I understand fully how the subject woman feels and empathise …

Comment on What’s working in Indigenous Affairs? A thirty year perspective. by Robinoz.

I understand fully how the subject woman feels and empathise with her. Sometimes I feel I’d like to live in isolation too, just far enough away from some place to escape from the maddening crowd, but still be able to access the liquor barn, supermarket, hospital and drugstore (not necessarily in that order).
I’ve been observing our indigenous brothers and sisters since 1957 and for a few years worked in an agency that distributed large amounts of funding to communities. It always surprised me that the First Australians lived on the land, without housing, motor vehicles and other luxuries for thousands of years and apparently did very well since they are still here. Now we have convinced them they need to live in houses, many expect one … for free. I wonder whether we should be building sheltered areas with water supplies, a cooking area and no walls so that they can either sleep on the ground or if they prefer, pull out their fold up metal beds and camp under the shelter. Given the price of building houses, at least we’d have half a chance of providing enough shelters for everyone to live under.
While it wouldn’t be true to say that nothing has changed since 1957, it’s fair to say that progress has been terribly slow and only incremental. It looks like we need at least another 300-500 years to make any real headway. If we all last long enough.

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