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Issue #1917      June 1, 2020

SORRY’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH

26 May was National Sorry Day and this week we come to the end of National Reconciliation week.

We pay our respects to all of those who lost their families, culture and national identity during the Stolen Generations.

Sorry, however, is not good enough. A “sorry” that does not face the genocidal nature of biologically classifying “real” Aboriginal people along racist ideologies is not good enough. A “sorry” while continuing to remove Aboriginal children from their communities through the NT Intervention and juvenile detention is manipulative.

Policies of recognition do nothing to change the material conditions of Indigenous people. Rudd’s promise to close the gap has not been achieved. Goals remain constantly out of reach, and the current government is even less dedicated to these goals.

Rudd said in his apology speech that we should be striving for a “future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities and with an equal stake in shaping the next chapter in the history of this great country, Australia.”

A declaration of equality is not equality. As Lenin said, a communist party must strive for a “clear distinction between the oppressed, dependent and subject nations and the oppressing, exploiting and sovereign nations, in order to counter the bourgeois-democratic lies that play down this colonial and financial enslavement of the vast majority of the world’s population”.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are owed full autonomy over their communities and complete, inalienable and communal land rights on the basis of traditional ownership, long association and/or need.

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