Saturday, October 21, 2017
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Abbott & Australian Aboriginal Ethnocide

Australian Aboriginal

Australia has invaded 85 countries and in 30 instances these violations have been associated with genocide of the Indigenous inhabitants [1, 2]. Before the British invasion in 1788 there were 350-750 different Indigenous Australian (Aboriginal) tribes and a similar number of languages and dialects, of which only 150 survive today and of these all but about 20 are endangered in a process of continuing Australian Aboriginal Ethnocide [3-6].

Now the conservative Coalition Federal and Western Australian governments have given a huge boost to the Australian Aboriginal Ethnocide by forcing closure of as many as 150 remote Aboriginal communities and ultra-conservative Australian PM Tony Abbott has highly offensively supported this, declaring that Indigenous Australians living on their own traditional lands and speaking their native languages constitute “lifestyle choices” that should not be subsidised by the Australian taxpayer.

Before detailing this ongoing Australian Aboriginal Ethnocide atrocity, some definitions with examples are required.

Genocide. Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention states: “In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: a) Killing members of the group; b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group” [7]. There have been about 2 million untimely Aboriginal deaths since 1788, and currently 4,000 avoidable Aboriginal deaths from deprivation each year or 52,000 since 9-11 [4].

Ethnocide. Ethnocide is the wiping out of languages and cultures. Before the British invasion here were 350-750 different Australian tribes and a similar number of languages and dialects, of which only 150 survive today and of these all but about 20 are endangered, notably by continued nation-wide child removal policies, Federal Government and WA Government policies of eliminating up to 150 remote communities and the NT Government policy minimizing education in the first language of Aboriginal children [1, 4].

Politically correct racism (PC racism). Politically correct racism (PC racism) is declaration of non-racism coupled with active or passive policies leading to race-specific harm as exampled by endless White Australian declarations of "love" for Indigenous Australians while tolerating or supporting policies leading to the appalling outcomes summarized above, ongoing Australian Aboriginal Genocide and ongoing Australian Aboriginal Ethnocide.

Before the British Invasion in 1788, Indigenous Australians had been living in Australia for about 60,000 years. There were 350-750 different tribes and a similar number of languages and dialects, of which only 150 survive today and of these all but about 20 are endangered. After the British Invasion, the Aboriginal population dropped from about 1 million in 1788 to about 0.1 million in the first century through introduced disease, deprivation and genocidal violence. The last massacres of Aborigines occurred in the 1920s but no Treaty has ever been signed. Indigenous Australians were only counted after a referendum in 1967 and were finally given some protection by the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act.

In 1998 about 4,000 Aborigines out of an Aboriginal population of 500,000 died avoidably every year but the avoidable death rate has declined from 0.8% pa in 1998 to 0.6% pa in 2013, with still circa 4,000 annual avoidable deaths out of a population about 670,000. Indigenous Australians are far worse off than White Australians in relation to housing, health, wealth, social conditions, imprisonment, avoidable death and life expectancy [1, 3-6]. In the 20th century up to 1 in 10 Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their mothers, the so-called Stolen Generations, but despite the “Sorry” for this publicly delivered to Indigenous Australians by Labor PM Kevin Rudd, the forced removal of Indigenous Children from their mothers is currently proceeding at record levels [8].

The ongoing Australian Aboriginal Genocide and Aboriginal Ethnocide qualitatively represent the worst of all the genocides and ethnocides of human history – since 1788 some 2 million Indigenous Australians have died untimely deaths, White Australians have destroyed 600 out of as many as 750 distinct Australian Aboriginal groups (and associated languages and dialects) and of the remaining 150 all but 20 are endangered [1, 3-6].

