Surely, we should be looking for solutions in a different place. Surely those affected might have valid ideas to contribute. Our First Peoples think so; they can cite individual examples where taking ownership of solutions has resulted in significant improvements for communities. It’s a simple request. They are asking us for a voice that will be recognised and will be listened to; the right to advise the government on matters that affect them, the practical result of which, if our government listens, is greater success at Closing the Gap.
Who in their right mind does not want to see this happen?
It won’t be a silver bullet; There are generations of disadvantage and trauma to address. However, I believe it is a decent and honourable step in the right direction.