Tongan missionary Ana Makahununiu has struck a chord with the indigenous people of the Kimberley, getting them off alcohol and drugs and finding freedom from the bondage of animist religion, much to the disgust of Senator Pat Dodson (below), a campaigner for Aboriginal separatism. Pictures: ABC News

AUSTRALIANS of all creeds and colours should be thankful for an obscure Tongan woman whose Aboriginal congregations in the Kimberley are throwing away and even burning “spiritually significant” objects of their culture.

The young Tongan preacher Ana Makahununiu arrived in the Kimberley in 2015 and has upset the likes of Marxist priest and WA Labor Senator Pat Dodson, and others like him who are in the process of cynically and “legally” dividing Australia according to race.

Dodson and his fellow Marxist fanatic and senator Lydia Thorpe, while claiming to be the great protectors of indigenous culture, are nowhere to be seen in Alice Springs where Aboriginal people are decimated by grog, child sexual abuse, youth crime and family breakdown – despite the money thrown at them by governments.

Many Aboriginal Australians have known for much longer than the cultural Marxists would dare to admit that their answers do not lie in their traditional culture and “being connected to the land”. They know it lies in the Christian religion that lifted other cultures worldwide out of domination by tribal spiritism and animism.

Dodson, a grandaddy of the Marxist land rights movement going back decades, has the gall to denigrate the activities of Ana Makahununiu, who is leading a Christian revival in the Kimberleys. Dodson called the movement “a type of virus that has really got no credibility.” “If they really understood the gospel then the gospel is about liberation.”

Dodson called the destruction of traditional culture “an act of bastardry”. “It’s about the lowest act you could perform in trying to indicate to a fellow human being that you have total disdain for anything they represent,” he told the ABC. In fact the Kimberley people weren’t told by missionaries to burn “sacred objects”, the local people did it willingly.

But Dodson’s gospel is not the biblical gospel. It’s Marxist “liberation theology”, well known to South Americans where Marxist-Jesuit priests have run rampant for many years, agitating for all the pet causes of the new left. The current Pope Francis, a notorious globalist, is one of them.

The fact is many Aborigines, since the days of European settlement, accepted Christianity, regardless of whether they were mistreated, killed in armed confrontations with settlers or taken from their families by the colonial church and state.

As one Kimberley woman Olive Knight told the ABC: “The spiritism that I grew up with, it was so restrictive, there was lots of fear, retribution all the time. Would it be better to live in a culture that … there’s nothing but fear and retribution, or go to someone who’s loving, a loving God?”

But for Dodson and his comrades the answer is to leverage billions of dollars off Australian governments to fund their own separatist shadow state, which is the long-term aim of the Aboriginal activists converted to the cult of Marxism by academics and their fellow travellers in the Australian Communist Party. The long-term strategy was documented back in the early 1980s by former CPA organiser Geoff McDonald in his books Red Over Black and The Evidence (Veritas).

A key step along the way is the Labor Party’s proposed body called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice, essentially a tool for the UN backed Marxists to push ahead with the creation of their indigenous state or states within Australia.

Already settlements worth billions of dollars are flowing into Aboriginal coffers, such as the $1.3 billion out-of-court settlement signed in 2018 and being paid in tranches by the government of Western Australia to the Noongar people, who claim “spiritual links” to the entire southwest of the state including Perth.

A perpetual trust called the Noongar Boodja Trust is raking in a handout of $600 million over 12 years ($50m a year) for the trust to manage up to 320,000 hectares of land for “development and cultural purposes” while the Noongar Land Fund is getting up to $47 million over 10 years.

Also in this indigenous bureaucratic network are six Noongar Regional Corporations and a Central Services Corporation that are receiving a handy $10 million a year for 12 years. The corporations will “coordinate policy with government and other agencies, as well as manage land and promote culture”. It’s jobs for the boys or at least the young Aboriginal boys and girls smart enough to snag a certificate in something or a degree or two.

The top layer of this bureaucracy is the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC), which represented six claimant groups in the original deal. These land councils across Australia are flexing their muscles and making all sorts of demands against other Australians, such as removing access to to Uluru rock, rock climbing sites in western Victoria and access to famous spots such as Mt Warning in northern NSW. These organisations shout “racism” whenever they are questioned or challenged but practice racism themselves.

In 2019 the chief executive of the Kimberley Land Council, Nolan Hunter, warned there would be thousands of compensation cases to come. The movement is basically extorting governments, mining companies and others with the threat of endless court cases if they don’t settle out of court with “realistic offers”.

