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Letter to The Editor - True spirituality, no matter what the land or people concerned, does not demand attachment to earthly goods
To The Age There is a different and truer way to view the national sovereignty of Australia (vested in the Australian Crown) than that of Jacob Saulwick ("A true voice on torn land rights", 15/3). This begins with the affirmation that the 1825 British Crown claim of sovereignty over what is now the Northern Territory proved successful in history and still stands valid for today's Australian Crown, partly on the grounds that the Aboriginal tribes failed to defend their territory successfully and partly owing to the lapse of time, which extinguishes former sovereignties after a reasonable number of years. The High Court Mabo decision can properly be seen as an unjustified act of legal adventurism, as was pointed out by competent authorities at the time. Subsequent decisions by that court flowing from that decision can be seen, logically, as invalid also. The decisions were manifestly against the interests of Australians as a whole. That has become glaringly clear by the latest High Court decision, whereby huge amounts of taxpayers' money are to be handed out to persons and groups whose claim to Aboriginality are suspect and whose right to be recipients of such moneys can be shown to not exist.
In this situation the Australian Government should pass appropriate legislation to bring to an end this fraudulent milking of the moneys of the great majority of Australians. This does not look likely to happen, partly because popular opinion has been manipulated by ongoing propaganda published by the mainstream media and not contested by the major political parties, and partly (one surmises) because of secret pressure behind the scenes by a well-financed elite that operates in an international context (also using the UNO for its purposes). It is only within this overall context that Aboriginal claims of a spiritual kind, concerning attachment to the land, should be assessed. True spirituality, no matter what the land or people concerned, does not demand attachment to earthly goods. Rather it recommends the opposite.
Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic