The difficulty of reconciling Australia's past and present, both in terms of history and culture, is ongoing. It is not helped by the range of integration of Aboriginal people with the modern Australian society that has been imposed upon them, nor the latent casual racism that seems to exist in Australian society towards the indigenous population more than any other ethnic group. It hadn't come across Kate Tempest before her visit here and I never enjoy a London accent, but I think her observations on the general attitude in Australia towards its indigenous population are insightful and astute. There is a write up of her comments at the Sydney Writers' festival on the Guardian Australia website here. Middle-class lefties (like myself I guess) will wring our hands about the problem, but will we even speak out about it? Let alone do anything? The article is worth a read and I particularly like this quote:
Guilt is not good enough any more. Guilt is narcissism. Your guilt is about you. My guilt is about me. It’s not good enough.