• The Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy. (AAP)Source: AAP
The NSW Greens is calling all levels of government to step up and ensure Aboriginal housing is funded on The Block in Redfern, Sydney.
By
Jodan Perry

Source:
NITV News
25 Aug 2015 - 6:16 PM  UPDATED 25 Aug 2015 - 6:55 PM

Greens MP David Shoebridge has called for government to ensure Aboriginal housing at The Block in Redfern, an inner suburb of Sydney, as protesters opposing the Pemulwuy Project development lost their court case against a possession order for the land on Monday.

"The fact that Aboriginal people have the custodianship, had the possession oft his content for 40,000-60000 years was just dismissed in a single sentence by this judgement," Mr Shoebridge told the media on Tuesday.

The case will head back to the court on Thursday, where an eviction order is expected to be enforced against the Tent Embassy.

"If it gets to that, that would be a gross political failure in this state, it will be a gross failure of the rule of law"

"What we might see on Thursday are orders from the court basically allowing the police to forcibly remove Aunty Jenny from the site," Mr Shoebridge said.

"If Aunty Jenny doesn't agree to bail conditions, she could be there indefinitely in jail, because all that she's done, this proud Wiradjuri elder, is stand up for Aboriginal land in the heart of The Block.

"If it gets to that, that would be a gross political failure in this state, it will be a gross failure of the rule of law."

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TRANSCRIPT

Jodan Perry: The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favour of the Aboriginal Housing Company with the case to return to court Thursday to determine when an evicition order should be enforced against the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

After more than 15 months of fighting,  Wiradjuri elder, and one of the founders of the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy Aunty Jenny Munro, was still optimistic 

Jenny Munro: Still breathing, brother, it ain't gone that far yet, when I've stopped breathing then I've finished fighting.

Munro helped to establish the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy in May last year, in opposition to the Aboriginal Housing Company's proposed 'Pemulwuy Project ' which aims to revelop a site across the road from the Block... today the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the AHC - allowing it to go ahead with its plans.

Jenny Munro: I mean our only victory is getting the federal government and the offer of the 5 million for the houses, which the housing company renigged on anyways.

CEO of the Aboriginal Housing Company Michael Mundine remained tip lipped when asked about his reaction to the decision outside of court.

Michael Mundine: Yeah, no comment mate.

The Embassy mob have already been served two eviction notices so far this year, with the AHC telling them they were on 'private land'...  but they have stayed put, stating they are on 'sacred, soveriegn Aboriginal land'.

Jenny Munro: It's another one of the fronts of the many battles weve had to fight for over two hundred and twenty seven years.

In June, the protesters insisted they would not move until the land owners, the AHC, prioritised affordable housing for Indigenous people on the site.

The AHC insisted the affordable housing could only be completed after a commercial development including retail outlets, offices and student housing has been completed to fund the community housing.