Prime Minister Scott Morrison has chosen to appoint Tony Abbott as special envoy on Indigenous affairs to the Federal Government.
This appointment is driven entirely by the internal dynamics of the internecine warfare of the Liberal party. They had to find something for Tony. Not too important. Something where he can’t do too much damage. Better inside the tent et cetera. Something to do with aboriginal affairs, lots of travel, keep him out of Canberra.
But Morrison chose not to consult with members of aboriginal groups because they weren’t really part of the equation. This was all about white fellas up on the hill.
Morrison didn’t even bother talking to Aboriginal Senator Pat Dodson who would have been just down the passageway, Probably just as well.
Dodson, who is Labor’s assistant Indigenous affairs, said Mr Abbott’s new role was insulting. “He has attitudes that are archaic in terms of First Nations peoples’ cultures, particularly in remote communities … describing them as life choices.”
You wonder if he listen seriously to the Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt who was clearly sceptical.
Or Labor’s Linda Burnley.
Jackie Huggins, the co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, said “There was a feeling of deflation in the community. Haven’t we been punished enough in Indigenous affairs? How long can we put up with a paternalistic government who does not choose to engage or to talk to us?”
Morrison hasn’t gone off to a good start. He is trying to help drought stricken farmers in Queensland without acknowledging climate change. There are bullying allegations from the female MP who will be resigning her emotional seat at the next election and now this is ham-fisted attempt to keep Tony Abbott happy.
Having missed three out of three, you wouldn’t want him as your goalkicker at the Cronulla Sharks this weekend.