Category Archives: Australia

Reconciliation Australia’s Two-Faced Activism

Joe Stella, Quadrant, 27 May 2024

Every year, Reconciliation Australia Limited (RAL) marks the period between the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum (May 217) and the Mabo judgment (June 3) as National Reconciliation Week. Last year, the theme was “Be a Voice for generations”, a reference to the looming referendum. This year’s theme, “Now more than ever”, reflects the organisation’s unprocessed shock and denial at the result. According to RAL, “as a nation we stumbled” but “the fight” must continue.

Really? RAL has now been operating for 23 years, more than twice as long as the statutory Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation that preceded it. As I have argued in a new paper for Close the Gap Research, “surely so emphatic a defeat of what advocates called ‘an act of reconciliation’ demands an objective assessment of the continued viability of that process.”

That assessment must begin with a difficult and still largely unexplored question: Is reconciliation what Aborigines actually want? In an address delivered during the last Reconciliation Week, ‘Yes’ campaigner Megan Davis cast serious doubt on this. During consultations in the lead-up to the 2017 Uluru Statement, she told a Townsville audience, “our old people kept saying, unsolicited and organically, that reconciliation was the wrong process, that reconciliation was the wrong word.”

We do not know how many of these “old people” there were, much less whether they represent a significant body of opinion among Aborigines. However, Davis’ comments are helpful because they at least acknowledge the diprotodon in the room. Reconciliation has always been promoted as a means to cement national unity. As such, it is inimical to a radical Aboriginal rights agenda centred on the indicia of a separate race-based nationhood: sovereignty, self-determination, international recognition, treaties, embassies and so on.

The Uluru Statement endorses the Aboriginal nationalist program first developed by the National Aboriginal Conference between 1979 and 1981. This includes Aboriginal sovereignty, a treaty (makarrata), reparations and recognition of customary law. The Voice to Parliament, the brainchild of non-Aboriginal academic Shireen Morris, was a novel addition. As later accounts of the convention that produced the Uluru Statement demonstrate, a treaty was the top priority for many delegates. They needed to be persuaded that the Voice was a necessary preliminary measure. This tension is reflected in the final text of the Statement, which characterises a treaty as “the culmination of our agenda”.

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Weak stomachs should avoid unpleasant work

Yesterday, the government funded ABC reported the reaction of unnamed people in Victoria’s justice department to a police presentation on Victoria’s gangs. The report was headed:

Victoria Police presentation on youth crime criticised for ‘racist’ focus on ‘African gangs’

‘The presentation,’ the ABC reporters wrote, ‘followed a three-day conference on gangs which had attracted law enforcement officers from America, England, Italy and New Zealand. Dozens of public servants from the Department of Justice and some from the premier’s department had been invited to take part.’

The unnamed people are ostensibly professionals in the area of juvenile violence. Sadly, their reaction, fulsomely described by the indignant female reporters, showed they were not suited to making dispassionate judgments on the (very) serious subject of youth and gang violence.

Here is a selection of the complaints made by the so-called professionals:

The presentation was ‘racist’ and focused on ‘African gangs’ …

‘The language, tone, and imagery … was very racist …

‘Attendees complained they should have been warned beforehand they would see “someone get stabbed to death”.’

Some staff were “disturbed”, “upset” and “extremely affected”.

The graphic content was “gratuitous”.

One attendee wondered about the “Unclear purpose of showing [this] video.”

The accusation of racism arose because of the graphic footage of African and South Sudanese gangs in action.

My advice to the unnamed fragile staff in Victoria’s justice department is that if they haven’t the stomach to face the reality of gang violence and the reality of the specific groups involved, they should get out of the department and find work more conducive to their precarious emotional makeup – and stop taking up wasted space.

65,000 years? An extraordinary claim without justification

Think about it. The claim that Aboriginal culture is 65,000 years old, and the world’s oldest continuing culture is extraordinary – given what is known about ancient peoples.

How do we know it was the same culture and the same people over 65,000 years? The earliest written records (Sumerian and Egyptian) go back no more than 3,400 years, and the first coherent records (Sumerian and Egyptian) are no more than 2,600 years old.

Of course, fossil traces of human existence go back thousands of years, but bits of bone say nothing specifically cultural. One can accept fossil traces of human existence have been found on the Australian continent, but that does not mean it was irrefutably the same people or exactly the same culture.

It does not assault reason to say Aboriginal culture, as found by the settlers in January 1788, may not have been more than a few thousand years old.

Ever heard of ESG?

David Penberthy Herald Sun February 24, 2024

As another millionaire CEO loses his job over another PR disaster, maybe it’s time sanctimonious corporations resorted to honesty. There was an interview in last month’s Qantas inflight magazine with the chief executive of the mining giant Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto you will recall is the company which landed itself in deep strife when it emerged in 2020 that it had blown up two 46,000 year-old Aboriginal caves in Western Australia to access $135 million worth of iron ore.

