Aboriginal political parties unite

Liam Croy inmycommunity.com.au 09 June 2010

Glenn Moore
Self-proclaimed 'blacktivist' Glenn Moore.
Picture: Dominique Menegaldo

Lockridge resident Glen Moore's new political party will merge with a party from the Northern Territory once both have received registration from the Australia Electoral Commission.

Ecological, Social Justice and Aboriginal Party (ESJAP) president Mr Moore said his party's unification with the First Nations Original Peoples Party (FNOPP) was a "natural progression".

FNOPP leader and executive member of the Central Land Council Maurie Ryan said the unified party would be "the biggest threat to racism in this country".

Mr Ryan, grandson of prominent aboriginal rights activist Vincent Lingiari, said he was removed from his family as a three-year-old before being sent to an island mission and then an Adelaide orphanage.

"I never found my father again, like so many others. I was denied my law, my culture, my land, my rites of passage," he said.

"I've been doing this for 30 years now and there have always been hurdles and shifting goalposts, but now we will have a voice that speaks for us.

"Because until you walk in my shoes, look through my eyes, you can't say anything on behalf of my people."

ESJAP leader Gerry Georgatos said his party would merge under the banner of the First Nations Original Peoples Party on a federal level.

He said the new party would contest every federal seat in WA and the NT at the upcoming election and aimed to contest seats in every Australian jurisdiction.

"We have the same objectives. There are systemic problems that need to be addressed and remedied. It's wise that we join up and run as one," he said.

Mr Georgatos said he met with Greens leader Giz Watson on Friday May 28 and had a "very positive chat".

Website: Ecological, Social Justice and Aboriginal Party - esjap.org.au

About Glenn Moore

Interim Party President,
Ecological, Social Justice and Aboriginal Party (ESJAP)

I am a Noongar/Yamatji man born and raised in Perth. I have been a long time activist and supporter of Aboriginal rights issues in Australia.

I am a cultural educator and artist and have conducted countless workshops on Didjeridoo Playing, Aboriginal Art and Culture. I have been a self employed artist since around age 13. I have worked extensively in WA and interstate as an Aboriginal youth mentor and Aboriginal artist/musician/activist. I am currently studying at Edith Cowan in the Indigenous bridging course with the aspiration to gain entry into the Pre-Law program at UWA 2011.

I am currently dep/co chair of DICWC WA and the student rep on the Indigenous Consultative Committee at Edith Cowan. It has been the vision of many Aboriginal people, myself included to see a Aboriginal political party such as this gain support and power through election into Federal and State Parliamentary seats.

We need to educate our people about the power of our right to vote. There is no limit to what we can achieve through activating people and raising their awareness to the part they can play in restoring our rights and privileges as Australia's First People.