I was hurt for a week, I won’t lie. But I’ve managed to turn it around. We didn’t lose – Blackfellas didn’t lose. It’s just another day for us in the colony.
But modern Australia had a big loss. 6 out of 10 Australians basically voted to remain foreigners on this land – that’s how I look at it. For modern Australia to say no, I think that’s their loss. I feel sorry for them.
But I mostly feel sorry for Country and our future generations. Because to put it bluntly, our water, soil and species have not had one good minute in 235 years and it’s only getting worse.
It’s a pretty big improvement though. 20 years ago this referendum might have only got 20% of Australians saying yes. To get 40% – that’s pretty good for modern Australia.
I think in that 40%, there are non-Indigenous people yearning to be post-colonial. They’re yearning to be a part of the landscape. And I really want them to take up the invitation of being custodians of this land. Because it’s the only thing that’s going to save this place.
To heal Country, that is our joint journey. We need that mob to get together to heal Country. With the best of Aboriginal connection and the best of modern Australians, and the best of regenerative science. That’s the team. That’s probably that 40% of Australia team that voted yes.
We’re all in this together now. An Aboriginal elder’s not going to walk out of the mist and save us all.
A culture of connectedness, and accepting our role as custodians, it’s what’s needed to save this place.