Letter to The Editor - Petrol has been thrown on the fire
To The Australian Stephen Fitzpatrick refers to "the flowering movement for indigenous constitutional recognition" ("Speed bumps on the road to reconciliation", 11-12/8), but my belief is that it is shrivelling. As the advocates of such recognition writhe and twist in their efforts to find a road to the power they seek, more and more ordinary Australians are becoming aware that the whole project is a scam that endangers our national unity and social security, while being grossly inequitable to other Australians (the huge majority). Petrol has been thrown on the fire by the threat (what else is it?) by academic Mick Dodson ("Dark vibes with a realistic edge") that Peter Cotton's new novel Dead Heat "may well turn out to be prophetic" with its picture of Aboriginal armed struggle (with outside help) against the rest of us. That has really given the game away! It would be good to see this threat roundly condemned by our political and intellectual leaders.
Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic