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We cut company taxes while aboriginal kids starve

Aboriginal kids are starving while Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott argue over how much to cut company taxes.

The Northern Territory is holding an enquiry into child protection system. According to The Independent, child protection workers told the Enquiry that ‘children in remote indigenous communities are starving.’

The Independent went on to say:

resources allocated to indigenous communities were “grossly inadequate” and the spectacle of children who were failing to thrive was, to them, familiar. The Darwin-based team covers a vast area and looks after 14,000 people, but has to make do with four welfare workers and four Aboriginal community workers. That level of staffing, combined with a “fly-in, fly-out approach”, allows for “little more than superficial child protection responses”, the inquiry submission said.

In one of the richest countries in the world the submission argued that an international aid style mission (Oxfam, Red Cross) was needed to feed the aboriginal children.

None of this should surprise us. The Northern Territory intervention was never about protecting children. It was and is about stealing aboriginal land and controlling welfare recipients. It is the 21st century version of white paternalism and racism.

After 3 years of Labor in power nothing has changed. The racist intervention continues. The life expectancy gap between aborigines and white Australians remains at almost 20 years. Infant mortality is twice as high for aborigines. They are 8 times more likely to be in prison. Poverty, ill health and unemployment are rife.

Aboriginal society is the Gaza of Australia. We are its invaders and blockaders. 

While Labor has no money for better health, education and housing for aborigines, and certainly no vision for a treaty, sovereignty, self determination or even real land rights recognising prior ownership, it has lots of money for big business.

It’s backdown on the Resource Super Profits Tax means it has forgone about $14 billion in revenue, revenue it could have used to address aboriginal disadvantage.

40 percent of big business pays no income tax and of those that do pay tax, most pay much less than the headline 30 percent rate. Rather than cutting their taxes Labor should be making them pay some tax. It could use just some of the $100 billion ruling class and upper middle class tax welfare grants to abolish aboriginal starvation immediately. It won’t.

Instead of helping the victims of genocide the Labor Government is handing billions to the mining companies, those very people who along with agribusiness benefit the most from the theft of aboriginal land and the destruction of their societies.

Labor does this because it rules for the bosses, not the poor, the dispossessed or the working class.

Children starve while billionaires stop a minor tax to protect their mega profits. The bankruptcy of capitalism and of its overarching priority – profit before people –  is clear.

The need for a fight against the neoliberal policies of both parties has to me never been clearer.

Lara sums up the situation in the comments below:

Welfare workers – while they may be drawing attention to an issue which should be reported if it’s true – are probably just feathering their own nest. we certainly DO NOT need any sort of NGO like OXFAM or REDCROSS coming anywhere near our camps, communities or kids. I would assert if any child is starving either s/he is not in community – many women and children fled to the bush and to hide from the INTERVENTION (no more stealing of children) – or whole families are going hungry thanks to the ‘basics card’ and other punitive centrelink provisions making access very difficult (on top of the remoteness making the four day round trip from some communities very hard). At the four day gathering in July, at the New Way Summits and other first nation gatherings, and throughout this whole united campaign against the criminal misuse of the Little Children are Sacred Report we have demonstrated over and over again that Aborginal people and our friends can solve our own problems – can manage our own lives and communities. Bringing in more (fat cat or do-gooders alike) welfare types would add to the travesty. More of the solidarity such as the house building and freedom bus, and full funding for Aboriginal Control of Aboriginal Communities. More resources to the sustainable social and economic community development our communities are crying out for.

As aboriginal kids starve and the two major parties do and say nothing, the need for a socialist alternative to Labor has a new urgency.

Both The Independent and the BBC in the UK have run variations on this story. The mainstream media (MSM) in Australia have been silent to date. The lives of aboriginal kids are less important to them than reporting an election campaign of froth and bubble nonsense. This story of starving Aboriginal kids of course should  be front and centre of any election campaign. If any MSM want to use my story please do so. Or at least begin to investigate the story and raise it during the election as a real issue.

 

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Comment from Marco
Time August 5, 2010 at 7:40 pm

John,

This is a very important topic, one that must be explored, because we find very little if any reference about it in the media.

