Maurie Ryan, the chairman of the Central Land Council, under threat of being sacked, says the majority of its 24,000 members are ready for a break-away land council.
He says he discussed the issue with Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion in Canberra today, where he went at his own expense.
Sen Scullion suggested awaiting the outcome of a special general meeting of the CLC next month, to be called to decide his fate, Mr Ryan says.
He wants the meeting to be held in Alice Springs at Blatherskite park, to stop it from being “hidden away from people who want to ask questions”.
Mr Ryan says while voting will be confined to the 90 delegates, any traditional owner will be able to attend and ask questions.
He says he will be barring white staff – lawyers, advisers, policy and administration officers – because “blackfeller law says withefellers can’t talk about Aboriginal land”.
He says he will engage at least five interpreters so all people attending can understand what’s going on.
Mr Ryan says he will put questions concerning the multi-million dollar investment company Centrecorp (three-fifths owned by the CLC), the Peter Kittle Motor Company in which it has a half-share, Centrefarm and the three IGA supermarkets on the agenda.
Mr Ryan says a recent move by the CLC executive to stand him aside as the chairman was invalid because only the full council – its 90 members – could make such a decision.