As we move towards the New Year, two of the major issues facing Australian arts and culture are building The Voice to Parliament and forging the new National Cultural Policy. In the latest New Platform Paper series from Currency House, From the Heart: The Voice, the Arts and Australian Identity, editor Harriet Parsons has gathered a collection of essays and speeches addressing these issues.

Contributors include Josephine Caust, a veteran of Australian arts policy, and a number of major First Nations thinkers and writers, among them philosopher Tyson Yunkaporta, lawyers Noel Pearson and Eddie Synot, artistic director Rachael Maza, director and playwright Wesley Enoch, and artist and activist Sally Scales.

Tyson Yunkaporta is a philosopher, scholar, founder of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab at Deakin University in Melbourne and the author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World. His work focuses on applying Indigenous methods of inquiry to resolve complex issues and explore global crises.

In his poetic essay in From the Heart: The Voice, the Arts and Australian Identity, he examines how distinct visions of arts, culture and economics have informed the history of relations between Aboriginal and colonial Australia. This is an extract from that essay.

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