Australia went to war with Saddam Hussein after he gassed the Kurds and forcibly resettled the Marsh Arabs by draining the marshes. Now the Australian government is back in Iraq trying to contain the damage Hussein started while at home it pursues a plan the Australian newspaper says the public service (not politicians) developed 7 years ago: to forcibly resettle Aboriginal people by turning off essential services including water, sewerage, electricity for washing clothes and kids, and keeping food and medicines safe to eat and use.
Why is it wrong when it is done overseas in the course of a war but suddenly right when it is done at home? The truth of it is it is not right at home either. Trying to hide what is occurring, and what is coming for regional Australia, by defunding Imparja television and allowing ABC regional news to be decimated is no defence to committing what would be a war crime if Australian troops forcibly resettled the civilian population of another country: by cutting their access to food, water and medicine.
Other top down plans developed by the same unelected planners who see nothing wrong with doing it if it is not done overseas? The statistics in the latest Productivity Commission Report suggest that, at enormous public expense, their other plans have done very little to close the gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians under either Liberal or Labor governments. Instead they have produced suicide and imprisonment rates among the highest in the world, and an impact on Alice Springs in the Northern Territory little short of catastrophic.
In South Australia the Anangu have already been forcibly related from APY homelands outside the communities and the community of Watarru, with some homelands reoccupied by Australian government funded non-Anangu employed by NGOS. When essential services were cut off in Davenport community, on the edge of a major regional city, women were expected to cook meals in kitchens 6″ deep in sewerage inside houses in streets piling with rubbish.
So in the APY Lands – who is left to ship out? Thousands of people living in 7 large communities. Pipalyatjara, Kanpi-Nyapari, Amata, Ernabella, Fregon, Mimili & Indukana.
June 30, 2015.
When the Australian government (supported by State governments of every political persuasion doing nothing to help their most vulnerable people) implements this 21st century version of “poison the waterholes” next July it will create an influx of thousands of traumatised #refugees. After 50 years of government driven herding they will have nowhere to go but to regional centres and State capitals already awash with alcohol and displaced alcoholics.
Logic suggests that when (not if) the logical outcome of this forced resettlement happens, the next response by the unelected planners will be the Khmer Rouge solution. When their grand top down plan for Cambodia’s peasants did not deliver the anticipated results it could not be a defect in the plan or the fault of its planners either. The regional centres will be the problem,not this grandiose plan or its Canberra-centric planners. Cut their local government funding for roads rates and rubbish. Let the State government of whatever political persuasion stand around muttering ‘tut tut’ about Broome, Kalgoorlie, Alice Springs, Port Augusta – as it saves money on supplying sewerage water and electricity there too.
Please sign this petition. Tell unelected executive activists with a disastrous track record they need to pull the earplugs out of their ears and go back to to their drawing boards instead of upending everyone living in regional Australia for no valid reason. They might just buy the new refugees tickets to resettle themselves in Canberra.
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