Category: Australia’s Shame

Statues are not history. Here are six in Australia that need rethinking | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian

Unless history strives for truth it is nothing more than propaganda. There is nothing intrinsically educational about a statue, memorial or place name

Source: Statues are not history. Here are six in Australia that need rethinking | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian

“Catastrophic neglect” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A system deliberately designed to cause both physical and mental harmPhysical harm via the provision of inadequate and poor-quality food for which the Australian taxpayer was paying a great deal; $500,000 per detainee p.a., to be exact.This money was meant to be for the provision of meals, clothing, shelter, cleaning, sanitation, recreation, medical care and security. Methinks that the contractors, Broadspectrum subsequently taken over by Ferrovial a large Spanish infrastructure company, Wilson security and IHMS (Medical services) made exorbitant profits on these contracts with the Federal government. The Australian taxpayer has not been getting value for money. Time for a thorough financial audit by the ANAO.

Source: “Catastrophic neglect” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Aboriginal woman jailed for unpaid fines after call to police | Australia news | The Guardian

An Indigenous woman in Perth has been jailed for 14 days for unpaid fines, 10 months after a coronial inquiry recommended the Western Australian government abolish the practice.When police arrived they performed a background check on the woman and found an outstanding warrant for $3,900 in unpaid fines, dating back to a dispute over an unregistered dog in 2012.

Source: Aboriginal woman jailed for unpaid fines after call to police | Australia news | The Guardian

Peter Dutton refuses to say if Rohingya refugees being returned to Myanmar | Australia news | The Guardian

Australian immigration minister does not comment on reports Muslim minority being paid to return to country where they face persecution

Source: Peter Dutton refuses to say if Rohingya refugees being returned to Myanmar | Australia news | The Guardian

Rohingya refugees: Rally at WA Parliament hears calls for Australia to act on Myanmar – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

More than 380,000 ethnic Rohingya have crossed the border into Bangladesh in the last three weeks, following reports of persecution and mass killings at the hand of Myanmar’s military.

Source: Rohingya refugees: Rally at WA Parliament hears calls for Australia to act on Myanmar – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Blackbirding: Australia’s history of luring, tricking and kidnapping Pacific Islanders – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Starting from the 1860s, tens of thousands of Pacific Islanders were lured, tricked or kidnapped to work on plantations.

Starting from the 1860s, tens of thousands of Pacific Islanders were taken to Australia to work on plantations in Queensland — often by force or trickery.

Unmarked mass graves full of labourers who died on those plantations are still being uncovered today.

Source: Blackbirding: Australia’s history of luring, tricking and kidnapping Pacific Islanders – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

SSM postal surveys left out in the rain, damaged at Canberra apartments – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

At least seven apartment blocks in one Canberra suburb see same-sex marriage postal surveys strewn about the street by wind and rain, after apparently being left on top of mailboxes.

Source: SSM postal surveys left out in the rain, damaged at Canberra apartments – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Indian government lodges official diplomatic protest about ‘offensive’ Australian lamb ad

The Indian High Commission says the ad was “offensive” and “hurt the religious sentiments of the Indian community”.

Source: Indian government lodges official diplomatic protest about ‘offensive’ Australian lamb ad

Aboriginal people paying for boom in Canberra’s property prices

The boom in house prices in Canberra and across Australia is of course being celebrated by those who are fortunate enough to currently own a home. For many of these lucky Australians their capital wealth has increased to levels beyond their imagination. Their good fortune comes, of course, at the expense of those, including the majority of Aboriginal people in Canberra and Australia, who do not own a home. In fact many if not all of the Aboriginal people living in Canberra in homes that they do not own, are descended from families who last owned a home in 1788.Surely it is not expecting too much, after eight generations of exclusion of Aboriginal people from home ownership in their own land, for the ACT government to develop an Indigenous housing policy.

Source: Aboriginal people paying for boom in Canberra’s property prices

From the heartland of privilege: the week in politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Statues of Lachlan Macquarie and Captain James Cook were graffitied by protesters last week, in an action the most cowardly prime minister in Australian history described as “cowardly.” Angry criticism erupted from the most unexpected of quarters, confirming that the privileged mind governs both the left and the right when it comes to challenging the…

Source: From the heartland of privilege: the week in politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Day to Day Politics: A Government devoid of compassion. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tuesday 29 August 2017 1 A Government that deserts its duty of care for humans in its charge is one that is devoid of a moral compass that includes basic decency. That an Australian Government could possibly do what it now proposes is really beyond any acceptable standard of Australian governance. Shame, Turnbull shame. Shame,…

Source: Day to Day Politics: A Government devoid of compassion. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why doesn’t Australia have an indigenous treaty? – BBC News

