The denied motion before the House
Gerry Brownlee the third most senior ranked minister in John Keys New Zealand Government has temporarily denied co-leader of the Maori Party, Marama Fox, the leave to move a motion to condemn the actions of the Western Australian Government and indirectly the Australian Federal Government for removal of remote Aboriginal communities.
Marama Fox, whose past achievements have focussed towards supporting Maori education and kaupapa, is vocal on promoting the current plight of Aboriginal people in remote areas of Western Australia. The Maori Party is gaining considerable credibility on both sides of the Tasman, for their understanding and support of Maori living in Australia. Supporting Aboriginal issues runs parallel with that support.
Gerry Brownlee currently holds the ministerial responsibilities of Defence and Canterbury Earthquake recovery. As a teacher Christchurch’s St Bede’s College Christchurch among other subjects taught Maori and was the National Party spokesperson for Maori Affairs after Georgina Te Heuheu refused to endorse the controversial speech by the infamous Don Brash.
Mining in New Zealand is a sore point and when in 2009 the National Government secretly wanted to remove conservation status for Mount Aspiring National Park in the Coromandel, for mining purposes, he downplayed the act saying that New Zealand had given government a clear mandate to do so and that it was in the populations best interests.
While time is running out for the inhabitants of remote areas in Western Australia, most of which happen to be Aboriginal, the motion by Marama Fox to condemn this act by the WA state government will go before the house again on the 28th of April.
Unfounded criticism focused on Maori in Australia does very little towards supporting Aboriginal wellbeing in Australia. However these allegations are largely from sources in New Zealand who have little to no understanding of the issues and environment here in Australia.
In Australia protests organized in support of Aboriginal rights, will be supported by Maori living right across Australia. One such protest in Sydney will be held at Belmore Park at 5:30 pm on Friday the 10th of April. Now it’s time for Maori living in Sydney to support our Aboriginal brothers and sisters – we meet at the bus stop at Eddy Avenue from 5 : 00 – 5 : 15 see you all on Friday.