Indigenous Australians

Bill Shorten calls for Commonwealth to compensate Stolen Generations

Earlier today, Bill Shorten suggested the Commonwealth provide compensation for victims of the Stolen Generation. Now, as I’ve detailed before, the idea of the Stolen Generations: that white Australians historically ‘stole’ half- caste children away from Indigenous mothers to diminish the Aboriginal race, is totally fictitious. But even if this did occur, and that we can… Continue reading Bill Shorten calls for Commonwealth to compensate Stolen Generations

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Why we shouldn’t change Australia Day

“What’s so bad about January 26?”, The Spectator, 26 January, 2017: This week, Warren Mundine proposed that Australia Day should be moved from January 26 to January 1, because the 26th marks the arrival of the first white settlers at Sydney Cove. He does not have a problem with the concept of Australia Day, but… Continue reading Why we shouldn’t change Australia Day

Indigenous Australians

Reconciliation or Revenge?

Another Australia Day, and fortunately for us, Sherry Sufi has released yet another brilliant piece on Indigenous affairs. Enjoy the following, but more importantly, happy Australia Day to all! “Reconciliation or Revenge?”, The Spectator, January 21, 2017: For a decade, a national apology was sought from Prime Minister John Howard. For a decade, he refused… Continue reading Reconciliation or Revenge?

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The myth of Aboriginal Exceptionalism

“The myth of Aboriginal Exceptionalism”, xyz.com, November 26, 2016: Unless perhaps you live in the Mesolithic Period in an outback Aboriginal community, you will no doubt have heard of the City of Fremantle’s recent decision to move Australia Day and rename it to One Day to make it a ‘culturally-inclusive alternative’.  Unless you’re insane, you… Continue reading The myth of Aboriginal Exceptionalism

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Why There Were No Stolen Generations (Part Two)

A fascinating sequel to the original piece I posted late last week. As this work so vehemently contradicts the current consensus on Australia’s history, it makes for an interesting yet detailed read. “Why There Were No Stolen Generations (Part Two)”, Quadrant, January 1, 2010: The empirical underpinnings of Bringing Them Home derived largely from the work of white academic… Continue reading Why There Were No Stolen Generations (Part Two)

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Why There Were No Stolen Generations (Part One)

An interesting, highly detailed article disavowing the idea of an Aboriginal ‘Stolen Generation’. Even those who disagree with its thesis ought to read it. “Why There Were No Stolen Generations (Part One”, Quadrant, January 1, 2010: Most Australians would be taken aback to find that whenever academics in the field of genocide studies discuss history’s worst… Continue reading Why There Were No Stolen Generations (Part One)

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The problem with #DefineAboriginal

When in conversation with conservative journalist Andrew Bolt, One Nation senator Pauline Hanson questioned the way Australia defined Aboriginals. “What defines an Aboriginal?” Senator Hanson asked Andrew Bolt. “If you marry an Aboriginal, you can be classified as an Aboriginal. “Or if the community or the elders accept you into that community, you can be defined… Continue reading The problem with #DefineAboriginal