By Gary Johns
Land rights, welfare and tradition have locked aborigines out of the great existence. Land has turn into a burden, welfare has develop into disabling, undesirable behaviour is incorrect for tradition. there's a method out. Aborigines needs to abide via an analogous ideas as another Australian — search out possibilities, research difficult, and unfastened themselves from a tradition of undesirable behaviour. this can be not like the white man's dream of Aboriginal self-determination. This grand scan has failed. Aborigines, particularly these in distant Australia, desire an go out technique from the dream. The go out method defined during this publication destroys the rallying cry for tradition. as an alternative, it indicates that how one can self-determination is thru person dignity. in regards to the writer: Gary Johns served in the home of Representatives from 1987-1996 and was once targeted Minister of nation and Assistant Minister for commercial relatives from 1993-1996. He served as an affiliate Commissioner of the Commonwealth productiveness Commission...
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The ‘Apology’ to the ‘Stolen Generations’ was an insult to the intelligence of those toiling to overcome the false pride in group solidarity, a false pride which ignored the dignity of work, the immense complexity of modern society and the efforts required to master it. In the 1960s, the legal and social restraints on Aboriginal freedom were removed. For the first time Aborigines were able to complain at the injustice that had befallen them. And, in complaining, they created a story about their society.
Besides which, as a school principal from Punmu in remote Western Australia observed, ‘[p]eople are not land or culture oriented, they are self-focussed. ’25 The most recent inquiry into Aboriginal child abuses in Australia, the 2008 Commission of Inquiry Report26 covering the APY lands in South Australia, and replicating the earlier work of those in the Northern Territory, NSW and Queensland, reveals appalling behaviour. When a witness, described as a senior Aboriginal woman stated, ‘I think I am witnessing the demise of a proud people’,27 one can only wonder at what point she realised the obvious.
In doing so, they, and many others, condemned Aborigines to playing out a whiteman’s dream – Aborigines living in ancient ways in an ancient landscape. Now, many years on, it is time to make amends. 2 With some exceptions, for example, the Wild Rivers legislation in Cape York, Aborigines do not have to campaign for their rights, or land, or recognition; these have been assured for years. And yet recent visits by the president of Amnesty International and the United Nations Special Rapporteur to Alice Springs town camps and elsewhere are given prominent coverage in the media as if there was some profound remedy for Aboriginal strife in their pre-digested human rights policy medicine.