Category Archives: Aboriginal

An Advent sermon. Aboriginal land and the Uniting Church’s covenanting process.

An Advent sermon presented to the West End Uniting Church, December 15 2013.

(The original sermon included a commentary on James 5:7:11 in accord with the church lectionary readings for the week but it is of only tangential relevance to the substance of the sermon so I have left it out)

Advent is the time when we prepare to celebrate the festival of the birth of Jesus and a time when we prepare for the incoming of God’s kingdom in all its glory.

Jesus is the liberator who brings good news to the poor, release for the captive and liberation for the oppressed.

Advent is a season of expectantly waiting, let us expect Jesus the liberator and in terms our covenanting process, let us expect liberation and justice for Aboriginal people. Continue reading

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The Federal Government’s “Act of Recognition” and Aboriginal customary law.

What the high court says has been extinguished, legislation now says is continuing.

It is not the Australian constitution, with or without its proposed amendments, that extinguishes Aboriginal sovereignty and customary law within Australian law. It is the Racial Discrimination Act that does it. Continue reading

Occupy Australia?

Some reflections on the “Occupy” movement,

1/ Occupy Wall St. grew organically from the NYC community, this is its inherent strength.

Every other “occupy” is just an internet fad, mimicking what what the Americans do in the (new social) media. This is its inherent weakness. Continue reading

Australian socialism and Aboriginal struggle; a critique.

I paint this essay with very broad brushstrokes. I am aware that there are many exceptions as well as different degrees amongst different groups regarding my various generalisations. This essay does not attempt to provide an accurate historical record but rather to provoke consideration of some general issues of the history of the Australian “Left”.

The Australian ethos is anti-racist, within its own definitions of what racism is. Australia’s anti-discrimination laws affirm all Australians’ right to be white (culture, not skin colour), equal under the sovereign legal and parliamentary system modeled on the English law. All rights and interests outside the white law including rights specifically attributable to an ethnic group such as rights inherent in Aboriginal customary law, are considered discriminatory, therefore illegal. The High Court of Australia relies on anti-discrimination legislation in its blanket extinguishment of Aboriginal customary law as a law pertaining to a particular race.

Notions of “racism”. “equality” and “justice” that are constructed within the cultural and legal frameworks of the dominant colonial society will only affirm colonial domination, whether those frameworks are conservative, liberal democratic or radical socialist. Continue reading

In support of Bess Nungarrayi Price – letter to editor of the Alice Springs News

I have been asked to publish this letter, which I do so gladly. I have no intention of engaging in Central Australian tribal politics but I believe this letter indicates a dimension of Aboriginal politics that is often overlooked in the white left/right commentary. So called “supporters” and opponents of Aboriginal power alike have tended to line up Aboriginal leaders in opposition camps according to standard white ideological narratives. The result of this has been, once again, dismissing Aboriginal perspective on its own terms.

Discussion of the issues at “Workers Bush Telegraph” (comments run from bottom to top) – A Message from the Warlpiri People

In support of Bess Nungarrayi Price

Sir – This is an open letter to those who think they know us better than we do
ourselves.

We are Warlpiri people from the communities of Yuendumu, Wirliyajarrayi,
Lajamanu and Nyirrpi as well as the town camps of Alice Springs.

Bess Nungarrayi Price is with us today to say goodbye to one of our lost children. We are sorry and in mourning. Bess Nungarrayi is one of us. She was born here at Yuendumu and grew up here. We are all family to her. It makes us sad and angry when we hear that white people and town Aboriginal people in Sydney and in Alice Springs are insulting Bess and telling lies about her. When you insult her you insult all of us, we are her family.

Nungarrayi lives in Alice Springs but she talks to us all the time. She listens to what we tell her. Many of our people also live on the town camps in Alice Springs. Barbara Shaw does not lead them, she doesn’t speak our language. Nungarrayi always does her best to help any of us when we are in trouble. We support her in her struggle to make life better for us.

