(en) Mr Lorenzo and his Deportation from Australia

Andrew Flood (ANFLOOD@macollamh.ucd.ie)
Fri, 08 Aug 1997 11:29:10 +0100 (BST)


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From: "Jim Duffield" <staffy@omen.com.au> Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 17:09:20 +0800 Subject: LL:Mr Lorenzo and his Deportation from Australia

I received this from the Nyungah Circle of Elders this afternoon, 7th August 1997, from Mr Robert Bropho, and issue it with the authority of the NYUNGAH Circle of Elders:

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NYUNGAH CIRCLE OF ELDERS

C/- PO Box Guildford, Western Australia, Tel: 61 (0)8 9377-1157 ~ 61 (0)8 9377-3350 ~ 61 (0)8 9279-6706 Fax: 61 (0)8 9377-3359 "The Last of the Nyungah Elders who are standing to Save and Protect our Ancient Religion and Culture and Sacred Beliefs in the Land and not take money to sell our Sacredness"

We never had a chance to speak with Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin.

We put our shoulder up against him to support him against the weight that was inflicted upon him by this Australian Government which has stopped him from freely communicating with us.

We, the Aboriginal Peoples ask Lorenzo and his People and Black and Indigenous People throughout the World to ask all Black and Indigenous Athletes not to participate in the Olympic Games in Australia.

We the Aboriginal People ask them to ask all people to BOYCOTT the Olympic Games here in the year 2000.

The Australian Government has inflicted upon this man, Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin, their racist attitude as a Black Visitor here to speak to the Aboriginal Nation about Racism. The Australian Government denies and deprives us of our Basic Human Rights as Human Beings to speak with this man, the same way they deprive us of our Freedom of Speech, and the same as their White Anti-Social Behaviour they inflict upon us.

We live with it day in and day out, year in and year out.

Australia went forward and put up for the Olympic Games based on Human Rights.

We, the First People, the Indigenous Nation of People of this Continent, the First Inhabitants of Australia, say unto all Indigenous Athletes and Black Athletes and White Athletes of the World that the Howard Government told a lot of lies about how good are the Human Rights of the Indigenous People of Australia. They told a lot of lies about how they stood up for Human Rights. This is not true.

This was the false reason that Australia was given the Olympic Games over China.

The Government of Australia does not and never has respected the Human Rights of us the Indigenous Peoples of Australia.

Signed...

Robert Bropho

For and on behalf of the Nyungah Circle of Elders =============================================================

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