Albert Namatjira

In 1957 the first Aboriginal Australians to be granted full citizenship were Albert Namatjira and his wife Rubina. It’s sad that despite all the rhetoric and his considerable fame and fortune, they were denied permission to buy land and build a house, which is what they wanted to do. Sometime when I look at his fabulous water colours I think about them living in squalor with their meagre possessions on the outskirts of Alice Springs.
Even today, sometime fame and fortune is not enough. Maybe the real measure is better opportunities for everyone. Opportunities to better our lives and better opportunities for our children. Or if it isn’t, what is?
When I vote this election I’m going to consider what opportunities are on the table for all Australians. Our country, with all it has going for it, should be the land of opportunity.

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