CEN­SUS BOOM PUZ­ZLE

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

T2013, it found that Wil­can­nia in NSW had 102 funded ser­vices from 18 state and fed­eral agen­cies, with 17 more pro­posed. That’s 119 ser­vices for an in­dige­nous pop­u­la­tion of just 474. But the Aussie sys­tem al­lows any­one to iden­tify as Abo­rig­i­nal, no or only min­i­mal proof re­quired.

And com­pa­nies are so keen to hire in­dige­nous and di­verse work­forces that I know white peo­ple who have started tick­ing the “in­dige­nous” box on job ap­pli­ca­tions and mem­o­ris­ing what Google says about their lo­cal na­tive peo­ple in case they’re asked in an in­ter­view.

At least one has re­ported more call­backs and of­fers of help than when he didn’t tick that box. Hardly the ac­tions of an in­her­ently an­tiA­bo­rig­i­nal so­ci­ety.

As long as there are sep­a­rate rules for blacks and whites, there is a di­vide and that di­vide is fu­elled by ac­tivists who falsely claim they want to unite.

By hav­ing ex­clu­sive ser­vices and courts for Abo­rig­ines, we’re say­ing “you are dif­fer­ent, you aren’t part of white so­ci­ety, you can’t make it on your own, Aus­tralia is a di­vided coun­try” and this feeds the “racism is hold­ing me back” nar­ra­tive.

Mean­while, prom­i­nent in­dige­nous voices such as Jac­inta Price and An­thony Dil­lon – who preach cul­tural change among their own peo­ple – are largely ig­nored by our elected lead­ers.

Rather than more ser­vices ex­clu­sively for Abo­rig­ines, there should be fewer if not none, so that peo­ple aren’t par­ti­tioned by race, but by their sta­tus as Aus­tralians.

Surely this is the most log­i­cal path to unity, es­pe­cially in light of re­peated, ab­ject and costly fail­ures of the cur­rent di­vided sys­tem.

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