The Australian nudges readership to back 35 new parliaments

Nine isn’t enough for 25 million people: Constructive steps towards creating Indigenous voice.

The formation of 35 local and regional voice groups as a foundation for a national voice that ultimately will provide non-binding advice to government and parliament offers important advantages. Unlike the locally based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission structure that was abolished in 2005 amid financial problems and mismanagement, the 35 local groups would not have a financial or service delivery role.

But being closer to local communities, especially in remote areas, than any national or government body could be, their input would be invaluable in designing policy and services to improve the serious health, education, welfare, justice and employment concerns afflicting too many Indigenous people, leading to unacceptable incarceration rates and causing too many children to be separated from their families. Such input should improve not only federal policy but also the policies and services provided by state, territory and local authorities.

It has been quite a year for spectrum-rigging at Rupert Murdoch’s national daily. The editorial goal is clearly to redefine leftism as the new ‘centre.’ Support for pandemic fascism, apologias for Scott Morrison’s bungled religious discrimination bill (turned into a homosexuality protection bill) and a widely ridiculed conversion to net zero extremism (sold, laughably, as a boon to regional miners). These retreats from reality have been marketed as shrewd tactical tweaks: let’s embrace left-wing ideas to stop Anthony Albanese from implementing left-wing ideas. Everyone wants Aborigines to succeed but ghettoising their presence in the Australian polity is an admission that somehow they cannot cope and don’t really belong. That isn’t progress.

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4 Responses to The Australian nudges readership to back 35 new parliaments

  1. Chris M says:

    Australian Government actions the past few months have exposed the whole ‘respect for Aboriginal people’ thing to be an utter fraud, a pathetic meaningless farce. Clearly the left despise these people and regard them as less evolved pitiful life forms with no ability to think or reason.

    The whole Aboriginal aid industry is a Potemkin facade which came crashing down as they firstly bribed then herded, penned and forcibly injected them like cattle.

    Not that the nomenklatura regard the rest of us much differently of course. Just a little more evolved the the Darwinian mindset.

  2. Entropy says:

    The paternalism is revolting: let’s create an extra special playground for you people away form the adults.

    The comments below the editorial and article should give the Australian some pause for thought. I will have to end my subscription (again) now that Little Miss Entropy has finished school (articles were quite useful for assignments compared with any other paper) and has the marks she wanted to never be bothered with cross curriculum humanities vanities ever again.

  3. Shy Ted says:

    None of the 35 will ever get a quorum unless it’s hosted near a casino.

  4. Tel says:

    Any people anywhere can form a “voice group” and start giving non-binding advice to government … you can do it right now if you want to.

    Get a wordpress site, or a substack, or buy a slot on a local community radio station. There’s heaps of options. Heck, go old school and write letters.

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