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What does reconciliation mean to you?
It means acknowledgement at least of what’s happened and what events have occurred and then it also means to me the future as well, it’s not just acknowledging where you’ve been but it’s putting it in place how we want to feel for the future I think.
It’s time to do, to consider everything that’s around. Pretty much it’s not acceptable to be thinking that someone else will look after everything. It’s time that we all do it.
Our society is very quick to jump on using their culture when we’re trying to sell ourselves on the world stage and that really personally annoys the hell out of me that at the same time the mistreatment of Aboriginal people from our governments in this country that to me there’s a big gap there and I think that’s what we should be addressing.
How can we help close the gap?
I think we have to look at equality between the Australia that’s advantaged and Aboriginal people and I believe that starts with maybe education. Educating the general population as well. To somehow meet together to respect Indigenous culture as well. I think that’s really important, I think that’s one thing we can do.
I think the way forward is firstly information and education about the people to try to gain an understanding why it’s such a big issue in Australia and why we have such a hypocritical approach in Australia. We object so fiercely to for example Japanese whaling in the Pacific but we don’t object to people that were born here that were the first Australians that live almost 20 years less than the rest of non-Aboriginal Australians. I think it’s really a matter of confronting the idea of how we really see ourselves. There’s this myth of the fair going Australia but it’s pretty much for everyone except Aborigines.
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