posted on Jan, 16 2006 @ 04:46 PM
Originally posted by Agent47
Now I may be wrong here but Howlrunner I thought you were Australian. If this is true then what right do you have living in a country that has abused
and categorized the Aborigines as sub human scum? This issue isn't a one sided mirror.
Correct. I am an Aussie. Correct, we have abused, degraded, decimated and generally destroyed the various Aboriginal nations both as people and as
cultures. We even managed to commit genocide. There are tribes that were wiped out (and I don't meant the Tassies) and languages that no longer
The difference is that I've lived in central Australia (my mother does now) and I've seen the reality they live.
I can also appreciate the irony of Pauline Hanson leading an anti-immigration party that wants all "boat people" locked up while in school we
joyously teach our history, a bunch of convicts transported from the UK by the First Fleet. The only people in my country who aren't "boat people"
are black, the rest of us are interlopers.
I am also passionately against the policy of mandatory detention of illegal immigrants as practiced by the Oz government for two reasons. One, it
wastes money and resources. Two, it is racist. The biggest group of "illegals" are British tourists who overstay their visas and work illegally. But
they look and sound "normal" and no-one notices them.
Even stupider than madatory detention was the decision to intercept the boats (using the SAS in one example) in international waters and transport the
refugees to places like Nauru, put them in camps there and demand UNHCR solve the problem.
As for Aboriginal land, why don't you google the word Mabo and see what you find.
This is a two-sided mirror, why don't you do a little searching to see how I feel about the attitudes of my country? Try looking for racist, mob,
violence and Sydney.
By the way, what happened to "Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses"?
When did Americans become so selfish?