Sunday, May 27, 2007

It's a frightening reminder

that the "colonial past" is not that far distant.

Today is the fortieth anniversary of the referendum that permitted Aborigines — the traditional owners of this land for something like 50,000 years — to be classed as Australian citizens 180 years after Europeans seized it under the pretence that no-one lived here, that the land was empty, terra nullius.

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