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Reviewed in Australia on 31 December 2017
Gives fascinating insight on people, persistent enterprise and politics from an Aboriginal perspective. It comments helpfully on why Aboriginal disadvantage persists, and what might be done about it. It provides a warts-and-all portrait of a most impressive leader.
He (rightly, I think) labours the point that despite “an almost complete transformation in the attitude of Australian society” towards Aboriginals, Aboriginal welfare programs have achieved virtually nothing. He says why. A sad part of the book is his disillusion with the Labor Party resulting in parting company with it in 2012.
He is a student of history, learning how nations and cultures have lifted themselves out of poverty various kinds of oppression. In commenting on reconciliation he turns to “my Catholic religion” – being sorry and forgiveness, but discussion tends to be all about the sorry and “little if anything about the forgiveness part.”
Having strongly made the case that “participating in the real economy by working in a real job or owning and operating a business,” along with getting kids to school are fundamental to any Aboriginal advancement, he concludes with reflections on the political leadership of Australia over the last ten years and the inexorable rise in national debt since 2009.
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