New political party aims to be voice of indigenous people

Liam Croy inmycommunity.com.au 18th May 2010

Website: esjap.org.au


Marianne Mackay
Interim Party Secretary
UWA Law student, Aboriginal rights activist and campaigner, Deaths In Custody Watch Committee (WA) Co-Deputy Chair and Board of Trustee member, Member of the Build Communities, Not Prison campaign

A new State and Federal political party wants to give Aboriginal people the voice that party leaders say has been "sorely missing" from Australian politics.

The Ecological, Social Justice, Aboriginal Party has applied for registration from the WA Electoral Commission and Australian Electoral Commission and intends to run candidates at this year's elections.

Social justice advocate Gerry Georgatos, Australia's first indigenous chiropractor Dr William Hayward and Aboriginal activists Glen Moore and Marianne Mackay comprise the party's leadership.

Speaking at a meeting last night, party leaders told inmycommunity that the party would work to promote ecologically sustainable economics and to eliminate acts and attitudes that harbour inequality through the dissemination of information.

They said the party's three core principles of ecological sustainability, social justice and the remedy of Aboriginal discrimination were inherently connected.

A groundswell of support has taken the party from vision to reality in a matter of months, with the party now nearly 1000-members strong.

Founded in Perth, it aims to be the first Aboriginal political party to have an indigenous representative in Parliament.



New Indigenous Political Party has 925 members

From the Ecological Social Justice Website

The Ecological, Social Justice, Aboriginal Party has 925 members. We have contacted the WAEC and the AEC to commence the party registration process. To register with the AEC will take up to 12 weeks, and hence we may not be party registered by the time the Federal Election is called. As the AEC official declared we can only try.

If we are not party registered by the time of the Federal Election we shall support a number of Independent Candidates who otherwise would have run as Candidates with the Ecological, Social Justice, Aboriginal Party.

Our priority for 2010 is to increase our membership. We have a significant membership. Our first priority for 2010 is to achieve 2,000 members - this will assist in ensuring that the inspiration that is the Ecological, Social Justice, Aboriginal Party (or Group) does not wax and wane. We are here for the long-term, and we are here for all of us.

The Party aims to uphold and be characterised by:

1) Equality to all peoples and the elimination of all acts and objects that produce and harbour inequality.
2) The pursuit of the elimination of all forms of discrimination.
3) The redress to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia for whom many continue to live in unjust conditions.
4) The pursuit of social and economic equity.
5) Genuine participatory democracy, grassroots involvement, transparency at all levels, and the right to freedom of speech and self determination.
6) The pursuit of ecological economics to underwrite a sustainable earth.
7) Though protest and non-cooperation policies are pathways they shall be in terms of peace, non-violence and freedom of speech.
8) The pursuit of a non-violent and non-exploiting world.
9) The Eco/Social and Aboriginal Party shall characterise itself through dissemination, education and consciousness-raising.

History

The Party is a coalescing of two separate inspirations. On November 11, 2009 Gerry Georgatos founded the Ecological and Social Justice Group, and from this group the idea was founded to pursue the creation of a political entity, the Ecological and Social Justice Party often referred to as the Eco/Socials. The party's vision was on of addressing and remedying social ills, inequity and develop a broad economic model. One of its core underwritings would be to ensure the Aboriginal voice and there pursuit to remedies and redress through self-determination. The Eco/Socials valued the requisite for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parliamentarians and would strive to achieve this by ensuring at least 25% of their endorsed candidates are appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. On November 17, Marianne Mackay and Glen Moore pursued Marianne's vision for an Aboriginal Political Party, one where every candidate identifies as Aboriginal. Marianne has always believed that "people can speak about us however they cannot speak for us." On November 17, at Derbarl Yerrigan, in East Perth, Marianne and Glen, with Gerry Georgatos assisting as facilitator, launched the Aboriginal Party. It would be very likely that these two parties, with so much in common, would develop a strong liaison.

