Our waterways are running dry and we're on the precipice of complete environmental destruction.
The new Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt, could be a good leader in the future. But representation is meaningless if it does not carry with it the responsibility to affect change.
Both major parties continue to see our community as a problem that requires solving. Nothing will be solved until we have a seat at the table.
Senator Pat Dodson's potential appointment in a Labor government is merely tokenistic if it does not empower him to make structural changes.
Until we have a conversation about the systemic problems that are driving suicides among First Nations children, we cannot pretend we are a country that comes together in crisis.
The commissioner has handed down a damning report detailing the failures of state institutions in the protection of children in the Northern Territory.