I’m speechless. There is nothing in her speech I …

Comment on Indigenous adults must ‘grow up’ so that Indigenous children can depend on them, says Alison Anderson by Peter.

I’m speechless. There is nothing in her speech I don’t fully agree with. I have followed Alison Anderson over the years and I must admit I had my doubts about her. On many occasions my views differed somehow from hers but not this time. For the first time I have some hope that things can actually change. I vividly remember a conversation with an older (white) lady many years ago who was working at Hermannsburg at the time. I asked her: If I would be in a position of influence what are the three most important things you would want to change that would improve the dire situation of indigenous people? Her answers: Stop the dependency on welfare – make decisions based on facts and not rhetoric and spend the most money on education, education, education. I hear similar comments from Alison now. Let’s hope enough people are listening to make a change.

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