Letters: Indigenous citizens' benefits should go
Letters: MP Ken Wyatt has called for the repealing or amending of state government powers to make laws on basis of race while Noel Pearson has said that an indigenous body should review all national laws.
If this is meant to promote reconciliation and equality, may I suggest that this form of reverse discrimination is divisive and the cause of much resentment.
While filling out forms at a government office, arriving at the question "are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin" , tongue in cheek I asked what difference it would make.
Had I marked the yes box, the fee would have been waived.
A diabetic friend, though subsidised, has to pay for her supplies while another friend who is recognised as one-eighth Islander gets his free.
The only time discrimination on the basis of race will be eradicated is when no group is treated differently to another.
The first to go must be racial identity questions that preferentially divide by giving indigenous citizens benefits above all others.