point, pages 16 - 17
The Greens have good reason to consider if the Voice might undermine or block Aboriginal sovereignty.
In the context of empowerment, sovereignty means Aboriginal people decide Aboriginal policy. Sure, those decisions have to take account of modern white Australia’s existence, but the fundamental point remains that we, as a sovereign people, decide, not others. By contrast, by merely advising ...
Opinion pieces by Michael Mansell, Heather Sculthorpe and Maggie Walter on Voice, Treaty and Truth, published in The Mercury on Saturday, 21 January 2023.
Image of the opinion pages, The Mercury, Saturday, 21 January 2023
Assimilation Had Their Day
NO to a
referendum, yes to a treaty, is a vote for Aboriginal people.
Albanese government has surprised many with its reforms. While the PM is in
this frame of mind, we need to convince him that the best way to help build an
Aboriginal future is to ...
To Kill a Treaty
By Michael Mansell
With the Prime Minister and each of the State and Territory
governments backing a referendum for a ‘voice to parliament,’ along with media,
any dissent is unlikely to be heard. But has anyone considered what cost
Aborigines will have to pay for a referendum?
The Uluru Statement has four elements – of which the voice
idea is but one. Treaty, truth-telling and a voice were all based on the
assertion of Aboriginal sovereignty (the fourth element). Mr Albanese has
repeatedly said that Uluru ...
Treaty Meeting - 1.06.2018 (fv)