A young National (Country) Party member in Queensland has made a point about our Indigenous sports players not standing for our National Anthem at sporting events. The lad is young and probably from a privileged background. Perhaps we can forgive him his ignorance? Perhaps he needs a good slapping. I am not sure why Aborigines would stand for Australia's national anthem.
Until we white multi generational British Australians recognise that we did invade this country, with our killing guns and our sparkly trinkets, it is never going to be right. We have to feel guilt and a feeling of a need to make amends, never mind that neither you nor I were active participants.
Australia as we know it was a land of Aborigines and we came, reaped, sowed and dug, and we completely screwed up their lifestyle and Australia's fragile environment, that Aborigines managed to not affect for thousands of years.
Australia might be quite a good place to live, but recognition of the original Australians should not be forgotten and what we owe them.
So says Andrew who lives where there was probably a swamp where Aborigines fished and found birds and eels to eat and lived pretty well in their possum fur coats.
Yes, there is no turning back for Australia. It is what it now is but proper recognition is due.........and is happening but oh so slowly.