Mr Dodson said the nation would be enhanced "by the full and proper recognition and protection of its indigenous cultures" and argued for a "courageous" dialogue on constitutional recognition beyond changes to the preamble.
..."We can bicker for another century as to whether Nugget Coombs was right or Sir Paul Hasluck really had the solutions to the health and wellbeing of indigenous people," Mr Dodson said in the Nulungu Lecture at Notre Dame on Thursday.
"But this futile battle of ideologies will not improve the life of one single Aboriginal child, will not lower the percentages of Aboriginal people residing in our nation's jails and quite frankly will not assist Twiggy Forrest find 50,000 jobs."
I can't see how mentioning indigenes in the constitution, having some sort of "treaty" (are we at war?), and participating in empty symbolic gestures are going to help Aboriginal people at all.He seems to be calling for apartheid with these two points:
Mr Dodson said there needed to be "a new platform of principles crafted for challenges beyond the traditional discourse based upon our mutual prejudices".Read more in The Weekend Australian.
But he warned that "the constant mantra of assimilation" had the potential to lead Aboriginal people to become "a mutant white man" while Australia presided over "the extinction of the oldest living culture on earth".
...He also backed an indigenous bill of rights, and said Australia's failure to ratify the UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights had left Australia as a "pariah on the world stage".
He said customary law should be an admissible legal defence, although he told The Weekend Australian last night this did not mean customary law should be an absolute defence. He said the rights and responsibilities of indigenous people should be enshrined in laws to prevent governments overriding statutes such as the Racial Discrimination Act.
In another article on the same dead tree page Nicolas Rothwell analyses Dodson's idea. He says that the speech moves Dodson closer to Pearson... I'm quite sure that Pearson doesn't want apartheid, he can see that the way out of the situation now for Aboriginal people is to assimilate, to get an education and to become part of Australian society.
There are a whole lot of Aboriginal stories here.
I wonder if Mr Dodson would be so kind as to outline Aboriginal culture which should be kept and promoted. From what I've seen of the poor excuses for illegal and amoral activities in some communities I don't think it's a cultural thing which should be held on to.