Channel 7: Aboriginal people locked out of Aboriginal flag debate

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It’s becoming a regular occurrence on Sunrise where Aboriginal discussions are debated exclusively by non Aboriginal people.

Once again Sunrise on 7, one of Australia’s largest morning shows, continues to exclude Aboriginal people from conversations about Aboriginal issues. Today after Labor leader Luke Foley announced he would campaign for the Aboriginal flag to be made a permanent feature on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sunrise responded by inviting two non-Indigenous commentators.

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Luke Foley’s commitment comes in response of a petition started by Gamilaraay woman Cheree Toka who now has more than 75,000 signatures. Why didn’t Sunrise approach Luke or Cheree to comment on this issue? Instead Channel 7 have used former political leaders Jeff Kennett and Mark Latham to commentate and shut out an Indigenous voice. Jeff Kennett even made a false claim that Indigenous communities in America don’t have their own flags.

Mark Latham is of concern too as he has proven to be insensitive and aggressive towards Aboriginal issues. He runs his own campaign to Save Australia Day which takes aim at Invasion Day protests and was even critical towards the televised screening of the memorial service held for the late singer Dr. G Yunupingu.

If you would like to hear the views of both Cheree Toka and Luke Foley, check out their live interview this morning. Make sure you share this around because we got a feeling that you won’t be seeing their voices making it through to Australia’s mainstream manipulated media anytime soon.

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