By Situation Theatre 4/8/2019
You can’t recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by idealistically listening to what they want.
Due to the fact that the only thing which matters in politics is the identity of the politicians concerned, Australia’s first Indigenous minister to take charge of Indigenous Affairs, Ken Wyatt, is on track to deliver for Aboriginal people.
It’s clear from his first few weeks in the job that he can be trusted to deliver the same racist garbage the First Australians have been experiencing for hundreds of years.
Dreaming big, Wyatt reckons it’ll take about three years for his Government to decide exactly how to best ignore the three key demands of the Uluru Statement: a constitutionally enshrined First Nations voice to Parliament, a national process of truth-telling, and treaty-making through a Makarrata commission.
The Indigenous Affairs Minister wants to pursue a “consensus option” based on the consensus of the last 231 years of invasion and colonisation to oppress, dominate and disempower Aboriginal people at every turn, and to perpetuate false hope out of some perverted sense of sadistic cruelty.
So long as constitutional recognition is purely symbolic and any kind of voice to Parliament is easily abolished, Wyatt and his team are committed to making their pragmatic dreams come true.