 

Amid a period of great conflict between white colonists and Aborigines known as the Black War, Governor George Arthur said it was “a fatal error” a treaty had not been entered into with the Aboriginal people of what’s now the Australian state of Tasmania, after white settlement had commenced some 30 years earlier.The absence of a treaty was cited by Mr Arthur as a crucial and aggravating factor in relations with the first inhabitants of the island, the scene of some of the worst treatment inflicted on Aborigines by British colonists.Almost 200 years later, Australia remains the only Commonwealth country to have never signed a treaty with its indigenous people. While treaties were established early on in other British dominions such as New Zealand, Canada and in the United States, the situation in Australia has been, often notoriously, different.

Source: Why doesn’t Australia have an indigenous treaty? – BBC News

Australia is bankrupting its standing with ‘deportation by destitution’ policy

But Australia’s harsh asylum policies impact not only on those individuals living onshore and in limbo, or held on Manus or Nauru. They also have a deep and abiding impact on the nation’s international reputation, which matters.

Source: Australia is bankrupting its standing with ‘deportation by destitution’ policy

Asylum seekers face welfare crackdown under Government changes – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Government will cut income support and accommodation services for about 100 asylum seekers in Australia for medical treatment.

Source: Asylum seekers face welfare crackdown under Government changes – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Darebin council stripped of citizenship ceremony after controversial Australia Day vote – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)| Federal Arrogance

A second Melbourne council is stripped of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies after voting to dump Australia Day celebrations.

Source: Darebin council stripped of citizenship ceremony after controversial Australia Day vote – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

NT Stolen Generations ‘feel like the last people in Australia’ to get Commonwealth compensation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Stolen Generations members still alive in the NT have sent letters to federal ministers calling for the Commonwealth to follow other states’ lead in creating a compensation scheme.

Source: NT Stolen Generations ‘feel like the last people in Australia’ to get Commonwealth compensation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Three men to be charged with terrorism offences over alleged mosque attacks | Australia news | The Guardian

“It is clear that these arson attacks were designed to intimidate and influence those that attend this mosque and the wider Islamic community. These actions have no place in our society,” McCartney said.

Source: Three men to be charged with terrorism offences over alleged mosque attacks | Australia news | The Guardian

Manus Island asylum seeker’s friends begged Australia for help before his death | Australia news | The Guardian

Body of Hamed Shamshiripour, whose friends had complained about his treatment by authorities, was found near Australian-run centre

Source: Manus Island asylum seeker’s friends begged Australia for help before his death | Australia news | The Guardian

Hungry, poor, exploited: alarm over Australia’s import of farm workers | Global development | The Guardian

Each year thousands of Pacific island workers come to Australia to work on farms. Allegations of mistreatment are worryingly reminiscent of the era of bonded labour ‘blackbirding’, campaigners say

Source: Hungry, poor, exploited: alarm over Australia’s import of farm workers | Global development | The Guardian

Drowning in White privilege

In 2014, a terminally ill woman was gaoled for unpaid fines of $3,622 and, rather than receiving urgent medical care, was treated with derision and contempt before dying — her family learning through the coronial inquest that her death was preventable but there was no action taken against those who failed her so grossly.In 2015, a White man was given an 18-month suspended sentence and six months in home detention for driving under the influence of methamphetamine hitting and killing Aboriginal boy – Jack Sultan-Page – and it was followed by calls by Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda seeking reform after the baffling sentence.There was no reform and no change.On 16 August 2016, an innocent Aboriginal woman was placed in a police cell in Maitland, presumed intoxicated, before dying five hours later. The police took an additional six hours to notify her family and although police could not explain why she was placed in the cell. An investigation revealed she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time and no explanation of a failure to render medical care was forthcoming.Thirteen days later, Elijah Doughty was mown down by a White man, who placed more import on a piece of property than a child’s life and the criminal justice system so egregiously failed him that the killer may walk free next February after being convicted of a traffic offence.

Source: Drowning in White privilege

The Debilitating Aftermath Of 10 Years Of NT Intervention – New Matilda

A decade ago, they sent the Army in, and made things demonstrably worse. Professor Jon Altman wonders where to from here. The 10th anniversary of the Northern Territory National Emergency Response, the Intervention that was militaristically launched with extraordinary media fanfare on 21 June 2007, has come and gone. I wondered what sort of response thisMore

Source: The Debilitating Aftermath Of 10 Years Of NT Intervention – New Matilda

Red dots spatter wall of ‘great Australian silence’ over black/white frontier violence | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian

A truth and justice commission that digs honestly and methodically into the murders of Indigenous people will take more than money. It’ll take guts

Source: Red dots spatter wall of ‘great Australian silence’ over black/white frontier violence | Paul Daley | Australia news | The Guardian

 

US hits refugee intake cap as Manus Island, Nauru refugees assessed – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Refugees in detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru could be delayed entry to the United States after the country hit its annual refugee intake cap yesterday.

