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Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver
Group Captain, Royal Australian Air Force
When I was growing up there were a few photos of my father in his uniform, very proud in his service, I wanted that, I wanted to be able to stand there with pride in a uniform in service of my country. It took four times of banging on the door and three serious knock back at the recruiting office, but I persisted and I became a Specialist Reservist in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Why would Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people go and serve their country, given the history and the absolute grief that has been wrought upon them, and the sheer destruction? It's really simple, it's not the country that did this to us, the country is something that is in our blood, it's in our core, we belong to country. Country never ever forgets us. So when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People march off to war, they put themselves into harm's way for country because there is such a strong core element in us about service. It's about love, it's about respect and if we don't do it, if we don't stand up for what we believe in, as people that belong to country, then I think we're lost.