Sol Bellear has delivered a refreshing and compelling case for self-determination. It is built upon logic, facts and represents a clear path forward for Australia's First Nations peoples and, more importantly, for white Australia.
But will white Australia heed his words? Will the politicians across the spectrum in the Federal, State and Territory parliaments of this country embrace Sol Bellear's words?
Every action of past and present governments tells they would be at best unwilling participants.
Do Mr Bellear's words present a foundation to bring together First Nations leaders from across the country to begin a meaningful, focused and co-ordinated campaign for self-determination?
We think they do. The National Indigenous Times has campaigned continuously and vigorously for government to acknowledge its policies have failed Indigenous Australians miserably. We believe government policy has also failed white Australia because of the waste of money and lost opportunity in creating a country based upon honouring and respecting all cultures, all races.
We believe the rewards for Australia as a nation would be far more if we as a nation embraced and nurtured our First Nations people by acknowledging their sovereignty within this country. Sol Bellear's call for self-determination is as simple as it is logical. There is no threat to white Australia if Mr Bellear's position was embraced by the politicians of this country although we acknowledge such an outcome would firstly depend upon the political leaders being open and willing to replace their desire for assimilation with one that recognises the Sovereignty of First Nations peoples of Australia.
We are not so naïve that we do not know government policy ever since Europeans first landed in Australia has been all about assimilation and not about self-determination. The politicians won't say it openly but all their policies for more than 200 years have been about turning Black Australians white, to have Black Australians abandon their Culture and Lore for the white alternative.
But Australia's politicians can no longer rely upon isolation as a defence for the past and present policies. History is littered with the ultimately successful campaigns of Indigenous peoples throughout the world who overcame all the obstacles to eventually win the day and win back their right for self-determination.
Australia is part of an international community now. We can no longer look upon ourselves as an island isolated from the rest of the world and it is the communities within the rest of the world that are also applying their own pressures upon Australia to acknowledge and accept the Indigenous peoples of Australia must have their Sovereignty returned.
As Sol Bellear says Australia today is the only First World nation on earth that thinks self-determination is a dirty word, that's right the ONLY nation in the world!
Even red-neck America has a swathe of treaties with the many First Nations peoples of that country which recognises their legal right to rule and lead their people.
Mr Bellear is right when he says Australia endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples back in 2008. This Declaration is specifically designed to set out the rights of First Peoples to govern their own lives and communities.
Mr Bellear is also right when he says virtually every policy announced since this country signed up to the Declaration flies in the face of that stated international position.
So where to from here? We all know government will be at best an unwilling participant in any move to agree to self-determination for First Nations people. We all know voices, many, many voices are needed for white Australia to hear and heed the message.
There is the well-worn saying: United we stand, divided we fall and this has never been more true than now for Indigenous Australians.
One of the most successful tactics adopted by successive Australian governments ever since they stepped on these shores has been to use the divide and rule principle. White Australia is past masters at this and they have used it very effectively fragmenting the Indigenous voice.
Instead of one voice speaking for all, we have had many voices each speaking about their own priorities. There has been no united voice speaking on behalf of Indigenous Australians for self-determination.
Some of those voices have been embraced by mainstream Australia and the politicians and endorsed by them as the "true" voice to speak on Indigenous needs – think for example of people such as Warren Mundine, Noel Pearson and Marcia Langton who each are the "darlings" of mainstream politicians and media.
There are other leaders, those who are recognised by the communities culturally as the leaders of their clans such as Michael Anderson and Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra. They speak for their clans and they, along with the other clan leaders, speak for their people. But they are largely ignored by mainstream politicians and the media simply because they do not represent the interests of white Australia.
But it is these leaders who now need to join together, to carry the demand for self-determination. More than ever before Indigenous Australia needs all of the clans to come together with one voice that focuses on one message – self-determination. As Mr Bellear rightly says with self-determination comes the best and most meaningful ways to address all the ills which currently beset Indigenous Australia.
But it needs all leaders, all clans to put to one side their own particular demands and join together to send one message to Canberra and all the State and Territory governments.
If a congress of nations could emerge which represents all the clans of this country delivering this one message we believe the politicians and mainstream media would have no choice but to listen and respond.
That is the challenge. That is the way to force our message demanding self-determination is heard.