Letter to The Editor - Why on earth then are we allowing whatever unity and national strength we have to be corroded by a movement for Aboriginal separatism
To The Australian Australia's cultural future will be severely damaged if the corrupt UK establishment succeeds in frustrating Brexit, for our political order depends fundamentally on British ideals, and on those ideals being realised in practice there as well as here. At the same time our strategic future looks increasingly dangerous as China grows in might, the US tends to withdraw from the Pacific (willingly or unwillingly) and more and more people seek to emigrate here illegally. Why on earth then are we allowing whatever unity and national strength we have to be corroded by a movement for Aboriginal separatism that is based on misrepresentation of the facts? Alleged "Arrernte girl" Bri Apma-Hayes, shown voting in an election for a "First Peoples Assembly" ("Young voices being heard on the path to treaty", 11/10), looks 100% European, is obviously only a part-Aboriginal and, probably, that is a very small part. At age sixteen she cannot know very much about Australian and international politics. The whole process set up by the left-wing Victorian Government, without any adequate mandate from Victorians as a whole, and involving a usurpation of federal government authority, amounts to betrayal. Where is the civic courage to oppose it?
Nigel Jackson, Belgrave, Vic