Launch by Maurie Japarta Ryan, grandson of Vincent Lingiari, of the federal campaign of Australia's First Nations Political Party at the steps of Old Parliament House in Canberra

Launch by Maurie Japarta Ryan, grandson of Vincent Lingiari, of the federal campaign of Australia’s First Nations Political Party at the steps of Old Parliament House in Canberra

The Northern Territory founded political party that swept the Territory’s Country Liberal party into power, now has its sights set on the upcoming Federal Election. The Australia First Nations Party (AFNP) recently endorsed NT Elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, who rose to fame as the lead character in the 1950s film ‘Jedda’.

An Alywarr and Amnatyerr Elder from Utopia homelands, Ms Kunoth-Monks has been a keen defender of the rights of Aboriginal Territorians, following the introduction of the Intervention, now Stronger Futures legislation.

Ms Kunoth-Monks is one of two Northern Territorians standing as candidates for the AFNP at the federal level. Ms Kunoth-Monks is targeting the Senate and challenging Labor stalwart, Warren Snowden for the seat of Lingiari.

First Nation’s party president Ken Lechleitner, a Western Aranda man, has announced he is nominating for a Lower House seat.

The AFNP will announce a further two federal candidates but from Queensland in the not too distant future said party founder, Maurie Japarta Ryan. Mr Ryan is the grandson of Vincent Lingiari.

“This party was founded to give our people voice, and we did that in the Territory elections, we determined the result, now we have to get our people into the Senate. Our party will be the greatest threat to racism in this country yet known.”

“Our party is for everyone and will carry us all together,” said Mr Ryan.

“We are seeking justice and representation in the legislative area.”

“We want to influence the political system to create good laws that we can all live under safely.”

He said that the Australia’s First Nations Political Party is dedicated “to honouring all the ancestors and warriors who have struggled in the past.”

“Together, we can create a new tribal voice for Australia,” said Mr Ryan.

“Rosalie is a well-respected and highly regarded stateswoman of Australia. She is a proud Territorian, having representing the Barkly Shire as their former Mayor and she also represented Australia at the United Nations as a Senior Aboriginal woman from Central Australia.”

Mr Lechleitner holds Bachelors of Arts in Aboriginal and in Australian studies. He is currently studying Law. He is a cross-cultural consultant and speaks the languages of Anmatjere, Western Aranda and Warlpiri fluently.