Fake – Tony Abbott on Indigenous affairs

Posted: February 14, 2014 in Politics

This week in Federal Parliament Tony Abbott actually did something noble.

I know, best pick yourself up from the floor and dust yourself off.

Education amongst Indigenous Australians is something that needs to be addressed with attendance rates at ridiculously low levels, particularly in rural areas.

Tony Abbott has set a target of a 90% attendance rate by 2019 which is a bold target and if he meets it, I will be among the first to congratulate him, and I commend him on his commitment.

I also would like to congratulate him for having the decency to praise the Gillard and Rudd governments for their efforts to bridge the gap.

Abbott even went a step further and told parliament of how a speech by Paul Keating was a watershed moment for him and greatly influenced him in regards to indigenous affairs.

While acknowledging the efforts of your political opponents may be noble I have doubts as to Abbott’s motive.

The man many call Phoney Tony would like us all to believe that the Liberal Party is a friend to Indigenous Australians and is the party that they should support.

Do not be fooled.

Some of you may remember the protests and marches that took place during the last Liberal governments reign. These protests were aimed at John Howard and the Coalition government at the time that Tony Abbott was a vocal member and front-bencher of in the hope of the stolen generation receiving an official apology from the Australian Government.

Thousands marched over the Harbour Bridge in Sydney while John Howard sat just metres below them in Kirribilli House having breakfast.

Thousands march over the Harbour Bridge calling on John Howard to say Sorry.

Thousands march over the Harbour Bridge calling on John Howard to say Sorry.

One word. Sorry.

But that was too much for Tony Abbott’s Liberal Party to commit to, and they refused to do the decent thing.

When Kevin Rudd was elected in 2007 for the Labor Party, he apologised to the stolen generation almost immediately.

Many of you are probably thinking “Yeah, well that was John Howard’s government not Abbott’s”.

So what has Abbott done to show his respect for Indigenous Australians?

Tony Abbott says he cares for Indigenous Australians, that is why during his election campaign Tony promised to spend the first week of his Prime Ministership if he won the election with the Yolngu people in Arnhem Land.

Well of course Abbott is now PM and the Yolngu people are still waiting for him to show up.

Tony Abbott breaking a promise to Indigenous Australians the first day he is Prime Minister. Nice.

Tony Abbott - Not fooling anyone

Tony Abbott – Not fooling anyone

Then we have another promise of Tony Abbott’s during his election campaign, this one to News Ltd columnist  Andrew Bolt.

Abbott’s commitment to Bolt was to amend and weaken the Racial Discrimination Act.

Andrew Bolt was found to have breached the Racial Discrimination Act in court after a group if Indigenous Australians took him to task after a column he had written was published by News Ltd. The article caused great offence to many within the Indigenous community.

Tony Abbott, not wanting to see Australia’s most published racist getting into trouble for offending some Aboriginal folk promised to have the act amended so that Bolt could continue to vilify people based on their race.

Last year the then Attorney General Mark Dreyfus sent a passionate plea to Tony Abbott to not go down this path and to leave the Act as it stands.

Andrew Bolt cried freedom of speech, as those who abuse it usually do, I wonder how Bolt would feel about freedom of speech if he woke up to find his picture on the front of the newspapers with the headline “paedophile”.

Andrew Bolt after getting belted in court

Andrew Bolt after getting belted in court

Still if we want to know which political party really has any respect for Indigenous Australians one only has to go to a Labor Party meeting, a Labor function, or attend a council meeting where there is a Labor Party Mayor or Labor majority.

A Labor Party function, meeting, or council meeting under a Labor Mayor will always start with what is called the Acknowledgement Of Country.

This is where we pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land past and present wherever that meeting or event is being held. We find out who those owners are, where I am from it is the Dharug people.

It goes like this;

“I’d like to acknowledge the traditional Custdodians of the land (ie the burramattagul clan)  (of the Darug nation)  on whose land we meet and pay respects to their elders past and present”

This is just one of the ways we show our respect.

When I was running as a candidate and at a candidate’s debate made this Acknowledgement I was booed and heckled by some of those there to support the Liberal candidates.

