I photographed these kids at Kalumburu, a remote community on the north Kimberley coast , in 2003.
Are there any Australian voters out there who aren't even the tiniest bit cynical of politicians nowadays? Unfortunately, my cynicism is threatening to overwhelm my enjoyment of life, both in the present and in the next 4 months or so, if rumours of a federal election later in the year are correct. I have become an obsessive channel-surfer of both TV and radio...as soon as a politician raises his / her head / voice, the finger twitches ,the groan escapes involuntarily from my lips and that channel or station is gone!
Money is being so liberally splashed around by a Coalition government with fear of defeat in its eyes, that I'm expecting at any moment John Howard will even mumble that word not previously in his vocabulary.....SORRY! At that moment, all of us who have argued for reconciliation with Aboriginal Australia will swoon in a collective faint!
This post was originally going to celebrate the Howard government's 'Ah Ha and Light Bulb On' moment it had on the plight of the majority of Aboriginal Australians. It announced a national emergency this week on the crisis in many Aboriginal communities in the face of growing child sexual abuse and issues related to grog. For years and years, the Federal governments have ignored, belittled or dismissed calls for sincere and straightforward leadership and a REAL commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal people.
So...we now have a government-decreed national emergency! Yep, I sure can smell an election. And, yes, you can call me Queen of the Cynics!