This cannot be kept hidden from the public.

Comment from John
Time August 5, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I agree Marco. That is partly why I wrote it. I was going to put a note at the bottom saying I wonder if any mainstream media in Australia would pick the story up. Maybe I will add that now.

Comment from Mervyn Jacobi
Time August 5, 2010 at 8:44 pm

For years the aboriginals have been slaughered , then put into compounds, then some given employment. Some are treated very good – by some, it depends where they live, it is hard to say how they are treated in Queensland or West Australia etc, because it varies from place to place, there are pockets of good and bad. I lived in the country as a lad, and we had very good friends with them, but this wasn’t normal in many of the community. It has to be a genuine friendship, and you would find that they are not so much different to anyone else. I, as a youth, lived within 200 metres of the aboriginal mission, run by the Salvation Army, and they organised dairy farming and the associated bits with it. I am sure that with people with the right attitude, to teach them, and our own people to restrain their often outspoken comments, even those who have been isolated could become more social minded, even if many of our whites can’t.

Comment from Mervyn Jacobi
Time August 5, 2010 at 8:50 pm

By the way, from the remarks I have heard, Mal Brough was an excellant person with the aborignals, and it would have been very good if he had been allowed to remain, particularly as nobody else appears to have that gift.

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Comment from peter piper
Time August 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm

those kids only starve cos the parents are pissed out of their neanderthal brain. It’s the same for trachoma – if the kids had clean faces, this disease would be eradicated. Put down the grog, put down the porn and put down the bloody petrol cans and join the 21st century

Comment from lara
Time August 7, 2010 at 2:58 am

You hit it on the head here: The Northern Territory intervention was never about protecting children. It was and is about stealing aboriginal land and controlling welfare recipients. It is the 21st century version of white paternalism and racism.

Welfare workers – while they may be drawing attention to an issue which should be reported if it’s true – are probably just feathering their own nest. we certainly DO NOT need any sort of NGO like OXFAM or REDCROSS coming anywhere near our camps, communities or kids. I would assert if any child is starving either s/he is not in community – many women and children fled to the bush and to hide from the INTERVENTION (no more stealing of children) – or whole families are going hungry thanks to the ‘basics card’ and other punitive centrelink provisions making access very difficult (on top of the remoteness making the four day round trip from some communities very hard). At the four day gathering in July, at the New Way Summits and other first nation gatherings, and throughout this whole united campaign against the criminal misuse of the Little Children are Sacred Report we have demonstrated over and over again that Aborginal people and our friends can solve our own problems – can manage our own lives and communities. Bringing in more (fat cat or do-gooders alike) welfare types would add to the travesty. More of the solidarity such as the house building and freedom bus, and full funding for Aboriginal Control of Aboriginal Communities. More resources to the sustainable social and economic community development our communities are crying out for.

Comment from lara
Time August 7, 2010 at 3:57 am

Stay tuned for screenings of what is described as Australia’s own Inconvenient Truth – http://www.ourgeneration.org.au/

Comment from John
Time August 7, 2010 at 7:26 am

Thanks Lara. Spot on. I am not supporting their call for Oxfam or Red Cross style interventions just using their comments to highlight how bad the situation is. The Little Children are Sacred report and your comments show the way. As you say ‘Aboriginal people and our friends can solve our own problems – can manage our own lives and communities. Bringing in more (fat cat or do-gooders alike) welfare types would add to the travesty.’

Comment from John
Time August 7, 2010 at 9:44 am

Lara. I put your comment in the body of the piece to make it clear that there is another way forward.

Comment from billie
Time August 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I think you are most unkind to the government, they have spend many dollars on aboriginal programs, usually on the white bureaucracy to run these programs.
I think I heard that it costs $8000 per annum to administer each Basics card. Isn’t Newstart Allowance $12,168 per year.

I am shocked that aboriginal children are starving but when Menzies School of Health reported that nutrition improved when the incomes increased the unstated part was that nutrition wasn’t bad it is inadequate.

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