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A BADGE OF SHAME: Australia Confronts 'Crisis' of Aborigine Crime


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Cal
- 1151 days ago - news.yahoo.com
New Report--little progress in Australia -- despite more than 40 years of targeted federal policies -- in lifting up a section of its population that is beset by crime, poor health, domestic violence and alcoholism while living on the fringes of society



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NICKY MELVILLE (115)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 4:45 am
Thanks Cal. When I first came to Australia, I was horrified to find out how racist Australia was. I mean, in the UK we lived side by side with black, yellow and red people and so, the idea of a whole culture of people being treated as barely human was very hard to stomach! There were aborignnal people living in the bush behind where we lived and they were lovely, friendly people who were living rough, rather than being stuck in the reserves. Their families had all been split up and the white man's culture was so ridiculously different from their own. They just wanted to be left alone to live life, simply in the bush, living off the land and doing what they pleased. Over the years, things HAVE slowly changed. Aborigial people have many more legal and ehtical rights, but the problem is that we introdued then to alcohol and took away their freedom and so alcoholism is a huge problem, which brings with it abuse of children and abuse of women, but this problem is one that is trying to be addressed. All the changes for Aboriginal people is probably too little too late. The problems are just vast! We have stolen their country and it is a wrong that can never really be put right, Eventually, I suppose things will gradually get better, but the two cultures are hard to mix.
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 5:04 am
Something that is not "nice" or politically correct to talk about is the relationship of Aboriginal people with alcoho. Before the white people came, Aboriginal people had been her for at least 40,000 years and they were the only humans that had never used intoxicants.
With the rest of the population, over the tens of thousands of years, those that could not tolerate alcohol have died out, leaving more tolerant survivors to have more offspring. That's evolution. Aboriginal people have not had this "priming" and are incredibly strongly addicted and damaged by the poisonous effects of alcohol.
This then causes secondary social problems such as extreme poverty and malnutrition, violence, crime and serious psychological damage, especially to children.
When the renowned aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira started to drink alcohol at will, when it became legal for Aboriginal people to drink alcohol, he became ill and died soon after.
They were allowed to drink because of a campaign to give them equal rights. This has been one of the most damaging damaging things that have ever happened to them. Perhaps almost as bad as the invasion of their continent by white people.
Now that the cat is out of the bag, there is no way of getting it back in there.
 

Mike S. (86)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 5:52 am
Noted and shared. Thank you Cal.
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 12:38 pm
Thanks Cal. As with most other countries and continents that have been invaded by Europeans, the indigenous (naturalized) life became parasitized by them and by All they introduced, alchohol, disease, wars, money, and much more. Immigration and the effects are not limited to Europeans as we (humans) are currently experiencing in some parts of the world. The alchohol introduction and addiction also occurred and continues with the Native North Americans, who had not established genetic abilities to withstand addiction or the effects on them. Much as any other introduced disease, this greatly reduced population of the indigenous and increased the power of the invaders (immigrants). Australia and North America are prime examples, but not the only ones.
 

Pat Vee (13)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 3:18 pm
Shame shame shame to little to late.Having met people at Fitzroy Crossing, being greeted with smiles and interest .listening to some of the stories,and seeing these humans how powerless they are,is a blight on the history of this nation,that can never be exsponged,no matter how many dollars are spent ,again shame .
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 3:56 pm
thanks cal
 

Eternal Gardener (731)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 5:38 pm
White man came and just took over... how would any of you feel if that happened in your own home?
Imagine, a stranger in every sense just barges in with absolute self righteousness and arrogance and starts taking over everything you held dear and true, telling you how you actually should live your life or else....!

These almost incomprehensible violations of human rights cannot be made undone, NEVER! Throwing money at the problem only makes matters worse ( another sickness we introduced). As long as this is not acknowledged, nothing will change!
 

Becky Leiby (2)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 8:57 pm
Years ago, when New Zealand had the America's Cup, a man smashed it with a sledgehammer to protest the racism rampant against the Maori. No one really gave a damn bout his point, they just reforged the Cup and kept on going. Not Australia, admittedly, but the whole concept makes me sick.

The discrimination in Australia these days really is such an unsung story. And that lack of recognition, more than anything, is what hurts.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 9:31 pm
A very sad state of affairs. The industrialised world arrived or invaded in the form of alcohol, while Aboriginal people were left out of decision processes and their land stolen.
 

HELEN V. (51)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 10:32 pm
thanks Cal for the article. The world needs to be made aware of what has happened in Australia with its indigenous people. I agree with the comments- the crimes need to be acknowledge, Their dignity needs to be restored. It takes a great man to admit that he is wrong and to be just. We need to rise to this occasion. Apologising, and meaning it and making ammends can be very liberating.
 

Dominic Delarmente (33)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 10:49 pm
Thanks Cal, I agree with Helen views
 

Shirley S. (173)
Tuesday June 28, 2011, 10:58 pm
I am pretty sure that there are good & bad in every race in the world. Some can rise above their upbringing & make something of their life. Unfortunately some DO NOT want to make the effort & are content with just being TROUBLEMAKERS. Some SHUN any amount of help that is available & make the people involved in the giving feel extremely frustrated.
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday June 29, 2011, 12:49 am
Thanks very much.
 
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