There is not doubt that an interest in the Aboriginal problem, which began blindly out of conscience, ended up as a symbolic arena for many Australians in search of an identity. —-J. J. Healy, Literature and The Aborigines in Australia
I think we need to talk about Australian identity and neurosis, about the insecurity, uncertainty and doubt behind all the tough talk and ticker. I think the image an indigenous person sees reflected back from mainstream Australian society can be a very dispiriting one. The people who created a society in Australia were its indigenous people. The well-being of that society–or societies–is the measure of our collective Australian identity. —-Kim Scott, "What it means to be Australian–and Aboriginal"