Activist renounces her citizenship with the invaders

Jude Kelly

AAP Herald Sun February 15, 2011

Tent embassy activist Jude Kelly gives up citizenship in protest

An Aboriginal tent embassy resident has renounced her citizenship and declared herself a refugee.

Jude Kelly has given up the right to claim Centrelink or Medicare benefits as she continues living outside Old Parliament House.

The grandmother and member of the Stolen Generation will also refuse to pay tax as part of a protest against the treatment of indigenous Australians in the legal system.

"We need to try and change things around, and up until such time I shall become a non-citizen of Australia and keep living at the Aboriginal tent embassy," the Yamaji/Noongar woman said.

"I walk on Aboriginal land. British common law and business laws have made all of our laws."

Her 28-year-old son Luke Marsh has also joined his mother's political campaign.

Ms Kelly is upset at the way legal authorities have treated her son, who has previously been in trouble with police for alcohol-related incidents.

She sat outside the ACT Law Courts with an Aboriginal flag and a hand-painted sign emblazoned with the Latin phrase: "Qui prior est tempore potior est jure". Translated, the legal maxim says: "He who is first in time has the strongest claim in law".