This was probably the most important political speech of our generation.
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price schooled the hopelessly woke Canberra press gallery in common-sense today.
Asked by the left-wing Guardian reporter Josh Butler if indigenous people remained traumatised by colonisation, Price’s response was succinct.
“No”, she said, before elaborating.
“I’ll be honest: no.
“A positive impact? Absolutely. I mean, now we’ve got running water, we’ve got readily available food.
“I mean everything my grandfather had when he was growing up, because he first saw whitefellas in his early adolescence, we now have.
“Many of us have the same opportunities as all other Australians in this country.
“We certainly have probably one of the greatest systems around the world in terms of the democratic structure in comparison to other countries – that is why migrants flock to Australia.
“If we keep telling Aboriginal people that they are victims, well, we are effectively removing their agency… That is the worst possible thing you can do to any human being – to tell them they are a victim without agency and that’s what I refuse to do.”
Clearly rattled by this answer which did not fit the narrative, Press Club President David Crowe of the Nine newspapers asked a follow-up question, asserting that many indigenous people were indeed traumatised by colonisation.
“That would mean that those of us whose ancestors were dispossessed in their own country and brought here in chains as convicts are also suffering from intergenerational trauma, so I should be doubly suffering,” Price said.
Linda Burney, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, condemned Price’s comments as “offensive”.
“It denies the experience of so many First Nations families. We only have to look at the Stolen Generations and the impacts that has had, in terms of ongoing trauma and pain. Her comments are a betrayal of so many people’s stories.”
Price’s speech was probably the most important political speech of our generation.
It was a comprehensive take-down of left-wing identity politics which infects far more than indigenous affairs as it is the underlying ideology of sexual and gender politics which also deny reality.
She said the Voice was founded on lies and that what was really needed was an inquiry into the thousands of indigenous agencies that already exist and how they are spending billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money.
Instead of blaming colonisation for the plight of indigenous people, Price pointed to negative aspects of Aboriginal culture.
“Family violence, interpersonal violence — they experience that not because of the effects of colonisation but because it is expected that young girls are married off to older husbands and arranged marriages,” she said.
Lyle Shelton is National Director of the Family First Party. He started his career as a rural journalist before being elected as a member of the Toowoomba City Council and serving the Australian Christian Lobby for 10 years, half of that decade as ACL's Managing Director. He was a Director and spokesman for the Coalition for Marriage during the 2017 postal survey campaign which resulted in the legal undefinition of marriage. He also blogs here.
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