The Australian newspaper April 25 2008
Natasha Robinson and Patricia Karvelas
“TWO of the nation’s most powerful Aborigines have dismissed the treaty movement as apolitical “dead horse” and have urged their fellow indigenous leaders to embrace the mainstream push towards the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people.
Cape York leader Noel Pearson and Arnhem Land powerbroker Galarrwuy Yunupingu warned a historic opportunity to unite the nation through constitutional reform would be squandered unless indigenous leaders advocated universal national citizenship ahead of a treaty.
However, the symbolic reform of the constitutional preamble should not come at the expense of practical measures to combat endemic Aboriginal disadvantage, the leaders warned.