The imminent vote in the upper house, the Senate, on what is derisively called “Stronger Futures legislation”, will extend for 10 more years draconian restrictions on Aboriginal people who’ve already suffered five years of them.
Although opposition to the bill has been strong, the Labor government has ignored it. Most of the public couldn’t care less.
In a devious governance by stealth, the government passed the legislation in the lower house while the nation was mesmerised by the power struggle between present (Julia Gillard) and past (Kevin Rudd) Labor prime ministers.
Aboriginal activists allege that the whole idea is to clear Aborigines off land to be mined for such resources as uranium.
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