Tuesday, December 2, 2014

What does this tell us?

The Abbott government supports Constitutional Recognition and says it's what Aboriginal people really really want (and funds associated campaigns to the tune of $10M over two years)

The Shorten opposition supports Constitutional Recognition

The Greens support Constitutional Recognition

The NSW Premier Mike Baird supports Constitutional Recognition and has thrown down the gauntlet for other states to follow suit

Former Prime Ministers Hawke and Howard support Constitutional Recognition and indeed, Howard tried to introduce it during his term in office. Initially JWH; being the huge advocate for Indigenous equality that he was (/sarc); proposed that a preamble to the Constitution be adopted including the words "honouring Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, the nation's first people, for their deep kinship with their lands and for their ancient and continuing cultures which enrich the life of our country" - this failed at vote. Then it was part of the policies promised during his 2007 election campaign just seconds after the Northern Territory Intervention had been implemented. Hawke? Well he was the one who reneged on his promise of a Treaty.

So as far as resounding endorsements for this idea and its merits when it comes to promoting true equality, I'm feeling rather underwhelmed. When is what Aboriginal people think going to be of actual importance to this debate? Or are we just supposed to sit here and continue to be told what it is that we want and that will be good for us while we nod along placidly? 

1 comment:

  1. "honouring Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, the nation's first people, for their deep kinship with their lands and for their ancient and continuing cultures which enrich the life of our country" oh how lovely of him. It suits him well to keep Black people in a museum cabinet without ever acknowledging the blood, sweat and tears Black Australians have shed to keep people like him in a system he is well comfortable in. Stolen wages, stolen kids anyone? I will take more notice when a proper and fair Treaty is put on the table thanks.
    Susan not Anonymous :)

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