Glen Moore and Marianne Mackay and Gerry Georgatos have campaigned on remedying issues affecting Aboriginal peoples in Western Australia and have known each other since 2008. All three met through the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee (WA) where they have campaigned for the elimination of systemic racism, they have worked together on the Death of Mr Ward campaign, they have worked on the Build Communities, Not Prisons campaign. Glen and Marianne are the Deputy Co-Chairpersons of the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee (WA). Gerry Georgatos is a member, with Glen and Marianne, of the Deaths in Custody Watch Committee (WA) campaign committee and its Board of Trustees.

During January of 2010 Marianne, Glen and Gerry proposed to coalesce the two parties and develop them into one party with all their values and core underwritings preserved. The party at this time is known as the Ecological, Social Justice and Aboriginal Party and will party register as both a State Party with the WAEC and as a Federal Party with the AEC.

The interim President of the Party is Glen Moore. The interim Party Secretary is Marianne Mackay. The interim Party Leader is Gerry Georgatos. As the party believes itself a party of strongly aligned Independents therefore all three represent and speak on behalf of this party. They hope to be able to ensure this principle for the developing executive and prospective endorsed candidates and branch conveners. There shall be few protocols that will limit freedom of speech and comment, unlike as the case is with most other political parties.

Contacts

Glen Moore
Party President
Mobile: 0432 479 132
Email: glen.moore@esjap.org.au

Marianne Mackay:
Party Secretary
Mobile: 0401 320 047
Email: marianne.mackay@esjap.org.au

Gerry Georgatos:
Mobile: 0430 657 309
Email: gerry.georgatos@esjap.org.au

Dr. William Hayward
Mobile: 0407 998 463
Email: william.hayward@esjap.org.au

Mail:
PO Box 519,
Fremantle, 6959,
Western Australia, 6959
Email: info@esjap.org,au


The constitution

NAME OF ASSOCIATION
The name of the Association is the Ecological, Social Justice and Aboriginal Party, hereinafter referred to as "Eco/Social & Aboriginal Party", and publicly referred to as the Eco/Socials.

DEFINITIONS
In this constitution, unless otherwise declared the definitions appear as:

"The Ecological, Social Justice and Aboriginal Party" is the national party.
"The Ecological, Social Justice and Aboriginal Party (WA)" is the state body of the party.
"Branch" means any formally convened meeting group within either state body of the party or of the national party.

"Consensus" is defined as the decision making outcome arrived on any issue, whether policy, position, motion where an objection by a member has not been lodged to proceed the pursuit of outcome by either open ballot or secret ballot.
"Convener" defines the elected person to facilitate meetings of a group or branch nature.
"General Meeting"
"Quorum"
"The Council"mean the Executive, who all members, other than ex-officios being the Party President, Party Secretary, Party Leader and Parliamentarians representing the Party, must be elected by the members.

PRINCIPLES, PURSUITS AND CAPACITY IN TERMS OF EMPOWERMENT
Vision and Character

The Eco/Social & Aboriginal Party will uphold and work towards an affirmative socially inclusive national and global society that shall be characterised and upheld by:

1) Equality to all peoples and the elimination of all acts and objects that produce and harbour inequality.
2) The pursuit of the elimination of all forms of discrimination.
3) The redress to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia for whom many continue to live in unjust conditions.
4) The pursuit of social and economic equity.
5) Genuine participatory democracy, grassroots involvement, transparency at all levels, and the right to freedom of speech and self determination.
6) The pursuit of ecological economics to underwrite a sustainable earth.
7) Though protest and non-cooperation policies are pathways they shall be in terms of peace, non-violence and freedom of speech.
8) The pursuit of a non-violent and non-exploiting world.
9) The Eco/Social and Aboriginal Party shall characterise itself through dissemination, education and consciousness-raising.

UNDERSTANDING ONE ANOTHER

The Eco/Social and Aboriginal Party recognises that humankind is inter-related and that we must be inter and intra culturally aware of one another, working towards principles of social inclusion rather than segregation and exclusion.

We recognise that the First Nation peoples of Australia have endured horrific Apartheid, premised as the result of of racism, ignorance and greed. We recognise that for a balance to be restored within society our First Nation peoples must be prioritised in terms of redress and not obstructed in their pursuit of self-determination within their own lands.

