On the 31 May 2014 SBS showed the John Pilger film called Utopia.
This film looks at how Aboriginal people are treated throughout Australia.
The Black Caucus can not stress enough how important this film is to better the understanding of the Aboriginal plight in Australia.
The film is a hard hitting and unforgiving look at Australia, its history with the indigenous people, and its relationship with the Aboriginal people.
This article contains facts lifted directly from the film:
- Jay Creek was a government reserve where Aboriginal children were originally taken; these children later became reportedly the first of the stolen generations.
- The ‘eugenics movement’ which ran the Aboriginal facilities was linked to fascism.
- Many of the Aboriginal children became domestic servants in middle class homes.
- Known as ‘the bungalow’, the Aboriginal children taken there were regularly sexually abused by their white carers.
- Over 37 children were taken from Lighting Ridge in NSW one year after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s apology.
- Black children were taken from their homes and given to whites in 2013 as part of a new stolen generation, a practice that is still taking place to this day.
- In the north of Queensland over 200 Black babies have been taken from their mothers in hospitals, straight after their birth in recent years.
- In one year the government spent $80 million on surveillance and enforcement to take black children away from their parents. This is compared with $500,000 on supporting poor families.
- In 2007 the state of emergency intervention only applied to Aboriginal people. The intervention was launched on the lie of paedophilia in those communities which was propagated by poor journalism at the ABC.
- The public propaganda sell for this was based on the ABC programme ‘Lateline’. Lateline used footage from communities that were hundreds of kilometres away from the Milajura community and claimed that there were gangs of Aboriginal men abusing and facilitating the abuse of Aboriginal women and children.
- The government used this claim to move into the territories and were controlling people’s lives and their land. People who did not hand over the leases to their land were denied essential services. This was known as Top End Secret 2
- The government suspended the Racial Discrimination Act in order to implement the laws.
- There is compelling evidence that “The Intervention”, which was led by Prime Minister John Howard, appeared to be a mask for the discovery and mining of uranium that was then found on the Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory.
- Mining companies earn profits of $1 billion a week on minerals they did not make on land that they do not own.
- In the 1980s, the Labour Party pledged national land rights to Aboriginal people, but these pledges were abandoned once they came into power.
- The mining tax was reduced to nothing and the revenue lost was estimated at $60 billion, enough to fund the national land rights and take the Aboriginal people out of poverty.
- Lang Hancock, a mining magnate, wanted to herd Aboriginal people into remote areas and “dope” the water in that area to make them sterile.
- Edmond Barton – Founder of the white Australia policy said “The doctrine of the equality of man was never intended to apply to those who weren’t British or white skinned.”
- The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that almost one third of Aboriginal people are dead before the age of 45.
- The history wars – A group of academics and commentators claimed that there had been no invasion of Australia, no massacre, no genocide. They were attempting to rewrite Australian history and erase horrors of the past.
- Rottnest Island in 1838 was a brutal prison and became one of Britain’s most isolated concentration camps. The prison was known as “the quad”.
- Western Australia is a state of imprisonment for Black Australia. A prisoner called Mr Ward was being transported to a prison. He was so hot that he cooked in the back of a transport van on a 50 degree day.
- Western Australia is “racking and stacking” black prisoners. This is the practice of double bunking Black prisoners in the same beds and cells.
- An Aboriginal prison to be fully populated with only Aboriginal prisoners, which make up less that 3% of the population, has been built in Derby.
- The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that today, black Australians are among the most imprisoned people on earth.
- Protective custody in Alice Springs and the Northern Territory means that the police can take people from the streets who have committed no crime.
- The rate of incarceration of black people in the Northern Territory is six times as much as South Africa during apartheid, and West Australia is eight times as much.
- Slave labour of Aboriginals thoughout Australia caused to a famous incident at Wave Hill, where in June 1966 members of the Gurindji tribe led workers to strike. https://www.library.uq.edu.au/fryer/1967_referendum/labour.html
The Black Caucus believes that this film may not be balanced in its reporting, but certainly goes some way to redress the balance of misinformation that has been fed to the Australian public through lies and misdirection.
This film is an exposé on the actions of government policies inflicted upon Aboriginal people since the first “settlers” set foot onto Aboriginal land.
This film should be shown widely, discussed, and debated. This film should raise questions from the public that need to be answered by the government. This film should hasten the question of how to resolve these issues from debate into action.
Let us all make the Aboriginal plight more public. Let us all understand the issues just a little more than we did yesterday. Let us all find a solution as a country, from the premise that we should treat all races and cultures equally and with the respect we all deserve.