We Should Act As A Nation

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The modern world faces many problems like climate change, economic uncertainty, many recent terrorist attacks all over the world and increasing the number of deaths. These factors along with the ongoing struggle by indigenous people for being recognised as the original custodians of the land, education and health makes us really think about how we should act as a nation. Since 1788, artists have been describing our country in art. They have acknowledged the landscape, the people and the way of life. Two artists who really stood out are Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Rover Thomas. They both have similar ways of painting by using a dotting technique. Their artwork is beautiful, traditional and meaningful. Every painting had a place in the artist’s heart. They both portrayed Australia as a peaceful and beautiful place to live, as they lived out in the bush and away from the cities and people. There is an inequality between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Australia. This inequality includes; shorter life expectancy for indigenous Australians, poorer health and lower levels of education and employment. Non-indigenous Australians are now making an effort to make an equal society between the indigenous and non-indigenous people. In 2008, the Australian government made a formal commitment to address indigenous disadvantages. They came up with a program called “Closing the Gap”. This program is to turn inequalities into equalities. Aboriginal artists paint pictures of the land
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