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At the risk of being accused of racism, I’m trying to understand how Indigenous people and their many community organisations are unable to voice their local community needs to local elected parliamentarians? I always thought that the job description of the local member was to listen to the voice of the local community, however remote, and that already Aboriginal citizens had a voice like everybody else. 

The fact that no one can agree on any convoluted detail is a strategy for endless litigation by snakes in suits. I suggest politicians start earning their pay and look at the multitude of local problems before wasting billions on weaponry. 

The Voice referendum debate has exposed nasty, moralistic judgements that serve no end and only create unnecessary division. 

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores

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  1. Check the solicitors general advice, don’t fall for the mischievous misdirection of the opposition and the Murdoch press. And correctly it is a moral decision that has been made divisive by the opposition or noalition as they currently appear.

    • Even the NOalition opposition are divided, in amongst themselves – Ken Wyatt quitting the LIEberal party; Julian Lesser quitting the LIEberal party frontbench; Karen Andrews quitting the frontbench and to quit Parliament next election; next quitter is…?.

      • They are all trying to figure out which side will forward their career. Lots of Liberals assume this will all be forced through regardless of the public, so they want to be seen as winning.

  2. When the governments ignore you, you’re told to vote harder. When they do the exact same thing to Aboriginals, it’s systemic racism. Cause reasons. You are correct in your analysis that we are all lacking a voice to Parliament, however the racists want to disenfranchise you and your people, Rod.


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