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Australia’s Treatment of Aboriginal People is Its Dirty Secret

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John Pilger

John Pilger is a renowned war correspondent, filmmaker and author. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, he has produced numerous documentaries, inclu

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There is a criminal silence around Australia’s treatment of its indigenous people.

I had a call from Rosalie Kunnoth-Monks the other day. Rosalie is an elder of the Arrernte-Alyawarra people who lives in Utopia—a vast and remote region in the “red heart” of Australia. The nearest town is Alice Springs, more than 200 miles across an ancient landscape of spinifex and swirling skeins of red dust. The first Europeans who came here, perhaps demented by the heat, imagined a white utopia that was not theirs to imagine; for this is a sacred place, the homeland of the oldest, most continuous human presence on Earth.

Rosalie was distressed, defiant and eloquent. Her distinction as one unafraid to speak up in a society so often deaf to the cries and anguish of its first people, its singular uniqueness, is well earned. She appears in my 2013 film, Utopia, with a searing description of a discarded people: “We are not wanted in our own country.” She has described the legacies of a genocide—a word political Australia loathes and fears.

A Genocide

A week ago, Rosalie and her daughter Ngarla put out an alert that people were starving in Utopia. They said that elderly indigenous people in the homelands had received no food from an aged care program funded by the Australian government and administered by the regional council. “One elderly man with end-stage Parkinson’s received two small packets of mincemeat and white bread,” said Ngarla, “the elderly woman living nearby received nothing.” In calling for food drops, Rosalie said, “The whole community including children and the elderly go without food, often on a daily basis.” She and Ngarla and their community have cooked and distributed food as best they can.

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https://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/australias-treatment-of-aboriginal-people-dirty-secret-23030/

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  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads
    Tim Kobelt at Nobby’s General Store in Mintabie in 2012. Picture: Kelly Barnes / The Australian

    General store in Mintabie, in the APY Lands, took nearly $1 million from local Aboriginal people’s bank accounts

    Political Editor Tory Shepherd, The Advertiser
    November 11, 2016 7:55am

    A MINTABIE store drained almost a million dollars from the bank accounts of local Aboriginal people, the Federal Court has found, labelling the practice “unconscionable”.

    Nobby’s Mintabie General Store uses “book up”, a common form of informal credit used in remote parts of South Australia. It is effectively running a tab in order to sell groceries or other essentials but stores sometimes keep the customers’ bank cards and take out money themselves.

    In a statement, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission said store owner Lindsay Gordon Kobelt’s practices were “exploitative”, that he used the credit system to control his customers and what they bought, and to bind them to him and his store.

    Mr Kobelt also charged them a fee for the service.

    “Consumers were required to provide their debit cards, PINs and details of their income to Mr Kobelt, who then used the information and cards to withdraw all or nearly all of the customer’s money from their bank account on or around the day they were paid,” it said.

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/general-store-in-mintabie-in-the-apy-lands-took-nearly-1-million-from-local-aborigines-bank-accounts/news-story/4481193f1bc398154408ea93db76b036?nk=2391db9921e6bab5af59da8bcd1cc3cb-1489648281

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  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads

    Opposition growing to SA nuclear plan

    from Eureka Street,
    Michele Madigan |  16 November 2016

      'We are not a dump is SA, we want to keep it beautiful' — Umoona Community. 'We've got to think about the country' — Ceduna. Protest rally
    The last 30 days have seen some big developments in the ongoing attempts of SA Premier Weatherill's plan to import high-level and intermediate level radioactive waste into South Australia. On Sunday 6 November came the surprising decision of the Premier-initiated Citizens Jury. By the end of their six day deliberations, the 350 second round jurists showed a decided shift in opinion. Their 50 page report, presented to a somewhat discomfited Premier, had a strong two thirds majority declaring the international nuclear dump was not to go ahead 'under any circumstances'. Contrary to expectations, my own included, the jury, realising the bias of the royal commission and other government initiated forums, had insisted on their own choice of counter experts. In particular they invited four economists (Richard Denniss, Richard Blandy, Barbara Pocock, Mark Diesendorf), whose convincing analyses led to their firm conclusion of 'no confidence in the economics'. The jury also insisted on a strong second round of Aboriginal Traditional Owner witnesses: Pitjatjantjara, Yankunyjatjara, Adnyamathanha, Nukunu, Kokatha and others from various language groups across the state. Witnesses reported that various jurists were very moved by these many powerful and passionate statements, with their final report quoting Keith Peters from Yalata — 'Any damage to the environment is damage to spirit and body' — along with several extracts from the Aboriginal Statement, as above.
    https://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=50250

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  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Well, that definitely doesn't raise the spirits. Since the West probably isn't going to last much longer, I suppose these people, and all the oppressed peoples, will be able to return to their original cultures soon enough.
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads
    Can they return to original tribal cultures?  Their skills in tracking, hunting and lighting fires probably in many instances forgotten. Their survival skills,  legends and languages in tatters. Their pride shattered by years of being looked down on.  Things change.

    If older westerners look back to their childhoods and compare lifestyle then and now, would we survive as well if technology and the modern trappings of life were removed from our reach.   We've allowed ourselves to become  accustomed to accept living in a fake society and to accept fake news.  By accepting the carrots or perceived rewards and benefits of this lifestyle we're removing ourselves from life in the reality of a more natural world.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    I think their culture has been around for so long that it's probably ingrained into their DNA, which is why they don't do very well in Western civilization. I'm optimistic that it's like a seed that's just waiting for fertile soil - readily offered by WW3.
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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