According to the Prime Minister, Indigenous history should be taught as part of the “whole national inheritance”. He also indicated that his Government is willing to “meet the Indigenous people more than half way” on the road to reconciliation. On the basis of these statements, one would expect the Howard Government to have sought to promote the conservation and understanding of Indigenous heritage. It is part of our “national inheritance” and, as such, is surely deserving of equal billing with our colonial and post-Federation history. Apparently not.

Originally published by On Line Opinion on March 13, 2006



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