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The Killing Times: the massacres of Aboriginal people Australia must confront

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/04/the-killing-times-the-massacres-of-aboriginal-people-australia-must-confront


The truth of Australia’s history has long been hiding in plain sight.

The stories of “the killing times” are the ones we have heard in secret, or told in hushed tones. They are not the stories that appear in our history books yet they refuse to go away.

The colonial journalist and barrister Richard Windeyer called it “the whispering in the bottom of our hearts”. The anthropologist William Stanner described a national “cult of forgetfulness”. A 1927 royal commission lamented our “conspiracy of silence”.

But calls are growing for a national truth-telling process. Such wishes are expressed in the Uluru statement from the heart. Reconciliation Australia’s 2019 barometer of attitudes to Indigenous peoples found that 80% of people consider truth telling important. Almost 70% of Australians accept that Aboriginal people were subject to mass killings, incarceration and forced removal from land, and their movement was restricted.


There is also an interactive map which shows the locations of some of the conflicts. It is disturbing but something as the headline states, we must confront.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/ng-interactive/2019/mar/04/massacre-map-australia-the-killing-times-frontier-wars

And on a personal level it is entirely fair to say that this history has been hidden from most Australians, whether that is willfully or just buried out of shame or forgotten. Schools never taught such history beyond a cursory glance and whilst it is slightly better today the level of detail is low.
And lets be honest, if you have colonial ancestry in Australia just how much do you really know what happened back then. I know I have distant settler relatives, I have looked into it somewhat but little info is available from where I am and will likely have to pay a proper historian/genealogist to really get into more detail.

I wish ancestry was a little bit easier to navigate because I know I have found some saved letters stating a few interesting tidbits.
With that said I know we underestimate the hurt and suffering the Aboriginal people still feel today and we owe them soooo much more than we have shown. Maybe a clearer understanding of the past is at the very least a step in the right direction because if government won't act then it is up to the people to show some humanity and given the Australia Day controversy we seem a long way off of reconciliation.

Nobody needed this: Brian Burston levels sexual harassment allegations at One Nation leader

Too many visuals, none of them pretty.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-13/burston-levels-sexual-harassment-allegations-at-pauline-hanson/10809710

Two former Senate colleagues are engaged in a war of words, with the United Australia Party's Brian Burston levelling sexual harassment allegations at One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.
Key points:

Senator Burston has made a series of claims in The Daily Telegraph about Senator Hanson's behaviour towards him over the course of the last two decades, alleging she had acted inappropriately towards him numerous times.

He told the newspaper of one incident in which he alleged Senator Hanson "rubbed her fingers up my spine" in 1998, and also claimed she had propositioned him on a number of occasions after his election to Parliament in 2016.

Senator Hanson responded to the claims on Sky News on Wednesday night.

"I can't stop laughing about it," she said.

"I'm 64 … but I tell you what, I'm not that desperate."

The 'socialist' policies Donald Trump wants to target aren't that radical to Australians


Donald Trump kicked off his re-election campaign by making socialism into 2020's dirty word

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-08/donald-trump-wants-socialism-to-be-2020s-dirty-word/10793734


Make no mistake, Donald Trump kicked off his campaign for 2020 on Tuesday night when he delivered the State of the Union address.
Expect "socialism" to become a very dirty word (if it isn't already).
"Here in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country," the President said, adding: "Tonight, we resolve that America will never be a socialist country".

Huh?

Where did that come from, you may well ask?

Well, with a growing list of leftist Democrats declaring their intent to run for the presidency, a so-called migrant crisis on the border and political and economic chaos in socialist Venezuela, why not?
Some democratic policies look like socialism to the Trump base
In his remarks, Mr Trump was targeting the liberal policies of the likes of Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and newly minted Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (who's not running for President but is an "influencer".

They're promoting:

universal healthcare
subsidised tertiary education
big taxes on the rich
pro-environment initiatives in the form of a "New Green Deal" to reduce the use of fossil fuels

It's a weird thing living in America coming from a country like Australia where Medicare and heavily subsidised education are taken for granted.
To us, their policies are not quite radical. Fuel for valid political debate and prioritisation of public funds to be sure, but to suggest the United States might imminently turn into Venezuela seems like a big leap.

And it is.
Universal healthcare and subsidised education are hardly precursors to state control and the death of the American free market.


And it is something we do take for granted, not only in Australia but here in the EU and many other nations with similar policy.
Oh, and for what it is worth we don't think of it with terms like 'socialist' or 'socialist policy'. We don't see ourselves as socialist countries. It's just the way things are in a free and fair society and not a big scary word.
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