Why did Julia Gillard cry in parliament on Tuesday about a natural disaster, then deliver a dry-eyed speech on Wednesday about an enduring human catastrophe?
Bev Manton, chairwoman of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, writing today about the Prime Minister’s annual Close the Gap speech.
Prime Minister Gillard displayed a dismal lack of understanding of the fundamental barriers facing Indigenous Australians when she used the speech to call for a “change in behaviour” to help meet the Close the Gap targets.
I am frustrated, angry and sad. Any faith, hope and trust I had in our politicians has disappeared since living in the Territory, and I don’t know if they will ever return.
I have no words better than those of Bev Manton.