Supporters prepare for 2nd Call to Action Against closure of Aboriginal Communities

Countries around the world will hold gatherings tomorrow supporting the 2nd Call to Action Against the closure of Aboriginal communities in Australia. 

The Minister of Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell posted on social media that he will attend the event organised tomorrow evening at the Britomart station in Auckland with Tame Iti.

States across Australia, Berlin, Los Angeles, London and New Zealand have organised  events for the cause and are calling for supporters to unite and condemn the impending closures. 

The Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett announced last year that the State would no longer provide funding for a number of remote Aboriginal communities which was supported by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Th explanation given for the decision was the communities were not ‘viable’ and those living in those communities were making a ‘lifestyle choice’ to do so.

Earlier this month the Australian Prime Minister was in New Zealand and faced criticism from the Māori Party and a number of other politicians as well as supporters of the Aboriginal communities over the apparent refusal of his government to acknowledge the call of the indigenous people of his country

In an open letter to Tony Abbott the Māori Party claimed that Abbott’s actions were reintroducing “flawed policies of the past and will result in the loss of basic human rights such as access to clean water and the right to choose where to live.”

Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox says she will attend a protest in Australia at her own expense next month to support the cause.

The New Zealand Labour Party has also sent a letter to the Australian Labor Party outlining their concerns in regards to the community closures.

Labour’s Māori caucus chairman, Peeni Henare, says they have received the full support of leader Andrew Little in initiating the letter.  

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key has remained tight lipped on the issue refusing to comment, saying it is an issue for the Australian government to address.

For more information on the marches across the globe planned for May 1st follow the link.