TENT EMBASSY BRANCHES OUT

BY MIKE WELSH

 

A group of Canberra based indigenous people has occupied the unoccupied iconic Lobby restaurant in Parkes.

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The Lobby Restaurant in Parkes

The group going by the name of Landlord Ngunnawal Custodians has issued the National Capital Authority- owners of the building-across from Old Parliament House-with an “eviction notice” and a bill for over $7mil in back rent. The figure calculated at $3,000 pw since 1968.

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The group of around a dozen including children is sleeping in the building which has been empty for over a year. The protestors moved in on Sunday and placed a wooden plank across the front door and pitched the Aborigional flag outside. A spokesperson says a meeting is scheduled for Wednesday (Nov 8) to plan the next step which includes a take opver of the nearby rose gardens.

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Clinton Pryor

Wajuk, Balardung, Kija and Yulparitja man Clinton Pryor who undertook the 5500 kms  Walk for Justice from Perth to Canberra arriving at the Tent Embassy on September 2 this year, returned to Canberra this week for a National gathering and is expected to be  a part of Wednesday’s meeting.

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Police visited the Lobby restaurant today but left without incident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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