Questions for Colin
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.