First colonies in Australia were built on the idea of a more equitable society.
They were built to bring together Indigenous communities who were struggling to get by and, at the same time, to build an economy that was both sustainable and equitable.
But over the past 100 years, the history of Australian capitalism has changed, and the people who built the colonial infrastructure that now defines our nation’s history have become increasingly marginalised.
The economic policies and practices of the last century have been deeply implicated in creating an inequality that is so entrenched that it is hard to even remember it existed.
And the colonial legacy is one that the future of our country is increasingly grappling with.
As the new government prepares to take office in the coming months, it will face an increasingly difficult challenge to undo the legacy of Australia’s past.
The current prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has been accused of pandering to the far right and marginalising Indigenous Australians.
But there are many Australians who do not see him as a politician who stands for anything but white, male supremacy.
Instead, Turnbull is seen as a man who, like Malcolm X and John Howard before him, is willing to use the power of the state to further his own ends.
His agenda is to keep the Indigenous population under control and to create a national park system that, ironically, will create a new Aboriginal “council of elders” with the power to override state decisions and set up their own.
At the same moment, his own government is also looking to the past to build a more inclusive, sustainable and just economy.
In recent years, Turnbull has pushed for an overhaul of Australia to “sustainably” create jobs for Indigenous Australians and build a national economy that is “green”.
At its core, this agenda is premised on the belief that Indigenous Australians are a “nation-building” population and are thus intrinsically less worthy of a prosperous society.
As a result, the Turnbull government is looking to past policies to make sure Indigenous Australians get what they want and that Indigenous people get what the state and federal governments provide them.
While the new prime minister has said he will “revisit” past policies and create a more “fair and just” economy, he has also been accused by Indigenous groups of wanting to turn Australia into a “colony” by allowing “a new generation of Indigenous Australians to take control”.
What happens if this happens?
If Turnbull’s government continues to try to rewrite history and create an Indigenous “crown” in Australia, Indigenous Australians will likely see it as an attack on their rights.
And it is not just that the government wants to turn Indigenous Australians into a colony.
It will also have a detrimental effect on the lives of many Aboriginal Australians who have grown up in the country.
If the current government continues with the policies of colonialism, Indigenous people will be forced to leave Australia in a very real way.
They will be living in a country that they do not feel welcome in.
They have been abandoned by the government that has been in power for so long.
This is not a new development.
In fact, many of the past colonial policies that created this inequality and inequality have been implemented by the Abbott government, who has been criticised for using Indigenous Australians as a “cattle” to sell Australian products and to “make up for” the loss of white Australia.
But what is happening in Australia right now is an unprecedented moment in history.
It is also a historic turning point.
For the first time in Australian history, Indigenous communities will have the power and say in their own future.
And there is a good chance that, as Australians go to the polls in October, they will vote in favour of Indigenous self-determination.