120426 – “Frontier wars remembered on ANZAC Day” Koori Mail

Contents:
* Koori Mail: Frontier wars remembered on ANZAC Day
* Ray Jackson, ISJA: NSW police ‘too deadly’!
* Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Bulli, NSW
* Corroboree at Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park
* Let’s Talk: Live from Moree Tent Embassy, NSW
* Update on the Nyoongar Tent Embassy, Perth WA
* Background to the Aboriginal Tent Embassies
* Other articles

* KOORI MAIL: FRONTIER WARS REMEMBERED ON ANZAC DAY:

– News

Koori Mail: Frontier wars remembered on ANZAC Day
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Apr 12: “A SMALL contingent of Aboriginal people and
supporters marched outside the Australian War Memorial in
Canberra this morning to commemorate those killed during
Australia’s frontier wars. Although not officially part of
the ANZAC Day Parade, the group led by Canberra Aboriginal
Tent Embassy co-founder Michael Anderson brought up the
rear of the parade, flanked by police. Mr Anderson said it
was time that wider Australia faced up to its history of
Aboriginal massacres, and recognised the Aboriginal people
who not only fought for their own country during the
colonial invasion but also for Australia in every major
conflict overseas.”

– ANZAC Day Aboriginal events

Event: ANZAC Day 25 April 2012: Canberra, ACT
Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars
– Anzac Day march in Canberra
Michael Anderson said “Last year we started
Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars by joining on behind the
Anzac Day march in Canberra and we received enormous
support from the public at this time.
Now we need to keep it going.
We have commenced a process to highlight the wars fought on
Australian soil since 1788, when our country was taken by
superior force, at gunpoint, and those who stood in the way
were shot.
What we need to do now is to keep identifying that there
has been warfare; that blood has been spilt on the wattle;
and there is an ongoing war of attrition against Aboriginal
Peoples to this day. …
Joining the Anzac march is NOT a protest.
It is a remembering of the wars and the losses of those
who suffered.”
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/13/wgar-news-lest-we-forget-the-frontier-wars-anzac-day-25th-april-2012-sovereign-union
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/lest-we-forget-frontier-wars-%E2%80%93-anzac-day-25th-april-2012
Event details: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/anzac-day-%E2%80%93-those-who-served-all-wars-conflicts-and-peacekeeping-operations

Event: ANZAC Day 25 April 2012: Mt. Ainslie, Canberra, ACT
Aboriginal and TSI Commemorative Ceremony
“This commemorative ceremony is conducted to remember those
Indigenous Australians who have served in the Australian
forces since 1901. It is hosted by members of the
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans and Services
Association Australia (ATSIVSAA), an Indigenous veterans
advocacy group, and is open to all members of the public.”
Event details: http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/atsivsaa/

Event: ANZAC Day 25 April 2012: Redfern, Sydney, NSW
2012 – Redfern ANZAC Day March and Commemorative Service
Honouring our Aboriginal & TSI Servicemen and Servicewomen
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/2012-redfern-anzac-day-march-and-commemorative-service

– Related Audio Interviews

The Wire:
Indigenous Australians mark Anzac Day in their own ways
Produced by Tim Roxburgh
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9060
24 Apr 12: “Julia Gillard will be commemorating ANZAC day
at Gallipoli, but there are some chapters of our war
history much closer to home that some indigenous
Australians will be trying to draw attention to. Scholars
like Professor Mick Dodson say that the contribution of
Indigenous war veterans hasn’t been sufficiently
recognized. Other groups will be commemorating wars and
massacres that aren’t traditionally remembered at ANZAC day
– the conflicts that occurred during white settlement.
Featured in story:
* Professor Mick Dodson,
Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies
* Michael Anderson,
Euahlayi leader and organiser of Canberra commemoration”

– Related News

NZ Herald:
Aboriginal activists warmly recieved in Anzac Day march
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/anzac-day/news/article.cfm?c_id=773&objectid=10801393
26 Apr 12: “Activists urging recognition of colonial
Australia’s frontier wars and the treatment received by
Aboriginal servicemen after their return from the two world
wars were applauded as they marched in Canberra yesterday.
The small group of about 20, carrying Aboriginal flags and
banners and accompanied by a didgeridoo, joined the tail of
the national Anzac Day parade, behind columns of veterans
that included a detachment of New Zealanders. Led by
Michael Anderson, one of the founders of the capital’s tent
embassy, … ”

9 News: 40,000 attend Canberra Anzac Day services
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8457127/40000-attend-canberra-anzac-day-services
25 Apr 12: “Aboriginal Tent Embassy co-founder Michael
Anderson, along with about 30 others, gathered at the lower
end of Anzac Parade and followed behind the parade.
However, they were stopped by police at the entrance to a
cordoned-off area near the Stone of Remembrance. “We had
about three jeerers, but other than that, we got applause,”
Mr Anderson told AAP. The group was marching to protest
massacres committed during so-called “frontier wars”
following the arrival of the first Europeans.”

