Ques­tions for Colin

The Gympie Times - - NEWS | OPINION - Email ed­i­tor@gympi­etimes.com — Ron Owen, Gympie

RE COLIN Clar­idge com­ments in “I’m not a Com­men­ta­tor”, Satur­day, Novem­ber 4, raise sev­eral is­sues that should be cor­rected, or at least chal­lenged and ex­pos­tu­lated. Hope­fully Colin Clar­idge will give more in­for­ma­tion on the fol­low­ing ques­tions.

1. Why Uluru and not Ay­ers Rock, or both, (as of­fi­cially gazetted to “Uluru/Ay­ers Rock”)? Does Colin have an aver­sion to in­clud­ing the name of the Aus­tralian icon that is world fa­mous?

2. Why ‘First Na­tion Voice’, as which is the First Na­tion, The Tas­ma­nian Abo­rig­i­nals, the Orig­i­nals, peo­ple that were here be­fore the Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nals, the Aus­tralian Main­land Abo­rig­i­nals, the peo­ple of mixed racial her­itage, or are all One Na­tion Aus­tralians the First Na­tion?

3. Why would the ‘First Na­tion’ feel it was not in­cluded, or need to be en­shrined in the Com­mon­wealth Con­sti­tu­tion as at its in­cep­tion in 1900 it states in the first pas­sage “The con­sti­tu­tion (63 & 64 Vic­to­ria, Chap­ter 12) An Act to con­sti­tute the Com­mon­wealth of Aus­tralia. [9th July 1900]

Whereas the peo­ple of New South Wales, Vic­to­ria, South Aus­tralia, Queens­land; and Tas­ma­nia, humbly re­ly­ing on the bless­ing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one in­dis­sol­u­ble Fed­eral Com­mon­wealth under the Crown of the United King­dom of Great Bri­tain and Ire­land, and under the Con­sti­tu­tion hereby es­tab­lished”. To most, the use of the word “the peo­ple” would un­der­stand it to mean all of the peo­ple?

4. Why does Colin be­lieve that the Con­sti­tu­tion did not in­clude indige­nous peo­ples when Abo­rig­i­nals were specif­i­cally in­cluded in the doc­u­ment in sub sec­tions 51 (xxvi.) and sub sec­tion 127?

5. Why does Colin claim that some Aus­tralians prior to “1967 couldn’t even vote” when in fact all Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, of vot­ing age, could vote? In fact, since 1915 vot­ing was com­pul­sory. Surely, Colin would know what the ref­er­enda of 1967 was all about and what it achieved.

6. Why would Colin bring out the racist slur, in his line, “Bunch of mostly old white fel­las”? They might be a bunch, they might be mostly old, but we would be in trou­ble if we called them a ‘bunch of mostly old black fel­las’ or black fel­las with tiny heads.

7. Why when we have a Con­sti­tu­tion Pre­am­ble that in­cludes “All Peo­ple” does Colin ad­vo­cate that the Pre­am­ble be changed to recog­nise ‘Abo­rig­i­nal and Is­lan­der peo­ple’? What about the bal­ance of the peo­ple, or does he sug­gest that the Con­sti­tu­tion Pre­am­ble be al­tered to recog­nise Chi­nese, Ethiopi­ans, Malays, In­dian, Welsh, Irish, Scot­tish and even English?

8. Why would Colin sug­gest that we en­shrine an indige­nous ad­vi­sory group to par­lia­ment, with­out us do­ing the same for all groups, even when some of the other peo­ple from other groups would have less prob­lems in iden­ti­fy­ing a solid her­itage to those groups?

9. Why would any group have a greater right to an ‘en­shrined ad­vi­sory group’ to par­lia­ment? Are we not ‘One peo­ple’ ‘all Aus­tralian’s’?

10. Why should an Abo­rig­i­nal group have an ex­tra voice in the de­ci­sion mak­ing in par­lia­ment to the po­si­tion of the bal­ance of Aus­tralians who only have their elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive?

11. Are the cur­rent free hand outs not enough for Colin? Does he want blood drawn from tax­pay­ers by gov­ern­ment vam­pires? Surely, they are tired of hav­ing spe­cial treat­ment.

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