Can we handle the truth? Indigenous Australians depend on it | Paul Daley

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From frontier massacres to the theft of children, violence reverberates generationally, which is why a formal truth and justice commission is a crucial step towards conciliation

While a constitutionally enshrined Indigenous voice to parliament remains hostage to toxic mainstream political manoeuvring and corresponding media coverage, politics is also failing the other Uluru priority of historical truth-telling.

Last week federal parliament’s joint select committee report on constitutional recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples effectively kicked the “recognition” can further down the road, leaving open the possibility that “the voice” could be merely established in legislation rather than protected by the constitution.

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