This week is Indigenous Round in the AFL, where games are spent acknowledging the remarkable contribution Aboriginals have made to our national game. While many discussions are being had, a transparent contradiction between the AFL’s states belief in equality and Aboriginal exceptionalism, is seldom raised. Every year, the AFL jumps on every single ‘equality’ cause… Continue reading Aboriginal exceptionalism or equality: which principle shall the AFL choose?
Quadrant have a fascinating piece regarding the historical existence of Australian pygmies, a racially distinct group from Aboriginals as we now understand them. I suspect for many conservatives, given a pygmy presence likely indicates there have been various waves of immigration prior to 1788, the ‘one people’ historical conception of Aboriginal Australia, is reaffirmed as an… Continue reading The history of Australian pygmies
In today’s world, European in-group favouritism of any description is condemned as illogical, outdated, bigoted and most profoundly of all, racist. This pattern was observed last week, as Leftist outrage erupted after a short- lived Optus job advertisement stated it was seeking candidates from an ‘Anglo Saxon’ background. Evidently from the Left’s perspective, it is… Continue reading The great double standard on in-group favouritism
At black armband, pro Aboriginal protests, one can often hear the chant; “Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land!” Meanwhile, others accuse British settlers of stealing Aboriginal land and resources, and Australia Day has been described by the leader of our third largest political party, as representing ‘genocide.’ When a country’s underpinnings are attacked in… Continue reading Do British Australians have a claim to this land?
In high school, our teachers used ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and Missisippi Burning to sneer at America’s long standing problems with race, particularly in regards to its large African American population. But mere decades into Australia’s far smaller African experiment, the elitism, denial and finger- pointing is gone, in place of concerns for real problems… Continue reading African truancy on a par with Indigenous Australians
10 years has passed since then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s famous apology for the ‘Stolen Generations.’ While Rudd’s grounds for apology were dubious, and it remains unclear if Indigenous ‘Stolen Generations’ ever occurred, these areas have been previously covered here and here. Apart from anything else, Rudd’s apology was seen as the ultimate step towards… Continue reading A time for hard truths
Prediction: If the far- Left succeeds in canning Australia Day by establishing the very day European Australians arrived on this continent is offensive and racist, 1 of 2 things will happen. Australia Day may be moved to May 8 or some other trivial date, and rather than celebrations, the day will resemble an apology day… Continue reading What will happen if we change Australia Day?
A political opportunist to his core, Bill Shorten clearly understands the political reality of changing Australia Day. For now, Australians largely support keeping the date, and Shorten has responded accordingly. But there is enough reluctance in his recent comments, combined with a bizarre critique of Malcolm Turnbull, to conclude Shorten and Labor will support changing… Continue reading Bill Shorten shy on Oz Day support
A movement advocating for the formal recognition of Aboriginals in the Australian Constitution, otherwise known as ‘Recognise’, has gained significant momentum in recent years, with powerful interests including the AFL, the NRL, and Qantas championing its cause. Purportedly, notions of equality and civil rights motivate those who seek to have a specific segment of the Constitution… Continue reading The misleading pretenses for Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians
While I don’t entirely agree with all of the solutions put forth, this writer is certainly on the right track. Liberty Works, by Anthony Dillion, May 2, 2017: Last week The Australian newspaper reported claims that a high proportion of Aboriginal children in some Cape York communities are not receiving the assistance they need to address intellectual… Continue reading 5 ways we can give Aboriginal disadvantage the boot
Liberty Works, by Jacinta Price, March 25, 2017: Mname is Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, I am an Alice Springs Town Councillor and campaigner against family violence. Recently I addressed the National Press Club along with Marcia Langton and Josephine Cashman about the silencing of Aboriginal women victims of violence and the realities of life in remote… Continue reading 18C is not protecting anybody
Earlier today, Bill Shorten suggested the Commonwealth provide compensation for victims of the Stolen Generation. Now, as I’ve detailed before, the idea of the Stolen Generations: that white Australians historically ‘stole’ half- caste children away from Indigenous mothers to diminish the Aboriginal race, is totally fictitious. But even if this did occur, and that we can… Continue reading Bill Shorten calls for Commonwealth to compensate Stolen Generations
“What’s so bad about January 26?”, The Spectator, 26 January, 2017: This week, Warren Mundine proposed that Australia Day should be moved from January 26 to January 1, because the 26th marks the arrival of the first white settlers at Sydney Cove. He does not have a problem with the concept of Australia Day, but… Continue reading Why we shouldn’t change Australia Day
Another Australia Day, and fortunately for us, Sherry Sufi has released yet another brilliant piece on Indigenous affairs. Enjoy the following, but more importantly, happy Australia Day to all! “Reconciliation or Revenge?”, The Spectator, January 21, 2017: For a decade, a national apology was sought from Prime Minister John Howard. For a decade, he refused… Continue reading Reconciliation or Revenge?
“The myth of Aboriginal Exceptionalism”, xyz.com, November 26, 2016: Unless perhaps you live in the Mesolithic Period in an outback Aboriginal community, you will no doubt have heard of the City of Fremantle’s recent decision to move Australia Day and rename it to One Day to make it a ‘culturally-inclusive alternative’. Unless you’re insane, you… Continue reading The myth of Aboriginal Exceptionalism