The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre's new leadership
team has promised to continue to fight for the return of Crown land.
Beeton was appointed state president and Erica Maynard was re-elected
as state secretary at the organisation's annual general meeting
in Launceston yesterday.
Ms Maynard says ideally they would like
all of Tasmania returned to the Aboriginal people.
"Considering it was ours to start with and
we weren't given any compensation for it, that white settlers actually
came here and took it off us, we're just asking for little bits
of it back but ultimately we would like to have the whole of it
back," she said.
"Obviously that's not going to happen but
we're happy getting back what we are asking for, which is mainly
Crown land that isn't readily accessible by non-Aboriginal or Aboriginal
Mr Beeton says he will lobby the Government to
create more emergency housing for Aboriginal people, saying there
is a serious shortage in the north-west, Hobart and Launceston.
outgoing president Michael Mansell has expressed confidence in the
new leadership team.
Mr Mansell chose not to stand for re-election,
saying he wants to devote more time to writing.
He says the election
for president was hotly-contested and Mr Beeton is an experienced
campaigner and well respected.
Mr Mansell leaves the position with
"There's an enormous amount of community involvement,
in a whole range of different levels but in broader terms no I don't
think that the situation for Aborigines is looking good," he
"I think unless we can turn things around,
that we are going to end up with very little land, very little rights."