The revelation was pivotal in the departure of former CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques and his replacement with new boss Jakob Stausholm, the subject of the profile piece in the Qantas mag.

In that article, Stausholm talked about how he has always placed himself at the vanguard of what’s known in business circles as ESG, which stands for environmental, social, governance. ESG is basically the progressive corporate checklist covering everything from carbon emissions and reconciliation to gender equality and LGBTQI friendliness, against which “enlightened” modern corporations assess their conduct as good corporate citizens.

ESG strikes a delicate and often unsuccessful balance between doing the right thing, and coming across as preachy and sanctimonious.

It creates a real risk that companies can be seen as straying from their day jobs.

And it can also set them up for accusations of hypocrisy, as was the case last year when Rio Tinto took time out from its once-hectic schedule blowing up indigenous sacred sites to campaign for a Yes vote at last year’s referendum.

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The true statistics of male and female murders

Every time a woman is murdered by a man – usually a partner – the feminist howl goes up about men and their violent tendencies which are particularly focused on women. As with a lot of accepted feminist rhetoric they have it wrong. More males are murdered per year than females.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 377 victims of homicide and related offences recorded in Australia in 2022, an increase of 7 victims from the previous year.

Most victims of homicide and related offences in 2022 were male (69%), aged over 18 years (85%), and killed at a residential location (64%).  More than a third (36%) of homicides were family and domestic violence related, and more than half (59%) involved the use of a weapon.

Men murder more males than females.

More proof of the failure of multiculturalism

Taylor Auerbach and Sharri Markson of Sky News have presented a stunning report on a ‘radical pro-Palestinian group’ whose leader identifies as a ‘terrorist’.

Just as disturbing, though not surprising, is the collusion of members of the Greens Party. It is not surprising because the Greens are Australia’s Marxist party with the unfailing object of destroying our Nation and replacing it with some evil of their design.

But no matter how much proof there is of multiculturalism’s failure around the world, its supporters, like the anti-white government funded SBS, will barrel on spruiking the benefits of ‘diversity’. Of course, ‘diversity’ is the weapon to destroy the white British-European foundations of the nation of Australia.

The immigration of incompatible peoples is essential to their project.

We have demonstrations every day of people from incompatible cultures openly expressing their hatred of foundational Australians. It is more than ironic that some of these people from countries teetering on barbarism are using Australia’s law courts to attack and harm Australians.

Multiculturalism must be the central issue in the 2025 general election. Conservatives – real conservatives – must be now in full election mode to defeat the Labor-Greens-TEAL coalition. These are the parties of treachery and betrayal. Tactics, clever tactics, are crucial.

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Radical pro-Palestinian group evades police crackdown after chilling footage emerges of ‘terrorist’ activists in Melbourne

A radical group of pro-Palestinian extremists in Melbourne has avoided any police crackdown despite chilling footage emerging of their leader declaring the activists as “terrorists”.

Taylor Auerbach and Sharri Markson

A radical group of pro-Palestinian protesters and left-wing extremists continues to avoid the glare of authorities despite Sky News Australia alerting police to a series of videos in which leaders declare they are “terrorists” and call on supporters to sabotage Australian shipping exports to Israel.

Headquartered on the forecourt of Victoria’s parliament building since the deadly Hamas invasion of Israel on October 7 last year, the group calls itself ‘The Sit-Intifada’ – a pun based on the Arabic word ‘Intifada’, meaning an uprising of Muslims against Israel.

Osama Bin Laden used the last “blessed Intifada” as justification for the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania.

Victorian Greens MPs – including deputy leader Ellen Sandell – have been filmed addressing the group in recent weeks and voicing their support.

The group comprises a coalition of Islamic, anti-capitalist and socialist “revolutionary” groups as well as unions, teachers’ organisations and individual activists.

One of the group’s most vocal members is president of the ‘Black Peoples Union’ Kieran Stewart-Assheton.

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This is an insurgent war

There is an insurgency underway in Australia – an attempted political and cultural coup. It is conducted by a small group of insurgent thugs. And they are getting away with it. Those responsible for defending Australia against the insurgent forces do nothing. They are doing nothing because they are either colluding with the insurgents or are too gutless to do anything about it. Either way, the insurgency calls for a response.

Most Australians are sick to death of having reinvented ceremonies forced upon on them. We are sick to death of having an animist religion forced on us. We are sick to death of large tracts of land being given away to people who have a claim based on race – often a ludicrous claim by those indistinguishable from the average Australian. It has to stop.