In councils which have gone from Labor control to Liberal control the first noticeable change to the public is that the Acknowledgement Of Country disappears, and is usually replaced with a prayer or pledge to a foreigner, the Queen.

If the Liberal Party have any respect for Indigenous Australians why do they show such disdain for the Acknowledgement Of Country?

It is only a few words, but it is a big display of respect.

Something those in the Liberal Party clearly lack.

Actions speak louder than words Tony, and we have heard yours clearly.

They scream that you are a fake.

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Barry Bunnings

Comments
  1. Fed up says:

    I think I read, that Abbott is sincere in his views on indigenous matters, Yes, but being sincere does not follow that one knows what is best,

  2. owen1967 says:

    … i live in a country town that is around 30% Indigenous … my kids attend a school that has over 30% Indigenous students … i have Indigenous friends … i live less that 1 km from an Indigenous village … we share a community … successfully and happily … never have i had any issues with security (nor have my kids) …

    when educational aspirations become:
    “teaching kids how to think”,
    NOT
    “teaching kids what to think”
    … i’m sure we will witness a greater Indigenous student attendance rate than is current.

    … but for the moment, i doubt that white-fella-ways … with our blatant disrespect of the land … and our ugly, racist disregard of the Indigenous people – are a particularly attractive option.

  3. To be utterly fair, the times I have been present for the Welcome to Country ceremony its usually accompanied by a ‘we’d like to acknowledge the spirits of those aboriginal people massacred here by the early settlers…’ …and no, I am sadly not joking.

    I have no objection to tradition and or offering respect – but there is absolutely no need to accompany it with a thick slab of white guilt either.

    • wixxy says:

      I have never heard that ever at any meeting, conference or event and I have been to many

    • Korstraw says:

      I haven’t been to many events where ‘Welcome to Country’ happened, but the few I’ve attended have never mentioned anything like that.

    • Rod Bakes says:

      I , question you on your statement of massacre ,Bit sus !! Keyborder!!

    • Judy Cameron says:

      What a great idea! But we would not have to do that everytime if we publicly acknowledge the carnage of the indigenous people and included it in history taught in schools. Honesty is the best policy and we should be done with whitewashing this. Grow up Australia!

  4. Fed up says:

    Owen, as Shorten said, during his reply this week, it is about teaching the kids to love to learn.

    The big stick never works when it comes to education.

    No good forcing any kid to school, if they do not want to be there. Will learn nothing,

    They catch on quickly, when they learn there are many advantages to being educated.

  5. Fed up says:

    Yes, the one thing one must never do, is to acknowledge genuine history.

    We are not responsible for what happened. We are responsible for how history is remembered.

    We are responsible for seeing the sins of the past are addressed,

    The past still affects and contributes to how many live and cope today.

  6. Has anyone ever read Section 18c of the Anti-Discrimination Act?

    “the act is reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people; and”

    That in conjunction with what immediately follows it in the act makes just about anything you say or write in the public domain punishable under the ADA.

    In-fact the only change they want to make to the ADA is to remove the words “Offend, Insult and Humiliate” as they are too subjective. Even without those words in the Act itself Andrew Bolt would have likely lost his case anyway, and had his paper decided to appeal they more than likely would have won.

    And that is because the above mentioned line in the ADA is completely at odds with the constitutionally protected norms of free speech.

    In-fact, the people who sued Andrew Bolt used entirely the wrong legislative instrument, they had an open and shut case of defamation, but that is another story entirely…

    Apart from that, great post Wixxy.

  7. Bloss says:

    Wixxy, the Abbott Government has also flagged cuts to indigenous legal aid services of over $13 million. This is expected to affect front line services and will result in more incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

  8. AndrewB says:

    Ahh, ya just couldn’t let it go, Wixxy, slamming Abbott because he couldn’t change the way Howard approached things.

