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8 December 2000. Thought for the Week: "... Now that I've visited our new Melbourne Museum I almost sympathise with the man who pied Steve Bracks at last month's opening. Stuffing a pie down the Premier's throat was the ideal way to mark the birth of a museum dedicated to ramming diverse ideology down ours.
It's tragic to see one of our finest cultural jewels turned to trash. The old, venerable museum - devoted to displaying objects, which allowed us to reach our own conclusions about our past - has been replaced by a $290 million propaganda unit, presenting a skewed, inaccurate account of our history and culture. But how typical this vandalism is of our cultural decline... For years now universities have taught that facts are just points of view, and its better to learn the 'right' opinions..."
Andrew Bolt, "Herald Sun ", November 2000
by Jeremy Lee
In his zeal to single out the League for excoriation Barry somehow failed to mention that the matter of Lennie Creek's existence had been dealt with shortly after its publication in The Cairns Post by a seasoned and well-respected journalist, Lawrie Kavanagh, in Queensland's main paper, The Courier-Mail on June 27th - a couple of weeks after the letter first appeared (and well before On Target carried it).
After pointing out that a number of Aborigines
disagreed with some of the claims made about the Stolen Generation
issue, Kavanagh continued: ".... One man with similar ideas
is Lenny Creek, a mysterious north Queensland Aborigine, who
recently wrote to The Cairns Post stating in reasoned
tones that he and some of his mates were fed up 'with all
this harping about stolen children, land rights and reconciliation'.
It was a commonsense letter for those of us not caught up with the breast-beating minority and gave hope that there might be light way down the reconciliation tunnel. To ancient blokes like me and the man who sent me the newspaper cutting of Creek's letter Ingham's 83-year-old Bob Dunbar, a Protector of Aborigines in the Gulf Country during the '50s, it was not so much the contents of the letter, but the guts of the writer that impressed us.
As old Bob wrote, 'That Creek bloke will have the bone pointed at him for sure by Mr. Perkins and the like ' "It would have taken a very brave Aboriginal man to write it and yesterday I contacted a northern Aboriginal acquaintance to track down Creek for an interview, or simply to shake his hand. The best I could get was that Lenny Creek does exist. "'He's the man who wrote the letter,' said my contact. 'He's from the grassroots level and that's his idea of the situation. Whatever he went through he's probably just gotten sick of it. We read the letter and it's caused a big bloomin' ruckus up here, all right.'
Creek letter speaks volumes and one particular
section held special interest for old Bob Dunbar, whose job
as Normanton's Chief of Petty Sessions made him responsible
for Aboriginal welfare from Burketown to Weipa in 1950-55.
It said: 'If there is to be reconciliation between whites
and blacks then the truth has to be told about what both sides
did to each other.
Kavanagh's article went on to disclose
Bob Dunbar's scathing criticism of Sir Ronald Wilson's report
from the Stolen Generations Inquiry. Dunbar wrote: "They gave
me a book on the Commission which investigated the alleged
stolen generation - about 700 pages. In it they interviewed
about 550, mostly Aboriginals and mixed-bloods - most of them
appeared biased and on the side of trying to make this episode
as disgraceful as possible.
All of which while the truth, may be too 'politically incorrect' for Media Watch Kavanagh went on to say that Territory Patrol officers who volunteered to give evidence at the Inquiry were not called. He went on: " In 1996, one of them, Leslie Newton Penhall, recorded his experiences as a postwar patrol officer, detailing the grave danger facing children of mixed blood, hoping such first-hand information would assist the Inquiry. But Sir Ronald wasn't interested.
Although Penhall and former work mates were not given a chance to appear before the Inquiry, all were branded by association with acts of genocide in Wilson's misguided, unquestioned findings. These are the fantasies posing as history today. The real history will be buried in Canberra archives along with old Bob Dunbar's first-hand account of his time as Protector of Aborigines in The Gulf.
That's why I would some day like to shake Lenny Creek's hand because, as he wrote: 'If there is to be any hope of reconciliation between whites and blacks then the truth has to be told about what both sides did to each other ....'
Can we expect Media Watch to at least correct some of the misconceptions for which it was responsible? Frankly we're doubtful. It doesn't always apply to its own performance the strict objectivity and accuracy it demands from others. Still, we're always prepared to be pleasantly surprised.
OTHERS ALSO HAVE DISPLAYED COURAGE
Frank Devine another journalist of the old school, wrote in The Australian (30/11/2000) of the death at the age of 80 of another courageous Aborigine, Bertha Gollan: ".... What she did to become famous and a hero in the 75th year of a life of obscure, dogged achievement was to sit at her kitchen table with her sister-in-law Dulcie Wilson and her best friend Dorothy Wilson and decide with them that there was not a skerrick of truth to the talk in those days about Hindmarsh Island, at the mouth of the Murray River, being a sacred site of secret women's business "
A senior member of the Ngarrindjeri people, Bertha and her friends decided to go public. Devine went on: "What a storm the three women walked into when they accepted as unavoidable duty the need to speak out against an intrinsically contemptuous exploitation of their heritage We of the media ranged, alas, between indifference and hostility toward the (oddly named) 'dissident women' who grew in number from the original three to about a dozen while the going remained hard They were reviled and threatened - with death more than once - by their own people. Friendships that went back generations blew apart when the dissidents testified at the royal commission, proponents, who had refused to give evidence, cursed them from the spectator area. The astonishingly brave dissidents stood their ground - together
When royal commissioner Iris Stevens found the secret women's business of Hindmarsh Island to be a falsehood, most of the dissidents, Kenny reported, sat around Bertha's kitchen table, weeping with joy
There are many other equally courageous
stories. That of the Rev. Cedric Jacobs. MBE a full blood
Aborigine is one. Finding himself at the age of nine suffering
malnutrition, he was taken to a Christian Mission at Mogumber.
