Just as it looked unlikely that the vast disparities in health and economic outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians would be closed anytime soon, The Obiter is excited to report today that centuries of genocide, ethnic cleansing and structural discrimination have been made good by a local elite private school’s Sorry Day display.
The display, incorporating an Aboriginal flag, as well as poems written by the non-Indigenous students of what is among the country’s most expensive private schools, has properly addressed the gaping historical injustices that linger on in this country to this day and completely healed the divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
At press time, a spokesperson for the Yugara and Turrbal peoples of Brisbane confirmed that Indigenous Australians everywhere had accepted the elite private school’s apology and looked forward to the day the progressive minded sons and daughters of the elite would themselves come to power and preside over the exact same system of structured oppression and inequality their fathers presided over, while making sure to begin every uttering with a blithe acknowledgement of Country.
Guess this is a major bullet dodged for those afraid that tokenistic recognition of the suffering endured by Indigenous Australians would detract from any resolution of the broader issues.
And at the end of the day, it’s unlikely anything will be able to have remotely the same impact as a moment’s silence at assembly before the school collectively listening to ‘Solid Rock’ by Goanna.
Please for the love of God, no more to come.