Paying ‘rent’, together with other means of reparations to our indigenous people for stealing their land, should be firmly resisted.

It’s based on the false claim that they owned rather than just lived in what is now Australia and expect to have it returned to them or financially compensated for its loss.

Chief advocate for this is ex-wharfie, avowed Communist, and chief rabble-rouser for the ‘Yes’ vote at the failed Voice referendum, Thomas Mayo, who has also just proposed that Albanese’s Labor-Greens government legislate a Voice body identical to the one that 61% of us voted against at the referendum!

Mayo (or ‘Mayor’ as he was named at birth) is part indigenous but mainly non-indigenous in terms of his ancestry. He falsely claims to be a totally Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander person and many websites support that claim.

He was the activist who was recorded several months ago stating that non-indigenous people should be taxed as a form of ‘rent’ for their perceived crime of living on indigenous-owned land.

The fact is, prior to the arrival of the First Fleet settlers, Aboriginal people had no concept of land ownership. As has been repeated verbatim by them over the years, Aboriginal people considered themselves ‘custodians’ of the land, not owners.

The term ‘custodian’ means guarding, protecting or maintaining the object referred to – there is absolutely no suggestion of ownership.

To clarify that, consider the role of being a custodian or guardian to a child. Does that mean ownership of the child? Obviously not. But it certainly indicates that the custodian or guardian is required to protect and maintain that child.

So, why is land ownership suddenly such a big issue? Surely, it’s not a matter of indigenous people not being allowed to live where they like? They obviously should be free to choose where they live and work and for the most part they are despite bureaucratic overreach in some communities.

As usual with Indigenous affairs, it’s primarily their so-called ‘elites’ – people like Thomas Mayo – who are behind the continued demand for more land and other forms of reparation.

Usually there is very little or no benefit to the poor buggers out in the bush who actually need help, including basic housing, despite all the taxpayer money provided to their representative bodies.

Where did that money go?

The latest demand is from the Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council (MALC) who want about 150,000sq m of Boronia Park which is prime parkland in Hunters Hill, Sydney.

Their chief executive, Nathan Moran, claimed that “Making claims for crown land (is) to give us something back for all the other land we’ve lost in the state of NSW since colonisation.”

He also claimed that “trillions of dollars in wealth has been taken from us.”

So, there we go again……victimhood as a result of something that didn’t actually happen because indigenous people in Australia had never actually ‘owned’ land – they were its custodians.

Moreover, they have had the same right of access and ownership of land as non-indigenous people, and many have bought land as a result of their hard work.

But that’s not enough for some, they want to be given the land as a form of compensation for what they clearly believe was theft on the part of the new arrivals since 1788.

The fact is, you can’t steal something that was not owned in the first place. And that accounts for all of the land in Australia pre-1788.

The grab for land in Hunters Hill comes after a record number of Aboriginal land council claims against crown land were made in NSW during the past year, with 545 claims granted – the highest number in a single year.

Once land is handed over to land councils, what they can do with it is governed by existing planning controls that dictate whether housing developments or other applications can be granted. There is no certainty that parkland will remain as such for the benefit of all residents and visitors.

The former Waverton Bowling Club site was handed over to MALC last year and they have also sought to develop 450 homes in Northern Beaches bushland.

So far, local community opposition has managed to stall that application – but for how long given the wokeness of politicians and government officials in that area?

The concerns people have about this whole matter of land acquisition are two-fold.

Firstly, why should one race of people have special rights – isn’t that racist in itself?

Secondly, what will happen to the land that’s acquired? Will there be unwanted developments … and who exactly will benefit financially?

Knowing how these matters have been resolved in the past, you can bet that indigenous so-called elites will gain financially – but not those who need to most.

And has anyone checked the validity of these land council officials’ claims of aboriginality? Are they actually ‘aboriginal’?

And what are the requirements in order to claim aboriginality? Does anyone know?

Meanwhile, up in Cape York, geriatric former rock star and politician Peter Garrett is leading the charge for a World Heritage listing on the north Queensland peninsular.

However, this is being opposed by the Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation (BCYDC) and other traditional owners and community leaders who see this as being more about winning green votes in inner-city electorates rather than delivering tangible benefits to indigenous people. 

Gerhardt Pearson, Executive Director of the BCYDC said, “We were initially told this was going to be an Indigenous-led process but now we find it is being run by a rock star, the former head of the conservation foundation and NSW bureaucrat – with the black fellas sitting out on the wood heap.”

“It is offensive, an insult, just a few months coming out of a referendum that governments said was about giving a voice to indigenous Australians,” he said.

It appears that the Albanese Labor government is not alone in terms of failed promises to ‘close the gap’ that exists between many in the indigenous Australian population and the wealthy so-called elites in both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

It extends across the whole spectrum of Australian government – Federal, State/Territory and local. They’re all talk but no action.

Poverty exists in many parts of Australia and certainly not just in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Support should be provided on a ‘needs’ basis to all Australians. 

It’s time to put an end to the divisiveness created by Albanese’s failed Voice referendum and compounded by activists like Mayo from the far-left and for all Australians to be treated equally, regardless of race.

Thanks, as always, to Johannes Leak and his wonderful cartoon.