Been getting a lot of requests for interviews to discuss my thoughts on bloody Abbott and his commitment to spend a week in an Aboriginal community per year, starting with NE Arnhem. My thoughts are pretty straightforward:
1. Abbott can get as many happy snaps as he
likes pressing black flesh and hammering nails into bits of wood, but
this doesn't mean he's for the mob.
2. Sure, he may be the first
PM to make a commitment to do this, but it doesn't mean he's
progressive. It just means that the other PMs shirked big time. It's
called doing the "decent thing" and does not earn special credit.
3. Travelling to Yolngu homelands does not change the fact that this
government has already slashed $500M from Indigenous affairs. The people
he meets are still going to be significantly more likely to be jailed
for petty offences, be victims of violence and die earlier only now,
they're going to be less likely to access funded services for support.
4. His much-hyped previous trips to Indigenous communities cost big
biccies because, funnily enough, he doesn't slum it while there. He also
doesn't stay as long as the tabloids would have us all believe.
5. I have a tin of beans in my cupboard and frankly I feel that it
would make a better "Minister for Women and Indigenous Affairs" than