According to Muriel Bamblett, Chairwoman of the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care, the government's radical proposals to tackle alcohol abuse and child abuse in remote Aboriginal communities are
'a government seeking re-election by blowing the dog whistle of racism in the guise of caring for indigenous children... The assessment of the main parties that the Australian public are too racist and too uncaring of indigenous children to actually support governments doing something principled and evidence-based to tackle both the causes and the symptoms of disadvantage that lead to child abuse.'
So Muriel, what has your agency done to prevent this? What is your plan?
Apart from banding around the word racist at all times, that is.
People like Muriel have done incalculable damage to Aboriginal children because they have ensured that the fear of being labeled racist is greater than the desire to prevent child abuse. Yes - it really is as simple as that.
Another Age journalist, Tracee Hutchison, sums up the condescending attitude of the white middle-class Left to Aboriginals by blaming Mandawuy Yunupingu's descent into alcoholism on the government. Is he unaccountable for his own actions, Tracee? Is that because he is Aboriginal? Are Aboriginals therefore inferior to us? Are they incapable of possessing free will, unable to make adult decisions?
I expect more from my children than you do from Aboriginal men. You disgust me. Both of you.
via Andrew Bolt
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
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