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Indigenous leaders meet Abbott and Shorten

9 July 2015 In a rare show of bipartisanship, Mr Abbott and Mr Shorten were jointly hosting a joint summit with about 40 of the nation’s most influential Indigenous representatives at Kirribilli House.
Mr Abbott said he hoped the wording of the referendum would be finalised by the middle of next year, with a vote in 2017.
Noel Pearson, the founder of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership, told the ABC’s Lateline the meeting was a good start, but “largely redundant”: “At the moment for example we’re characterised as a race and it affects our whole psychology. I think the moment we move to recognition of Indigenous first nations we’ll enter a phase where race will just be a concept from the 19th and 20th century that we put behind us.”
Comment by Wake Up Time: Pearson’s remark sound good, but the problem is that Indigenous people themselves refer to Aboriginality as ‘race’. Wake Up Time proves that with several examples. Pearson also used the non-race statement previously to demand the option for special legislation for Indigenous people to prove that that is a non-racism based request. At all seems to be dodgy stuff. It is time to wake up and consider each of us as equal to the law.

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