Christopher Pyne last year. It echoes Tony Abbotts comment on Indigenous people on Q&A back in 2010:
Now, I know that there are some Aboriginal people who aren’t happy with Australia Day. For them it remains Invasion Day. I think a better view is the view of Noel Pearson, who has said that Aboriginal people have much to celebrate in this country’s British Heritage’
It is no surprise that the review commissioned by Christopher Pyne recommends a greater focus on Western civilisation and scaling back emphasis on Indigenous & Asian history.
Our current educational system is already a racist anglocentric account of Australian history that sanitises the invasion and colonisation of Australia. Australian textbooks still refer to white colonisation as a settlement and not an invasion. It still ignores the armed resistance of Indigenous tribes. It is light in recounting the wars that were fought. Most Australian students are still painfully unaware which tribe has ownership of the land that they reside on. Many are incapable of identifying an Aboriginal language. A sizeable proportion of the population are completely unaware of racist laws such as the Flora and Fauna Act that identified Indigenous people as flaura and fauna and not people as recently as 1967. First nations lives lost in the Frontier wars are still not honoured or recognised on ANZAC day. I don’t think its possible to sanitise or further ignore Indigenous history and culture than we already do, white history is still front and centre of our current curriculum, the achievements of ‘white civilisation’ still exalted. If Australia wants to embrace its march towards a prosperous multicultural modern nation it needs to reflect on the racist and violent roots that have borne untold misery and torn Indigenous communities apart, not ignore it.
I feel like that’s a disgusting way to look at things. You’re literally justifying genocide.
Do you have any idea how many cultures, how many languages, how many ways of life, how many peoples were wiped off the face of the earth under colonialism?
And for what? To reach some western definition of productivity and advancement? As if people have no worth unless they are turned into little cogs in the great gears of western imperialism?
Nowhere else in the Middle East is like that…it’s almost as if the entire Middle East has been under some form of colonial rule or something. It’s almost as if every meaningful step towards self sufficiency or actual sovereignty is stifled. Almost.
If the land was “left” (what, you mean not colonized/exploited?) to the Palestinians, we would live on it as we see fit. However we wanted. Our right to exist is not contingent on your approval, or some arbitrary level of “development”.
Why do you speak as if we’re uncivilized savages, unable to create our own advancements? If people like you left us the hell alone we’d manage. And you know what, we’d have problems, we’d stumble, but we’d also pick ourselves up, and at the end of the day, it’s nobody’s business how we run our own affairs.
Not only are you morally bankrupt in advocating for something that has caused literally the deaths of millions, but you also show that you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about in your last sentence.
Pretty equal standard of living? Okay:
Just literally, right now: Go to google. Type in: “average income Israel”. Do it.
Equal standard of living my ass. This is just the tip of the iceberg too.