We the undersigned demand Tony Abbott immediately disbands his selected Indigenous Advisory Council.
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The selected Indigenous Advisory Council is NOT representative of Aboriginal Peoples, especially the members who are non Aboriginal people with have little or no experience in Aboriginal Affairs. The selected Aboriginal People, in particular Warren Mundine are NOT the voice of Aboriginal Peoples. At best this committee is pure tokenism and all dialogue between them and the federal government should cease immediately. If Tony Abbott is serious on his being the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Peoples, he will embark on a path of a national election by Aboriginal Peoples on who should speak and act on our behalf. An elected committee should be employed on a full time basis to direct the federal government of Aboriginal Affairs. After years and years of failed promises and senseless inititives, this remains the only solution to the problems our Peoples have had fostered upon them. The present situation is an insult to Aboriginal Peoples and our non Aboriginal supporters. It is well past time to place Aboriginal Affairs in the hands of Aboriginal Peoples and rid ourselves of the present colonial tokenism. Mr. Abbott, closing the gap will not be achieved by you selecting puppets who will merely nod and agree with everything you say. Grassroots Aboriginal Peoples who work endlessly in their various Communities should be given the chance to have a voice. We are tired of listening to your selected few, of whom Aboriginal Peoples have no faith in. Be serious, now is the time for proper reforms in Aboriginal Affairs. Now is the time to place Aboriginal Affairs into the hands of elected Peoples. Now is the time for your government to stop playing house with your selected ones and give us, the Fisrt Nations Peoples of Australia the chance to show you how effective we can be. We do not need your colonial mentality, we need our self determnation. NOW Mr. Abbott NOW.
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