Paternalistic reference


Christopher Pyne recently complained about too many references to Aboriginal people in the planned national curriculum and now Tony Abbott says it is “inappropriate” to publicly acknowledge their existence. It is a chilling glimpse of how Aboriginal people can expect to fare if the Coalition wins government. Elspeth McInnes, Adelaide, SA
Congratulations to Tony Abbott for saying what many people think (“Abbott reopens culture wars over nods to Aborigines”, 15/3). If the Prime Minister and many other politicians feel it necessary to preface their speeches with a grovelling, paternalistic reference to Aboriginal history, they should follow it by a little modern history such as, “We also recognise the historical significance of Captain Cook’s voyages and the English settlement of this land which gave us the civilisation and traditions we all now enjoy.” B. Cooper, Frankston, Vic

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