Sydney council admits Britain 'invaded' Australia

City of Sydney

Britain and its colonial Australian ancestors have continually been in denial of their invasion of Australia. But finally after more than 200 years of ignorance and atrocities, the originally settled location has conceded that it was indeed an "Invasion".

Councillors of the 'City of Sydney' have voted to officially declare the arrival of British settlers as an "invasion" in their 2030 city plan. The document describes the "devastating impact" to the local Eora tribe of the arrival of British settlers on the shores of Sydney Harbour in 1788, resulting in the "occupation and appropriation of traditional lands".

The City's Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel now wants the term used in Australia's constitution. 5 media articles included here

Sydney Council changes 'European arrival' in Australia to 'invasion'

Cenral Syney June 28, 2011

Sydney Council has changed "European arrival" in Australia to "invasion" in its documents.

At a meeting last night, Independent councillor Marcelle Hoff introduced a petition to use the words "invasion or illegal colonisation" in the council's policy documents and statements.

The petition sparked a long, heated debate.

When other councillors said the term as offensive, Ms Hoff replied: "It's intellectually dishonest to not use words that offend some people."

After initially resisting, Lord Mayor Clover Moore backed the move. "In respect to the Aboriginal community, it's something that is very important and needs to be used," she said.

There was a seven-to-two vote in favour of the change.

Cr Moore asked the packed public gallery if they agreed, and there was an overwhelming show of hands to the affirmative.

Shireen Malamoo
Shireen Malamoo
Outside City of Sydney

City capitulates and calls arrival 'invasion' in plan preamble

Matthew Moore Sydney Morning Herald June 28, 2011

The City of Sydney has been forced to use the word "invasion" to describe white settlement, after its Aboriginal advisory panel threatened to quit if the word was omitted.

After a week of acrimonious argument about using the word in the preamble in the city's plan for 2030, the council last night included the term, which last week caused a split among councillors who believed it was "divisive".

In an attempt to heal the rift among her own group of six that controls the council's numbers, the lord mayor, Clover Moore, had tried to remove the word "invasion" but conceded last night that she had underestimated the depth of feeling on the issue, and it was simply impossible to get agreement on any middle ground.

"I have heard from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel, and members of the Aboriginal community, that what happened in 1788 is described as an invasion," Cr Moore said.

Her new preamble includes the sentence, "Despite the destructive impact of this invasion, Aboriginal culture endures ... "

The new form of words was prepared after members of the advisory panel met an hour before the council meeting and resolved to accept no term other than invasion to describe white settlement.

Phillip Black, a member of the Clover Moore group who raised original objections to the term of invasion, continued his battle in vain.

Cr Black told the council the word invasion was "divisive" and "counterproductive" to reconciliation.

"I believe the use of that word has served its useful life and it's time to move on ... the City of Sydney, I don't believe should continue to use the term in our official documents."

In the end, he was supported by Liberal councillor Shayne Mallard after members of Cr Moore's team supported her in a vote that won 8-2.

The rift has seen Cr Black pilloried for his suggestions in emails this week that Aborigines were also migrants.

"Australia has always been a land of immigrants: from the arrival of the first people from approximately 50,000 years ago, to the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 to the arrival today of refugees from lands of conflict - each arrival has had its controversies but we all join a journey forward together to form modern Australia, " he said.

His remarks prompted numerous retorts from members of the Aboriginal advisory panel including one from Donald Clark, who took exception to Cr Black 's explanation about the role of the panel.

"Thank you for explaining the function of an advisory panel to me," Mr Clark said.

"This old Jackie-Jackie might not have realised the limits without your sage advice."

Artist Shireen Malamoo had threatened to resign and was delighted with the final decision. "I believe in their goodness," she said of the council.

 Barangaroo Development Sydney: Ep 19 - Shireen Malamoo gives an Aboriginal perspective
Aboriginal community worker, Shireen Malamoo was the final speaker for the evening at the Barangaroo Community Rally, Town Hall, City of Sydney, 3 August 2010.

Sydney council votes for 'invasion'

ABC News June 28, 2011

The City of Sydney Council has voted to continue referring to the European settlement of Australia as an "invasion".

Lord Mayor Clover Moore and several other councillors had wanted the word "colonisation" considered for the council's 2030 corporate plan, saying "invasion" was divisive.

But they eventually voted to retain the word after members of the city's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Advisory Panel threatened to quit.

Deputy Lord Mayor Marcelle Hoff, who also co-chairs the panel, says the threat was understandable.

"It's much like the Jewish people considering they suffered the Holocaust, and we would not dream for one minute about taking that word away from them," she said.

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people believe it was an invasion."

