The gasbags, political haters, benign racists and opportunists responsible for appalling instances like this should at least have the decency to shut up, get out of the way and at least try and admit some shame.
These are extracts from the NT Government’s report Little Children are Sacred overseen by Rex Wild, QC, and the respected Aboriginal health worker Pat Anderson, who visited 45 Aboriginal communities and found evidence of sexual abuse of children in all of them.
“In one central Australian community, the clinic nurse told us the following story: ‘I was attending to a mother in the waiting room area one day when her three-year-old daughter, who was naked, laid down on the floor in front of a young boy. This three-year-old girl then spread her legs wide apart and motioned the boy to her vagina.”
The girl showed no sign of sexual abuse, but, the report concluded, “clearly she had been exposed to sexual behaviour and it made her a vulnerable target”.
The report cites this testimony from a jailed rapist:
“When I was six my old man shot my mum, yeah, f—ing shot my mum, bang in the head. They had been blueing all night.
“He made me clean her brains off the floor.
“When I raped that girl I felt like all my pain was going into her, when she screamed, that was me screaming. I know it sounds f—ed-up, but that’s what it felt like.”
This situation has evolved over decades, in a period when policy was driven by foolish, racist notions of separatism embracing land rights, self-determination and noble savagery.
The incompetence of state and territory governments has only aggravated the crime, despair and squalor in remote communities while organisations ranging from local housing co-operatives to ATSIC have been riddled with cronyism and corruption.
Continued degradation has been driven by hare-brained philosophies and hate-spurred emotionalism espoused by academics and the moronic Left commentariat.
Until a few years ago, when frustrated and courageous individuals such as Noel Pearson and Sue Gordon rejected eternal victimhood in favour of confrontational responsibility, anyone who critically commented on the shortcomings of outback apartheid was inviting the damning slur of “racist”.
Finally, someone had the courage to do something.
And that action has the overwhelming support of practical, humane Australians.
It is however opposed by the usual suspects who overnight plunged to new depths in cynical hyperbole.
‘This is our black children overboard’ thundered the The Age’s huge front page headline. (You had to go to page 7 to find the quote was attributed to a Harry Wilson, an ”angrier young man”.
Atrocious journalism in pursuit of action that would ensure more rapes, murder and degradation.
Pearson — my early nomination for Australian of the Year — is also astonished at the intelligentsia’s priorities:
NOEL PEARSON: I’m amazed that anybody would put the protection of children secondary to anything, particularly when those children are subject to imminent abuse, abuse that takes place on a regular basis that’s the subject of binge drinking, week in, week out. I’m just amazed that anybody would put the protection of children secondary to anything else. I think that those who have objections to immediate intervention have to ask themselves whether they’re willing this whole exercise to fail, and geez, if you’re willing the whole exercise to fail, what kind of priorities do you have in relation to the wellbeing of Indigenous children?
In case those willing failure were practising self-delusion, Pearson amped up the spotlight:
“That’s the horrendous thing here. That the people who are nay-saying any kind of intervention are people whose children, like my own, sleep safe at night … It’s an absolutely shameful hour that has descended on us where even an emergency intervention to protect the safety of our children is hindered, is hindered by people who supposedly have goodwill for Aboriginal people. Those people are willing the protection and succour to Aboriginal children to fail in the same way and as vehemently as they will failure in Iraq.”
A lot of passionate people here share my views — far more eloquently.
I don’t suppose it had anything to do with cancelled subscriptions, condemnation from the blogging and talkback communities and harsh criticism from journalism professionals, but The Age has taken the extraordinary step of turning over its editorial column to defend yesterday’s news coverage. When you’re in the poo it’s best to keep your mouth shut, lest you end up full of unpleasantness.