Past the point of “Terra Nullus”

MP Warren Entsch member for Leichhardt, in his regular spot with Black Star Morning Focus presenter Greg Reid was asked by Greg, why there was silence from politicians, responding to comments made by Pauline Hanson, slamming the indigenous content at the opening ceremony of the commonwealth games.

“It is the price we had to pay for freedom of speech” he said  and expressing a personal view does not deserve any further airtime. Giving it further airtime would only give her comments further fuel. He went on to say that, we had gone past the point of “Terra Nullus” .

Terra nullius is a Latin expression meaning “nobody’s land”, and is a principle sometimes used in international law to describe territory that may be acquired by a state’s occupation of it.

It is estimated that over 750,000 Aboriginal people inhabited the island continent in 1788. The colonists were led to believe that the land was terra nullius (‘no one’s land’), which Lt James Cook declared Australia to be in 1770 during his voyage around the coast of Australia. The High Court’s Mabo judgment in 1992 overturned the terra nullius fiction. In the same judgement, however, the High Court accepted the British assertion of sovereignty in 1788, and held that from that time there was only one sovereign power and one system of law in Australia.

Pauline Hanson slammed the indigenous component of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony as “absolutely disgusting” and labelled herself an indigenous Australian.
The One Nation leader and Queensland senator said that the indigenous segment of the ceremony dominated and was “over the top”.Aboriginal leaders from the Gold Coast’s Yugambeh people rejected Senator Hanson’s comments, and Queensland Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said there was no place for Senator Hanson’s views.
“I thought it was disgusting, ­absolutely disgusting,” Senator Hanson told Sky News, before adding that she was not racist.“As far as I’m concerned, that is not Australia. “I have got nothing against the Aboriginal people but I’m sick and tired of being made to feel as if I’m a second-class citizen in my own country.”She said that as far as she was concerned, she was “indigenous’’. “I was born here; this is my country as much as anyone else,” she said.

“well no Pauline ” according to the UN

Understanding the term “indigenous”

Considering the diversity of indigenous peoples, an official definition of “indigenous” has not been adopted by
any UN-system body. Instead the system has developed a modern understanding of this term based on the
following:
• Self- identification as indigenous peoples at the individual level and accepted by the community as their
member.
• Historical continuity with pre-colonial and/or pre-settler societies
• Strong link to territories and surrounding natural resources
• Distinct social, economic or political systems
• Distinct language, culture and beliefs
• Form non-dominant groups of society
• Resolve to maintain and reproduce their ancestral environments and systems as distinctive peoples and
communities.

Warren also put his support behind a an Indigenous stockman’s hall of renoun and indicated that Normanton would be a suitable place to showcase history of Aboriginal stockmen and women in an industry built off the backs of Aboriginal Stockmen and women he said.
editor note, The interview of this program had recording interference and cant be posted.

Warren was on fire today and covered other areas as well including informing people that it was not always the NBN that was the problem and that service providers also had to “man up” when delivering the quality of service  and speeds that they advertised.

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