Hi Erwin, how are you. It was very pleasing to …

Comment on Native Title group confirms sacking of Darryl Pearce by Merrill Bray.

Hi Erwin, how are you. It was very pleasing to read about this man being sacked. A long time in coming. There are many more of his kind within Lhere Artepe.
This particular family and a certain other have wreaked havoc for years by shanghi-ing Lhere Artepe and taking control of it from other true traditional owners (T/Os) by the unbalanced unfairness of structure in the three groups and Lhere Artepe’s constitution.
My son and I are T/Os of the Irlpma group and for years my family has never received any monies (not one cent), from Lhere Artepe via Irlpma.
As usual each of the three groups are dominated by the largest of one family group.
THE ISSUES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
[1] THERE ARE THREE GROUPS WHEN THERE SHOULD BE TWO, UNDOOLYA AND IRLPMA.
The only reference of Mbantua on Strehlow’s map is of a Mbantua Lhere (a river) near Harts Range. (Makes one wonder where Mbantua, the T/Os group, has originally evolved from.)
If you require this reference of Strehlow’s map I shall be happy to forward this on.
[2] VOTING RIGHTS AND REPRESENTATION IS UNBALANCED IN THE GROUPS.
Each of the three groups vote individuals up as 10 MEMBERS. Please understand that me being a T/O does not make me a MEMBER of Lhere Artepe. To become a MEMBER a T/O must first be voted up by the groups individually. (Hence the unbalance due to a small family of individual T/Os in one such group.)
I and my family have no voice. The MEMBERS of Lhere Artepe only support their own families, not representing of the whole group.
[3] Certain family T/Os including myself, are being excluded in payments of monies that they are entitled to as T/Os and some family members receive more payments than others.
SOME POSSIBLE IDEAS OF ACTIONS:
[a] To remove the power of imbalance and unfair representation by One vote, each family T/O represented evenly from each family group. To then be represented evenly as MEMBERS up on Lhere Artepe.
[b] OVERHAUL THE SELECTION OF T/Os THROUGH STREHLOW’S DOCUMENTATION OF EXISTING ARCHIVES: Strehlow’s archives to be used as guidance for families to connect themselves to their ANCESTORS and to COUNTRY of their ANCESTORS’ DREAMINGS.
[c] Changes to the CONSTITUTION of Lhere Artepe and the groups, for fairer voting rights, and money distribution to all T/Os once [b] has been applied.
[d] Seek an overturning of justice Olney’s decision on adoption in the Federal Government vs Hayes case.
[e] Ask for a fair, independent tribunal to sort out the mess.
Regards Merrill Bray
Mobile: 0409 085137

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Fiona, James and family, our deepest condolences to you all on the loss of your Father / Granfather. A man I’d always admired whilst growing up as a child in Alice Springs. What a rich and wonderful journey he had. RIP.


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