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Don’t blame the victim

Mick Dodson, The Age, June 22:

It’s not easy to separate some reasonable messages Tony Abbott was trying to deliver yesterday without getting caught up in the “put-down” language adopted in his speech to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Nobody disputes that addressing the 17-year gap in life expectancy between indigenous and non-indigenous children is a national priority. And if Abbott is suggesting that governments should assume full responsibility for delivering essential services to Aboriginal Australians, just like other Australians, I fully agree with that too.

But why does he wrap that up in language about paternalism rather than describing it as a basic responsibility of government to the citizens of Maningrida, just as it is to the citizens of Manly? 

17 comments ↪
  • captain

    Hmmm, don't blame the victim. Except if they are Jewish and playing backgammon.

  • He wants to maintain his rightwing conservative appeal (to the majority) because he senses (unfortunaely rightly I think) that this is the path to political advancement in Australia – and the way to win elections.

  • Lyn

    I had the same problem with his comment about "rolling out" Opal to replace petrol for sniffing purposes. His reason then was that you shouldn't force something on people if they don't specifically ask for it, even though Aboriginal health is a horrible problem and major priority.

    It seemed he was allowing for some version of rational action and community autonomy, while at the same time abdicating responsibility but somehow acknowledging it. Ultimately I read him to be a master of doing nothing while appearing to be really worried.

    Same thing this time, advocate paternalism while acknowledging it's not going to happen.

  • Captain, one day you'll surprise me and make a relevant or insightful comment. Seriously, you'd be banned elsewhere. Pull your head in.

  • captain

    ooooh, did I forget to get a pass from the hall monitor?

    Seriously, it is awful that all Ant does is rant on duplicitously about Jewish crimes, and is totally forgiving about those who transgress against Jews everywhere. Where ever there is a Jew hurt or killed, it is about oppression.

    Ant relies on confirmation bias. Anything that denigrates Jews is always included but anything to the contrary excluded. Would want to ruin the thesis.

    In this particularly crap piece above, Ant says "don't blame the victim" yet in every attack against Jews that is exactly what he does.

  • Captain, what do you think of Abbott's "new paternalism" and do you agree with Dodson's argument that the government is using "put-down" language in place of constructive and reasonable policy?

  • Addamo

    Capatain,

    Ant does is rant on duplicitously about Jewish crimes, and is totally forgiving about those who transgress against Jews everywhere.

    That is a complete lie and you know it. The only peopel who are making appolgies for the taking of innocent life are yourself. It is you that considers those playing backgammon to be deserving victoims of a crime, while those on a Gaza beach to be collateral damage resulting from Palestinian violence.

    And I love this bit:

    Ant relies on confirmation bias.

    Pot meet kettle. Since when have you ever produced any information rhat contradicts your position? Is this your blog or is it AL's? Is it AL's fault that what he is linking to takes place or hsi fault for daring to mention it? If there is contrary information, you are invited to post it, but rather than partaker in discussion, you spit the dummy with some childish and petulant comment.

    yet in every attack against Jews that is exactly what he does.

    Another blatant lie. You are a hypocritical gimp. When innocent Palestinians die, are you and your fellow trallers not immediately at the ready to to blame the Palestinians and Hamas for creating the events that led to the attack? Yet., when innocent Jewish life is taken, you expect others to believe that the attack was compleltey unprovoked and unwarranted.

    That's you doctor on line 2 Captain – apparently your meds got mixed up with Viva's.

  • captain

    The situation with Australian aboriginals is a disaster. Removing alcohol from most of the communities and enforcing the law to protect the weak is essential. These are both paternalistic acts. Dodson should be more worried about what is happening in these communities than getting derailed with Abbott's well meaning approach.

  • I am not quite sure what the Aboriginal situation in Australia has got to do with Israel and Palestine, but it seems if one wants to slander, it doesn't make any difference what targets one uses.

    People who call Palestinians pals are as racist as are those in Australia who call Aborigines by the racist words still in common usage in this country.

    It would certainly help the Aboriginal cause if those who love Israel so passionately but continue to live in Australia would remove themselves to their beloved motherland (fatherland?) Israel, and leave Australians other than the paternalistic federal government to try and help the Aboriginal community in whatever way they can.

    The genocide in Australia in the meantime continues apace, and the federal government will not rest until it has managed to hide the plight of Aborigines from the mainstream of media attention, so that it can then quietly get on with its ongoing programme of doing nothing, and trusting they will all die out.

    At least in South Africa the numbers were the other way round so that ultimately some justice prevailed.

  • Captain, it looks like Mal Brough also takes issue with Abbott's "well-meaning approach". You and Abbott are on your own, mate.

    But at least you were able to address the topic. Good on you.

  • captain

    Mannie, you wouldn't be related to that bigoted gay psychiatrist of a similar name would you? Now you only want Jews to stay here if they share your politics? Your nazi politics are transparent.

  • Addamo

    Yes Manni.

    Captain Eichman here has rules you know. Gay people have to wear cloth badges to participate on this forum.

  • Addamo

    Oh and Manni,

    Whatever meds you prescirbed to Captain during his last appointment with you, I'm sad to say are happing the opposite effect.

  • Comical_Ali

    Oh dammit my posts got deleted again!

    Anway on with the catch cry – "Queers for Palestine."

    Next we'll hear Jesse jackson come out and say "Blacks for the Klan"

    anything is bound to happen in such an amazing world.

  • "Mannie, you wouldn’t be related to that bigoted gay psychiatrist of a similar name would you? Now you only want Jews to stay here if they share your politics? Your nazi politics are transparent."

    Now this really relates to the topics being discussed in this post! Mannie is gay, nazi, related to—–!!! What actually are you trying to say? Using the name "captain" implies something military – so why don't you just join the Australian Defence Force and do duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Timor Leste, Solomons, or various other spheres of John Howard influence. Oh, you could try doing some volunteer work in Aboriginal communities – if you had the guts!!

    Addamo

    Jun 23rd, 2006 at 8:40 am

    Yes Manni.

    Captain Eichman here has rules you know. Gay people have to wear cloth badges to participate on this forum.

    13 Addamo

    Jun 23rd, 2006 at 8:41 am

    Oh and Manni,

    Whatever meds you prescirbed to Captain during his last appointment with you, I’m sad to say are happing the opposite effect.

    Addamo, I am not a psychiatrist – I am gay, but don't prescribe drugs for meshugganahs – if I did I would prescribe an anti-zionist drug, but in some cases it is too late and wouldn't help! Oh, and I wear a badge which is a yellow star with a pink triangle on it. You can see it on my web site – Jewish and gay and a white South African – I MUST be a nazi!!!??? Just where does "captain" come from???

  • captain

    I come from those who are offended by people like you who think Australia should be Judenrein. Oh, unless they agree with you and your perverted views.

    And I do volunteer work in many areas. The left do not have a monopoly on human services and clearly not on morality either.

  • "your perverted views.

    And I do volunteer work in many areas. The left do not have a monopoly on human services and clearly not on morality either."

    A homophobe to boot! And a moralist!! Someone who calls Palestinians "pals" and his views are not perverted but are moral???

    And a confession – he does volunteer work in many areas – but unspecified! No doubt helping asylum seekers and the Aboriginal communities around the country – and captain of what??

    Ah yes! Habonim or Hashomer Hatzair training courses!

    He is incurable, Addamo, incurable!