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AUSTRALIA: Down Where Apartheid Lives

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Apartheid may have fallen in South Africa. But in Australia John Pilger finds an equally cruel and pervasive racism against the country's 'aboriginal' people.

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Walter F (129)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 4:18 pm
Thanks Cal for posting.I'm no friend of Pilger, I can't stand the bloody man ,but years ago I was a friend of Charlie Perkins and was involved in his crusade..I have had an aborigine in my family and he was a brother and I an equal in every sense .I admit we have done some shameful things in the past show me a country that thasn't ,America made slaves of Africans.Britain and some other Europeans nations also had slaves and were involve in the slave trade,South Africa wouldn't allow coloured people to associate with whiites and were brutal on many occasions.Our record while being far from good isn't as bad as those who criticise us.

Peta Clarke (30)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 5:17 pm
Thank you Cal I have noted. I am a sixth generation white Australia and I agree with what this article states about the Aboriginal people in Australia. The thing I remember when studying Australian history was the men that went to to two world wars that were Aboriginal were treated as nothing when they came home. Strong brave men. I am proud to say today we have those traits in many, many of our fine young Aboriginal people who have taken up the fight for their rights in many ways through sport, study, music,environment and I could go on and on. We have a long way to go in Australia and we still have a lot of rednecks.

S J (130)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 5:28 pm
I hope there will be freedom and equality for all wherever.
Thanks Cal

Robert O (12)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 12:26 am
Apartheid is alive and well unfortunately. If only this world could be free of racism and inequality.

David B (38)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 1:30 am
Thanks Cal. Pilger has done more than most to reveal the truth a bout Australias' inhumane treatment of the oldest race on the planet.

Marija M (29)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 5:10 am
Sadly noted, tks Cal

John Y (82)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 7:55 am
Thank you Cal

. (0)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 10:13 am
Very sad. Thanks for sharing, Cal.

Valerie H (133)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 10:14 am
Oh my goodness.....thank you Cal - sadly noted......

Carol C (97)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 12:23 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Michael A (28)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 12:25 pm

Roger G (154)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 12:32 pm
noted, thanks

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 1:02 pm
Noted & posted
Makes my blood boil.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 1:09 pm
Sadly noted.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 1:24 pm
Thanks Cal. Australia is moving too far to the right..

David B (38)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 1:42 pm
Probably the saddest thing is that Aboriginal history is NOT taught in Australian schools. As an ex Kiwi I was astounded by this, having been educated with a complete knowledge of Maori culture... I gave my kids a DVD 'The First Australians'... They were blown away at having learned nothing about the cruel treatment dished out to Aboriginals by their white oppressors... No wonder Aboriginal history is not taught, but should be, in Australian schools.

David B (38)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 2:00 pm
I would add to that. I have many Maori friends. One has the gaul to call me white trash and constantly reminds me when I get out of line... 'we used to eat you guys 100 years ago'.

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 4:57 pm
It is shameful Thanks Cal

T M (0)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 5:56 pm
2 ways to know an article on Care2 isn't worth reading:
1) it uses the word 'apartheid' for a situation that is not even remotely similar to the actual system of apartheid as it was practised in South Africa;
2) it's written by John Pilger.

But hey, it's not like honesty is a priority on Care 2. Getting that emotional rush is much more important. Maybe I should add 3) posted by Cal M.

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 7:10 pm
T M you have been a member of care2 since January 2002 and have accumulated a total of 6215 butterfly credits. My but that's mighty white of you! Apartheid is everywhere in the world! More so in countries where the bloody Brits have had their hands in the countries most affected! Australia is no different than the USA. Divide and conquer and by all means keep the governing system "white". Slavery in America was started by the Brits and they then also massacred the native Americans. No different than Australia's prisoners and the genocide of the Australian aborigines. Nothing to be proud of. Thank you Cal for this sad article, knowledge is power and hopefully something positive will be done to protect the Australian aborigines!

Hartson Doak (39)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 9:46 pm
There is only one race, the human race. Having a society divided by skin color, is saying that God made a mistake. I assume these segregationists believe in some kind of Creator.

Lynn C (410)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 10:00 pm
Sadly Noted!

Julie W (32)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 1:21 am
There may be racism in Australia, but there is no 'apartheid'. Anyone can sit anywhere on a bus or train, and there are no separate toilets or cafeteria seats for blacks and whites. So using the word is incorrect.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 1:45 am
The treatment of the aborigine people in Australia is a disgrace in a modern society.The teaching of Aborigine history is mentioned here I have in the past received requests from Australians for information regarding their ancestors and I was fed up with repeated letters regarding my research when I informed them that the person they were seeking had been transported to Australia as a convict .Many Australians are ignorant of their past ancestors and prefer not to know the truth.I have since stopped dealing with requests from Australians because it was not worth the bother.

Tanya Selth (0)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 2:41 am
wow.. what a twisted article. I wont be noting this one.

All countries have done wrong in the past to their blacks. Australia is progressing forward re the public official appoloy to the aboriginal people in 2008 (I do think it should of happened long before that). Land has been handed back to the aborginals and there are places where whites cant go without permission due to this

The aboriginal people are treated the same as whites if not sometimes better.. which does actually make some Australians jealous eg Aboriginals qualifying for special benefits or support just due to their aboriginal status, benefits which whites cant get.

On top of extra programs and help for aboriginals, they can get exactly the same gov pensions and support as white people, go to the same schools etc etc.. they are not seggarated, they can go and live whereever they wish.

"We hired an old Ford, picked up Charlie's mother Hetti, an elder of the Aranda people, and headed for what Charlie described as "hell". This was Jay Creek, a 'native reserve', where hundreds of Aboriginal people were corralled in conditions I had seen in Africa and India.

One outside tap trickled brown; there was no sanitation; the food, or "rations", was starch and sugar. The children had stick-thin legs and the distended bellies of malnutrition."

It is true that there is aborignal reserves even today. I'd like to point out that no aboriginal is forced to be living in one of them and all there due to their own choice. These reserves.. too whites arent supposed to go there without consent..they are special places for the aboriginals. I went and stayed a week one time on an aboriginal reserve (after gaining the consent of the elder of that reserve).

What I can say about this reserve.. sure it didnt have good public admendies eg no bathtub. It did have publich shower, toilet and was clean. The aboriginals can stay very cheaply in the tenting areas of these reserves (far cheaper then what it cost for a white person to go camping!!) and have their meals cooked and provided to them in the cost to stay there. There was also mobile homes they could stay in and proper housing too in the reserve I stayed in.

I want to point out the aboriginals due to what was done to them by the whites in the past, they do have MANY ISSUES eg drinking is a big one.. which goes along with violence and this is why there is so many aboriginals in jail (thou there is the occassional racist judge). Due to drinking, violence etc.. children are at times removed from families for their own safetly. To not do so and leave a child being negected or abused wouldnt be right.

To point out just how bad the violence can be among the aboriginal communities .. I ended up having to flee the aborginal reserve where I was staying as I got warned by an aboriginal women who was concerned for my safety, that 3 guys there were planning to gang rape me. (I found this out after the night after ..someone tried to crawl into my tent but I woke up and he fled).

There needs to be a ton of work done with the aboriginals and their communities before things are fully right. Most can not read, the children often just dont turn up for school and parents dont understand how important education can be or just dont care etc etc

But anyway.. this article is bullshit.

Tanya Selth (0)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 2:44 am
I do agree thou that the history of the Australian aboriginals need to be taught more in our schools, thou I do think most Australians are aware of the history there. Everyone here knows of "The Stolen Generation" etc
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