:: Thursday, 17 April 2003 ::
A grievous nation?
...Pearson suggests, they are the obligations of a grievous nation. They should win the support of even the toughest opponents of native title. It's about honouring a basic compromise: "The whitefellas keep all that is now theirs, the blackfellas get whatever is left of their original territories, and in most cases not even that."
Apparently, I am a whitefella. That would be news to my parents.
I have decided not to go on with this, but you can probably imagine how I feel about that remark.
And apparently I am a whitefella and I live in a grievous nation. I live in a grievous house, in a grievous street, in a grievous inner-city suburb of a grievous capital city in grievous State - of a grievous nation.
Noel Pearson. Good man. Careful thinker.
Careful to leave wogs out of his argument.
See, when you mount an argument about native title in Oz, about rights to land, arising because of dispossession of indigenous population, you have to understand that wogs go: wha'?
Go ahead and get what you can from the government. So long as my taxes are not profligately wasted on Aboriginal issues about which I neither bear responsibility nor carry the slightest bit of interest, and so long as my property is not at risk of having a change of ownership by government fiat, all because of guilt over some past I had nothing to do with, rock and roll, mate. Rock. And. Roll. I like to see folks do well. That includes Aboriginals.
But do not imagine for one minute that anything Pearson said has to do with my Oz.
:: WB 8:43 pm [link+] ::