sovereign body members

Meriki Onus

Meriki Onus is a Gunnai and Gunditjmara person (they/them), an activist, and a community organiser. As a co-founder of Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) and Pay The Rent, Meriki has participated in campaigns and protests fighting for Aboriginal sovereignty and rights. They are passionate about shifting power to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Currently, Meriki works at Foundation for Young Australians (FYA). They recently completed their Masters in Social Equity and Leadership in 2021 and are recognised as an Atlantic Fellow.

Maggie Munn

Maggie Munn (they/them) is a Gunggari campaigner from southwest Queensland, though now based in Meanjin. Maggie is currently the Acting Executive Director of Change the Record. They are Passionate about First Nations justice, land rights, youth justice, disability rights and climate solutions.

Currently campaigning for the rights of First Nations children in the criminal legal system, they are committed to the abolition of the prison  industrial complex, defunding police, and ending the mass incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Kaleesha Morris


Kaleesha Morris is a Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti and Kulkalgal woman. She currently works as a senior policy advisor and has wide-ranging experience working across community and government sectors, specializing in policy, strategy, governance
and cultural resurgence practices.

Kaleesha has served as a Board Director of various Aboriginal corporations focused on language and land repatriation. She brings with her a deep passion and commitment to listening to and supporting communities.


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“Pay The Rent offers all Australians an opportunity to work outside of government to right the wrongs.”

Ted Wilkes

life-time fighter for Aboriginal rights & Nyungar elder of the Wilak clan

“We all exist on lands which have never been ceded. Righting the past wrongs is a social responsibility we all share. Proud advocate of Pay The Rent.”

Hana Assafiri OAM

founder, Moroccan Soup Bar

“We need to stop paying lip service to decolonisation and start Paying The Rent to the First Nations people.”

Clementine Ford

Author & commentator