The Age has today reported yet another declaration of war by the insurgents who in the dark of night – where they belong – have brought down another statue of Captain Cook. They used an angle grinder to saw it off at its ankles. The report provides a video of the insurgents at work. This is how confident they are in their work of insurgency – confident nobody will act. They left their usual message:

‘THE COLONY WILL FALL’

It hardly needs saying. There is no colony. There is a nation that had its origin in January 1788. The new nation extinguished whatever society was before it, as primitive as it was. All those who now receive its benefits tacitly assent to its laws and government. A nation has a right to defend itself against attempts to destroy it. These are notion civilized people have agreed to through the centuries.

Let the insurgents know that Australia will fall over the dead bodies of a multitude of Australians if it comes to that.

The warning is there.

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Cooks’ Cottage statue toppled in latest attack on Melbourne monuments

By Alex Crowe, The Age, February 27, 2024

A bronze statue of Captain James Cook has been hacked off its plinth in a Melbourne park, prompting a police investigation.

The sculpture of the British explorer at Cooks’ Cottage in East Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens was cut off between 5pm on Sunday and 7am on Monday, causing it to fall to the ground.

A video posted to an anonymous social media account shows masked vandals using an angle grinder to saw the statue off at its ankles, before pushing it over.

The words “the colony will fall” were painted beside the fallen statue, according to the account.

“Yet another monument to the imperialist James Cook has been felled in so-called Melbourne. Rumour has it that this was the last remaining Cook statue in the city,” the post on Instagram says.

“Monuments such as this only serve to prop up the narrative that enables so-called Australia’s continuing theft and desecration of land and life, and to legitimise its ongoing violence.

“This narrative is as hollow as a monument to a long dead coloniser who met his just fate, being speared by first nations warriors in Hawaii.”

According to the Captain Cook Society, the statue was sculpted by Marc Clark in 1973, and was owned privately before it was gifted to the City of Melbourne in 1996. The sculpture was moved into the garden at Cooks’ Cottage the following year.

Built in 1755, Cooks’ Cottage was the Yorkshire home of Captain Cook’s parents, with the two-storey brick house and its adjoining stable taken apart and shipped from England to be rebuilt in Melbourne. The attraction was publicly opened in 1934.

The targeting of Cook’s statues follows similar incidents in Melbourne on the eve of Australia Day.

Multiculturalism – the great delusion

Of course, multiculturalism is a delusion for those who have swallowed the Marxist rhetoric. For the unrelenting and remorseless Marxists, multiculturalism is perhaps their heaviest weapon in their campaign to corrupt Western Civilization.

Not a week ago, The Netherlands was set ablaze by Eritrean political factions (migrants) battling each other over political problems in Eritrea.

What more is to be said about migration from Islamic countries? In every nation of the West where Muslim migrants have managed to get a foothold you have crime and violence and the refusal to integrate. Now we have weekly demonstrations of Muslims agitating on behalf of Hamas and shouting antisemitic slogans.

The Muslims are not to blame. They are just bringing their incompatible culture with them. No, it’s the woke ideologues in our governments, education and civil service that are treacherously responsible.

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Prophet and Loss

Bryan Wimborne, Quadrant 21st February 2024

Ideas can be dangerous. Among the most dangerous are those that are utopian and therefore bear little or no relevance to the real world. In recent years, a popular but ill-considered utopian idea has been multiculturalism. This ideology appeals to impractical idealists and was readily adopted by the Left, which saw it as the means to undermine Western values. Multiculturalism dates from the 1963 Canadian Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, but did not become that country’s official policy until 1971. As more immigrants moved to English-speaking countries in the West, multiculturalism travelled with them. In Australia it was adopted as official policy in 1973.

The success of post-war migration to Australia should not blind us to the failings of multiculturalism. When most new settlers originated in the Western world or possessed Western values, multiculturalism appeared to work. However, it was a mistake of epic proportions to import settlers whose cultures were not compatible with those of Australia. Those who promote multiculturalism often stress the diversity it adds to the community. That is true, but there is no reason to believe that diversity is beneficial. It is a woke idea unsupported by facts. There is a fine line between diversity and disunity, one that can be erased only through integration and assimilation.

When widely differing cultures come into contact, they inevitably clash. This historical reality has been ignored by many governments who hastily embraced the theory of multiculturalism without giving thought to the dangers it poses for national cohesion.

Concerns about the effectiveness of multicultural policies to integrate migrants were eventually expressed by several world leaders. David Cameron, in his first speech as Britain’s prime minister, spoke of radicalisation and the causes of terrorism. He criticised state multiculturalism and later signalled a tougher stance on groups promoting Islamist extremism.  Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy declared multiculturalism a failed concept and called for a renewed focus on France’s identity. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said the so-called multicultural concept—where people would “live side-by-side happily”—did not work. The governments of Netherlands and Denmark, recognising multiculturalism’s disruptive effects on their communities, returned to an official policy of monoculture.

In Australia, as ethnic social unrest resulting from multiculturalism increases, it might be only a matter of time before monoculturalism is introduced to unify the nation.

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