The current Albanese Government’s commitment to implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart has resulted in the re-emergence of hostile narratives that promote beliefs that Indigenous organisations (and by extension Indigenous people) – are corrupt and cannot govern. This article calls for new narratives that support the healing of the Indigenous-State relationship, grounded in mutual respect for each other’s governance knowledge and systems. Growing an appreciation for understanding the systems of governance that mean ‘good governance’ in both worlds and the possibility of redesign in the space between these worlds.
The author cites Aboriginal political philosopher, Mary Graham, who reminds us that “Indigenous people, [are] the original owners and runners of Country on the Australian continent”. Reframing the relationship as not just co-existing but co-governing has the potential to create a less hostile environment and instead one that fosters understanding each other’s systems and working out what is realistically do-able.