29.11.16 TELEVISION INTERVIEW NITV - THE POINT

TELEVISION INTERVIEW
NITV - THE POINT
TUESDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2016

 

E&OE TRANSCRIPT
TELEVISION INTERVIEW
NITV - THE POINT
TUESDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2016

SUBJECT/S: Racism, First Contact

Natalie Ahmat: Senator Patrick Dodson is known as the father of reconciliation. I spoke to him earlier today and asked him if racism in Australia is increasing and for his thoughts on whether programs like First Contact can help combat discrimination and promote greater understanding between black and white.

Patrick Dodson: I don’t think it’s easy to say that racism per se is on the increase. I’m more worried about intolerance and the lack of effort put in to really understand how other people who are different, how their circumstances affectS their behaviours and their position.

I don’t think anyone really understands the dynamic, the historical dynamic until you leave the shores of this country and you actually encounter another cultural group that’s dominant and your values and preferences are challenged.  I think simply moving groups of non-indigenous people around Australia doesn’t often do much about their attitudes. It gives them a chance to just rearrange the biases in some cases there are genuine people who find the encounter something that adds to their understanding and their breadth of appreciation of the cultures that Aboriginal people live in but I think it’s a very hard thing for white Australians to understand the complexity of culture, the intertwined history we’ve got, the levels of frustration and anger that Aboriginal peoples have got about their treatment in this nation because they’re secure, they’re safe, they’re within Australia...

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