Sunday, October 31, 2004

A Consequence of a Coalition Senate Majority

Last Update: Saturday, October 30, 2004. 11:08am (AEST)

Aboriginal issues off the agenda now: Yunupingu

Prominent Northern Territory Aboriginal leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu has criticised Federal, state and territory governments for taking Aboriginal issues off the agenda.

The outgoing chair of the Northern Land Council says federally, reconciliation is off the agenda and ATSIC is being demolished.

At a Territory level, Mr Yunupingu claims it was easier working with the previous CLP government than the present Labor Government.

"I think today's Government will happily see me out because they'll have a free rein," he said.

I think that it's safe to assume that reconciliation will be off the agenda for at least the next three years. ATSIC will be completely dissolved by July next year, with no plans for an alternative on the table. And as for an apology to the stolen generation... forget it!

The Coalition's double-majority is a scary thought for a lot of Australians, especially indigenous Australians.


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