Removal of Aboriginal children from their mothers and communities, removal of Federal and State government support for remote Aboriginal communities, and substantial removal of instruction of Aboriginal children in their own language are all ultra-conservative measures that threaten destruction of most of the surviving Aboriginal languages and dialects. According to a recent study (2009): “At the end of 2008 the Northern Territory Government, supported by the Commonwealth Government, all but closed bilingual education in remote Indigenous schools by determining that the language of instruction for the first four hours of school must be English. This decision could spell the death of the remaining endangered Indigenous languages in Australia” [9]. However in the so-called Australian “history wars”, White Australian scholars disputed whether there had ever even been an Aboriginal Genocide.

Now the ultra-conservative Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has weighed in to support the closure of 150 remote communities by the ultra-conservative WA Government. The Guardian Australia has reported: “[Australian PM] Tony Abbott has shrugged off the decision to close 150 Western Australian [WA] remote Indigenous communities, saying the taxpayer should not have to fund people’s “lifestyle choices”. The WA premier, Colin Barnett, foreshadowed the closure of up to 150 remote communities after the commonwealth said funding for them would soon lapse and fall entirely to the states. The federal government is currently a major contributor to keeping the communities afloat” [10].

Australian PM Tony Abbott, who heads the ultra-conservative, neoliberal, US lackey and pro-Zionist Liberal and National Party Coalition Federal Australian Government, has stated: “What we can’t do is endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices if those lifestyle choices are not conducive to the kind of full participation in Australian society that everyone should have. If people choose to live miles away from where there’s a school, if people choose not to access the school of the air, if people choose to live where there’s no jobs, obviously it’s very, very difficult to close the gap [in Aboriginal and White Australian life expectancy]. It is not unreasonable for the state government to say if the cost of providing services in a particular remote location is out of all proportion to the benefits being delivered. Fine, by all means live in a remote location, but there’s a limit to what you can expect the state to do for you if you want to live there” [8].

One must appreciate that the British colonizers seized and ethnically cleansed the best agricultural land that is located in South East and South West Australia and the surviving Indigenous societies today mostly live in what PM Abbott calls “remote locations” precisely because there was less pressure to exterminate Aboriginals in these “remote” areas. However these sparsely inhabited areas are of great importance today for their mineral and natural gas resources. The various surviving Indigenous Australian societies retain an extremely tight, deeply spiritual and fundamental attachment to the specific parts of continental Australia (referred to as “country”) that their forebears have inhabited for up to 60,000 years.

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) Opposition’s spokesman on Indigenous affairs, Shayne Neumann condemned PM Tony Abbott’s comments as “Deeply disturbing and highly offensive…Does he not understand the connection between land, language and culture? He should apologise [to traditional owners]” [8].

Indigenous Australian traditional owners of communities near Fitzroy Crossing had earlier condemned the WA Government move in November 2014: “We assert the right of people to live in and on their traditional country, for which they have ancient and deep responsibilities. To be talking of relocating people off their traditional country does indeed take us back 50 years in a very ugly way” [8].

Western Australian Labor and Indigenous Australian MP Ben Wyatt described PM Abbott’s comments as an "Extraordinarily ill-informed view… Today's comments by Prime Minister Abbott seek to devalue and demean the one asset that Aboriginal people still own on their own terms, their heritage and culture. Mr. Abbott has sought to portray the ancient cultural practices of Aboriginal Australians as nothing more than a sea change move, the equivalent of painting landscapes on one's veranda. Any organisation with a Reconciliation Action Plan will hopefully appreciate the simplistic and disrespectful comments from the Prime Minister and understand the strategy he is pursuing to de-legitimise the cultural practices of Aboriginal Australians” [11].

Brian Lee, the chairman of WA's Kimberley community of Djarindjin stated: “We are obliged to look after our country and that's why a lot of us are out here on country. Unless you live out here, you really can't make any judgement on that. For our people, it's an obligation to your ancestors to look after your country and you have to be on your country to look after it. You can't do that from the city or towns that are hundreds of kilometres away from where you live” [11].