Koori Mail: Honouring our diggers
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Apr 12: “ABOUT 500 people gathered in the Sydney suburb
of Redfern this afternoon for the annual Black Diggers
march. The crowd comprised of war veterans, their families
and friends, community leaders and politicians commemorated
the contribution of Aboriginal servicemen and women. Pastor
Ray Minniecon told the Koori Mail the march was about
ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander diggers got
the respect they deserved. “They fought in every war and
they’re our black warriors but a lot of them didn’t get the
benefits of other diggers,” Pastor Minniecon said. “We want
to make sure history does not repeat itself. We want to
make sure all our warriors are recognised in this
country.””

Koori Mail: Mob out in force in Tville
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Apr 12: “THOUSANDS of people lined Townsville’s
Esplanade this morning to cheer on marchers in the far
north Queensland city’s Anzac Day Parade, many of them
Indigenous. Amongst the marchers was former serviceman and
Torres Strait Islander Elder Arthur Ahwang. Laying a
wreath for Indigenous servicemen and women at the cenotaph
in Townsville’s Anzac Park was Robyn Illin whose
father-in-law Alec Illin served during the Vietnam War.”

National Indigenous Radio Service:
War memorial group calls for monument to recognise
Indigenous soldiers
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7143-war-memorial-group-calls-for-monument-to-recognise-indigenous-soldiers
24 Apr 12: “The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War
Memorial Committee says the Indigenous Australians should
be able to honour the fallen this ANZAC Day. After a
five-year campaign to erect a war memorial dedicated to
Aboriginal soldiers, Chair Marj Tripp says it’s time
Australia finally acknowledged Aboriginal service people.
… She says many Australians don’t know the full extent of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s service to
their country.”

newsTracker: Aboriginal diggers to be remembered
http://tracker.org.au/2012/04/aboriginal-diggers-to-be-remembered/
24 Apr 12: ” … the courage and sacrifice of indigenous
warriors will be given particular recognition this Anzac
Day, with the Returned and Service League (RSL) conducting
special ceremonies across the state. Sub-branches in
Corrimal, Wollongong, Walcha, Tamworth, Nambucca and
Kempsey-Macleay have all agreed to include Aboriginal
elements in their ANZAC Day commemorations. Elders will lay
wreaths and speak about the particular sense of loss that
indigenous families felt when relatives were killed and
buried overseas.”

Treaty Republic:
50 Aboriginal trackers left behind after the Boer War
http://treatyrepublic.net/content/50-aboriginal-trackers-left-behind-after-boer-war
“Between 1899 and 1902, fifty Aboriginal black trackers
were summonsed by the British forces in South Africa to
join the Boer war effort. Griffith University’s Indigenous
research fellow, Dr Dale Kerwin said that the black
trackers came from all over the country but very little
else is known about them. He claims they were left behind
at the end of the war in 1902 because they were denied
re-entry into Australia under the Immigration Protection
Act, known as the White Australian Policy.”

* RAY JACKSON, ISJA: NSW POLICE ‘TOO DEADLY’!:

– Media statement

Ray Jackson: NSW police ‘too deadly’!
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/ray-jackson-nsw-police-too-deadly
GL: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50772
23 Apr 12: “Media statement by Ray Jackson,
Indigenous Social Justice Association:
On Tuesday April 24 at 1.30pm we will be
holding a rally outside the NSW Parliament House to protest
the violence and abuse of the NSW police as exampled by the
circumstances at Kings Cross and five police-related deaths
in custody so far this year already. …
The April 22 shooting of two Aboriginal teenagers in a
stolen car at Kings Cross focuses the mind on just how
violent are the NSW Police Force and the police in the rest
of this country.
I do not condone car theft (and yes I have suffered having
my car stolen) or any other crime for that matter but I
certainly would argue that the crime is hardly a hanging
offence.
The allegedly stolen car had six young Aborigines, aged
between 13 and 24, inside of it when the police drew their
guns and fired through the windscreen. Why couldn’t they
shoot the tyres out? … ”

