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Comment on 8 storeys, 600 car parks, builder with Alice roots: Melanka by Matty G.

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Recent Comments by Matty G

Pilger review: Greens strike back
It seems to me that you can divide people on social issues into those who think that they are part of the problem and those who think it is caused by somebody else, the great ‘they’. Just like most people think they are above average, most people think whatever the problem is, somebody else should do something about it – obviously by definition you can only be above average if a corresponding number of people are below average, and if most people think the problem is caused by someone else then not enough people are taking responsibility for finding a solution for a political realistic outcome to be achieved. As a young Aboriginal man once said to me, you think I’ve got a problem!
There was an interesting article on the Conversation recently that broke down the source of votes for the Greens versus the Labour party – http://theconversation.com/labor-and-the-greens-on-again-off-again-never-again-22348 In summary the more affluent one is and the more opportunity one has, then the more likely you are to vote for the Greens, in fact the Greens really only resonate with a small subsection of the elite.
Until the Greens address this issue then they will only ever be a protest party. Whilst it is necessary to have a radical vanguard to define the middle ground, this is something best left to the young and inexperienced, because experience should lead to an appreciation that most things are complex and nuanced and without people who are prepared to deal with the complexities and nuances, then there will no long lasting viable outcome.
Aboriginal affairs, for want of a better term, attracts more than its fair share of young idealists and whilst it is commendable that they remind us of the gravity of the situation, they are not necessarily the best ones to proffer the solutions. Just like in traditional Aboriginal culture there was respect for elders, some of these young idealists should perhaps listen a little more to those who’ve been around the block a time or two.
Regrettably though there are too many old people, once young idealists, who have become beholden on sticking with the same narrative, as they have built careers and meaning to their lives around the ‘Aboriginal problem’ and if they truly became part of the solution, they’d be looking for a new job. Having Aboriginal ancestry doesn’t seem to preclude one from being in this predicament.
Centralian blackfellas were some of the toughest people ever and they didn’t need then, just like they probably don’t need now, the misplaced sympathy of a batch of well off sycophants.
I want to be able to celebrate that history and the ongoing resilience and humour of those with that ancestry. I hope the day is not too distant where Australia collectively embraces its Aboriginal story and history.
Let’s be realistic, there are more Aboriginal people leading contemporary lives than there are living on their own country under whatever tribal law remains, and there are more Aboriginal people with mixed ancestry. Isn’t it time for all of us to get together and tell stories about our country, both the good and the bad and not choose which parts of the story we want to highlight as a testament to our allegiances to an ideal or team.
Until Aboriginal Australians can share the Captain Cook story, and until the rest of us can embrace, tell and identify with the Aboriginal story, then most of us are really just camping in this country. As an aside, Andrew Bolt doesn’t seem to get this, despite his recent Australia day claims that he is Indigenous.
So please let us refrain from our simplistic us and them analysis and the pretenses like the Intervention was really a land grab and start sharing our stories.
I remember Gary Foley once saying at a public meeting ‘if you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem’. I guess on that basis, the Greens are part of the problem.


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