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19 May 2011

The Aussie alphabet: I is for indigenous

Does any country get indigenous right? We know what happened in the young United States, where treaty after treaty was broken by the European invaders. Later, Native American children were removed from their families and sent to White schools, and the legacy of alcoholism, substance abuse, poor perinatal outcomes, chronic disease and premature death, not to mention poverty and hopelessness, is passed on from one generation to the next.

And here in Oz? Same story. Aboriginal Australians have all the same problems. Successive governments seem to either ignore them (Liberal-National) and hope they'll just go away, or make a lot of noise about doing something about them without, in the end, making much of a difference (Labor).