He worked through life to being a member of the National Aboriginal
Conference - a precursor to ATSIC - between 1977 and 1981.
He also helped found the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship
Behind the public face of ATSIC there
is a story waiting to be told, which speaks of strong dissent
among both black and white. If Media Watch has any claim to
fame it is to "keep the Fourth Estate honest". This means
in particular it is to make sure all sides of major issues
are put objectively. In the case of Lennie Creek and On Target
it has failed. It has had some spectacular successes - the
"Cash-for-Comment" issue obviously being one. The real test
is whether it is prepared to put its own house in order.
ECONOMICS - THREE ALLIED ACTIVITIES
by Betty Luks
Distribution and not production is the real economic problem in this industrialised, automated, computerised technological age. What is lacking is a guiding philosophy of freedom and service - and the political will.
From a Christian viewpoint, the goal of economics is to join goods and services to needs; if the activities of distribution do this, then economics has reached its true end, the purpose for which it was instituted.
The accounting of the distribution system in a money economy - is money! Therefore, we must insist on changes in financial policies to ensure economics reaches its true end. Until we insist on this economic policy of goods and services meeting the needs of the people, the preference for money, above all other considerations, will continue to result in all the kinds of evil we - and the whole world - are experiencing!
"Policy always has a metaphysical source in Philosophy, whilst Policy and Methods have a cause and effect relationship." (Anthony Cooney).
SA LIBERALS TO SELL OFF PORTS CORPORATION
by Betty Luks
Upon hearing the news of the sell-off, this writer was reminded of the passage in Thomas Robertson's book Human Ecology under the section titled The World Disease. After having depicted the techniques of a usurious money system (as old as - at least - the Sumerian civilisation) by which debt is created and through which power is centralised, he warns the reader the results of usury are not so easily perceived, because of the slowness of the cycle of operations, which usually extend over several centuries. It may be only one generation in many will witness the disastrous results, because it takes a few centuries for the technique to come to fruition - by their fruits you will know them.
To perceive the sequence of events, and come to grips with why this generation is experiencing such chaos and disorder, we must consult history. That is why we were told, "the love of money (the preference for, above all other considerations) is the root of all kinds of evil". Robertson turns to the subject of Usury in the Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol.27, 11th Edition for an extraordinary piece of history, certainly a situation present-day Australians can relate to.
In Athens about 594BC
All we need to do is replace the name of Athens or Rome with that of Australia, bearing in mind what has happened in this country over the last two hundred years, and the story is similar. The Liberals, along with the Democrats and Labor, are bereft, have absolutely no answers, no suitable policies, to the diabolical aims of those who control the system of usury and debt!
Until they strive for, and put in place, policies, which will free the people from the usurious debt system, nothing will change, Australia will continue on the course of debt and financial slavery.
ROBOTS AND SOCIAL CREDIT
by Antonia Feitz
People and especially politicians have to understand that the problems of manufacturing and production have long been solved. The earth is awash, groaning with food and goods that people can't afford. It's absurd. Clearly what hasn't been solved is the problem of the distribution of the world's wealth. The twentieth century has proved beyond all doubt that communism and socialism are not the answer. So maybe it's an opportune time to present the idea of Social Credit to a new generation. The fact that orthodox economists deride Social Credit should commend the idea to our readers, especially the young.
Here's an example of Social Credit in
It doesn't take much imagination to see how the distribution of such dividends to the citizens and their dependants would benefit the local economy. A very likely spin-off might even be that with increased financial security, women would again be willing to bear that longed-for and demographically important third baby.
by Antonia Feitz
Think of the entrepreneurial possibilities if people could look forward to some interest-free start-up capital, financed from the existing wealth. Local economies would hum and more people would have the opportunity to work at what they enjoyed doing.
An economics professor at the University of Alaska, Dr. Scott Goldsmith, who initially warned that declining oil revenue and rising government spending would result in a fiscal gap, has repudiated his former view. He now says there's no reason the situation shouldn't continue forever. Nor is there -unless the Alaskan government treacherously privatises. Apart from sharing in the wealth of their state via a dividend, Alaskans pay no state income tax or sales tax. This system is the very opposite of socialism. It returns to individuals their proper share in the wealth of their state, to do with as THEY please.
How can you work with an elected representative whom you have publicly stated, "is the worst of a bad lot"? Placing the sitting member last, might, and I stress might, get rid of the sitting member but in a two-party preferred vote, will see 'Tweedledum" elected, and further, you are still voting for the lesser of the "evils" on offer.... get it? ... still voting evil!
Is there an alternative?
Where does this leave the voter in his
relationship with the representative?
There is something else which is possibly more important, a change of Party in the past has not resulted in a change of Policy. If the sitting member is removed and replaced by someone else, will this result in a change of direction or will the same advisers still formulate policy?
I could add much else but readers would do better to read Jeremy Lee's articles, "How to Vote Like a Christian" and "Conscience Voting" which come highly recommended. Don't allow your valued vote into the system where you have no control, Vote 1 for the sitting member and all others equal last. Control your vote!" - L. Cook, Numurkah, Vic.
AUSTRALIA IS WAKING UP!As the dollar sinks, the GST bites, the Foreign Debt spins out of control and our children lose their way, the big crunch is fast approaching. But, all of a sudden things are beginning to happen! Dick Smith is drawing big crowds and hurting the multinationals. Communities are opening their own banks when the 'gang-of-four' pull out of town. There is a major revolt against party-politicians. Corruption in high-places is being exposed. Left and Right are crossing boundaries and beginning to work together - in fact Australians are fighting back!
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