A compelling argument on Australia Day
Nakkiah Lui’s “Dated politics” (January 27–February 2) was so fresh, so honest and so very real. Compared with the “divide and rule” practices of our dated politicians she has every right to resent the practices of successive governments of “old white men”. Australian politicians are no longer representatives of the people and certainly have never been of the Aboriginal people. Instead of listening and working together to achieve an inclusiveness that should have begun at the beginning, the Aboriginal people are treated dismissively, derisively and disdainfully. Even this is a very light touch that falls far short of a true critique of the violence and aggression perpetrated against the original peoples over more than 200 years, and all the while selling the world their Aboriginal culture, their resources and, to various sovereign nations, their land.
– Ian Ossher, Dover Heights, NSW