Last year I created a post about how to explore Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander perspectives of democracy, politics and civics in your classroom. Like other Australians, one of the ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can contribute to Australian democracy is by being active voters. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also participate by standing for election.
Queensland does not have a great history of electing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with only Mr Eric Deeral representing the seat of Cook in 1974 – 1977 for the National Party.
The business of politics is not easy, but the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in all levels of government – local, state and federal, and across all the divides – left, centre and right – is something we should be aiming for in order to improve the representation of Indigenous voices and ideas.
This year’s election sees three Indigenous candidates competing for the seat of Inala in Brisbane’s south-west, on behalf of The Greens, the LNP and the Australia Party. Michael Quall, the Greens candidate for Inala pointed out yesterday –
Putting aside our individual politics for a moment, it’s worth pausing to acknowledge how significant it is to have three Indigenous candidates running in the Inala electorate – win, lose or draw, this is a positive development for the community in this region.
I personally would like to wish all the candidates a great few weeks of campaigning.
The presentation below is a compilation of candidates standing for the 2012 Queensland election. They’re listed in alphabetical order.
So far I only have three candidates, if you know of others please let me know. Is the information correct? Am I missing something? Please email me: lwatego [@] gmail.com
- History of Indigenous Vote by the Australian Electoral Commission
- Electoral Milestones / Timetable for Indigenous Australians by the Australian Electoral Commission
- List of Indigenous Australians in politics and public service (Wikipedia)
- The right to vote is not enjoyed equally by all Australians (February 2010) HREOC