Muckaty Traditional Owner Kylie Sambo objected to this radioactive ransom: 'I think that is a very, very stupid idea for us to sell our land to get better education and scholarships. As an Australian we should be already entitled to that.'
Bill Shorten's critique of the government's indigenous policy is disappointing and misguided.
As in all areas of life, recognition without respect, a proper respect, is truly demeaning. To my mind the racism continues.
The provisions in the ILC’s Draft Bill, if legislated by the Australian Parliament, would place the Land Account above and beyond politics.
Described by a Chief Protector of Aborigines as 'breeding out the colour', the policy was known as assimilation. It was influenced by the same eugenics movement that inspired the Nazis.
Flannery said that in any other war, Australia's Aborigines 'would have been awarded the Victoria Cross' but the Australian War Memorial in Canberra does not even acknowledge them.
How does training an Indigenous elite advantage the majority?
What few of them heard was the postscript to Rudd's apology. 'I want to be blunt about this,' he said. 'There will be no compensation.'
It's only by switching off 'auto pilot' policy-making – and working with new and pragmatic indigenous leadership - can indigenous and non-indigenous Australia arrive at a better location.
In SA there is no evidence for many of the claims made of systematic government ill-treatment of Aborigines.
The record shows a long list of failed 'ations': pacification, segregation, protection-segregation, assimilation, integration...
Suppressing these truths, while venerating Australia's servile role in the colonial wars of Britain and the US, has almost cult status in Canberra today.