There’s a referendum on next year, and we will be deciding who will try to change the constitution in the federal election due this year.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are undervalued and any attempt to derail the referendum, which has popular support, would be tantamount to a devolution agenda.
But do Aboriginal people get sick? According to Edith Cowan University, they suffer social and emotional health problems stemming from lack of historical connection to their land.
I remember a young guy at the Fitness First gym in Campbelltown telling his mate that “He doesn’t get sick [because] he’s Aboriginal”. It’s possible that he was from the Dharawal people, or that he had another way of accessing his historical and spiritual heritage.
I’m looking forward to Avatar 2, where we will see if the blue aboriginals there will be threatened by white men in their mental and physical space.