Source: US hits refugee intake cap as Manus Island, Nauru refugees assessed – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

How A Seven-Word Facebook Post Created “Australia’s Most Publicly Hated Muslim”| No, Lest We Forget  How Murdoch created Yassmin hate for profit and ratings and only because she was a woman

A timeline of how Australia got to this point.

Source: How A Seven-Word Facebook Post Created “Australia’s Most Publicly Hated Muslim”

The handshake | The Monthly

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Perhaps our people never tire of telling the United States’ people where they’ve stuffed up, or why the election of an inept and dangerous jerk such as Trump, the militarisation of their country and the impoverishment of so many of their citizens are just three of many possible indicators of decline. Perhaps our sound and fearless advice just never gets reported, and the true character of the relationship only seems to be reflected in the fawning speeches, the idiot grins, the pap about shared values, the talking points that have scarcely changed in 50 years, and the unfailing participation in wars the US has decided to fight.

Source: The handshake | The Monthly

Why are so many more Australians ending up with only a car roof over their heads?

“I’m unsure about what’s going to happen next but I’m hopeful that things will work out. If you can be happy with nothing, you can be happy with anything. It’s the only way to get by.”( When more Australians are becoming indigenous ) For thousands of Australians, home is a Holden or a Toyota parked in a dimly-lit street, and the number is growing. What’s forcing them to take such drastic action?

Source: Why are so many more Australians ending up with only a car roof over their heads?

Gaziur (Gazi) Rahman – the brutal treatment of a worthy New Australian. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Keith Davis “I have never had to flee my country in order to save my life. How lucky am I? I have never had to fear being returned to a country where the likely consequence of such an unwanted move would be my death. How lucky am I?” I wrote those words many months…

Source: Gaziur (Gazi) Rahman – the brutal treatment of a worthy New Australian. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Constitutional recognition: Australia’s founding document should not embody ‘racist past’, Pat Dodson says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Labor senator and Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson demands the stubborn stains in our racist Constitution be removed.

Source: Constitutional recognition: Australia’s founding document should not embody ‘racist past’, Pat Dodson says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Racism’ in child welfare and justice system | NITV

There would be a national taskforce to fix the crisis in child protection and youth justice if it involved white rather than Aboriginal children, Australia’s only indigenous children’s commissioner says. Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People Andrew Jackomos says there is institutional racism and bias in the child protection and youth justice systems, in which indigenous children are significantly over- represented.

Source: ‘Racism’ in child welfare and justice system | NITV

NT intervention a ‘debacle’ and second attempt should be made, commission told | Australia news | The Guardian

Danila Dilba Aboriginal health service CEO says new attempt with Indigenous involvement ‘couldn’t do any worse’

Source: NT intervention a ‘debacle’ and second attempt should be made, commission told | Australia news | The Guardian

NT child protection files end up at Alice Springs dump after mix-up | Australia news | The Guardian

Filing cabinets full of confidential information mistakenly end up in recycling shop, with inquiry finding ‘consistent’ evidence of chaos in families department

Source: NT child protection files end up at Alice Springs dump after mix-up | Australia news | The Guardian

10 years after the intervention, it’s time to admit it has destroyed Aboriginal communities | Melinda Hinkson | Opinion | The Guardian

A decade of punitive government attention has brought a loss of knowledge and authority that is keenly felt in remote communities

Source: 10 years after the intervention, it’s time to admit it has destroyed Aboriginal communities | Melinda Hinkson | Opinion | The Guardian

Refugee advocate slams Dutton’s deadline – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Note: “Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has given 7,500 asylum seekers living in Australia until October to lodge an application for protection, or face deportation, declaring the “game is up” for “fake refugees”.” Media Release Dutton’s Deadline for Asylum Seekers Cruel: Rintoul Refugee Action Coalition Sydney Coordinator Ian Rintoul today said of Dutton’s asylum seeker processing…

Source: Refugee advocate slams Dutton’s deadline – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Caught in the act – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Kathy Stavrou I began researching the racist legislation of NSW after accidentally catching on to what NSW governments were doing from 1836 (Vagrancy Act); with successive Parliaments of every political leaning using Legislation to identify and permanently extinguish the human/subject/citizenship rights of the Aboriginal peoples of New South Wales, especially their land possession rights.…

Source: Caught in the act – » The Australian Independent Media Network