Paul Keating’s Redfern statement 10/12/92
This post is not yet another pointless comment about technology changing and politicians’ adaption to it. This YouTube video of Paul Keating’s famous Redfern Statement on December 10 1992 shows how much indigenous policy and understanding of history has changed. Sure there was much howling of disapproval in some sectors about this statement, but the point is a prime minister was able to say it, it was a perspective that had finally and rightfully found its way into the mainstream discussion of our history and national identity.
But in the short 11 years of the Howard government Australia has forgotten this perspective. It has been marginalised, vilified and simply dismissed as a black armband view of history. The great reforms that arose at the same time as Keating’s consciousness such as ATSIC, Native Title and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody were all whittled away until nothing was left but the sound of the whittling knife.