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McCarthy lists attacks on Adam Goodes as an example of public vitriol.
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If we had to hand this country over to the next generation of our children right now, they would be justified in thinking that it was less a gift than a burden. That we had badly neglected our responsibility to render it fit to take its place as a modern nation in the early 21st Century. Here's why.
The extractive system that we live in tells us that it's okay to dig up our land, that it's okay to take without giving back and that it's okay for some to gain while the rest lose. But enough is enough.
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The climate out on the road has changed in my time. Sadly, we hear of more cases of depression than ever before in the rural sector, and it's not just due to the inherent pressures of farming that's causing this.
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There aren't many Indigenous people I know who haven't been directly impacted by domestic violence. Someone's mum, aunty or cousin. Or that someone, themselves.
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Although some may be upset by the trip, claiming that the PM is using Indigenous affairs as a way getting votes, this is a great step forward for the Government in addressing first-hand issues which Indigenous Australians face every day.
For me it's really upsetting that in Australia, as an established country, these things are still happening to young Indigenous kids, even more so because scabies is a preventable disease.