UNDERSTANDING OUR EARTH

The Eco/Social and Aboriginal Party recognises that humankind must balance itself within the relationship it has historically enjoyed with the Earth and understand the Earth's capacities, well being and these in terms of our own economic aspirations in building what we know as civilisation. The Eco/Social and Aboriginal Party recognises that humankind must appreciate the limitations of the Earth's resources and its needs for balanced habitats.

THE EARTH'S RESOURCES

The Earth must be understood in terms of its capacities and in terms of sustainable practices that ensure the future prospects of not only humankind however the very Earth and its resources, including its various environments and including the conditions required to maintain much of our natural order of life.

ECONOMIC SYSTEMS

Economic systems need to recognise they have a duty of care to all humanity rather than to specific interest groups and societies. Economic systems must ensure that the distribution of equity is equal among human kind and for instance that all human beings must be afforded the natural rights to enjoy in shelter, welfare and sustenance.

Economic systems must be cognisant of continuing our natural systems rather than decimating or exhausting them. Our industrial systems must be premised in sustainable resource practices and in practices which do not reap exhaustion upon the natural order that the Earth requires for all its environments and life forms.

Economic systems must respect human kind, in socially inclusive terms and must respect and strengthen the rights of our Earth's biodiversity.

Economic systems must respect that no human being shall be regarded more highly in terms of accruing economic benefits, thus at the unnecessary expense of another, and that all human beings are not only equal however shall be at all times treated and afforded equality.

There can be no just economic system in Australia till as such time as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are provided with their long withheld rights and benefits.

The Eco/Social and Aboriginal Party acknowledges the rights of our First Nation peoples as Traditional Owners of the land and water and their absolute right and goal to self-determination.

EQUALITY

All human beings must be assured of the right to enjoy from the procurement and development of warranted investment in the world's resources and share equally from them. Such equality will be assured when transparency is assured in the maintenance and management of the world's resources.

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Social justice is achieved by practice and the lived experience. In pursuit of social justice all members of the Eco/Social and Aboriginal Party though they are entitled to protest and non-cooperation they must remain true to peace, peaceful processes, bona fide democratic practices and openness. We must foster a society of belonging and co-operation, where dissemination and education and consciousness-raising shall be valued.

Social justice will be achieved where we value peaceful dispute resolution and where we value freedom of speech.

Human rights can only exist when these are accessible to all human beings. We respect the right to opportunity for all people and we must ensure that all people have legitimate accessible rights to opportunity. We recognise all people in terms of their rights irrespective of age, gender, race, perceived class and irrespective of nationality.

The Eco/Social and Aboriginal Party values the pursuit of the elimination of discrimination, of poverty, and of excesses and of unnecessary production and consumption. The Eco/Social and Aboriginal Party believes that all human beings should have affordable access to suitable housing, education, good health, and the right to their various cultural identities.

OBJECTIVES AND PURSUITS
The Eco/Social and Aboriginal Party values the pursuit of a peaceful society and world, premised on community, the development of sustainable communities and the right of all human beings to be equitably appreciated within community.

The Eco/Social and Aboriginal Party seeks to promote itself as a socio-political cultural wave and the political party and paradigm of current generation, and of ensuring generations and has committed iself to the principles of real justice, real equality, economic understandings and systems that protect natural systems and the Earth.

The Eco/Social and Aboriginal Party will ensure the right to self-determination of Aboriginal Australia and will undertake to ensure the optimum number of endorsed candidates in all elections, whether State or Federal. The Party will pursue to increase the number of Aboriginal Parliamentarians in Australia. When we address the injustices that our Aboriginal peoples continue to endure hence we address justice for all our humanity.

The Eco/Social and Aboriginal Party is focused on the promotion of the Party itself in terms of its values and principles in providing for an ecologically socially just Earth, an equitably human rights founded humanity that in its first acts ensures redress to the Aboriginal peoples of this vast continent and hence for these people to finally enjoy unhindered access to these prized rights. The Party will ensure at all times that we remain loyal to our creed and objectives and thus be bound by our principles unless we either amend our constitution or dissolve the Party.

Information Source: esjap.org.au

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