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Black parents should have greater aspirations for their children than to be prime minister

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04.05.2019

Australia Votes 2019 feels like an unnecessarily prolonged delirium and has done so for weeks before the election date was even announced. It may have begun as far back as August 2018, when Malcolm Turnbull was tipped out of the big chair by his mate, Scott Morrison. The collective groan of the nation (or at least three quarters of it) after that result sounded to me a helluva lot like a plea for an early election, but new PM Morrison, evidently a big fan of the whole capture-bonding approach, had other ideas.

So it goes. And so, we (the electorate) have experienced, under duress, the preposterous political capering of Morrison out on the hustings for far longer than we have needed or should reasonably have been expected to.

While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this week’s wackadoo offers from One Nation, the Libs and Labor, a couple of other curious incidents have caught my attention.

One involves the discovery of a campaign poster for Major “Moogy” Sumner, a much respected Aboriginal Elder and a Green’s Senate candidate for South Australia, which was vandalised with the words “Kill All Abos” scrawled across it. The other is the airing on Sunday night of the documentary, Will Australia Ever Have a Black Prime Minister?

But firstly, let’s cast our electioneering-addled minds back to Australia’s Liberal Party government circa 2016, led at that point by Malcolm Turnbull. Not........

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