"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Murrumu Walubara and Yidinji Sovereignty

Yidinji lives!!!!!

Don't mess with this guy, Murrumu of Walubara! See the NYTimes article at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/13/world/australia/indigenous-walubara-yidinji.html where Livia Albeck-Ripka writes inter alia:

"Mr. Walubara was born in 1974 in Cairns, in Australia’s north, to an Aboriginal mother and Croatian Jewish father." ...

"To him and his followers, the Great Barrier Reef is a part of the Yidinji Territory, a self-declared nation spanning more than 6,000 square miles in the northeastern part of the continent, which Mr. Walubara formed in 2014, but to which he says sovereignty was never ceded."

"While experts say that Mr. Walubara has a long road ahead before Australia would recognize his claims to sovereignty, his argument has caught the attention of the public and the national news media. It also bears political weight in a country that has yet to recognize Indigenous Australians in its Constitution or to make a treaty with the marginalized population, who have long sought a voice in Parliament."

Murrumu Walubara seems to have many of the "politically correct" cards on his side and he apparently also possesses the physical stature to add an imposing weight to his arguments (see the photo of Murrumu in the NY Times artcle).