    And as far as ALP lip service to “welcome to country”, well, remember the first Indigenous Member of Parliament was a Liberal, Senator Neville Bonner.
    The first Indigenous member of the House of Representatives is a Liberal, Ken Wyatt.
    The first Indigenous state or territory leader is a Liberal (CLP) the Northern Territory’s Adam Giles, also supported by a number of Aboriginal CLP members up there who got their position on merit, not on “captain’s pick” like the long overdue senate appointment of Gillard, with Nova Peris.

    Of course the ALP did have an Aboriginal President, briefly, Warren Mundine, but when the opportunity for a casual senate vacancy arose, the Labor party picked an old hack from the NSW right instead of an intelligent, widely respected fellow like Warren Mundine.

    It took Abbott to appoint Mr Mundine to a senior position relating to Aboriginal affairs.

    Despite what you’d like to think, the Libs have the runs on the board when it comes to recognising Aboriginal Australians in PRACTICAL ways, and not just the patronising tokens like “welcome to country”.

    • Mankind says:

      Andrew, you are an horrible little Boy that gets his kicks from poisoning other People’s Waterholes. You love being paid for being an obnoxious Bully. You are without Honour.

      Warren Mundine is no good fellow. He is turning Aboriginal Nations against each other to benefit of the Mining Companies. He is currently the most dangerous Jacky your Sponsors have in their Arsenal.

      Nothing you say has any Credibility. You make me sick.

  9. Ironman says:

    Perhaps they shouldn’t break the law then they wouldn’t need the legal aid

  10. whatismore says:

    If you can bear to watch Insiders, at 45 minutes into the program, the panel has the audacity to promote Abbott’s approach to Aboriginal advancement. I was appalled that they compared his performance with reference to the famous Redfern speech delivered by Paul Keating -Abbott’s intention was to bath in PJK’s reflected glory.

    http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/view/76187069

  11. clarittee says:

    Bailleau removed the opening reference to the aborigines about the first thing he did in Victoria ..It must be in their DNA to gave given it such a priority.
    Warren Mundine is Gerard Hendersons; son in law. Gerard is … well Gerard.. I feel sorry for the aborigines who are conned into throwing their lot in with the LieNP. They will end up falling out with their own people, as sure as night follows day.
    I believe the Australian aborigines are a dispossessed race much like the Palestinians maybe worse and cannot hope to understand how sick at heart they must feel.
    I as a white person of 4 generations here I cannot stand the damage we do to this land. ( clearing trees, erosion, polluted rivers, digging giant holes ruining lakes and coastline Ugly cities that use energy like there is no tomorrow and have air so rotten you have to create an airconditioned environment to be there..
    Just try to imagine what this place was like before WE came and think what we have done to it in such a short time

  12. AndrewB says:

    clarittee, “I as a white person of 4 generations here I cannot stand the damage we do to this land. ( clearing trees, erosion, polluted rivers, digging giant holes ruining lakes and coastline Ugly cities that use energy like there is no tomorrow and have air so rotten you have to create an airconditioned environment to be there..”

    Clearly, Clarittee, your best solution would be to f**k off back to the land of your ancestors, lest you benefit from the destruction here.

    Mankind says:
    February 16, 2014 at 8:30 pm
    “Andrew, you are an horrible little Boy that gets his kicks from poisoning other People’s Waterholes. You love being paid for being an obnoxious Bully. You are without Honour.”

    “Mankind”, you fuckwit, I am not paid to comment here, I am not bullying anyone. I am merely providing an alternative view and some facts for a change.

    “Warren Mundine is no good fellow. He is turning Aboriginal Nations against each other to benefit of the Mining Companies. He is currently the most dangerous Jacky your Sponsors have in their Arsenal.”

    Ahh, so a comment from a self righteous racist who turns on a respected Aboriginal leader and uses a disgraceful comment like “Jacky”, merely because Mr Mundine dares disagrees with the politically correct white “Aboriginal industry” narrative.

    “Nothing you say has any Credibility. You make me sick.”

    Nothing I say has credibility ?
    So I was wrong about the first Aboriginal Senator being Neville Bonner ?
    The first lower house federal Aboriginal MP being Ken Wyatt ?
    The first Aboriginal Territory leader being Adam Giles ?

    I think we’ve established just who has the credibility problem!

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