Editorial: NAIDOC – let’s think about it

NAIDOC week is an increasingly important part of being an Australian.

True reconciliation may never be possible, particularly while the destruction of Aboriginal culture continues apace in almost every area where it intersects with the exercise of white bureaucratic and political power.

It is difficult of course.

Aboriginal politics can be opaque even to the best-meaning white administrator and, as Noel Pearson observed, few of our bureaucrats are both honest enough to do the right thing and talented enough to get anything done at all.

Indonesians, offended by Australia's moral judgements about Papuans and the endangerment of orangutans have frequently been able to point out that our treatment of Aborigines and the fact that we cannot even seem to save the koala means we are less than well qualified to criticise.

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