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Allowing Australia to join the UN Human Rights Council would be like letting a fox loose in the hen-house, such is our own recent record on human rights. And you don't need to go back centuries to see it. Try going back a few years and decades.
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Goodes knew that in a nation like Australia, standing up against racism would be 'controversial', and he's been paying for it ever since. That says quite a bit about where we are as a nation. We have quite a way to go.
You're never going to stop Aboriginal people from advocating passionately for a better deal. And as more and more of us achieve on the national and international stage, you can expect more and more uncomfortable truths to be raised