Australians need to acknowledge our shared Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage

We were appalled, but not surprised, to hear of the threats aimed at the Victorian parliamentarian who called for flags to be flown at half-mast on January 26.

Many people obviously still feel threatened and indignant if challenged to reappraise the policy of “Terra Nullius”.

Such assumptions about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people means the campaign to reconsider Australia Day is without justification and, at best, is just causing trouble.

Australians, regardless of our backgrounds, need to acknowledge our shared Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Following a just response to our racial history, our nation may eventually be able to address social policy in a non-racially based manner. As with the marriage equality issue, Australians need to take a respectful, rather than an oppositional, approach to our differences. 

The threats to the Victorian MP, and her family, are designed to keep her quiet and keep these inconvenient truths invisible.

All Australians who seek to enrich our cultural identity and to right past wrongs need to face this anger and these terrorist threats alongside her.

Dr Simon and Rev Helen Holliday

Taree