The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) says only the directors of Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation (LAAC) can call meetings of the estate groups for the purposes of nominating LAAC directors and members.
This means the 10 people selected last week by the group seeking to reform the organization cannot be considered as having been nominated.
ORIC head Anthony Beven says: "The Mparntwe estate group held its nomination meeting on 25 October in Alice Springs. ORIC officers attended the meeting."
The Alice Springs News Online has learned that the officers were asked to leave the meeting and did.
Says Mr Beven: "The meeting was adjourned by the members to 3 November 2011 [yesterday] as not all the apmereke-artweye and kwertengerle were in attendance at the meeting on 25 October.
"I have no knowledge of a Mparntwe estate group meeting being called for Monday, 31 October by the directors of Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation under rule 15 of the rule book [governing the nominating].
"The meeting on 3 November was the properly constituted meeting of the Mparntwe estate group for the purposes of rule 15 of the Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation rule book.
"I am aware that the Mparntwe Aboriginal Corporation held its annual general meeting on Monday (31 October 2011).
"The Mparntwe Aboriginal Corporation and the Mparntwe estate group are two different groups but have similar membership."
TheAlice Springs News Online understands ORIC officers did not attend yesterday's Mparntwe meeting.
REPORT POSTED NOV 3:
The group seeking to reform Alice Springs’ native title organisation, Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation (LAAC), is confident that it is getting the upper hand.
“It’s about returning the traditional structure back to the control of the native title holders rather than an alleged select few,” says Ron Morony (at left), a special director of the Antulye estate group.
The organisation has been in turmoil over allegations that a small clique has assumed control amidst suspicions of unauthorized spending of funds, bullying, stacking of meetings and ignoring the traditional power brokers known as the Apmereke-artweye and Kwertengerle. Michael Liddle (above, right) says that members of one family have been too dominant in that group, to the disadvantage of five or six other families in the moiety. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.