Indigenous elders have challenged Prime Minister Julia Gillard to walk a mile in their shoes - all the while holding her blue suede shoe to ransom.
As Ms Gillard was rushed from a Canberra restaurant yesterday after being trapped inside with the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, for more than 20 minutes, her right Midas low-rise wedge shoe was lost in the melee.
It was found later by a protester who gleefully raised it above her head and cried, "Gingerella, come get your shoe."
The heel was taken to the tent embassy with initial claims from elders and activists they would sell the worn trophy on Facebook and use the funds to improve the tent site.
But a sense of frivolity has descended on the tent embassy after yesterday's furious scenes. The site's Facebook page was updated today with a series of cynical, tongue-in-cheek instructions for the Prime Minister to claim her missing footwear.
"Announcement: Stolen shoe apology. A very formal handback ceremony due to the great importance, will be held to return the stolen shoe in return for the stolen land," it reads.
"Julia will be eligible to make a shoe title claim which will take approximately 20 years or more before this is seriously considered. This will be dependant on Julia being able to show continuous connection with the shoe. This may be difficult to prove as she will not have had the shoe for 20 years. Julia will also have to provide evidence she is a full-blooded shoe owner."
Mr Abbott - who sparked outrage among parts of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community after he indicated it was time to "move on" from the tent embassy - was also targeted by organisers at the tent embassy in what commentators have predictably labelled "shoegate".
"Well aware of the mileage he would get out of this footage incident, Tony was willing [to] cede sovereignty of the shoe without resistance, proving he doesn't have a leg to stand on," the page update read. "In the spirit of reconciliation, Tony is offered a voucher to assist in costs to cover his crutch."
Activist Pat Eatock took possession of the shoe yesterday and initially ruled out a return to its owner.
"She can't have it, this is going on eBay," Ms Eatock said.
"We are going to see if we can get some money for the [Tent] Embassy."
But attitudes towards the Prime Minister appeared to have softened overnight; not so for Mr Abbott.
Today is the second day in a three-day event to mark the 40th anniversary of the tent embassy, set up outside Old Parliament House in 1972 to argue for land rights.
Tent embassy co-founder Michael Anderson said young Aboriginal people were being encouraged to talk to elders about the events of yesterday and that it was important that they were able to express themselves. He would not rule out further protests aimed specifically at Mr Abbott.
"What Mr Abbott did was irresponsible and provocative," he said. "This year you are not just going to hear about land rights, about better living standards, there are going to be year-long protests over Aboriginal sovereignty. You can do what you like with your constitution, it doesn't matter to us. It isn't our constitution. We will have our own."
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