For Australia's First People

Of more than two hundred years of racism, oppression and massacres they have survived
But for Australia's first people their time has almost arrived
For to be recognized as Australia's first race
And as the descendants of the Country's first people claim their rightful place
For too long by non indigenous Australians they have been kept down
And denied any opportunity of success and renown
But time with it brings change as the wise one does say
And for Australia's first people better times are on the way
Many of their children taken from them Australia's dispossessed
For far too long they have been racially vilified kept down and oppressed
But their value as people in the twenty first century has grown
One can say that they are in a class of their own
More than two centuries of racism and oppression they have survived
For Australia's first people their time has almost arrived.

by Francis Duggan

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