– Related Audio Interviews

The Wire: Community responds to police shooting at Kings Cross
Produced by Liz Cush
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9057
24 Apr 12: “Today several hundred people rallied at the NSW
Parliament House in response to the dramatic police
shooting at people in a stolen car. Two people are in
hospital after they were shot by police in the allegedly
stolen car as they drove through the busy main drag of
Kings Cross on Saturday night. Mobile phone footage shows
police punching a 17 year old in the face while he is lying
face down on the ground, immediately after being dragged
from the car. In the footage, the teenager is bleeding from
gunshot wounds. Today the Indigenous Social Justice
Association called for an independent investigation into
the police actions.
Featured in story:
* Ray Jackson, President, Indigenous Social Justice Association
* Peter Boyle, Socialist Alliance”

– Related Videos

Sovereign Union:
Videos – Police brutal shootings in Kings Cross
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/96
“* Protest Rally for justice 24th April 2012
* General media report with a mix of amateur footage
* Amateur footage – no media commentary or editing.
* Mixed footage with media commentary”

– Related News

Green Left:
Qld Aboriginal rally tells police: ‘Racism has got to go’
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/50826
26 Apr 12: “Under the theme “Racism has got to go!”
Aboriginal protesters and supporters held a rally against
police violence outside the Queensland parliament on April
24. About 70 people attended the rally, which coincided
with the Sydney march against police assaults on Black
youth in that city. Speakers at the Brisbane rally
expressed solidarity with the Aboriginal community in
Sydney and said similar police racism was rife in
Queensland.”

SMH: Mundine: investigate officers for attempted murder
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/mundine-investigate-officers-for-attempted-murder-20120424-1xjfp.html
25 Apr 12: “AS FRUSTRATED and angry Sydney Aborigines
rallied against police brutality in drenching rain
yesterday, fears for the health of a 17-year-old shot in
the neck by police in Kings Cross deepened. Boxer Anthony
Mundine joined indigenous leaders and family members of the
five teenagers and the man at the centre of Saturday
morning’s chaos in protest outside Parliament House in
Macquarie Street. “Of course people are angry,” Mundine
said.”

Koori Mail: Rally protests Kings Cross car chase
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
25 Apr 12: “CALLS are continuing for an independent
investigation into a Kings Cross car chase at the weekend
that ended after a stolen car hit two pedestrians and
police shot the car’s 14-year-old driver and a 17-year-old
passenger. About 200 people attended a rally outside State
Parliament in Sydney yesterday, many shouting anti-police
slogans. A lot of anger was directed at officers involved
in the car chase, one of whom appeared on video footage to
repeatedly punch the injured 17-year-old after he was
pulled from the car. Greens MP David Shoebridge has
referred the matter to the Police Integrity Commission but
wants an independent investigation into the matter.”

Telegraph UK:
Australian police accused of racism over shooting of
Aboriginal joyriders
24 Apr 12: “A shooting by police at a car filled with six
Aboriginal joyriders as it drove along a footpath in Sydney
has prompted accusations of racism and police brutality.
… In an incident that has dominated media headlines,
police shot both the 14-year-old driver and a 17-year-old
front-seat passenger at the weekend. The two youths
remained in hospital in a serious condition on Tuesday.
Malcolm Turnbull, a prominent Sydney-based MP, said the
area on many nights was “effectively a war zone”.”
By Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney

newsTracker: Angry rally in Sydney over police shooting
http://tracker.org.au/2012/04/angry-rally-in-sydney-over-police-shooting/
24 Apr 12: “NATIONAL: Anger has boiled over in Sydney with
protesters outside NSW Parliament House cursing and yelling
at police over the shooting of two Aboriginal teenagers.
About 150 protesters gathered on Macquarie Street on
Tuesday afternoon to call for an independent inquiry into
the incident on Saturday morning, when officers opened
fire on a stolen car after it mounted the kerb and hit two
pedestrians in the Kings Cross nightclub area. Two
teenagers, including the 14-year-old driver, were
hospitalised with gunshot wounds.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 25.04.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-25-04-2012
25 Apr 12: “Sydney Aborigininal people and supporters have
rallied against police brutality as fears for the health of
a 17-year-old shot in the neck by police in Kings Cross
deepenes.”

ABC PM: Protest over Kings Cross shooting
http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3488145.htm?site=sydney&section=audio&date=%28none%29
24 Apr 12: “About a 150 people joined a protest outside
the New South Wales Parliament today over the police
shooting of two teenagers in Kings Cross at the weekend.
There’s video footage of a policeman dragging one of the
shot teenagers from the car and punching him repeatedly in
the head. Many of the protesters don’t believe that the
police had no option but to open fire. And they say it’s
part of a pattern of police discrimination and brutality
against Indigenous people. But the Premier Barry O’Farrell
says it’s premature to judge police over the incident.”

