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I am a retired academic, that has lived in a number of rural towns that have Aboriginal communities.
I can remember how things were 60+ years ago and it makes it easier to see what has progressed and what has deteriorated over time regarding racial matters.
I think the main question, is still one of why do we need a special voice for Aboriginals in Parliament?
For decades, I have watched the Aboriginal industry grow ever more strident and vexatious - Apart from the handful of Price supporters - never a word of self-critisism for the dysfunctional communities, no gratitude for the eye-watering amounts of taxpayer funding wasted, no grace after being given a groveling apology by the PM on behalf of all Australians.
Rewarding failure with even more benefits has encouraged Australians who are mostly white, to identify as black.
This acceptance of urban Australians who have very little Aboriginal genetic connection is only going to grow at an even faster rate.
The question must be asked; is this a good thing for Australia and those claiming Aboriginal status?
If the old aim of ‘reconciliation’ is still an objective - it will never work by aggressive hate speech from pale activists.
If equal rights is the objective - they already have the same right as every other Australian - plus a lot more.
If getting their own communities to function better, reduce crime and domestic violence, get the children into regular schooling and address the drug and alcoholism - then firstly owning these problems is the right start, not complaining that it has all been caused by our colonial past.
My main concern is that the question of a special ‘voice’ in our governments and legal changes to our constitution will happen by slight of hand and various smaller changes without the consent of the people.
Australians have become under achievers in things like manufacturing, and infrastructure.
The roads, airports, railways, submarines etc, that take decades to get built are the result of poor planning and far to much bureaucracy.
However, Australians are still very good at one thing and that is recognising bullshit.
Given a fair referendum, this whole issue will fail badly and be rejected.
I really think that would be a good thing for all concerned at this point in our history if we are to stop the divisive nature of identity politics which could well develop into a treaty of two nations in Australia.
Personally, I would prefer the people who are majority white Aboriginals to assimilate into the Australia I once knew, that valued mateship and unity.
Your submission covers all my concerns and much more.
If we are to go the route of a referendum, this submission will need to be condensed into a form that will encourage people on both sides to read and understand the issues.
I still think the big question of why is it even needed should be the main focus.