On Saturday 18 May 2019 Australia heads to the polls. In this Federal Election, there are at least twenty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates. While there are reasons to see this as a sign of change, to date there has only been nine Indigenous people elected to the federal Parliament.
In a deeply troubling and regressive move, the NSW government will this week consider legislation that would allow for the forced adoption of Aboriginal children.
My hope is that when we have a recognised Voice to Parliament, and Treaties in place in all jurisdictions, we will finally have a say and control over the decision that affect us, our families and our communities.
Tony Abbott holds no qualifications or expertise in the area of education, and has a history of mismanagement and negative meddling when he has been in positions of power over Indigenous affairs