The Editor, The Age: Indigenous boxer Damien Hooper is obviously a proud Australian who wants the world to know (as he represents Australia at the Olympics) of his Aboriginal heritage and culture which so enriches our nation as well as inspiring him to win.
Until the distinct colours of the Aboriginal flag are incorporated in our nation`s flag for all the world to see that we honour members of our country`s first people – whose ancestors have endured dislocation and loss of traditional lands to accommodate newcomers since Australia was colonised – we should support indigenous people like Damien Hooper when they proudly express their identity.
They are being true to themselves. Shamefully, Australia as a nation has not yet been true to them.
– Keith McEwan,CLA member, Castlemaine Vic