I am not offering an opinion here, just stating what I have observed and noted.
I watched a tv show about young female Mission Aborgines evacuating Croker Island, off the coast of Australia's Northern Territory, during World War II.
The women in 2012 are obviously much older now. They seemed to have lived quite suburban lifestyles, as non Aborignal white Australian's do. They were well spoken, and nicely dressed in an age appropriate manner. The programme was quite moving as they revisited where they grew up, and met up with long previously unmet family.
What struck me was that they are just like us. Us being white Australians. They talked like us, dressed like us. Hey they could almost be honorary white Australians, except they were black. (to forestall the well meaning defenders, that is irony).
I mentioned the tv show to our NT ex policeman/politician friend and he readily agreed. He said that the Mission educated were so clean, well dressed, organised, intelligent and dealt with their extended families very well. They were well respected by their kin because they were educated and knew white person ways.
Could the mission educated woman from Croker Island be an example for a direction for the future welfare of our Aborigines? Well, it is hardly a traditional way of life for Aborigines. Some, or most of these women when they were girls would have been abducted from their family.
It is a complicated and messy business, and brighter minds than mine have addressed the matter. Of course none of the problem impacts on me in the Highrise, but I would like my country to work better for its original inhabitants.
There must be an in between way. One thing I am sure of, education is a key.
Perhaps all Aboriginal boys should be sent to Melbourne Grammar, and the girls to Presbyterian Ladies College.