I have not seen the movie but do have quite a good understanding of the issues.
Our current government and prime minister whilst haven't adequately addressed the issues at hand, still should not be held accountable for our predecessors mistakes.
I will never condone our ancestors treatment of our Aboriginal people, however the policy makers at the time thought they were doing the right thing. You have to have an understanding of Australia's cultural heritage and history to see where we came from.
Since the late 60's and through the 70's and 80's we have addressed Aboriginal problems, in some ways we have failed in others we've won. We've certainly thrown more funds, resources, academic research and plenty of parliamentary time on the aboriginal issue and it would be pure folly of people to say we have not made up for previous mistakes made.
Living where I was in Redfern I have seen the good, the bad and the downright ugly of Aboriginal Australians. From seeing Cathy Freeman (famous Australian sports woman) down at the block talking with young Aboriginal children to the older generation of *stumblers* who are constantly drunk and bumming money off people. I've seen what different tribes have done with land they have acquired through the native title act - to others who have squandered, pillaged and abused the resources we have given them.
I am not sure of the blood percentage that the government requires for assistance (1/4 or 1/8) but ALL
aboriginal people are entitled to priority public housing, unemployment benefits without question, pensions, single parent cover, absolute complete free health care, special grants for the arts, abstudy (very generous education programme) and a horde of other benefits.
across Australia, aboriginal community groups are encouraged to educate their children in native culture and to instill pride in themselves. And thankfully more often than not - the community themselves are rising to the occasion and starting to take responsibility for their own actions and being part of the general community.
However, there is still a large Aboriginal lobby, built on the back of the *hand them as much money as we can* mentality that still demands recompense from the rest of Australia. And quite frankly we are sick of it. These same people are quite happy to burn down the houses we build them. Quite happy to roll around drunk all day and do nothing. It was probably wrong to throw money left right and centre at the aboriginal community as a way of saying "we're awfully sorry". That has bred the welfare mentality - and we have enough non-indigenous population abusing that as well.
It's time for the Aboriginal communities to take light of this and move forward, educate their young that they are Aussies and that they are part of a united and wonderful nation full of opportunity for ALL
. And before anyone calls me racist - come to my city and see the different groups of people.
Our Aboriginal population is in a very good situation to actually take advantage of what is on offer and not abuse it. Many have so far and it's heartening to see. A lot haven't and it's just plain sad.
But stop the whingeing, the crap about the stolen generation and all the other so called atrocities our forefathers committed. It's history now and the only way we can move forward is for our native population to do it for themselves and move with us.
My views are not based on ignorance, they are simply from seeing it how it is, from growing up in a burgeoning era of gay rights and the way we fought for ourselves, and having spent many many hours talking with aboriginal elders when helping one of my best friends do a thesis for uni on aboriginal health. These men and women told me that the aboriginal lobby needs to pull it's head in and look at themselves as a part of modern Australia without losing their history or values, and that is something we all should look to.
As I said before, these things are happening and hopefully within 20 years the negative problems our indigenous population have will be a thing of the past.
Whilst we should never forget history, we should not dwell on it.
I hope I have not offended anyone with my point of view.