By ERWIN CHLANDA
Diane Nona, the Administrator of the Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation at Utopia, has applied for a Personal Violence Order against prominent Aboriginal activist Rosalie Kunoth-Monks.
The application was heard by Magistrate David Bamber on Monday.
Ms Nona appeared unrepresented and Ms Kunoth-Monks was represented by Central Australian Legal Aid Service principal solicitor, Mark O’Reilly.
He said he was appearing on a “duty lawyer basis”.
Mr Bamber asked whether there was any reason for not referring the matter to mediation and neither party raised any objections.
Mr Bamber made an order for mediation and said: “If it is successful then the application can be dismissed. If it is not successful then I will have to set it down for a hearing”.
He adjourned the matter until September 7.
Ms Kunoth-Monks was recently told by several prominent locals in a signed petition that she (and her daughter and grand-daughter) were not welcome in her Utopia homelands .
This rejection was in stark contrast to the many local and national accolades bestowed on the former actress in Jedda.
According to Wikipedia, in 2007 on International Women’s Day she was presented with a “Northern Territory Tribute to Women Award” at the opening of the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame in Alice Springs.
In 2014 she won the Dr. Mandawuy Yunupingu Human Rights Award at the first ever National Indigenous Human Rights Awards.
This year she was a finalist for Australian of the Year after being awarded Northern Territorian of the Year, and was awarded NAIDOC Person of the Year during the NAIDOC WEEK celebrations.
PHOTO: Ms Kunoth-Monks appearing on the ABC’s Q&A program with former NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson (at left) and host Tony Jones.
By ERWIN CHLANDA