Mourning the lost opportunity to set things right

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Readers respond to the referendum result with an outpouring of sadness

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The Uluru Statement from the Heart was a simple invitation to walk side-by-side with our First Nations people. On Saturday, we shredded that invitation. This infamous day demonstrated that we are a nation without a moral compass. With a broken heart, I offer my deepest apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. As non-Indigenous Australians we have committed a profound complacency and complicity in denying your rightful place in our Constitution.

On the news last night a young man was interviewed who said he voted no because his mother told him to, not because he had any idea on the issue. Are we the newest State of the Union?In a gut-wrenching article, Jack Latimore writes of the increased abuse and harassment experienced by First Nations peoples from April, when the Opposition Leader Peter Dutton stated that the Liberal Party would oppose the Voice.

Education is clearly one of the gaps that needs closing in the wider community: Australia as “the clever country” still has a long way to go.Ken Finley, Mount Martha There was a suggestion some years ago that when a couple gets married they just pick a random surname and both use it.

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