IS AUSTRALIA THE LAST BASTION OF RACISM IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD?
by Peter Terry
On the 10th of November 2001 the conservative led Liberal-Coalition Howard Govt went to the polls after an election campaign which historians will record as a victory on the back of racism and fear. The Howard Govt won the election after a campaign which has been universally condemned as racist by many prominent Australians, the United Nations and the international media. In true conservative style the Govt. milked Australians xenophobia and historically held racist paranoia.
Let us examine Australia’s recent election, it’s history on race relations and the long abhorrent treatment of it’s indigenous peoples the Aborigines.
This week Jan 2002 the UN High Commission for refugees sent a special representative to hear Australia’s defence on alleged breaches to the 1951 Geneva Convention which sets out certain standards for the treatment of refugees. When refugees arrive in Australia they are either imprisoned in detention centres or balloted off to other South Pacific countries for processing.
Australia is the only developed country whose government has been condemned as racist by the United Nations : 13 Oct 2000
UN and Kofi Anan blasts Australia over asylum ship: Sept 2.2001
Australia rejects UN racism report.25 March 01
Amnesty International accuses Australia of violating UN convention: 29 Aug 2001
Prime Minister Howard’s Falklands war: 14 Sept 2001
Howard Govt wins election playing the race card: 10 Nov 2001
A boat bound for immorality: Jan 8 2001
US press compares Australia with Nazis.
Former Australian Prime Minister compares John Howard to Australia’s leader of white supremacist group, One Nation. And says election won on race prejudices. 12 December 2001
Is Australia’s current Prime Minister John Howard a racist? Jan 13/ 2002
Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard accused of race hate. Nov. 13/ 2001
Los Angeles times says that Australia’s refugee policy has racist origins. Jan 4/2002
Australians against racism. 2002
Refugee Action Committee. 2002
Ku Klux Klan in Australia and it’s links to prominent political party One Nation and fanatical Christian fundamentalist groups.
Nazis in Australia.
Australia is a Nazi haven claims the USA.
Links to Australia’s Nationalists, Patriotic, Anti- Immigration and White nationalists groups.
HEINOUS CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY:
The Australian aboriginal STOLEN GENERATION records coloured children forcibly removed form their families and assimilated into white society. The Christian churches played a pivotal role in this grotesque human right abuse.
Key points . An estimated 100,000 children were taken from their parents over 60 years . 10 per cent of Aborigines over 25 were removed from their parents in childhood, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures in 1994. . Other reports estimated the number at 47 per cent . NSW admitted in June 1997 that between 1940-1969 it separated at least 8,000 children, and said the real figure was likely to be much higher. . In May 1997 the report ‘ Bringing Them Home’ by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission was published. . It called for a Government apology, compensation and a national Sorry Day. It said the Government’s policies had amounted to genocide. . On October 8, 1996 Senator Herron, borrowing Lady Macbeth’s line, told the Senate: “What’s done cannot be undone.” . In July 1997 the Catholic and Anglican Churches apologised for their role in the stolen generation policy. . On August 26, 1999 Federal Parliament passed a historic declaration of “deep and sincere regret” for past injustices to Aborigines. It did not mention ‘stolen generations’
THE WHITE AUSTRALIA POLICY:
Prior to the Second World War, Australia’s position as a nation with a basically homogeneous European population was secure. Under the unofficial title of the White Australia Policy, various policies were in place to ensure this situation: immigration laws were administered strictly to ensure that non-Europeans were not admitted, citizenship requirements were very exacting and well-guarded, and governments of all hues were committed to a White Australia.
The Australian identity was based on racial exclusiveness. It took 60 years for the central plank of nationhood – the White Australia policy – to be replaced. Australia’s most startling transformation is from a racially exclusive identity to a belief in cultural diversity.
ONLY IN 1967 DID BLACK AUSTRALIANS SECURE CITIZENSHIP TO THEIR OWN COUNTRY:
Aboriginal Australians only secured the right to vote in Federal elections in 1962. ONLY in 1967, following a referendum, Aboriginals gained full legal citizenship rights to the country they had lived in for 50,000 years .
Aboriginal reconciliation today:
Hundreds of thousands of Australians march across the country for Aboriginal reconciliation.
RACISM IN AUSTRALIA TODAY:
Current Prime minister John Howard moves in to rein Governor-General. The Governor-General, Sir William Deane, withdrew his decision to accept the declaration of Aboriginal reconciliation next month after late night intervention by the Prime Minister. Mr Howard yesterday described as “premature” the statement that Sir William would accept the declaration on behalf of the Australian people, as reported in early editions of yesterday’s Herald.
Australia’s right winged Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs claims that Stolen Generation did not happen.
Australia’s racist current Prime Minister John Howard apologises under pressure.An embattled Prime Minister has apologised to Aborigines offended by the claim there was not a stolen “generation”, as the Government came under intense new pressure from its own overseer of Aboriginal social justice to force the end of mandatory sentencing
Aboriginal disgust at denial of history The Aboriginal leader who led the nation’s major investigation into the stolen generation, Mr Mick Dodson, yesterday accused the Federal Government of “brutal insensitivity” in claiming no such generation existed and that “no more than 10 per cent” were taken.
Current racist Prime Minister John Howard fails to halt apology push for Stolen Generation.
Link.. as current Govt continues a 200 year tradition of denying the blacks of Australia a fair go. The result of all this being a whole people despised and un-loved in their own country and whose spirit is completely fallen and without real hope.
Australia’s indigenous peoples are over represented in prisons.
Aboriginal peoples die 15-20 years younger than the Australian population, with
23 times the average death rate from infections of the kidney,
12-17 times the average for diabetes (one of the highest rates in the world)
3-5 times the death rate from chronic respiratory disease.
They are 10 times more likely to suffer blindness than the general population, largely because of corneal scarring from trachoma or unoperated cataract and, increasingly, from diabetes.
They are twice as likely to be admitted to hospital, usually so ill that they need to stay longer – mainly for dialysis, pregnancy and childbirth complications, respiratory and digestive diseases and injury. They suffer higher than average rates for mental disorders, alcohol and other drug related conditions, circulatory diseases, nervous system disorders, skin diseases and infectious and parasitic diseases. These conditions reach an acute stage because of lack of early attention – either because services are not available, or because they are inaccessible to Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.
BY DENYING EVIL WE DO HARM, BY DENYING DARKNESS WE OBSCURE THE LIGHT.