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Of ‘lifestyle choices’ and genocide

Many Aboriginal people in Australia live in remote areas. As part of its 2014 Budget for the rich the Abbott government announced that funding of remote communities would be moved over 2 years away from the Commonwealth (which bore 2/3 rds of the cost) to State governments.

In response the Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett announced the closure of up to 150 remote communities.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday supported the decision to close the communities down. He said:

What we can’t do is endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices if those lifestyle choices are not conducive to the kind of full participation in Australian society that everyone should have.

That’s right. Our beloved PM thinks that Aboriginal people living on their land and that of their ancestors is a ‘lifestyle choice’. Racist shit that he is.

Let’s not pussy foot around. Driving Aboriginal people off their land is genocide. It has been going on since 1788 and this closure of up to 150 settlements in WA is the latest instalment.

I know of some lifestyle choices we do endlessly and needlessly support. The top ten percent of income earners get almost 1/3 rd of the superannuation tax concessions, all up about $15 bn revenue forgone a year. That would fund better services for remote communities.

 

 

Or what about the billions that go to rich private schools?

 

 

Evidently Tony Abbott has no trouble subsidising the lifestyle choices of rich white people. And speaking of remote communities, the Abbott government and Shorten Labor Opposition are the two communities totally removed from the reality of every day life for most workers and the poor.

Why do we endlessly subsidise politicians in their lifestyle choices? Australia’s Prime Minister is an ignorant racist pig heading up a genocidal government and system.

 

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Comment from peter piper
Time March 11, 2015 at 8:45 am

of course they can live off the land (and anywhere else they want) – but why should they be subsidised for doing so by the Aussie taxpayer??

Comment from Lorikeet
Time March 11, 2015 at 9:42 am

Once again, I am reminded of a comment once made by Tony Abbott.

He said: “Jesus would never have led the Liberal Party,” and then laughed.

I have to wonder what happened to the PM who was once considering life as a Roman Catholic monk, complete with vow of poverty. What cataclysmic event could possibly have pushed someone like that over a cataclysmic edge into a party which would trample over the corpses of the destitute, disabled and those living too far away for him to care?

It is interesting that responsibility for indigenous communities has been dumped onto state governments. When the states are wiped out in favour of amalgamated councils AKA communist style “mini states”, what will be the fate of all people living in rural communities?

Oh, now I remember. The implementation of Agenda 21 will turn rural Australia over to the bats, bush turkeys and possums (Greens and UN agenda), while everyone lives in cramped little flats in the cities and is worked to death by capitalists.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time March 11, 2015 at 9:44 am

I would not describe this proposal as a purely racist agenda, as the plan must be to make indigenous people integrate with other Australians. While it may seem racist at first glance, the agenda is actually homogeneous.

Comment from Chris Bundy
Time March 11, 2015 at 10:32 am

Lifestyle choice? Is that the choice that my 16 year old son will make when he chooses to move from the bush to Sydney to better his career..OOPPS! CAN’T DO THAT..can’t afford the cost of housing. A lifestyle choice is only available to those who can afford it. How the hell do you “close” a community that cannot afford to make a lifestyle choice?

Comment from Mike
Time March 11, 2015 at 6:20 pm

How did Aborigines live before the white man arrived?

Who subsidised their communities then?

Comment from John
Time March 12, 2015 at 11:37 am

They lived off their land, which they now can’t do because capitalism has stolen it and lives off it, ie Aboriginal people subsidise capitalism.