I can’t be the only person who wonders whether, on matters critical to our future and, most importantly, the future of our children, the Liberal Party (whatever it might be, and whoever it is) seems to have lost its voice.
‘Voice’ seems to be the in word.
However, it bears repeating.
In terms of voices for Indigenous Australians, there are already 3,352 registered Aboriginal corporations.
The Prime Minister has an Indigenous Advisory Council.
There are more than 30 Land Councils; and there is also a so-called Council of Peaks, representing 70 Aboriginal corporations.
40 per cent of the nation is subject to a Land Title of some kind.
Much of that land is subject to mining and the royalties go to Indigenous Australians.
The Aboriginal population is officially 3.8 per cent; but we have 11 Aboriginal MPs in Federal Parliament, which represents 4.8 per cent of the population; but they still want an Aboriginal Voice.
We are constantly told, at every turn, that we are not the real owners of this land.
So, we have Welcome to Country.
In other words, please come in, but just remember it is not yours.
As the historian Keith Windschuttle has said, ‘Two decades ago, this ritual was unknown.’
He has also said, ‘It was introduced without public debate, let alone public support. And its authors have never been named or their purposes justified.’
Keith Windschuttle, has further said, ‘This has been foisted on a mystified public as though it had the sanction of deep Indigenous tradition.’
Yet this is what young Australians are being taught, browbeaten to the point of intimidation, which prevents them from challenging the notion of ‘invasion’.
Or challenging the notion that they must accept that another people, unknown to them, own the land they live on, own the land they are being educated on, own the land they are working on and even buried on.
Documents from the original working group, which gave birth to this Uluru Statement from the Heart, released under Freedom of Information say that, ‘Any Voice to Parliament should be designed so that it could support and promote a treaty-making process,’ and that the Treaty must include ‘a fixed percentage of Gross National Product’.
There is associated mention of rates, land tax, and royalties; and that, ‘Aboriginal names for places and things across Australia should be the norm and used by wider Australia’; and that, ‘The Australian flag symbolises the injustices of colonisation.’
We have already reached this point.
Place names are already changed to Aboriginal names.
Just watch the ABC News.
They don’t broadcast a story from Goulburn, but rather Burbong.
We no longer have stories from Melbourne; we cross to our reporter in Naarm.
And remember, Lidia Thorpe has said she doesn’t want a Voice, she doesn’t even want a Treaty, she wants sovereignty.
I don’t know whether the Liberal Party is asleep at the wheel.
I certainly think Australia is asleep at the wheel.
Last week, the Queensland government met in North Queensland; and what came out of it?
The first answer to that question is that we are electing politicians who are deaf to the concerns of the electorate.
The Queensland Cabinet Minister Craig Crawford, who is the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, proudly boasted that Treaty deals between Aboriginal Australians and state governments will be worth hundreds of millions of dollars a piece and they should factor in the number of Indigenous people killed in historic local massacres!
The Palaszczuk government passed a Treaty process, touted as setting the standard in Indigenous/government relations, to recognise the amount of land taken by British Colonial Forces and the impact of massacres; and this will formulate the value of each deal made with local Aboriginal groups.
Labor governments are in power all over Australia and we are told that Victoria and NSW are pursuing their own Treaties with local Indigenous groups; and, of course, Albanese and co are storming the countryside regarding the Uluru Statement and a Voice, whose hidden agenda is Treaties and sovereignty.
According to this never before heard of Queensland MP Craig Crawford, it is ‘very hard’ to give an exact estimation on the cost of future treaties.
Remember, Queensland is swimming in debt, as is the nation.
Yet here we are being told we don’t know what these treaties will cost, except that the language being used by government people estimates hundreds of millions of dollars.
Where is the mandate for this stuff?
But it gets worse, or better, depending on your perspective.
Crawford said that while it was ‘very hard’ to give an exact estimation of the cost of future treaties, he told us that about 80 of these had been finalised in New Zealand; and don’t the New Zealanders know all about that.
It is one reason the Labor government there will be beaten at the next election.
This Minister Crawford admitted that New Zealand treaties ‘nearly all cost tens or hundreds of millions of dollars’ and that will ‘give us a bit of a guide to get an idea what that looks like in a Queensland context’.
You bet it will!
But here is the rub.
What it really involves will be informed by a truth-telling inquiry.
Labor in the saddle everywhere and they are going for broke!
In Queensland, the exact number of Queensland treaties, we are told by Crawford, will take years to finalise and will depend on community consultation.
There has been no community consultation to get us to this point.
But this fellow, Crawford, wasn’t finished.
He tells us there are about 150 Indigenous nations in the state of Queensland; and financial payments will vary depending on the impacts of colonisation and it will be up to individual First Nations groups to decide how to spend settlement money.
But the Palaszczuk government has said that Queensland’s traditional owners, you see, north of the border, you don’t own your farm or your house.
Traditional owners will lead negotiations on what they want in their treaties; and may ask for repatriation – that is, give the land back – joint management of National Parks, the renaming of places, changes to school curricula, reforms in criminal justice, and this Minister Crawford said the First Nations groups could put ‘anything on the table’.
And all this is about to start in Labor’s WA, Labor’s Victoria, Labor’s Northern Territory, Labor’s NSW.
If we are fools enough to vote Yes to this so-called Voice, we have now been warned about what comes next.
My concern is we have a stack of highly paid Queensland allegedly Liberal National Party politicians.
Where are they?
They have either lost their voice or lost their nerve.