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The Forum > Article Comments > Recognition and closing the gap are lost in the Voice debate > Comments

Recognition and closing the gap are lost in the Voice debate : Comments

By Dinesh Malhotra, published 28/9/2023

The question though is is the Voice the only way and the right way to do that?

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Mega manipulation. Vote no to advertise yourself as an official racist.

Why do we suffer these clowns in Canberra so peacefully: Is the answer gutless or is the answer powerless?
Posted by diver dan, Thursday, 28 September 2023 8:23:56 AM
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You left out the Coalition of Peaks amongst the plethora of advisers. If we want to close the gap, we need to look at the main reasons why the Gap is not closing.

For a start, it won't close until the Bush Aboriginals are brought in from the cold. That assumes that that is what they want and from where I sit, many of them are quite happy being where they are. All they need is medical treatment, better housing, which doesn't have to be any more than a roof, electricity and a toilet. Walls, doors and a floor seem to be optional if you look at what remains in many dwellings. The government could provide all that, at minimal cost, anything additional should be provided by the occupants. Those who require a higher standard of accommodation should have to show that they are capable of maintaining their premises to a reasonable standard. If they want jobs, then they need to shift to where there are jobs, don't expect the jobs to come to them. That is what I did in my youth.

Having got that out of the way, we then need to do what needs to be done about improving the social conditions under which they live. A lot of the brutal ancient customs need to be discarded. A man should no longer be able to treat his wife as a chattel to be abused for the least misdemeanor. Children should be treated with respect and not sexually abused and sent to school every day. The practice of punishing women for reporting acts of family violence to authorities should be outlawed.

Finally, the finances of tribal elders and Land Councils should be more closely audited so that largesse distributed by the government is more equitably distributed.
Posted by VK3AUU, Thursday, 28 September 2023 9:07:09 AM
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Because of the Voice and some of its supporters, Jacinta Price now has 24/7 police protection. Nothing more need be said.
Posted by ttbn, Thursday, 28 September 2023 9:15:51 AM
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Forcibly removing the elitist minority in Canberra, would work towards reestablishing a workable society again built on recognition of Europeans as the historical driving force behind a sophisticated society that Australia once was.
Posted by diver dan, Thursday, 28 September 2023 9:47:38 AM
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I believe we should have a treaty, recognition and reconciliation before we decide on or not, a voice.

This is cart before the horse, stuff. 3% of Australians already have sovereignty over more than 50% of Australia, thanks to native title and Marbo.

The referendum should be postponed until other issues are solved. Like the cost of energy and just getting by, affordable housing etc.

With that done, folk might be a little less stressed and more charitable.

That said, the voice cannot be about never ceded sovereignty! That horse has run its race.
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Thursday, 28 September 2023 10:04:11 AM
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If we are going to recognise first nations, we should also recognise Anglo, Chinese, New Zealand and European Australians.
Posted by VK3AUU, Thursday, 28 September 2023 11:07:21 AM
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