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ABORIGINAL PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO PROTEST THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES AS STOLEN WEALTH

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From johnpilger.com

Australia has always wanted to stake a claim on Aboriginal culture – but only when it benefits them. They remain ignorant when the legislative bullets are fired to weaken and destroy it, and do not seek to protect it when the right to culture and ceremony is in the way of profit and white prosperity.

But when we need to show ourselves to the world, when we need to present a different face, it is Aboriginal culture that is seen as the antidote to the cultural cringe.

Suddenly, Australia is proud of the 100,000 years of human habitation that colonialism sought to wipe out, and which Australia devalues. Suddenly, it is “ours”, and one for which we all hold a shared pride.

As Patrick Wolfe wrote: “In Australia, the erasure of Indigeneity conflicts with the assertion of settler-nationalism. On the one hand, settler society required the practical elimination of natives in order to establish itself on their territory. On the symbolic level, however, settler society subsequently sought to recuperate Indigeneity in order to express its difference – and, accordingly, its independence – from the mother country”.

The Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony was a reminder of this. The highlight of the night was the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elements, from the traditional smoking ceremony by Luther Cora, to the Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Torres Strait Islander hip hop artist Mau Power.

No doubt, the First Nations people who took part should be celebrated because their performances, despite occurring inside the arena, represented acts of resistance and defiance – a display of survival in a state that was one of the largest killing fields in the nation.

But it is deeply ironic that while the Aboriginal flag was being lifted, and broadcast across the world, right outside the arena, Aboriginal protestors were being arrested, their own flags dragging along the ground.

SBS journalist Stefan Armbruster, one of our allies and the few to be outside reporting on the protests, reported that three Aboriginal activists – Dylan Voller, Ruby Wharton and Meg Rodaughan – were detained by police outside the stadium.

All of them were part of a delegation to the Gold Coast, to protest the imperialism and colonialism of the ‘Stolenwealth’. They were continuing the legacy of previous resistance fighters, like the thousands who converged on Brisbane to protest under the draconian administration of Joh Bjelke-Petersen in 1982.

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http://johnpilger.com/articles/aboriginal-people-have-a-right-to-protest-the-commonwealth-games-as-stolen-wealth

Australia’s Horrendous Abuse Of Aboriginal Children The Tip Of Massive Australian Child Abuse

by July 30, 2016

The Australian ABC TV Four Corners program has revealed shocking CCTV images of mostly Aboriginal children being horrendously abused, assaulted and tortured by prison guards in a juvenile detention centre in Australia’s Northern Territory (NT). Australia has been shocked. The Coalition Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull set up a Royal Commission to investigate the matter but this (a) involves the complicit NT Government, (b) does not address horrendous nation-wide abuse of detained Aboriginal children, and (c) will ignore other massive child abuse within Australia and overseas in which child-abusing Australian Governments are complicit.

In writing this analysis of horrendous child abuse in Australia I am simply one decent Australian citizen without the vast resources of the Australian Federal Government. However it is likely the except for the shocking details revealed by Four Corners and similar abuses against imprisoned children in the NT [1], the rest of a mountain of Australian Government-complicit child abuse as detailed below will be ignored due to the highly restricted terms of reference of the proposed Royal Commission. Thus, for example, a current $500 million Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is confined to child abuse in state, religious and other institutions but will ignore a mountain of other child abuse – while it is estimated that up to 40,000 children have been subject to child sexual abuse by Catholic religious personnel in living memory, an estimated 4.4 million Australians adults have been subject to child sexual abuse, notably in the home or by family friends and relatives [2].

Australians are quite rightly upset because the Catholic Church hierarchy failed to act to expose and stop long-term, egregious child sexual abuse of up to about 40,000 Australian children by Catholic Church personnel. However look-the-other-way Australia resolutely ignores 4.4 million Australians adults who have been sexually abused as children, and the avoidable deaths since 9-11 of 27 million Muslims (half being children) in Muslim countries being war criminally violated by the US Alliance of which pro-Zionist, pro-Apartheid Israel, US lackey Australia is a slavish member.

The right-wing Australian Coalition Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced that the Royal Commission will be confined to abuse of juvenile detainees in the Northern Territory and will not be concerned with similar violent abuses occurring in other states of Australia. Further, the Royal Commission will be will be jointly run by the Coalition Federal Government together with the utterly disgraceful Coalition-like Country Liberal Party (CLP) Northern Territory Government which is clearly complicit in these atrocities i.e. this is like putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank. Furthermore, the Royal Commission will be conducted by a Northern Territory judge .

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https://countercurrents.org/2016/07/30/australias-horrendous-abuse-of-aboriginal-children-the-tip-of-massive-australian-child-abuse/

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