Both of SBS’ fabulous series First Australians and Immigration Nation take a look at how the White Australia Policy dictated the way this country dealt not only with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, but also other peoples from around the world. It is a shameful history that is rarely appreciated, especially by those who seem to most enthusiastically embrace Australia Day on 26th January. I’m all for moving Australia Day to another more inclusive date. Ideally this would occur next year and be the date that a Treaty was finally enacted. Well, I can dream can’t I?
Worth watching/listening to – even if it is a few years old now! – Karla Grant talks with Linda Burney, Kim Hill, Robbie Thorpe and Tania Major on some really big issues all Australians need to consider.