News today that Tony Abbott went bush with some Traditional Owner elder men in the NT on Tuesday and got “lost for hours” brought to mind previous Aboriginal Affairs Ministers, Gerry Hand and Robert Tickner, both of whom were taken bush by some of the old men in the Territory.
Rumour has it that both were introduced to some secret business.
Both certainly came back later with a very different appreciation of Aboriginal culture and a very much stronger commitment to real justice for the First Australians.
Could this be the end of The Monk talking about things like a “black armband version of history”? Somehow, I doubt it.