Listen: Australias first Indigenous Minister for Indigenous Australians
"Significant moment in social progress are usually celebrated and quite rightly, it is a fine thing when I given country or society decides it's going to cease imposing handicaps on particular demographic on the grounds of their gender sexuality tribe cast in whatever in prejudice. You'll have in yourself. Excuse far. But it's nevertheless worth pausing. The exuberant observances long enough to reflect on the question of what exactly the heck have we been doing before now? The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page. And you page in Australia's history by rotting the wrongs of the past, and so moving forward with confidence to the future, such mixed feelings have attended to recent promotions in Australian politics last week conservative, liberal party prime minister Scott Morrison, having been returned in the federal election. Nobody himself expected to win appointed as minister for indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt, who is himself. An indigenous. Australian noon Garman from Western Australia. I. The people in the office of municipal. This week the opposition labour party's new leader, Anthony Albanesi appointed a new shadow minister for indigenous Australians. She is Linda Burney, who is herself, an indigenous Australian, a were jury woman from New South Wales. Bang Nang Lang, now do the up you can hang now. Well to recap thin Australia's minister for indigenous Australians is an indigenous Australian. And so is the opposition shadow. And this is the first time this has been the case that fact in itself tells you a great deal. Little of good as does the fact that it took until nineteen sixty eight for the role, even to be established and indeed until nineteen sixty five for the last official barrier to indigenous people voting in stray to be lifted. A key reason why there has not until now been indigenous minister for indigenous Australians has been a lack of available options string Lear adopted it system of government from the United Kingdom, including the convention that cabinets can only be appointed from the people's elected representatives win. The new indigenous Australians minister, Ken Wyatt won to to sit sit election in in a a to stray stray federal Leah's Leah's parliament house house of of in representatives representatives two thousand and ten. that that He year. year. Again, Again, became the first two two thousand thousand indigenous ten ten Australian the the decision decision at at the the has has collectors collectors has has immortalized immortalized them for creating a historic moment in a strategy is history by electing the first aboriginal member for the house of representatives for his maiden speech. Wyatt war, a Booker a ceremonial kangaroo skin coat decorated with cockatoo furthers any one thousand and ninety three people have been privileged to be a member. Of the house of representatives. It is with deep in mixed emotion. That is an average man with Yamaji and one guy. Heritage San before you in the members of the house of representatives isn't will on the opposite benches. Linda Burney is also overdue pioneer before becoming the first indigenous woman ever elected to federal parliament in two thousand sixteen. She was the first indigenous person ever elected to New South Wales state parliament in two thousand and three that's two hundred and fourteen years since governor Arthur, Phillip plan to the Union, Jack in Sydney cove, one hundred forty seven years since the crown colony of New South Wales established a parliament and one hundred and two years since New South Wales became the most populous state of a unified, stroller, They They wouldn't wouldn't for for some some not while while at that point indigenous indigenous that anyone people people was bothering were were I I to included included count the in in indigenous stray stray people. leeann leeann census. census. Indeed. In In nineteen nineteen seventy seventy one one Joe Joe the the white. white. Body Body painting. painting. Then Then we we will. will. It It should should be be noted noted that that a couple of indigenous Australians, have sat in the federal Senate before this decade, the first Neville, Bonner, age Aguirre man from Queensland was appointed to fill vacancy in nineteen seventy one and returned at four subsequent elections. How dare you? I repeat how did you told my people that your system was best? We have come to accept that we have come to believe that some indigenous destroy looms VO certainly not enough have been elected to state or local governments, most notably for for much much in the of of northern the the nineteen nineteen territory. nineties nineties by by Morris Morris The northern really really territory the the legislative former former champion champion assembly Australian Australian seat of rules, rules, era, footballer footballer Fuhrer was who who held had had previously previously been been a a Pathfinder Pathfinder for for indigenous indigenous Australians Australians in in Australia's Australia's nationally nationally going. going. The promotional of kin Wyatt. And Linda Burney is a heartening development and a more heartening aspect still is that the pair appear to get on. Well, personally political differences, notwithstanding white reacted to Bernie's appointment by congratulating her in a tweet that referred to her as my friend and said that why it was looking forward to working with her and her colleagues to forge a better future, for our people as neither white, nor Bernie knee telling the is much to be done on this front. And it can only be hooked that they enjoy the goodwill. They plurality of their fellow Australians as they set about doing it because as the always is at such moments, they will be bleating from seething talk radio bloviating and purple faced fulminate is determined to miss the point where the claiming that the elevations of Ken Wyatt. And Linda Burney somehow means racism has been fixed. Or dismissing it as tokenism these people should, as always be altogether ignored."