A senior Tjilpi Lawman has slammed the Referendum council for not respecting traditional lore during the referendum councils national convention in May this year.
Back in May, Senior Tjilpi Lawman Murray George raised his concerns over the way the referendum council did not respect cultural protocols and respect before hosting the talks on Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara country. But his latest statement (further down) says that permission was not sought to use the word Uluru as part of the referendum councils statement.
A wonderful statement, 20th May 2017, from Mr Murray George, Chairperson, Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Law and Culture…
Now a new statement has been released that shows the Referendum council did not have permission to use the word Uluru as part of the Uluru statement from the heart. The full statement can be read below.
We the Anangu families of Uluru and the APY Lands would like everyone to know that families did not give permission for…
The referendum councils gathering was engulfed with controversy from start to finish. The talks resulted in a mass walkout by a number of delegates who felt the whole process was following a pre-arranged agenda. Referendum council members also spoke falsely on behalf of APY leaders by saying that delegates were not allowed to hold anti recognise banners at the resort ground in Yulara. Formal complaints were also issued by Sovereign Union.
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Posted by NITV on Wednesday, 24 May 2017
It is not known how the Referendum council will react to this demand. Judging by their past actions, they will most likely continue to ignore respected voices on the ground in Aboriginal communities.