The Aboriginal Political Party (APP)
has been born in South Australia and it
has based its first principle on fighting
Leading the way are APP executive
officers, Kaurna Elder, Lynette Crocker and
Dr Dylan Coleman, the 2011 recipient of
the Queensland Premier’s David Unaipon
Indigenous Literary Award.
On February 19, the 176th South Australian
Letters Patent commemoration was held by
“As we move towards a referendum on
constitutional recognition we must consider
the 1836 Letters Patent which defined the
boundaries of the then newly created colony
of South Australia,” APP member, Patrick
February 19 is considered South Australia’s
“A state and a country can only come of
age when there is a true acknowledgment of
the rightful custodians of this country that
honours the original inhabitants through all
aspects of society,” Mrs Crocker said.
“This was the intention in the Letters Patent
but the path of history has ignored this intent.”
“The people of the APP movement base
their actions on the rights instilled in all
the Aboriginal descendants of the original
inhabitants through the Letters Patent,” Mr
The APP is calling for designated seats for
Indigenous representatives in parliament.
The party is also calling for approaches to
address sovereignty, a Treaty and a Bill of
Rights and it will work towards developing
international Indigenous political alliances.
In December 2011, Mrs Crocker and Dr
Coleman travelled to New Zealand to hold
talks with Maori political leaders.
They met with members of the Iwi
Constitutional Working Party to discuss
Maori political and constitutional processes
and sought to have light shed on potential
approaches for representative voices from the
“There is potential to invoke the Letters
Patent in the same way the Maori people
have and are using the Treaty of Waitangi,”
Mrs Crocker said.
“The only difference is that the Maori
people are using the power of their rights.
“Our policy platform are the seven Rs
- Recognition, Respect, Rights, Reform,
Reciprocity, Responsibility, Reparations
which we invite others to embrace.
“This State will only come of age when the
full force of the Letters Patent is honoured by
South Australia so rights are exercised by all
Aboriginal people in all aspects of our life and