Australia’s Apartheid

On a recent visit to Australia’s Northern Territory, I found myself in a little town called Katherine.  I noticed at the local hotel/pub, that there were mannequins lying on the pavement outside.  I walked over only to find they were human beings.  One was a lady of about 64, she had nose residue running out of her nose and into her mouth.  Lying next to her was a little fella around the age of two (I later found that she was his grandmother).  It made me feel quite angry that people were allowed/forced to live like this.

I thought, this is not Soweto.  It seems like South Africa before the re-alignment with the rest of society.  The whites in Australia are committing the same acts of barbarism as in the era of South Africa’s Apartheid.  Australia has it’s townships and it’s people suffer to pay the white man. The whites demand high rents that few can afford.  Give up, the black fella says and drink more grog.  Blacks are being served out of sight of those soft white faces. Tears are shed but nothing is said.  The churches tell them to be patient.  The government give them empty gestures.  Who can they cry to?  But we see what you do and we don’t like it.  But the rulers do!

Christ would not forgive what they/we do!

The streets are littered with drunken souls.  Where else could they have turned?  The politician is deaf, the barman listens.  How easy for it to happen!  It could happen to you.

We watch and we see, we know this was not meant.

Black babies die for a glass of milk yet we give it to pigs so we can have breakfast and do it again!

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2 Responses to Australia’s Apartheid

  1. Excellent statement about Apartheid Australia.

    Australian Aborigines suffered Genocide at the hands of the European invaders in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Indigenous population dropped from about 1 million to 0.1 million in the first century after the invasion in 1788, mainly through violence, dispossession, deprivation and introduced disease. The last massacres of Aborigines occurred in the 1920s. Throughout much of the 20th century there was a policy of forcibly removing Aboriginal children from their mothers, a systematic genocidal policy involving the removal of perhaps 0.1 million children. This practice ended in the 1970s. However the continued deliberate deprivation of Aboriginal Australians amounts to a White Australian policy of passive genocide.

    The “annual death rate” (2003 figures) is 2.2% (for Aboriginal Australians) and 2.4% (for Aboriginal Australians in the Northern Territory) – as compared to 2.5% (for pre-drought sheep in paddocks of Australian sheep farms) and 0.7% (for White Australians). This is happening in one of the richest countries of the world because of deliberate neglect – Australian Aboriginal health services are funded at 50% of what they should be; many Australian Aborigines live in Third World conditions; the “annual under-5 infant death rate” is over 3 times higher for Aborigines than that for White Australians; 1 in 5 Australian Aborigines have diabetes (mostly type 2 diabetes) which has huge attendant problems such as cardiovascular complications, kidney problems and blindness; and the Australian Aboriginal life expectancy is about 20 years less than that for White Australians.

    Indeed Monash University diabetologist Professor Paul Zimmet stated recently in relation to the world-wide diabetes epidemic “If we don’t do something, there is a real chance that Australia’s indigenous community will be wiped out by the end of the century. The world needs to act now if we’re to deal with this problem, which threatens to consume world economies and bankrupt health systems. We are dealing with the biggest epidemic in world history.”

    Avoidable Aboriginal deaths in Apartheid Australia total 9,000 annually out of an Indigenous population of 500,000, this giving an annual Indigenous Australian avoidable death rate of 9,000/0.5 million = 18,000 avoidable Indigenous Australian (Aboriginal) deaths per million of population per year in Apartheid Australia. By way of comparison, the annual homicide rate in Detroit , Michigan (the highest in the US) is 473 homicides per million of population per year (see “Body count: the awful truth”, National Indigenous Times, 14 June 2007).

    For the Awful Truth also see the website “Aboriginal Genocide”.nn1

  2. Ursa Zimmer says:

    The “annual death rate” (2003 figures) is 2.2% (for Aboriginal Australians) and 2.4% (for Aboriginal Australians in the Northern Territory) – as compared to 2.5% (for pre-drought sheep in paddocks of Australian sheep farms) and 0.7% (for White Australians). This is happening in one of the richest countries of the world because of deliberate neglect – Australian Aboriginal health services are funded at 50% of what they should be; many Australian Aborigines live in Third World conditions; the “annual under-5 infant death rate” is over 3 times higher for Aborigines than that for White Australians; 1 in 5 Australian Aborigines have diabetes (mostly type 2 diabetes) which has huge attendant problems such as cardiovascular complications, kidney problems and blindness; and the Australian Aboriginal life expectancy is about 20 years less than that for White Australians.
    +1nn1

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