– Related Upcoming event

Event: Sat 12 May 2012: Melbourne City, Vic
2012 Autumn Action:
Rally: Protest NSW police shootings
Stop Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
Remember all who have died in custody
Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association
Event details: http://www.facebook.com/events/108437109276373/
Event details: http://www.isja-msg.com/coming_events.htm
Event details: http://indymedia.org.au/stop-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody-2012-autumn-action
Event details: http://www.greenleft.org.au/events/50705

– Related Petition

GoPetition: Stop Police Brutality against Juveniles In NSW
http://www.gopetition.com.au/petitions/stop-police-brutality-against-juveniles-in-nsw.html

* SANDON POINT ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSY, BULLI, NSW

– Statement

Sovereign Union: Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sandon-point-aboriginal-tent-embassy
“Kuradji Aboriginal Tent Embassy previously known as ‘The
Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ was established in
December 2000, soon followed by the Sandon Point Community
Picket in March 2001.
Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy community picket
structure was rebuilt following an arson attack in 2005.
Despite harassment and encroaching buildings at this
important cultural site, the local community continues to
protect and preserve the area.
Activist, Roy ‘Dootch’ Kennedy who has been living at the
Kuradji Aboriginal Tent Embassy and protecting a burial
site, the sand-dune and wetlands environment for more than
10 years, is also an active figure in the National
Sovereignty movement.
Dootch (Roy Kennedy)”

– Background

Kuradji Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://www.uow.edu.au/~morgan/guboo.html
[Sandon Point, Bulli, Wollongong, NSW]

Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sandon-point-aboriginal-tent-embassy
[Sandon Point, Bulli, Wollongong, NSW]

YouTube: Aboriginal tent embassies – Canberra & Sandon Point

[Canberra, ACT & Sandon Point, Bulli, Wollongong, NSW]

SPATE’s 11th Anniversary Ceremony & Family Day
http://www.sandon-point.org.au/event/20111217/429.html
[Sandon Point, Bulli, Wollongong, NSW]

* CORROBOREE AT BRISBANE SOVEREIGN EMBASSY, MUSGRAVE PARK:

– News

Courier-Mail:
Corroboree part of Musgrave Park election day ceremony
http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/central/corroboree-part-of-musgrave-park-election-day-ceremony/story-fn8m0qb4-1226332952884
19 Apr 12: “WHILE residents head to the polls on April 28,
the Musgrave Park Sovereign Tent Embassy will celebrate
their heritage with a sacred indigenous ceremony. Embassy
spokesman Wayne Wharton said the election day festivities
would include a traditional corroboree with sacred dance
and music, displays of spear throwing, boomerang throwing,
traditional arts and crafts and speakers addressing
indigenous issues. “The important thing is the exchange of
information between us and the non-indigenous community,”
Mr Wharton said.”

– Upcoming event

Event: Sat 28 April 2012: Musgrave Park, Brisbane, Qld
Corroboree – Dancers, Music, Speakers
All welcome!
Brisbane Sovereign Embassy
Event details: http://antarqld.org.au/node/164
Event details: http://cultureboy.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/brisbane-sovereign-embassy.html
Event details: [scroll down page] http://www.antarqld.org.au/node/165

– Background

Sovereign Union: Sovereign Embassy Brisbane
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/sovereign-embassy-brisbane
[Musgrave Park, Brisbane, Qld]

Facebook: Brisbane Sovereign Embassy, Musgrave Park
http://www.facebook.com/BrisbaneSovereignEmbassyMusgravePark
[Musgrave Park, Brisbane, Qld]

* LET’S TALK: LIVE FROM MOREE TENT EMBASSY, NSW

– Audio Interviews

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
Let’s Talk: Live from Moree Tent Embassy : Day 1
23 Apr 11
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/live-from-moree-tent-embassy-day-1/

Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/
Let’s Talk: Live from Moree Tent Embassy : Day 2
24 Apr 11
Listen to this interview on-line:
http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/live-from-moree-tent-embassy-day-2/

– Background

Sovereign Union: Moree Sovereign Embassy
http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/moree-sovereign-embassy
[Moree, NSW]

Facebook: Goomeroi Sovereign Tent Embassy
http://www.facebook.com/GoomeroiSovereignTentEmbassy
[Moree, NSW]

* UPDATE ON THE NYOONGAR TENT EMBASSY, PERTH, WA:

