Monday, October 15, 2007
Fauna of the Day
Until 1967 Aborigines were governed under flora and fauna laws. A referendum in that year saw Australians vote to include Aborigines in the national census.... —Rob Taylor reporting in "Australia PM switch on Aborigine status draws flak"
Recognizing the Aboriginal Australians as human was one of the achievements of the hated-by-conservatives culture of the Sixties.
Australia is to have a national election in November and December. John Howard, the current prime minister, is promising that if re-elected for a fifth term, he would act to give indigenous Australians recognition in the Australian constitution. He says he has learned the value of "symbolism."