West Australian Greens MP Senator Rachel Siewert commented: "Unbelievably racist [comments] and completely out of touch. The cultures that exist within these communities are thousands of years old and stretch far beyond the Prime Minister's bizarre idea of a 'lifestyle choice'. I urge the Prime Minister to apologise and retract his unthoughtful comments which downplay cultures that have stood the test of time. We should be working with communities rather than smashing through them" [11].

Michelle Nelson-Cox, the Aboriginal Health Council of WA's chairwoman, stated: “Lifestyle choices do not equate to cultural obligations. The fact that the Prime Minister made these assumptions is a poor state of affairs from his perspective. Aboriginal people sustaining their connection to land are the closest emotional connection that they have” [11].

Hugh Gallagher of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry stated “I would ask him [Abbott] where that fits within the Government's policy on closing the gap [in Aboriginal and White Australian life expectancy]? Because it is just so important that regional culture is retained and sadly it begins to shrink when it's in capital cities" [11].

Laverton Shire president Patrick Hill: “The biggest thing we're concerned about is closing down these communities and moving the residents into the regional centres like Laverton, Leonora or Kalgoorlie-Boulder without housing. Where do these people get moved to after the communities close and what happens to them? What resources are going to be provided to them to move? We don't want them all camping out underneath the trees around the town, they are going to need housing and that's our concern. We don't want people moved out of the areas that they've come from" [11].

Australian filmmaker Rolf de Heer (famous for directing the Indigenous Australian-based films Charlie’s Country”, “The Tracker” and “Ten Canoes”) roundly condemned PM Tony Abbott: “It’s so inappropriate that it's laughable. It shows such ignorance that he has no right to be the prime minister of Australia… It's hypocritical that our Prime Minister pretends to be the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and has so little understanding of what it is to be on country and that there is no choice involved. There are no jobs so they earn nothing. So they get welfare and they pay twice as much for their food as we do. Welfare is not enough here, let alone there. So they have a choice to move somewhere else?... [famous Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil] can't afford to live in Darwin [Northern Territory] and somebody will put him up in Murray Bridge [South Australia]. That's a lifestyle choice? Yeah. Thank you Mr. Abbott" [12].

Summary

The ongoing Australian Aboriginal Genocide and Aboriginal Ethnocide qualitatively represent the worst of all the genocides and ethnocides of human history. Since 1788 some 2 million Indigenous Australians have died untimely deaths, White Australians have destroyed 600 out of as many as 750 distinct Australian Aboriginal groups (and associated languages and dialects), and of the remaining 150 all but 20 are endangered [1, 3-6].

Removal of Aboriginal children from their mothers and communities, substantial removal of instruction of Aboriginal children in their own language, and removal of Federal and State government support for remote Aboriginal communities, are all ultra-conservative measures that threaten destruction of most of the surviving Aboriginal languages and dialects.

Now the Federal and Western Australian governments have given a huge boost to the Australian Aboriginal Ethnocide by forcing closure of as many as 150 remote Aboriginal communities and ultra-conservative Australian PM Tony Abbott has highly offensively supported this, declaring that Indigenous Australians lying on their own land and speaking their native languages constitutes “lifestyle choices” that should not be subsidised by the taxpayer.

PM Tony Abbott has been PM for only 18 months but has managed to deeply offend most Australians through a litany of broken election promises, grossly unfair budget proposals attacking students, the sick and the elderly, and appalling gaffes, of which “lifestyle choices” is merely the latest. Indeed several weeks ago PM Tony Abbott survived an extraordinary motion to bring about a leadership spill in the Liberal Party that was defeated 61–39. Abbott made himself Minster for Women but included only 1 woman in his first Cabinet of about 20 members. Warmonger and US lackey PM Tony Abbott recently launched Australia’s Seventh Iraq War of the last 100 years in which about 9 million Iraqis have died from Western violence or violently-imposed deprivation [13, 14]. Abbott made himself Minister for Indigenous Affairs but by unrepentantly sticking to his “lifestyle choices” assertion has not only upset all anti-racist Australians but has also profoundly alienated Indigenous Australian leaders.

