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In Our Country
As flagged before, the Substack downloadable version of ‘In Our Country’ is no longer available. Most streaming services now have it and lower down the page I’ve included the links.
Some background …
If you’re in Australia, you’ll know that the Voice referendum is coming soon. It aims to give indigenous Australians a say on topics that effects them. As Noel Pearson recently said, this means nearly everything.
Don’t get me wrong, the indigenous certainly need constitutional recognition and this should have been done earlier. I was an early supporter of The Voice but have lost faith that our current government can oversee such an important constitutional change.
Dividing the country along racial lines is also against our democratic principles. It gives one race a special advisory voice that all other races that have helped build this country won’t have.
In reality, every race has a say in our country. It’s called democracy.
Our current cultural climate …
In our current cultural climate, the voices of falsehood are louder than the voices of fact. The idiocy of self ID is being heard above the science of biological sex. What we ‘feel’ is more important than what actually ‘is’. Biological men are wrongly playing in women’s sports. Children are being told at school “They can be born in the wrong body.”
Political parties from all sides have been infected by this ideology of feelings over fact. In this climate, any separate advisory body can simply be taken over by activists who don’t represent indigenous reality. There are plenty of them. If ideologues can take over our schools, universities, media and medicine, they can overtake anything - including The Voice.
We’ve already seen the extremist parts of the LGBTQI Alliance demanding a ‘voice’ in NSW state government. Imagine the avalanche of groups wanting their own voice if the indigenous voice succeeds.
Australian people need clarity about how The Voice will operate. That clarity is simply not there and will be left to parliament to sort out once The Voice is passed. Who will be on the board? How many? Is there a power of veto? Will there be reparations for old events?
The Gay Marriage vote was simple. As a single issue voters had clarity. The Voice however, lacks the clarity needed to make all Australians feel assured.
As mentioned, if I had full confidence in the Federal Government, I'd be thinking differently. That confidence is lacking.
It is absurd to say that indigenous people haven’t benefitted from western development. But - the impact of alcohol and drugs on remote communities have fostered child sexual abuse, domestic violence, health decline and lawlessness.
I’ve visited dry Indian communities in the USA - communities that are gated to keep sly grog sellers out. The people were proud, motivated and educated. Oddly enough, their communities were also a tourist destination! Visitors want to feel safe. Even visitors to Alice Springs don’t feel safe. Ridiculous.
I’d support making Alice Springs and other major towns on land favoured by indigenous completely dry. Yes, even Darwin. Even Cairns. While hotels and bars wouldn’t like it, they’d be compensated to relocate.
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