I had a remarkable experience today, our training group was addressed by a Victorian Government employed Aboriginal Liason Officer. She spoke to us for almost an hour, in that time we were told the following.
Aborigines have special psychic powers with which they can sense things and communicate over long distances.
Aborigines have a far greater love of the land than any white person could have.
Aborigines have glaucoma because of white people.
Aborigines have diabetes because of white people.
Aborigines have many health problems because of white people food.
Aborigines drink because of white people.
Aborigines are more spiritual than white people.
Aborigines will start to heal because Rudd said sorry, but this healing will not fix any of their problems.
Aborigines should not be subject to white laws.
Aborigines love their children more than white people.
And on and on she went.
I put up with all this crap for some time however when she came out with the following statement I had to object.
"Until 1967 Aborigines came under the Flora and Fauna Act and it was legal to kill, injure or do what you wanted to them without fear of prosecution".
I said stop and asked where she got that from and she said it was true because that was what 'we' believe. I asked if she could provide proof of this remarkable allegation and all she said was that it's true.
After that she gave me dirty looks and essentially accused our entire group of being racist and that she would be monitoring us carefully.
What can be done when public servants are paid to disseminate this BULLSHIT? She honestly believed it all. As she was obviously not pure blood at a guess I would say about quarter aboriginal I wanted to ask her how was it that her aboriginal heritage overode her other heritage, however I fear such a question would have had me thrown out. It is a valid question though. If aborigines have special psychic powers at what dilution of aboriginal blood do the powers expire? 1/4, 1/8, 1/16? Where? It is a remarkable genetic heritage as it seems to dominate in many people who have extremely small amounts of aboriginal heritage.
It's a pity I can't love Australia as much as they do, I think I do but I am obviously wrong.