Decent, anti-racist Australians who believe that Australian governments should do everything they can to preserve and enhance what is left of Indigenous Australian societies will utterly reject PM Tony Abbott and the Coalition as utterly unfit to rule Australia and will vote 1 Green and put the Coalition last (Australia has a compulsory and preferential voting system and the Greens, the ruling Coalition and the Labor Opposition have about 10%, 40% and 40% of the vote , respectively, so putting the Coalition last helps a Labor electoral victory with Greens support).

The only thing that can stop the continuing Australian Aboriginal Genocide and Australian Aboriginal Ethnocide are Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against PC racist White Australia as were successfully applied against Apartheid South Africa and are currently being applied world-wide against genocidally racist Apartheid Israel that is resolutely backed by the US lackey Australian Coalition and Labor Right (aka the Lib-Labs or Liberal-Laborals). Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity – please tell everyone you can. Climate criminal and war criminal Australia will only stop invading other countries and destroying Indigenous societies through genocide and ethnocide when the world tells it to stop.

References

  1. Gideon Polya, “As UK Lackeys Or US Lackeys Australians Have Invaded 85 Countries (British 193, French 80, US 70)”, Countercurrents, 9 February, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya090215.htm .
  2. Gideon Polya, “Review: “The Cambridge History Of Australia” Ignores Australian Involvement In 30 Genocides”, Countercurrents, 14 October, 2013.
  3. Gideon Polya, “Ongoing Aboriginal Genocide And Aboriginal Ethnocide By Politically Correct Racist Apartheid Australia ”, Countercurrents, 16 February 2014 .
  4. Gideon Polya, “2015 perspective of ongoing Australian Aboriginal Genocide and Aboriginal Ethnocide”, Aboriginal Genocide, 2015 .
  5. Gideon Polya, “Film Review: “Utopia” By John Pilger Exposes Genocidal Maltreatment Of Indigenous Australians By Apartheid Australia”, Countercurrents, 14 March, 2014.
  6. “Aboriginal Genocide” .
  7. UN Genocide Convention.
  8. Paddy Gibson, “Stolen futures”, Overland , Spring 2013.
  9. Jane Simpson, Jo Caffery and Patrick McConvell, “Gaps in Australia's Indigenous Language Policy: Dismantling bilingual education in the Northern Territory ”, AIATSIS Discussion Paper Number 24, 2009
  10. Shalailah Medhora, “Remote communities are “lifestyle choices” , says Tony Abbott”, Guardian Australia, 10 March 2015 .
  11. Rebecca Curtin and Jane Norman, “Tony Abbott a “disgrace”, says Federal Opposition after comments that living in remote Indigenous communities was a “lifestyle choice””, ABC News, 11 March 2015 .
  12. Garry Maddox, “Rolf de Heer slams Tony Abbott over “lifestyle choice” comments on remote Aboriginal communities”, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 March 2015 .
  13. Gideon Polya, “Australia’s Seventh Iraq War”, MWC News, 28 February 2015 .
  14. “Iraqi Holocaust Iraqi Genocide” .

blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

The Flawed and Corrupted Genius of American Republicanism

Trump as President makes us ...

Read More

Nobel Peace Prize 2017: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Finally, the committee in Os...

Read More

‘Rationalism’ by Brian Ellis slams neoliberalism

Professor Brian Ellis (Emeri...

Read More

Separation is Beautiful

Just imagine: A new movement...

Read More

Battling for independence: Small states stake their claim

Groups like the Catalans and t...

Read More

Visiting Nuremberg, Reflecting on the Ambiguous Legacies of Nuremberg

I spent two days at Nurember...

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Comments

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

Diwali: The festival of lights

Is it autumn yet in Europe?