Letter to The Editor - We all agree that indigenous Australians have a unique status and role to play in our national future
To The Australian Julian Lucas is wrong (6/6) in seeing "a treaty between Aborigines and non-Aborigines" as an act unlikely to "provoke legal interference with constitutional rights and duties." That is exactly what it would do. A minority of activists of various kinds, for whatever reasons, is endeavouring to drive a wedge between Aboriginal Australians and the rest of us. Constitutional amendment of any kind and treaty-making of any kind would facilitate their cause of Aboriginal separatism, but be against the interests of Australians as a whole. Moreover, it seems clear that no persons living today can justifiably claim to be of, or to represent, an Aboriginal nation; thus a valid treaty cannot be created. We all agree that indigenous Australians have a unique status and role to play in our national future. We all agree that they deserve special support and encouragement in many contexts. This can be done without crossing the red line towards the division of our continent into two nations.
Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic