Statement by Michael Anderson, leader of the Euahlayi tribe and spokesman for the Gumilaroi nation of northwest NSW and southwest Queensland
It is time for the federal government to inform the public of the number of prosecutions for child sex abuses made in the past two years of the Northern Territory Intervention program. The states need also to reflect on the number of convictions for this offence.
Other statistics that must be shown are those associated with drunkenness, disorderly conduct and what that means in terms of the law. Further, the federal government statisticians need also to include statistics on the number of children being removed from their families under this Intervention program.
It is important for the federal government to identify to the public how much land has been redeemed from Aboriginal people under the Intervention. Furthermore, would the federal government advise the public of how much land is being negotiated away for mining companies to have access to the mineral wealth? Is there a royalty factor associated with any land being given to mining companies – if so who gets this money? Will Aboriginal people have access to this money or does the federal government assume ownership and control it under a communist approach where the state issues out the funds for the purposes they approve?
I am so sorry that our people are as passive as they are, for if this dictatorship happened to any other Aboriginal group in the world they would be up in arms fighting for their rights, on the streets and making a bloody big noise so that everyone all over the world would know about it.
But then, the Intervention program has attached to it the terrorist chamber law where people can be picked up and imprisoned without any right to a lawyer for a month or more. The federal government’s dictatorship goes unquestioned. The mainstream media see no reason for talking directly to Aboriginal people.
The problem in Aboriginal affairs in this country is not Aborigines, but the governments. All that is being proposed is governments meeting their own ambitions, never mind the Aboriginal people. Consultation appears to be outdated. The appointment of supporters of their governmental ideals is criminal especially when the opposite views are ignored.
What do you call government appointees? If we were running an Aboriginal organisation and continued to appoint people who believe in your ideals and failed to recognise and blocked the opposition we would be jumped on by the feds themselves for nepotism and called corrupt.
Can Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin inform the public why in two years the feds have failed to commence work on new houses that were promised to Aboriginal people? Why is preferential treatment only for the white bureaucrats’ housing? Can Minister Macklin inform the public whom the government has engaged to build these houses and how much is each house costing the public purse? Is this money coming from the housing funding promised for Aboriginal housing or are the bureaucrats’ housing costs additional to the Aboriginal housing budget?
The federal government have an obligation to be transparent with their media-promoted programs of addressing the disadvantage gap. How many Aboriginal people are engaged in building these houses, including those being built for the white bureaucrats?
I contend that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Ms Macklin are not being honest and transparent. The radical dictatorial approach to Aboriginal affairs should be constantly monitored in order for the public to measure outcomes. It is not as if the approaches that they are now pursuing have not already been done and failed. But, when it comes to Aborigines all sorts of social experiments are permissible because the cowards in the mainstream media dare not question the hidden agendas. Hitler would now do well here in Australia!
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