The peak body representing Australian Universities, Universities Australia, has adopted The National Best Practice Framework for Indigenous Cultural Competency in Australian Universities. Not something, if you read the key points, I’d have thought should be overly controversial.
Anyone else see something of a self-fulfilling prophecy at work here?
It’s one way of policing and re-inforcing “The Great Silence” about all things Indigenous (or, in its postmodern mode, the restriction of Indigenous voices to those approved by the right wing commentariat, and the assimilation of Indigenous policy to approved neo-liberal paradigms).
This is also not dissimilar to the way the proposals for Indigenous recognition in the Constitution are being furiously narrowed down in the op/ed columns of the press.