‘Five reasons to be optimistic that Abbott can close the gap’, by Michael Gordon in The Saturday Age, 15 February, 2014
Noel Pearson says, “we are at the turning point with genuine grounds for optimism”.
Gordon says there are five reasons to be optimistic:
Noel Pearson says, “We are not just spectators here! The challenge for Abbott will be to put in place a relationship between government and indigenous people that empowers our people to be jointly responsible with government for the outcomes”. Pearson noted the indigenous voice was on the periphery last week during the sixth anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s apology and the Closing the Gap report.
Grounds for optimism seem to be well-founded, notwithstanding the need for joint indigenous and Australian decision-making at the political table of bipartisan support. It is important to recognise grounds for optimism. Optimism can inspire hope and build from the past of dispossession and the present of despair and bridge to a future of equal partnership and governance and opportunity. As Brian May says, The biggest emotion in creation is the bridge to optimism.