Chinese Embassy in Heart of Uluru
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wominjeka, Kulin Nation, June 1, 2031.
China and First Nation Ratify Belt and Road Initiative, ‘Wendouree.’
When Papua New Guinea hosted the APEC Summit in early 2027, China’s top diplomat to Australia, Chinese ambassador Xiao Qian met Mr Justin Mohamed, Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for First Nations People on the sidelines to discuss pathways to help grow First Nation trade and investment.
In a wide-ranging press conference on Thursday, China’s top diplomat for Australia and the First Nation confirmed that a First Nation Belt and Road Initiative known as ‘Wendouree’ – a Wathaurung word of the Kulin Nation- was ratified this morning. The breakthrough occurred after four years in limbo, whilst the First Nation constitutional Voice contested the agreement all the way to the High Court.
Mr Justin Mohamed, Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for the First Nation, stated that when the Chinese Government offered (AUD) $42 billion of grants and loans over 10 years for First Nation infrastructure building programs on the land (40%) and waterways (35%), (now First Nation titles), as well as an initial downpayment of $3.8 billion for cultural and social enhancement programs, that:
“The Chinese government’s recognition of the First Nation and its right to self-determination in how it develops its sovereign land and waters was an opportunity too good to miss.”
The Ambassador for the First Nation then outlined the history of the controversial project and how he had approached the Australian Ambassador, Penny Wong, who in late 2027 stated:
“The role of the First Nation Ambassador is to bolster Australia’s First Nation diplomatic capability and advocacy, progress First Nation rights and interests globally, embed First Nation perspectives into Australia’s foreign policy and support First Nation Trade and Investment. The Belt and Road initiative is exactly the type of result the Labor government wanted to see from the establishment of the Ambassador for First Nation People in 2023.”
However, the Wendouree Agreement hit a major roadblock when the Liberal Party and all the minor parties, excluding the Greens, came out in opposition.
Peter Dutton, leader of the opposition, stated that he:
“refused to pass any legislation that enabled a foreign power to enter into development arrangements with First Nations people on Australian land and water.”
Peter Dutton, leader of the opposition, is known as the “Wrecker of the Voice,” for his opposition to altering the constitution to enshrine a racially specific power of “Voice.”
The Voice successfully passed by referendum on Naarm Cup Day, November 2023, with 51.8% of the total population voting in favour, and only Queensland and New South Wales not being able to gain majorities.
In early 2028 the Voice made representations to Parliament that the number of Justices of the High Court be changed from five to seven. Two of the seven justices would need to be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders appointed by the Voice.
The Hon Linda Burney, Minister for Indigenous Australians stated:
“changes to the number of High Court justices will bring Indigenous perspectives into Australian Law and Lore making.”
The Labor party, with support of the Greens, narrowly passed the legislation increasing the number of Justices in late 2028.
However, many politicians on both sides of the aisle, were concerned about “Wendouree.” It looked unlikely that it would pass into law until the First Nation Ambassador stepped outside the expected protocols of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and directly petitioned the constitutionally enshrined Voice.
The Voice, in its first major test of power, immediately began to lobby government officials and the Parliament for the right of sovereignty and self determination to enter into agreements with foreign powers. AUKUS / Quad and other security allies looked on in alarm.
With the right to unfettered, direct access to government officials and parliamentarians, the Voice lobbied intensively. Many rejected the Voice’s advice. The Voice refused to accept rejection of the Chinese Belt and Road initiative. Many parliamentarians and senior government bureaucrats claimed the Voice was clogging up the efficient processes of government.
Questions were raised about which country the Labor appointed Ambassador for First Nations People represented …. Australian interests or First Nation interests?
The Voice then initiated two separate legal proceedings in the High Court.
The first ruling of the High Court determined the principle that the constitutional existence of Voice gave it an explicit Right to speak to Parliament and the Executive. It also conferred upon the Parliament and the Executive an obligation to listen.
“The Voice was now more than a ‘say,’” surmised the Ambassador.
The second ruling of the High Court determined the principle that the constitutional power of Voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples represented a First Nation with independent Sovereignty.
According to the Chief Justice, Megan Davis, this second ruling;
“brought to life the informed democratic intent of the Australian people in the referendum vote …. That was – to ‘recognise’ the First Peoples within the framework of the Uluru Statement of the Heart’s call for ‘ownership of the soil, or better – of Sovereignty …. and to co-exist with the Sovereignty of the Crown.’ This factual argument, combined with the precedents of Mabo and Wik decisions, plus cultural lore dating back 65 000 years, persuasively influenced the Justices to grant the requests of First Nations peoples to a ‘First Nation.’ This First Nation has the unalienable right to self – determination and sovereignty, and the corresponding right to enter into any agreement with any other nation.”
Noel Pearson, the newly appointed Mayutju of the First Nation stated;
“The Voice has enabled something that already existed for 65 000 years to be reborn. May all men make witness to the rebirth of an independent sovereign “First Nation.” We can now grow, speak and be listened to independently. Gone are the days when colonists and migrants of the Australian Nation can restrict agreements the First Nation wishes to enter with foreign nations.”
Media reports of meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s office, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokespeople Zhao Lijian, Hua Chunying, Wang Wenbin, Liu Xiaoming, and the Chinese Ambassador to France, Lu Shaye, via Global Times columnist Hu Xijin stated:
“Having First Nation Voice and now sovereignty of the land and water, recognised by the High Court and the Chinese government, finally puts to bed any lingering remnants of colonisation and smooths the pathway for harmonious relationships and development opportunities for the First Nation via Wendouree.”
Mr Xiao hit out at Australia over the perception of China as a threat, which the ambassador maintains, it is not.
“Our position is quite clear; the constitutionally enshrined Voice in conjunction with the High Court ruling of Sovereignty of the First Nation means Australia, as a friendly partner to China, would need to take into account First Nation interests in consideration of its productive relationship with China.”
“I’m looking forward to continuing to communicate with the Australian side on the Wendouree issue. I also look forward to establishing our new embassy in the Uluru heartland and providing greater economic development for the First Nation – such as the Uluru International Airport and First Nation border security.”
Sensationally, four Australian diplomats led by opposition minister of Indigenous Affairs, Jacinta Yangapi Nampijinpa Price, from what was previously known as the Northern Territory, barged in uninvited on the closing Smoking Ceremony conducted by Aunty Aruma. She argued for changes to the communiqué proclaiming.
“any debt burdens taken on by First Nation under Wendouree, if defaulted upon, would have to be paid by the Australian taxpayer.”
Appointed Voice delegates arranged for the Minister’s noisy ejection.
Warren Mundine tweeted:
“I told you in 2023. If you don’t understand it, Vote No.”
Multilateral discussions regarding the implementation of Wendouree will continue.
Note: This press release is a fictional creation and does not reflect real events or statements.