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?
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 Happen if we Change Australia Day?
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
Ahead of Australia Day in 2017, Sherry Sufi has released yet another excellent piece for us on Indigenous affairs. “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 to provide one on the basis that most Australians were… 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
A fascinating sequel to the original piece I posted late last week. As this work so vehemently contradicts the current consensus on Australia’s history, it makes for an interesting yet detailed read. “Why There Were No Stolen Generations (Part Two)”, Quadrant, January 1, 2010: The empirical underpinnings of Bringing Them Home derived largely from the work of white academic… Continue reading Why There Were No Stolen Generations (Part Two)
An interesting, highly detailed article disavowing the idea of an Aboriginal ‘Stolen Generation’. Even those who disagree with its thesis ought to read it. “Why There Were No Stolen Generations (Part One”, Quadrant, January 1, 2010: Most Australians would be taken aback to find that whenever academics in the field of genocide studies discuss history’s worst… Continue reading Why There Were No Stolen Generations (Part One)
When in conversation with conservative journalist Andrew Bolt, One Nation senator Pauline Hanson questioned the way Australia defined Aboriginals. “What defines an Aboriginal?” Senator Hanson asked Andrew Bolt. “If you marry an Aboriginal, you can be classified as an Aboriginal. “Or if the community or the elders accept you into that community, you can be defined… Continue reading The problem with #DefineAboriginal