The Institute of Public Affairs has released a research video featuring Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price and Dr Anthony Dillon discussing the proposed Additional Voice for Aboriginals to the Australian Parliament and the potential effect on our society.
Daniel Wild, the deputy executive director of the Institute of Public Affairs, introduces the video by explaining:
A fundamental principle of the Australian way of life is that every Australian gets the same say over our Nation's future – no matter your race, ethnicity, religion or gender – your voice matters and it matters equally.
The idea that one group of Australians should have different and separate political and legal rights based on their race goes against everything that this nation and our people have fought for. It will make our society less harmonious and more divided. Our shared history shows that we Australians say 'no' to racial division and 'yes' to equality.
Some quotes from the video:
"It is creating a separate entity. We're not a separate entity; we should be considered Australian citizens and part of the fabric of this nation."
Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
"One of the problems, or one of the dangers with a lot of the movements we see - constitutional recognition, the voice etc etc - is that it reinforces the existing 'us/them' mentality. I think it's pretty clear the 'us/them' mentality is not working. It cannot work."
Dr Anthony Dillon
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