A com­pelling ar­gu­ment on Aus­tralia Day

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

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

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