Pay the Rent Rationale

Since the, 1970's there have been repeated calls by Indigenous activists for non-Aboriginal Australians to 'Pay the Rent' to the rightful Indigenous land owners for the occupation of land in Australia and/or in recognition of Indigenous sovereignty.

Since then, the 'Pay the Rent' scheme, has been actively operating to provide, opportunities for non-Indigenous Australians to support initiatives controlled by the traditional land owners in their struggle for self-determination and economic independence.

Today 'Pay the Rent' is a reasonable, rational and responsible way of ensuring the survival of the oldest living culture in the world.

It is a significant contribution to the process of Reconciliation, and embracing its philosophy is a sign of growing maturity among today's 'Australians'.

Historical Background

Prior to the European invasion of this continent there were about 300 different Indigenous nations, speaking their own distinct languages with a history of occupation stretching back at least 80,000 years.

The original instructions to Captain James Cook from the British Crown were to negotiate a basis of occupation with "the consent of the natives".

In his book, 'The Law of the Land', historian Henry Reynolds states that according to the International Law of the time:

"conquest did not deliver privately owned land to the conqueror and had not done so for hundreds of years. The Crown could take the land of the subject but only with the consent of the owner and payment of adequate compensation." European 'discovery' did not give land, but "only the right to negotiate for land." Indigenous people "were assumed to be in possession and therefore with property rights. Only uninhabited lands were without owners ... So how did the Crown acquire every inch of Aboriginal land? The land wasn't uninhabited! Europeans clearly weren't the first occupants."

Nevertheless, the legal fiction of 'Terra Nullus' was declared and the European invasion was accompanied by a series of illegal actions which denied Indigenous people their fundamental rights and in some instances amounted to deliberate attempts at genocide.

During the early 1800's various state governments were directed by the British government to pay compensation to Indigenous land owners. Those that did so failed to continue their payments when it became clear that the British government would not enforce its instructions.

In 1947, the UN General Assembly set out three possible alternatives for Australia's future development:

  • Recognise the Indigenous People

  • Make a treaty with the Indigenous People

  • Continue to alter the environment in every aspect.

The Australian government has chosen to adopt the third option and has been pursuing it ever since.



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