March 29, 2008

Aboriginal voices still being ignored

For decades we've heard the refrain that all things "aboriginal affairs" must involved endless consultation and involvement of aboriginal communities, there must be self-determination.

Well, many of the most respected aboriginal leaders continue to cry out into the politically correct void, begging for help from our ALP government - the same government that just reinstated the permit system, because, you know, it's better to keep abused women and children away from prying eyes, and the permit system has the added bonus of protecting their depraved, drunken, abusers who have a strangle-hold on both abuse and power in their communities.

"Remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory need missionary-style dormitories to make sure children are fed, clothed and clean, according to the territory's most powerful Aboriginal leader.

Galarrwuy Yunupingu says a return to mission-style days is needed because thousands of children are still going without breakfast nine months after the $1.5 billion federal indigenous intervention began in the territory.

Community-run dormitories with cooking, showering and sleeping facilities should be built near schools, he told The Age.

Mr Yunupingu, a former Australian of the Year, said the federal intervention taskforce should act urgently to build them.

He said any criticism that dormitories would represent a return to the days last century when missionaries ran the communities was unwarranted.

"The missionary days were good. The missionaries looked after the kids much better than the Government does today."

"I see intervention people running around trying to fix doorknobs and broken windows," Mr Yunupingu said. "What has that got to do with the kids? It's not filling up their stomachs.

Speaking in Darwin yesterday, Mr Yunupingu said that he would tell an economic and social outlook conference being held at Melbourne University today that 60 elders of his own people in Nhulunbuy had decided to take a stand against those who had been reportedly abusing the town's indigenous youth.

Mr Yunupingu said he would also tell the Melbourne conference that other Aboriginal groups should agree to signing over their land to the Government in 99-year leases, as he has done with land at Ski Beach near Nhulunbuy.

"This is about locking in the Government to provide the same services that it provides in other towns and suburbs," he said.

"This is about ensuring communities get basic services like roads, houses, clinics, water, power and other things … I am stuck with a 99-year lease and I'm happy about it and other communities should be doing the same thing."

(Yes, the white abusers should be identified and removed, but the Aboriginal communities also need to stop protecting the majority of abusers - their own menfolk, and boys, who learn everything they know from those fatally flawed role models.)

Bring back the missions plea from NT leader ...

1 comment:

  1. Reinstating the permit system was a big mistake in my opinion, Caz.

    Many Aboriginal people too, are not happy about this initiative from the Rudd government.

    Don't know about you Caz, but I am becoming increasingly disillusioned
    by this Rudd government.

    I mean, what have they really achieved other than the symbolic?

    What ARE their plans for the future?

    The plight of the Aboriginal people is disturbing..
    The vibes I'm getting from this government ain't good!