The Central Land Council meeting next week seems set for more turbulence, with this question high on the agenda: Who is running the show, the 90 elected delegates, or the staff and the executive? Maurie Japarta Ryan and Russell Bray (pictured) will be heading back into the fray. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
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 had gone 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. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Central Land Council chairman Maurie Ryan says he will demand a Federal Government enquiry into the council, and sue to maintain his position, so he can continue his mission for transparency of multi-million dollar property deals and the management of the statutory body representing 24,000 Aboriginal people. He spoke this morning to ERWIN CHLANDA. Mr Ryan is pictured with supporters in a previous leadership tussle, Marie Elena Ellis and Frank Ansell.
UPDATE May 24, 9:30am: Major comment from challenger Michael Liddle in comment box below this report.
The re-election yesterday of Central Land Council chairman Maurie Ryan indicates that his agenda to reform the organisation has broad support from its members. A letter (excerpt pictured) to Senator Nigel Scullion, which sparked Mr Ryan's recent standing down, has been leaked to the Alice Springs News Online. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Rent, royalties and other land related payments are treated as income for social security purposes if the monies are paid to a member of an Indigenous community, according to information obtained by Tina MacFarlane. Royalty issues are also likely to be raised in a meeting of the Central Land Council (CLC) which will consider the future of CLC chairman Maurie Ryan (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
A failed court action by Maurie Ryan, Chairman of the Central Land Council, against one of its councillors and former Deputy Chairman, Michael Liddle (right), does not seem to have settled an apparent power struggle between them, but for the time being it’s Ryan 0, Liddle 1. Magistrate David Bamber this week dismissed Mr Ryan’s application for a personal violence restraining order against Mr Liddle for want of evidence, but the hearing revealed something about the reasons for their antagonism. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
The face-off between heavyweights in the local Aboriginal political scene continued in the Alice Springs Magistrates Court today. Maurie Ryan (left, in the centre), chairman of the Central Land Council, is applying for a personal violence order against former deputy chairman and ongoing executive member, Michael Liddle (right). KIERAN FINNANE reports.
An apparent power struggle within the Central Land Council saw two prominent figures in Central Australian Aboriginal politics facing off in the Alice Springs Magistrates Court today. Maurie Ryan, chairman of the Land Council, applied for a personal violence order against Michael Liddle, who not so long ago was his deputy and who remains on the executive, representing Lhere Artepe. KIERAN FINNANE reports.