Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Don't Condemn the Aboriginal Community over Canberra Protest

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Don't Condemn the Aboriginal Community over Canberra Protest

Article excerpt

I HAVE mentioned before that I spent more than 15 years of my working life living in Canberra.

Because of this it came as no surprise to me to hear and read about the disgraceful protest that blew up surrounding the Aboriginal tent embassy.

Tony Abbott's comment that it was time to move on from the tent embassy was right on the money.

There was once a time when the Aboriginal community needed to make a strong statement and the constant reminder in the form of the ramshackle collection of tents and caravans in the shadow of the Federal Parliament had great merit.

The true facts are that some have now found this free accommodation as a great way to live in Canberra.

Thursday's protest has unfortunately destroyed much of the credibility of those who made a stance over the past 40 years at the embassy.

That protest over 40 years was a passive, yet powerful one noted by every parliamentarian that passed through the nation's capital.

Unfortunately, leading the group that behaved so badly on Australia Day were many who have dedicated their lives to protesting about anything and everything. …

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