It is simply an outrage that it is still the case that you have a far greater chance of being arrested and imprisoned, a far greater chance of dying young, a far greater chance of getting sick, a far greater chance of having no education if you happen to be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
It is no less disturbing that our Constitution does not permit First Nations People to have a meaningful say in legislation that impacts directly upon them. The Uluru ‘Statement From The Heart’ was tragically a missed opportunity to introduce an element of fairness in the manner in which Aboriginal people are treated. The Commonwealth’s failure should not be followed by this State.
We should lead the way in coming to our own State-based agreement and untangle the bureaucracy involving multiple departments that prevents real change.