There’s a lot of numbers and percentages to digest here but overall it’s another sledgehammer blow by Piers Akerman that demolishes the legitimacy and credibility of The Voice and numerically exposes the underlying constitutional fraud.
Like many, if not most people, I too have often wondered about the manner in which the word reconciliation has been tossed around for the last 40 years or so.
The thing about reconciliation is that it’s like wrestling with the proverbial column of smoke. Its rubbery. It’s elastic. Fungible. It’s like chasing the end of a rainbow. Or a mirage in the desert.
Which I suspect is exactly as they want it to be. Keep it moving.
But surely to be reconciled you need to be irreconciled in the first place, I hear you ask.
To this preposterous notion most people would simply give you a blank stare. What are you talking about?
But of course the idea is to politically formalise it and then beat you over the head with it to such an extent that you come to accept it as fact. It must be true. After all, both sides of politics at the state and federal level say so.
To the extent that it exists, how extensive is it? Who exactly is irreconciled? And what does reconciliation look like? Who decides? When? What needs to be done to achieve it and will anything ever be enough?
My view is that it will remain a live issue because as a political concept it’s weapon and as such, will constantly shift in shape, scope and dimension for many decades to come. Most likely forever.
Piers Akerman lifts the lid on the actual numbers in todays Sunday Telegraph.
“..𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗔𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿-𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗮 𝗼𝗳 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝗯𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗩𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗽𝘁 𝗯𝘆 𝗮 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝗼𝗳 𝘂𝗻𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱, 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝘂𝗿𝗯𝗮𝗻, 𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀…”
“…Attempts by lobbyists of Indigenous interests to shame Australians into voting Yes in the Voice referendum went into overdrive during Reconciliation Week.
While no one has defined what “reconciliation” would look like aren’t we already “reconciled”?
According to the Bureau of Statistics, most of those identifying as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island origin in the 2021 Census were partnered with a non-Indigenous person.
If, as the most vocal advocates of the Yes vote in the proposed referendum noisily protest, non-Indigenous people are evil colonisers who have inherited a murderous legacy, treacherously occupying “never ceded” land, stealing children, and so on, then surely most of those identifying as Indigenous in the Census are sleeping with the enemy.
Of course, this is not the case. They are in relationships which don’t differ from those shared by other Australians. According to the Census (and unlike the Bureau of Meteorology there have been no claims that the ABS has fudged numbers to push an agenda), in 2021 there were 159,843 couples where one or both partners identified as Indigenous.
“Most of these (81.7 per cent or 130,514 couples) were couples where one partner identified as ATSI and the other identified as non-ATSI or did not respond to the standard Indigenous question (ATSI partnership couples),” the Census noted.
“Since 1996, the number of couples where one partner identified as ATSI and the other identified as non-ATSI has increased at a faster rate than the number of couples where both partners identified as ATSI. The proportion of ATSI couples where bth partners identified as ATSI decreased from 35.6 per cent in 1996 to 18.4 per cent in 2021,” it adds.
That last figure would indicate that true “reconciliation” is taking place with some gusto. The ABS broke the figures down further and demonstrated that – not surprisingly – the territory with the highest proportion of couples where both partners identified as ATSI (71.8 per cent) was the Northern Territory.
But in the southern states, where the virulent push for the Voice is the greatest, mixed race couples flourish.
In the ACT, the People’s Republic of Wokedom can boast 94.2 per cent of mixed race partnerships, while Victoria, home to the most noisome activists, has the second-highest number of mixed race couples with 93.7 per cent .
Overall, across the nation, 81.7 per cent of couples reported as having one ATSI partner and the other non-ATSI and, according to the ABS, the number of these mixed partnerships is increasing.
This is why the claims of the Yes campaigners that we are a racist nation are patently and absurdly false. Further, they insult those in mixed partnerships who just wish to get on with their lives
Race cannot be permitted to become a factor in the Constitution and preferment. Indigenous Australians are already proportionally over-represented in federal politics, and there is a plethora of bodies representing Indigenous interests in Canberra and in every state.
The divisive Voice is just another attempt by a group of unelected, predominantly urban, elites to gain even more power for themselves.
Health, education and employment opportunities run second to race-based appointments to government (and increasingly, private sector) jobs and handouts from here to the horizon.
We should have an acknowledgment of mixed race heritage rather than the contrived acknowledgement of country to truly embrace all Australians, now and in the future.
Installing a body in the Constitution to represent only the Indigenous when the Census would show that the majority are in mixed relationships makes zero sense…”