NT Intervention or Invasion: Modern Day Genocide in Disguise.
This painting to so many Aboriginal people in the Northern
Territory of Australia depicts the reliving of their ancestors
nightmare of the "original" invasion by the British in 1788 and the
brutality that followed.
The red depicts the bloodshed and the black is the scattered
communities, again governed by the white”, depicting their harsh
white rule and policing.
The black dots scattered throughout the painting represents the
frightened men, women and children, again in disarray and
dysfunctional-with no where else to go.
In spite of Mr Rudd saying Sorry” to Australia’s Aboriginal
population, nothing has really changed in the minds of most
Australians and the NT Intervention juggernaut roles on.
Legislation in its present form, discriminates against the our
Aboriginal people. The NT is administered by the Australian Federal
Government, (unlike the 6 Australian States which have their own
sovereignty under our constitution, based on the British
Furthermore, to rub salt” into our Aboriginal peoples wounds, the
former Australian Prime Minister John Howard in his unlamented
intervention had the Discrimination Law changed, so he could
proceed with this blatant land grab”. Simply, this was a continued
effort to drive the final nail into the coffin of extinguishing our
Aboriginal Culture and forcing Aboriginal people into White
I should also mention that many Indigenous people who are still
living their traditional lifestyle and cannot speak English, but
rather than encourage this tradition, along side teaching English,
the Howard followers and now it seems the incumbent Rudd government
too will carry on” in the same manner, as early indications from
the Rudd camp, have NOT yet disavowed it.
Under NO circumstances, can we allow our people’s language and
culture, to be diminished, but to ensure that this is part of our
Aboriginal people’s school curriculum and should be made policy
under the Rudd’s Education Revolution election promise.
This action has caused considerable and bitter resentment by the
tax-paying Australian, who has been so misinformed on the issues
dealing with our Aboriginal Heritage.
The Northern Territory (NT) Intervention, for our peoples, will NOT
solve the issues, in fact many more problems are created, but few
White people can see them and even less accept them or indeed
understand them. John Howard remains the "last man" in this country
that would or could understand this issue.
NO doubt it was a personal choice of his-conceived in order to
tackle what Howard and many sectors of the capitalist class in
Australia feel is the underlying problem that Aborigines still
exist as indigenous people.
Aboriginal communities are being ignored, coerced and steamrolled
because the object of the exercise is to abolish Aboriginality, to
make Aboriginal people just like White Australians only poorer and
with darker skins; this process is the policy, a program of
In this way, the Government can prevent the transmission of
Aboriginal culture and teach residents of remote communities and
town camps a superior” way to live.
Forcible assimilation, however, is genocide. Genocide does not
require extermination (like poisoning and the government offering
bounties for the heads of our Aboriginal people, including women
and children in the early days of British Colonization), it merely
requires a State policy to achieve the elimination of an ethnic
group: and this is what the NT intervention” is all about. If it
succeeds, it would be the consummation of the original sin of
capitalist Australia the invasion and conquest of a land that was
not theirs and the