Sunday, July 01, 2007

'the Third World among us'

The Age editorial We have crossed the Rubicon (30/7/07) rallies readers to the cause of indigenous welfare. The serious health and economic issues aside, this editorial is interesting for the way it uses the label 'third world' as a goad for action.

Whether the reasons were moral or political, Mr Howard has focused attention on the Third World among us.

Some questions:

  • What exactly is it about Aboriginal Australia that is 'third world'?
  • In addressing the 'third world' status, are we also introducing a form of cultural homogenisation?
  • Is there anything about the 'third world' lifestyle that is worth preserving?
  • Is the only destiny of 'third world' to hope one day to be 'first'?

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