A TREATY FOR AUSTRALIA? let’s not get rushed into it.
Should Australia as a nation make a treaty with its Aboriginal inhabitants?
The Oxford Dictionary says a treaty is “a formally concluded and ratified agreement between states”.
Is the Aboriginal community a “state” in the sense that it isn’t part of the Australian state, and therefore is able to make a treaty with the Australian state?
Would making of some kind of agreement between the two — and calling it a “treaty” — in fact, alter what the Aboriginal community is?
Would it lead to those parts of the continent currently defined as “native title” being separated off to create a previously non-existent, now internationally recognised, “black state”?
Is that what “treaty” advocates really want?
Is it true that the land thus lost to the general Australian community could involve 60 per cent of the Australian continent?
Wouldn’t that be divisive rather than inclusive — the opposite of “reconciliation” which hopefully means the restoration of friendly relations?
It’s too easy to go on arguing forever about historical past events – or non-events – and worrying about who will corner whatever compensation-money will be claimed….
Looking to the future we seem to need treaty-free reconciliation.
That must start inside the mind of every Australian.