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Australia Scott Morrison's leadership goes missing at Uluru

10:10  28 october  2019
10:10  28 october  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Scott John Morrison (born 13 May 1968) is an Australian politician who is the 30th and current Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Liberal Party since August 2018.

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Leadership is about taking opportunities or creating them yourself. Prime Minister Scott Morrison declined both when he stayed away from Uluru during the last few momentous days.

Here was an opportunity for the prime minister to show Indigenous Australia that he was prepared to celebrate one of the more significant contemporary events in Australian black-white relations: the closure of climbing on what is considered by Aboriginal people to be sacred territory.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been blasted for not attending the official closure of the Uluru climb and instead going to a sports match. Senator Dodson said Mr Morrison ’ s failure to attend the event was a missed opportunity to highlight the importance of the climbing ban for indigenous Australians.

a group of people that are standing in the sand: Performances during a community event to celebrate to closure of the Uluru climb. © Alex Ellinghausen Performances during a community event to celebrate to closure of the Uluru climb.

And here was the chance for the prime minister to state his own position on the aspirations of Aboriginal people to have a voice in Australian affairs.

Sussan Ley et al. taking a selfie in a dark room: Environment Minister Sussan Ley watches from the crowd as Peter Garrett from Midnight Oil performed at the celebrations. © Alex Ellinghausen Environment Minister Sussan Ley watches from the crowd as Peter Garrett from Midnight Oil performed at the celebrations. a sunset over a grass field with Uluru in the background: Sunset at Uluru on Saturday after its permanent closure to climbers. © Alex Ellinghausen Sunset at Uluru on Saturday after its permanent closure to climbers.

But he went missing from an event considered so important that many hundreds of Indigenous people travelled up to 1500km to celebrate it.

The Prime Minister was visiting a submarine and attending a netball match between Australian and New Zealand in Western Australia, and pleaded he "couldn't be in two places at the same time".

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Neither could his Indigenous Australians Minister, Ken Wyatt, who said he had "commitments" in his own electorate.

The Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, represented the government at the "unchaining of Uluru" festivities on Sunday and gave a serviceable speech that did not actually mention the end of the climb, though she told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald later she felt the climbing ban was long overdue.

a man jumping in the air: A boy performs a flip ahead of community celebrations at Uluru. © Alex Ellinghausen A boy performs a flip ahead of community celebrations at Uluru.

The Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese, did not attend either. But Labor's spokesperson on Indigenous affairs, Linda Burney, Aboriginal senators Patrick Dodson and Malarndirri McCarthy, and the veteran Northern Territory Labor MP Warren Snowden were there, combined in their condemnation of the PM's absence.

The end of tourists climbing Uluru may seem inconsequential to some Australians - and an affront to those who consider it a "right" - but to Indigenous people, it is an achievement they have battled towards for decades.

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The Anangu people, spiritual custodians for tens of thousands of years, own the rock under modern Australian law, having been handed the title deeds 34 years ago.

a person jumping up in the dirt: Hundreds of Indigenous people travelled up to 1500km to celebrate the closure of the Uluru climb. © Alex Ellinghausen Hundreds of Indigenous people travelled up to 1500km to celebrate the closure of the Uluru climb.

They would have received swifter justice if they'd been farmers protesting about strangers trampling their paddocks.

Uluru, of course, has other recent history. It was the setting for the First Nations National Constitutional Convention in May, 2017, which endorsed a path for recognising Indigenous Australia in the Australian Constitution.

This was the Statement From the Heart. In 12 succinct paragraphs, it asked Australians to change the Constitution to allow Indigenous Australians a voice in the laws and policies made about them.

This hasn't happened, and the proposal for a Voice has been subsumed in mischievous and false claims it could lead to a third House of Parliament.

Wyatt said last week he was on the brink of producing for the government a "series of proposals to do with constitutional recognition, the voice and truth telling".

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A religious conservative, Scott Morrison is a pragmatist who appeals to the moderate wing of his party. Although he did not initiate the leadership challenge against former prime minister Malcolm He then went on to be thanked for his loyalty in Mr Turnbull' s final speech as the country' s leader .

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But this would fall short of the proposals in the Uluru statement. Asked last week if this would break hearts, Wyatt said "we have to be pragmatic and that's a reality".

It seems clear neither the Prime Minister nor Wyatt wanted to subject themselves to face-to-face explanation at Uluru over the weekend.

The comparison with the approach of a previous prime minister is unavoidable.

In 1988, Bob Hawke went to the Barunga Indigenous festival in the Northern Territory and found himself confronted with a demand for a treaty.

He took their demand, written on bark, back to Canberra where it remains enshrined. He was unable to get agreement on a treaty, like all leaders before and since. But he did not squib the challenge.

And the moment in 1975 when Gough Whitlam poured sand into the hands Vincent Lingiari, symbolically handing land back to the Gurindji people, has moved into the realm of legend in Australian white-black relations.

But given a chance in the great inland in 2019, Scott Morrison went missing.

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