– News

Indymedia: This is our sacred place despite police and council
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/23/this-is-our-sacred-place-despite-police-and-council
23 Apr 12: “The five clans predominant in Nyoongar Tent
Embassy stand defiant in refusing to leave Matagarup, three
months after setting up the camp. Elder Bella Bropho said,
“We are still here at the Nyoongar Tent Embassy. We stand
in peaceful protest for our sovereignty. We stand against
the deal proposed by the WA government and the SWALSC
representatives.” Mrs Bropho said there had been 5 police
raids on Nyoongar Tent Embassy and on most occasions
everything was taken from them.” Gerry Georgatos

Indymedia: Barristers stand up for Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/23/barristers-stand-up-for-nyoongar-tent-embassy
23 Apr 12: “Aboriginal barrister Stephanie Monck has taken
up the cause to defend the rights of Nyoongar Tent
Embassy. Ms Monck has contacted the chief executive
officer, Peter Edwards, of the Perth City Council and
notified him she is acting “on behalf of large number of
Nyoongar people who are taking part in or supporting the
use of Heirisson Island (Matagarup) for a number of
purposes, including for a peaceful political protest.”
Ms Monck, a well known Perth criminal lawyer and
barrister, has also notified the Office of the WA Police
Commissioner, that she is representing Nyoongar Tent
Embassy.” Gerry Georgatos

– Background

Facebook: Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://www.facebook.com/NyoongarTentEmbassy
[Perth, WA]

Welcome to our website… Nyoongar Tent Embassy
http://tentembassywa.com/
[Perth, WA]

WGAR News: Force used to suppress the Aboriginal
sovereignty movement: Michael Anderson (27 Mar 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/27/wgar-news-force-used-to-suppress-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-michael-anderson
[Several articles on the Nyoongar Tent Embassy in Perth, WA.]

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL TENT EMBASSIES:

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 24.04.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-24-04-2012
24 Apr 12: “An application by South Australian Aboriginal
Elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott to overturn a proposed
expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium and copper mine in has
been dismissed by the Federal court.”

See: WGAR News:
“Court throws out Olympic Dam challenge” ABC PM (22 Apr 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/wgar-news-court-throws-out-olympic-dam-challenge-abc-pm

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Radio Online News 23.04.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-radio-online-news-23-04-2012
23 Apr 12: “The Federal and state governments are facing
growing criticism for their failure to help address
spiralling youth suicide rates in Aborignal communiites
which in some cases are hundreds of times higher than those
in the non indigenous sector.”

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Online Radio News 20.04.2012
http://caama.com.au/caama-online-radio-news-20-04-2012
20 Apr 12: “A major Australian health company says despite
modern advances in health services the life expectancy gap
between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other
Australians is proving difficult to overcome.”

– News

Catholic Leader: Priority on Aboriginal deaths in custody
http://www.catholicleader.com.au/news.php/top-stories/priority-on-aboriginal-deaths-in-custody_79303
29 Apr 12: “BRISBANE archdiocese’s Murri Ministry and
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) will invite
Premier Campbell Newman to meet and consider ways to meet
the challenge of rising numbers of Aboriginal deaths in
custody as well as increasing indigenous incarceration
rates. Ministries co-ordinator Ravina Waldren said the
proposed meeting with Mr Newman aimed to discuss
recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal
Deaths in Custody which delivered its final report to the
Federal Government 21 years ago this month.” Paul Dobbyn

Indymedia: WA’s top cop wants to lock up kids
– most of them Aboriginal kids
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/23/was-top-cop-wants-to-lock-up-kids-most-of-them-aboriginal-kids
23 Apr 12: “WA’s top cop, police commissioner Karl
O’Callaghan said the courts need to lock up repeat juvenile
offenders sooner rather than later. He claims this will
reduce home invasions while scoring the children an earlier
shot at rehabilitation. He has previously said that more
than half (63%) of these offenders are Aboriginal youth.
WA has the highest incarceration of Aboriginal youth in
the country, both in terms of total numbers and in
proportion to population.” Gerry Georgatos

– Analysis / Opinion

Canberra Times: The spirit is willing, the policy weak
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/politics/the-spirit-is-willing-the-policy-weak-20120422-1xex9.html
23 Apr 12: “A race-based approach to solving the problems
in our indigenous communities is doomed to failure. OF ALL
the lies that underpinned racial segregation in America and
apartheid in South Africa, “separate but equal” was one
of the biggest. Today, indigenous Australians suffer
terrible inequities, but this nation formally separates
the provision of basic government services as a means of
“bridging the gap”. I believe this separation – and the
political and bureaucratic paternalism it embodies – is a
factor in the decades-long failure to deliver anything that
remotely resembles equality for indigenous Australians.”
John Watson, a senior writer at The Age

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