Read this piece and be prepared to experience searing anger. Direct the anger at those chiefly responsible: the political class that wallowed in self-congratulations this week over their pathetic sorry symbols and platitudes. And as a former chief bureaucrat in Queensland, Kevin Rudd must bear a large lump of blame for the tragedies that Lara Wieland describes.
They hardly bat an eyelid at events that would make your stomach churn. A young mother in a drunken state beats her young child with a stick and screams that she is going to kill him. The next day, that same mother, sober, hugs her child and does not even think about the lasting emotional scars. Why would she when her mother did the same to her, and her neighbours do the same, and no one has ever told her that it is wrong?
Children who have had sexually transmitted diseases and have been raped and molested are now parents. No one ever helped them or told them that what happened to them was wrong or not normal. Today’s teenage parents grew up in homes with hardly any furniture or toilet paper or soap or toothpaste.
The destruction, pain, loss and despair that saturates remote Aboriginal communities was not always there, as Wieland points out.
No, the damage has occurred mainly in the past 30 years as “noble savage”, self-determination policies have prevailed under the reign of southern socialists and Aboriginal industry opportunists.
Another round of apologies is due now. Fat chance of it being made, considering who’s responsible.
Mal Brough presents more depressing evidence that this week’s apology means zilch on the frontiers:
“Tonight there will be children who will be subjected to unspeakable acts; who will see their parents or relatives with whatever form of substance abuse; who will actually live in the most deprived and depraved circumstances; who will put their heads down on concrete floors not having bathed for days, if not weeks; with lice and scabies; who will get rat bites tonight. All in Australia, all at a time when we are celebrating in our nation’s capital a new beginning.”