The depth of the white man's disrespect for this attachment to the land can be demonstrated by one simple fact. It was 2008 before any Australian Federal Parliament did the traditional owners of the land in the ACT the courtesy of allowing them to perform a Welcome to Country.
This is a formal ceremony, inviting strangers to come and sit with the people who hold the custodianship of an area.
Why ought we be surprised by that. It was 1967 before Aboriginals were made citizens of their own nation.
That's not typical ''Whitey' though, not anymore. I think it's more of an Australian thing. You lot seem to hanging on rather too hard to some of the worst ideals The Empire exported. (Along with some of the best, too) But it's 2112, not 1840, and in the outside, right way up world, things have moved on considerably.
As recently as this week, The Queen was rubbing shoulders with the upper echelons of what used to be the Provisional IRA, (quite possibly the very man who ordered the hit on her Uncle, Louis Mountbatten)
If we still had the same nostalgic colonial mindset, he'd have been transported (along with all his Papist Rebel friends) long ago to some gods-forsaken sunbaked hellhole corner of The Empire, like Aust . . . . . . . . . ahh, right OK Skippy, point conceded.
(Need anymore "Ten Pound Taffs" to help make Vaginika Gizzard feel at home?)