Yesterday, our social media feeds set alight with posts debating the date of Australia Day.
But one voice who rose above the rest was that of young Northern Territory leader Jacinta Nampijinpa Price. For her, the passion was misguided – needed instead in the form of action and aid in our country’s indigenous communities.
Jacinta’s Facebook post on Thursday has attracted a staggering 10,000 comments and over 30,600 shares, as Australians nationwide commended her for a much-needed reality check.
“I keep hearing that Aboriginal people want to change the date of Australia Day. Well what about the Aboriginal people who don’t want to change the date?” asked Jacinta in the post.
“Do we not count because our opinion differs? And why aren’t these people as concerned about the aboriginal people affected by domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse? Why aren’t the marches for murdered Aboriginal women as big as the marches occurring today?”
The post went on to draw attention to the dire state of education and health services for remote communities. In the Northern Territory region Jacinta is from, the life expectancy is just 63 years old – the lowest in Australia, and 14 years younger than their white counterparts in the same area.
Jacinta vocalised frustration when it comes to securing real, positive action and encouraging some perspective in the Australia Day date debate.
— Raveen Hunjan (@RaveenHunjan) January 26, 2017