AUSTRALIAN VOICE & JAFFNA ELECTIONS
parliamentarians are currently playing the Ethnic game through the ‘Voice’ proposal.
In essence, it is about the Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islanders having a special ‘Voice’ in National Parliament. The
proposal is presented as follows:
‘ In recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as
the First Peoples of Australia:
there shall be a body, to be called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
(ii) the Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Voice may make representations to the Parliament and the Executive
Government of the Commonwealth on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples;
the Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws
with respect to matters relating to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Voice, including its composition, functions, powers and procedures.’
The University of NSW newsroom
presents includes following in its presentation of
‘This is consistent with
the UN Declaration on
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which says Indigenous peoples have a
right to participate in government decision-making in matters that affect their
rights, through their own political institutions’
The UN Declaration’s article 3 states:
peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right
they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic,
social and cultural development.’
Sri Lankan parallel is presented as follows:
‘The private member’s Bill
that has been presented by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A.
Sumanthiran to amend the Provincial Council Elections Act is in a
way an attempt to test President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s integrity. It
would be interesting to note how the President would respond to it.’ Sumanthiran’s Bill on PC election: A waste of time? – by MSM Ayub.
Given that Mr Sumanthiran represents Jaffna Tamil
voters, one is entitled to conclude that this Bill is a proposal from Jaffna voters.
As per the article by MSM ‘The Bill
seeks to annul the highly controversial amendment that was introduced to the
Provincial Councils Elections Act in 2017 in order to introduce mixed election
system for the provincial councils and revert to the Proportional
September, 2017 the United National Party (UNP)-led government was to adopt a
Bill called 20th Amendment to the Constitution which provided for the elections
for all nine provincial councils to be held on a same day’
To my mind, this
contributed strongly to the October 2018 Constitutional crisis, with two
Prime Ministers holding office at the same time.
The article also indicates the karmic
connection as follows:
‘A delimitation commission for
provincial councils was then appointed under the chairmanship of K.
Thavalingam, the former Surveyor General which handed over its report to
Minister Faiszer Musthpha in August, 2018. However, since Parliament
failed to ratify it with a two thirds majority vote, a review committee headed
by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as per the law.’
As per my study, majority Tamils known
to me fail to understand the effects of the PR system. If we accept that the purpose
of the 2017 amendment to the ‘Provincial Councils Elections Act 1988’ was
to introduce mixed election system for the provincial councils and revert to
the Proportional Representation (PR), then it would be easier to work out why the
Constitutional crisis happened 2 months after the review responsibility was
handed over to then PM , Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe.
As per my discovery, positions also
accumulate positive and negative karma. Karma itself is like the assets and
liabilities reflected through a Balance Sheet. The oldest values, like Elders/Indigenous
(1) folks are in our deepest mind.
This is most difficult to change. Out of
the cumulative karma, the immediate past karma drives our current life/operations(2).
Then there is our current contribution to the Assets & Liabilities.(3)
The 2017 karma is in category 2. If
left isolated, it is likely to polarisation that would lead to rebellions
against Colombo’s common government. Hence Sumanthiran’s bill is an opportunity
to say ‘thank you’ to TNA’s partnership in negating the 2018 crisis becoming a
more difficult karma to redeem.
As for Australians, the ‘Voice’ cannot
be ‘given’. In reality, it is an undemocratic order for non-indigenous Parliamentarians
to ‘listen’ more seriously and favourably to indigenous as elders. Does not
apply to those of us who already respect indigenous folks as Elders and/or have
become so in our own respective communities.