The Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereignty Embassy is advocating for a national gathering at the Tent Embassy in Canberra next month
By David Liddle, NITV News
The Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereignty Embassy is advocating for a national gathering at the Tent Embassy in Canberra next month.
Spokesman Wayne Wharton says their planned protest aims to target the new Government's Indigenous Committee headed by Warren Mundine.
He says the gathering would argue for more community control over government policies and programs.
"We all know that the National Party and the Liberal Party's policies are to say that we got to stand in line with the mainstream, and they don't consider us any special needs. This is the baseline for the policy of the National and the Liberal Party and their bottom line is they assimilate us and we wait in line like everyone else. Aboriginal medical services, legal services, special education programs and arts programs will be the first ones to get cut," says Mr Wharton.
The Canberra Tent Embassy was the scene of vocal protests last year when Tony Abbott suggested it might be time for the site to close.
Mr Wharton fears Mr Abbott will raise the suggestion with the public again now that he is Prime Minister.
The Canberra gathering is planned for October 17 and 18.