Murri elder Sam Watson, who is against changing the name of Boundary Street. Photo: Michelle Smith
Murri elder Sam Watson, who is against changing the name of Boundary Street. Photo: Michelle Smith

Qld to consider changing 'racist' street names

The state government could consider supporting a move to change the name of the state's Boundary Streets, but only after extensive consultation with indigenous groups, councils and local communities.

The issue has flared up in Brisbane at various times, with the latest push coming after advocates for the change altered West End's Boundary Street sign to read 'Boundless' Street, with an online petition following on its heels.

Curfews were enacted as part of the racist policy, which saw indigenous people's forced back behind the boundaries at certain times under the threat of incarceration and violence.

Aboriginal activist Sam Watson told Fairfax Media he wanted the street names to remain, as a reminder of the "very bloody and very ugly segments of our joint history together that should not be ignored".

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said he would speak with indigenous elders to learn their views on the matter.

More on this at Brisbanetimes.com.au

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Should we remove such names? Or is the cost too and likely confusion too great?

 

Should Queensland wipe out 'racist' street names?

This poll ended on 09 February 2016.

Current Results

Yes. They are causing ongoing pain to indigenous people

50%

No. They are part of our history

28%

No. There is too much cost involved

3%

Yes. But only after consulting with locals

18%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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