AN OPEN MESSAGE TO ARTHUR BELL
From: Les Malezer email@example.com
Date: 8 July 2010 10:16:55 AM
Subject: Please contact me
I notice that you have written information about me which implies a negative criticism of me, my work and organisation. The following statements by you are apparently being publicly made:
**Quote from Arthur Bell***
This bloke James Anaya was obviously influenced and misled by the articulate and tricky Les Malezer long before he arrived here in Australia. Les has been travelling overseas for a few years now. Presenting and Misrepresenting himself ( unchallenged ) as some sort of Spokes Person or Representative of the Aboriginal and Islander People of Australia.
Les has stated that he has a mandate.
This is not true and he knows it. Les has gotten a lot of mileage from his association with the de-funded and non-existent FAIRA. Where a few of his relations and friends were members and kept voting the same board back in !! What was Anayas view on poverty in Australia? ( $1,20 a day ) As everyone here gets A$35 a day minimum on the dole. With fifty seven (57) venues for free food including BBQs and hot meals in inner city Brisbane alone !! I doubt anyone mentioned this to him !!
FAIRA – Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research and Action. President: Les Malezer. This is the title that Les uses in his Communications and Misrepresentations with the United Nations. And in general.
This organisation has been De-funded and Does Not Exist any-more as such !! However, they still have some members ( uncontactable ) that vote(?) at AGMs ( no-one else can! ) and directors ( also uncontactable ! )
FAIRA was once a large organisation with quite a few employees with a large office and extensive assets, that published a magazine, Queensland Land-rights (?) It was once getting at least a couple of hundred thousand a year. ( Government Grants ) But it has since been De-funded and it has No Employees except former office manager Charmain Tatten as secretary and contact person, and Les Malezer as President.
The only funding they have received is about fifty thousand dollars($50,000) last year ( 2009 ) for Human Rights ( whatever that means !! ) arranged by the brother of Charmain Tatten who is the state manager of FAHCSIA qld. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
I tried to find out the situation with FAIRA and why they were funding it. But John Tatten is also uncontactable !! There are three (3) Tattens on the membership roll of FAIRA !! That is besides the six (6) Malezers !!
**End of Quote**
I do not take any offence at your comments about my work at the United Nations or the work that FAIRA has undertaken and continues to undertake. I am pleased that you acknowledge this and give it exposure and attention.
However you seem to believe that FAIRA is de-funded and therefore has no right to exist. I would appreciate if you can correct your statements to point out that the Howard Government ceased FAIRA’s role as a Native Title Representative Body because we strongly criticised the Howard government and made an official complaint to the United Nations about the racist changes to native title law in 1998.
Our action was then joined by ATSIC and both of our organisations suffered at the evil hands of Howard.
Are you aware that FAIRA formed in 1977 to fight the Bjelke Petersen government and its ‘Black Acts’?
For the first 13 years FAIRA operated with little or no income, but we won the battle and the war. It was only after ATSIC was formed in 1990 that FAIRA received any substantial assistance in funding, and that was because the elected people in ATSIC recognised our good work and wanted us to continue.
Like in our earlier days, we once again fight on without little financial backing. Our fight is for Land Rights and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rights.
FAIRA supports your right to have an opinion on me, the organisation and our work. Let others judge us any way they will. I do not mind being called ‘tricky’, and I think that can be taken different ways. I take it honourably. Nor do I mind that members of my extended family are members of the organisation. Most people know that our organisation has never refused membership and encourages openness and honesty.
FAIRA calls public meetings, attends and speaks at public rallies, talks on national indigenous radio and writes for newspapers and general public. Our excellent newspaper, ‘Land Rights Queensland’, ended when funding was cut by Howard – that was one of his reasons to end our status as a rep body – but our board is committed to recommence the newspaper whenever the opportunity presents itself. Meantime I write regularly on important and relevant topics through my email network and a newspaper column.
The AVI – Aboriginal Victims Industry, as you call it – is just one way, your way, of describing the defense of human rights. Not everybody is out to exploit our own people as you imply, and to take advantage of the weak and vulnerable.
We are human rights defenders. As the UN describes it:
Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings.
We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.
If you have a different set of values about equality and non-racism, please tell us what they are.
However I do ask that you keep the facts and not invent or suggest corruption where it does not exist. It would be appreciated if you can include some of our history and achievements in your document and give us some credit for fighting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander struggle without financial rewards.
Please contact me if you want any further information. I am always open to face criticism and to supply answers to reasonable questions. I hope you have similar ethics and standards by which you operate.