“What it would actually cost a government to litigate could be in the millions and billions across Australia,” Hunter told the ABC. “You’re far better to respond to those groups that want to settle. But with something that is reflective of a good agreement because to go to litigation will cost even more.”

The question might be asked, where do these various indigenous groups get endless millions of dollars themselves to fund perpetual legal actions? Largely from governments and mining royalties or even the growing network of Aboriginal businesses such as KRED Enterprises in the Kimberley, run by the Ambooriny Burru Charitable Foundation, a tax-free income operation with an offshoot legal firm Arma Legal, formerly KRED Legal.

How ironic that these groups endlessly beating the “Aboriginal culture” drum are quite happy to adopt European corporate culture running on the generosity of governments and taxpayers. Dobson and Thorpe don’t care and would laugh it off because for them it’s nothing more than payback for the alleged “illegal invasion” of white settlers some 230 years ago. Neither do Marxists care if they are called out as hypocrites or liars. It’s all part of the game for this cult whose ultimate objective is power and control.

The 2019 ABC report noted that compensation claims for land had to be “deemed eligible” such the Timber Creek case where only 6 per cent or 127 hectares of their native title land was compensated. At that time native title has been determined over some 280 million hectares of land and waters nationally.

But law firm MinterEllison noted that if the Timber Creek award of $20,000 per hectare was applied to just 1 per cent of Australia’s total determined native title area, it would lead to an overall compensation figure of $56 billion. But if 5 per cent of land was deemed eligible, that would climb to $280 billion.

So the indigenist-Marxist managers of land and culture now have Australian governments over a barrel. Don’t do what they say and they’ll have the entire global media, the UN and every anti-racist, indigenist NGO in the world condemning the “white invaders”. It’s the same game plan playing out in New Zealand and Canada.

One might wonder if the indigenous corporations will one day invite the blue helmets in to “keep the peace”. Or will it be the People’s Liberation Army of China? After all, those fellow commie-capitalists would only be too willing to carve out some nice chunks of Aussie land and property for the party officials.

The awful truth is that such a drastic scenario is possible. Nothing has changed in the objectives of the Marxists who think and act long-term in their objective to break up strong, capitalist, nation-states developed in the western constitutional tradition and to subjugate them to regional and global bodies like the UN or European Union, dominated by unelected technocrats.

Geoff McDonald wrote in Red Over Black in 1982. “A conference of the Federation of Aboriginal Land Councils in Alice Spring on November 27, 1981, gave a full airing of the Marxist objective of a sovereign Aboriginal nation. No-one had heard of the Federation of Aboriginal Land Councils until the Alice Springs meeting. It was a self-appointed organisation falsely claiming to represent the Aboriginals. The radical activist of the North Queensland Land Council, Mr Mick Miller and the controversial Father Pat Dobson (Dodson) were reported to be the organisers.”

Senator Dodson today is chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and is actively campaigning for “the Voice”. But the bearded senator is silent on how this so-called “Voice” is going to help things in places like Alice Springs, where the degeneration of the Aboriginal community has shocked Australia.

Note the three sentences that Anthony Albanese could propose to be added to the constitution as a “starting point” for dialogue alongside the yes/no question:

  • There shall be a body, to be called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice may make representations to parliament and the executive government on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • The parliament shall, subject to this constitution, have power to make laws with respect to the composition, functions, powers and procedures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

“These draft provisions can be seen as the next step in the discussion about constitutional change,” Albanese says. “This may not be the final form of words – but I think it’s how we can get to a final form of words.” This is an open door for the neo-Marxists to use constitutional power to eventually declare a separate Aboriginal state, run by them.

The Uluru “statement from the heart” asserts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ sovereignty regardless of whether such a concept existed in Aboriginal lore, stating: “Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs …

“This sovereignty is a spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or ‘mother nature’, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were born therefrom, remain attached thereto, and must one day return thither to be united with our ancestors. This link is the basis of the ownership of the soil, or better, of sovereignty. It has never been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown.”

So the activists claim they want sovereignty (self rule) as the concept exists under English legal tradition. But they redefine it to claim it is a “spiritual notion” involving a “special relationship” with the land and ancestors with whom they “must one day return thither to be united”.

The Aboriginal Christians in the Kimberleys have a starkly different take on “spiritual ancestors” and the “reconciliation” as spouted by Dodson.