Voice adding to hubbub?

Andrew L. Urban

Perhaps cynically, I am delighted that the PM is making such a hash of the discussions in public about the proposed Voice referendum. He and others, I might add, like the erstwhile Attorney-General reading out Linda Burney’s tweets as details of what the Voice will be/do. It helps to show up what a bad idea it is and how this bad idea defies band aiding.

Recognition of Aboriginals in the constitution doesn’t need a Voice.

If you were serious about setting up a focus group (aka Voce) committed to improving the lives of those that need it, surely you would include a representative sample of them. Say, like a dozen women from remote communities who know the problems and challenges first hand – and how change might look. You would also include people with experience in remote education, employment and health care. You would avoid useless, privileged activists who exist only to create relevance for themselves. But $40 billion a year doesn’t seem to buy that kind of pragmatism.

But why are all previous bodies tasked with advising government on issues to do with Aboriginal matters incapable of doing so? Why have they all failed to do what the Voice is expected to do? If they haven’t, why is the Voice necessary, unless it is formulated in a revolutionary new fashion – of which we are ignorant … and so, it seems are its proponents? The good will of Australians is no longer in question and doesn’t need a divisive referendum to prove it. It is only divisive because of how it has been framed and presented and how useless it appears to be.

Ultimately, the only genuine way to improve life for those dusty and damaged remote communities, though, is by encouraging and helping them towards assimilation over time…the way most of their brothers and sisters have, who find a decent life among Australians who welcome them and treat them as equals in every way. Indeed, in some respects, they are advantaged. Welcome to everyone’s country … Neither purse strings nor vocal cords can do the job. It would be no more than a karaoke club for activists.

A patronising Voice from ‘above’ has nothing to do with the problem it is supposed to solve, it would just add to the hubbub.

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2 Responses to Voice adding to hubbub?

  1. John Nicol says:

    I totally agree. The stupid allowance of 150 small aboriginal groups to remain on their own blacks of land with no requirement to actually look after themselves by tradional means of hunting and fishing, or otherwise organizing useful work and production as well as education for their children to join the rest of Australian society, is totally anti-productive in spite of the millions of dollars wasted every year in providing food and services to these any communities.

    It is high time for the government to apply some common sence to the situation which is quite contrary to this silly concept of “giving them a voice”. They already have ample opportunity to speak up and advise the government what they want – it is just that most of their mutterings are of no value to them. Spending money as is done, is also counterproductive to improving their lot. It sounds unkind, but if it could be recognized that a population who lived such primitive lives for 60,000 years as is claimed, cannot have the intellectual capacity to do much for themselves. Europeans raised themselves up from such poverty in something like 10,000 years. The stated IQ of aborigines is 65.

    • Garry Stannus says:

      You may have heard of the Racial Discrimination Act, the Racial Vilification Act and the Race Hatred Act, John.

      Any of these applicable to your comment?

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