No watering down invasion truth of 1788, says indigenous leader Paul Morris

Debra Killalea and The Daily Telegraph June 28, 2011

Jewish people wouldn't accept a watered-down version of the Holocaust so Aborigines should be able to call the events of 1788 an invasion, an indigenous leader says.

Paul Morris, head of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, declared Sydney's decision to describe the arrival of white settlers an "invasion" as a victory for common sense.

City of Sydney councillors voted last night to wipe the words "European arrival" from official documents, igniting a row over Australia's history.

The new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statement says: "In 1788 the British established a convict outpost on the shores of Sydney Harbour.

"This had far reaching and devastating impact on the Eora Nation, including the occupation and appropriation of traditional lands. Despite the destructive impact of this invasion Aboriginal culture endured and is now globally recognised as one of the world's oldest cultures."

City of Sydney has come under attack for using an offensive and divisive word but the Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said Aborigines were the original custodians of the land and that the term was important to them.

But Mr Morris, who was behind push for the new wording, said that the use of the term invasion "should not even be an issue".

"We were invaded," he said. "It is the truth and shouldn't be watered down.
“We wouldn’t expect Jewish people to accept a watered-down version of the Holocaust, and if you ask native Americans, they wouldn’t want the truth of their history watered down, so why should we?” he said.

Wide-reaching effects

Mr Morris urged other councils across Australia follow suit, saying the word was important to indigenous people.

"The invasion is the truth which isn't acknowledged in everyday documents," he said.

"It is a significant event that affected not only a whole race of people but a nation as a whole."

He said that native Americans and Maoris had their past history acknowledged yet Australia hadn’t acknowledged it in every day documents.

During last night’s debate, Deputy Mayor Marcelle Hoff argued that the term "invasion or illegal colonisation" should be used in the council's official documents and statements.

She read out dictionary definitions of invasion as "to take possession, to penetrate, to intrude upon, to overrun".

"They came in and they did not leave.

"When other councillors described the term as offensive, Ms Hoff said: "It's intellectually dishonest to not use words that offend some people."

Divisive, 'emotive' term

However, councillor Phillip Black said the council should moderate using emotive language.

"Healing the past will not be achieved by alienating others. The word invasion has served its useful life. I do not believe it should be used in our documents," he said.

Mr Black was criticised for suggesting in emails that Aborigines were also migrants.

'Invasion' should be included in Australian constitution

Aboriginal advisory panel wants term 'invasion' included in constitution
Matthew Moore Sydney Morning Herald June 29, 2011

After succeeding in their push for the City of Sydney to call white settlement an "invasion", the City's Aboriginal Advisory Panel now wants the term used in Australia's constitution.

Several members of the panel that convinced the Council to use the word invasion in the preamble to its corporate plan believe the same word should be included in the preamble to the constitution.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has promised a referendum to recognise indigenous Australians in the constitution, probably at the next election, and has appointed an expert panel to discuss with the community the options for constitutional change.

Christopher Lawrence, a member of the City of Sydney's Aboriginal Advisory Panel, said the reason the panel had threatened to quit if the term invasion was not used was because it set a precedent for using it elsewhere, including in the constitution.

"I think we have to tell the truth about what happened, that's why it [the word invasion] has a rightful place in any preamble to do with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it should be included," he said.

His view was echoed by Paul Morris, co-chair of the panel and chief executive of the Metropolitan Land Council who rejected the view that the word was divisive.

"A lot of people feel the way the panel feels, this is a matter that will be raised with the panel looking at the constitution," he said.

But other Aborigines were less sure.

Kirstie Parker, the editor of the Aboriginal newspaper, Koorie Mail, said that while the use of the word invasion was "nothing new to Aboriginal people" she doubted whether most Australians, in most states, would agree with that language.

"I think it may be a little bit challenging for most non-indigenous Australians," she said.

Former ALP president Warren Mundine was also cautious about pushing to include the word in any referendum.

"In regard to the City of Sydney I thought it was a victory, a common sense approach that was great, but in regard to the preamble for the constitution I'm more of a view at this stage to sit back and listen to what the committee comes up with and I'm happy to leave it at that," he said.

NSW Aboriginal Affairs Minister Victor Dominello echoed the views of two City of Sydney councillors who opposed its use when he said the term was divisive and would not help reconciliation.

"Reconciliation and progress can only be built on language that unifies us, not language that divides us."



Thankyou very much for declairing that the colony invaided this land.
I believe that was the right thing to do but it should of been done along time a go.
i also believe that we should now work with the Aboriginals and make sure they are treated well!

Your sincerely

Comment viewing options

Enter the characters shown in the image.
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.