The photo shows you trying to shake his hand,
while he, with eyes elsewhere, has placed his hand
upon your head. You’re just a child, adorned
with markings of your tribe, while he, adorned
in suit and tie, is ruler of the land.
The privilege to which a man is born
determines much in this great southern land.
The scene was set before the child was born.
But privilege is more than suit and tie.
The colours of the earth upon his skin
remind us of the place to which we’re tied,
and that assize through which new worlds begin –
when You are seen in every human face
and dignity shines forth from every place.
[A photo of the Prime Minister, Tony Abbot, with his hand on the head of an indigenous boy from Arnhem Land, as the boy, unnoticed, holds out his hand.]