…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
By a strange coincidence, a few days before Queensland state elections (24-03-12), when it was obvious even to a Blind Freddie that Labor will no longer govern, a so called „embassy“ sprung up at Musgrave Park, about a kilometre, as a magpie flies, from Brisbane CBD, claimed to be once a sacred site.
The community organiser, Mr Peter Skuthorpe, a youth studying social work at Griffith University, said he and the working party wanted the government to recognise their right to practice indigenous cultural beliefs and be governed by indigenous tribal customs. “We’re using our sovereign right to practice our cultural beliefs…we want our sovereign right to be recognised,” Mr Skuthorpe said. It seems to be a call for an apartheid. He also said, “We’ve erected a sacred fire and are in the process of getting it heritage listed. The embassy will stand as long as the fire’s burning.” No worries about carbon dioxide then, not to mention restrictions on open fires in public parks.
I wonder which definition of “sovereign right” has Mr Skuthorpe in mind. Perhaps this one – The people inhabiting planet earth have a ‘Sovereign Right’ bequeathed unto them by Allah the Creator, the Supreme Power and ultimate Authority. This ‘Sovereign Right’is their right to exercise their conscience and to exist on earth and to live in accordance with the Command of Allah. This means that they have a ‘Sovereign Right’to walk apart from the confines and influence and dictates and regulations or decrees of other mortals or institutions of man. He certainly cannot mean a definition in any legal dictionary. [Sovereign right]
On Wednesday (16th May) morning more than 200 police were needed in Musgrave Park to enforce a Brisbane City Council order to evict the group, whose leaders refused to dismantle their tents and leave the public area. Police said they had made 31 arrests after protesters ignored appeals by negotiators to move on.
On another occasion in front of a government building in George Street, while demanding an audience with Minister of Child Safety Tracy Davis, Mr Skuthorpe said “We’ve come over here to stop the theft of our children immediately and give them back to their families, because it’s a denial…the children have been denied their culture.”