We are hurt and angry now by the things that these people have been saying.
Aboriginal people should know better than to hurt people who are in sorry business. No white person knows us better than Bess does. We don’t know who this Snowy River woman who calls herself Nampijinpa. We don’t know Marlene Hodder. They don’t speak our language like Nungarrayi does. They don’t know what is in our minds and hearts like Nungarrayi does. These people should apologise to her and to us, her family, for the things they have been saying.

More than 120 signatures are in the possession of the Alice Springs News. They are available from piiji@bigpond.net.au

The Holy Trinity

The Faith – The Dreaming
by Bejam Kunmunara Jarlow Nunukel Kabool, son of Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal, Custodian of the land Minjerribah

The Conscious State – BAIAME
God the Father: the absolute truth of all matters; the ego state which takes up ten percent of the mind [Einstein said that] the other ninety percent you are not using, is the bright heavenly bliss, the prior condition, prior to all else, the prior state of being, through the eyes of the unborn, where you reside with the absolute truth of God the Father in that bright heavenly bliss having sacrificed your ego up to the Father through the Spirit, through the eyes of the Ancestors, Jesus Christ.

Without that sacrifice of the ego up to the Father, which is the conscious state, you deal directly from the ego state which is likened to screwing your teddy bear, you are bullshitting, you are popping gum and that is the everlasting hell of it all!!! It will continue until you sacrifice your ego up to that conscious state of being with the absolute truth of God the Father by residing in that ninety percent of the mind which is the bright heavenly bliss beyond and prior to all else, a state of no mind, and emptying of the mind, beyond all desire with true hearing and seeing and total freedom made by way of and thru the realisation of…

The Spiritual State – The Unconditional Love of it ALL! – Through the eyes of the Ancestors – Jesus Christ. ( Rainbow Serpent Moving!)
God the Holy Ghost, which is the Oneness, there is no Other, there is ONLY ONE, which is the spirit, which is the Natural Law/Lore personified by the Elders in Council bloodlines back to territory/ies. Sacrifice is made here by bending the knee, tithing, to those Elders in Council bloodlines back to territory/ies in order to maintain those natural balances, which are the spiritual paths revealed by the Holy Ghost or Spirit upon proper and full considerations with God the Father in that bright heavenly bliss of that prior condition and state of being conscious and manifesting in the eternal and infinite NOW which is the Only Reality, moment by moment, step by step in the material/ego realm. This material realm is illusionary because of its constantly changing condition and lack of perception, necessitating the moment to moment, step by step manifestation or remanifestation in the material NOW which is expressed laterally and three dimensionally, which is the recognition and realisation of heaven on earth by doing God’s will on earth in His name and His creation which is the Garden of Eden and achieved by proper manifestation moment by moment, step by step, here and NOW by way of…

The Ego State – The Material Realm
God the Son which is the manifestation, the reincarnation, the second coming, having made the sacrifice of the ego, which is the source of the dis-ease, the everlasting hell. WITHOUT that sacrifice and the transcendence up through the Holy Ghost up to the Father giving proper considerations of His absolute truth in that bright heavenly bliss descending back down thru the Holy Ghost on those spiritual paths, remanifesting, reincarnating in the second coming to do God’s will on earth, righteously stepping on those spiritual paths to create His heaven on earth.

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.

Forever and Ever, Amen

The FAITH without action is blasphemy! ACTION without the FAITH is foolhardy.
I confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh not to change or challenge the law but to fulfill it in particular.
Leviticus: The Restoration

1 John 4: 2-6 Mathew 5: 17-20
Leviticus: The Restoration: Chapter 25 verse 10 1 Kings 21

more info see – Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal, Custodian of the land Minjerribah, Peace Prosperity and Healing, Sacred Treaty Circles

A Supernatural God?

It is often said that atheists and christians agree on what “god” is, they just disagree as to whether it exists or not. However, what if “God” was something outside of the understanding of atheist and christian alike, something that does not conform to the cultural assumptions of what “supernatural” actually is? Continue reading