• Ghillar Michael Anderson believes the Aboriginal flag's display is a recognition of sovereignty and condemns Pauline Hanson's comments. (NITV)Source: NITV
Prominent rights activist and Euahlayi leader, Ghillar Michael Anderson, has responded to Pauline Hanson’s comments about the Aboriginal flag being ‘divisive’, saying that her ‘unease’ stems from the flag’s connection to sovereignty.
By
Jerico Mandybur

Source:
NITV
19 Jan 2016 - 11:27 AM  UPDATED 20 Jan 2016 - 5:04 PM

The national convenor of the Sovereign Union and founding Tent Embassy activist, Mr Anderson (Nyoongar Ghurradjong Murri Ghillar) told NITV that he thinks Hanson may not be alone in her views. 

“I don’t think there’s another person in Australia who’d be publicly critical of the Aboriginal flag", he said. "But there are some people who are happy to allow Pauline Hanson to come forward, and say things they don’t have the guts to say themselves.

“Australia placing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags on Government buildings is by default recognising our sovereignty and that there are two separate existences; the Indigenous people and the invaders.

“There’s no doubt that Pauline Hanson’s unease in having more than one flag on state buildings, stems from this recognition of our sovereignty.”

On Monday Pauline Hanson told The Queensland Times, that she thought the Aboriginal flag was "extremely divise."

"We as Australians have never been asked in a referendum whether we endorse or recognise the Aboriginal flag," she said. "But it is flown everywhere, especially above government buildings ... Flying two Australian flags is extremely divisive ... we should be unified under one flag, the Australian flag."

Mr Anderson said that contrary to be divise, the Aboriginal flag is unifying for disparate nations of First Australians.

"Uniting Aboriginal people together under one flag in the struggle for land rights is something that we’re very proud of, because it created unification. This is something we never had until that point in time. It meant we were able to get ourselves into a position where someone would take notice of us. We’ve made significant impacts and achievements in our own right, as a result of that.”