Yesterday, Tony Abbott made a mistake. He has made a few, but I believe it was one of his biggest yet.
Yesterday this man, made yet another ‘captain’s call’ in a statement that I can only describe as disgusting and embarrassing for all Australians. He thought it was appropriate to minimise our remote Aboriginal communities and over 40,000 years of history to “a lifestyle choice.”
It was a statement made in relation to the WA Governments decision to close up to 150 of the state’s remote Aboriginal communities after the Federal Government, announced in September it was transitioning the responsibility of the communities over to the States.
He said, the decision to close communities was not unreasonable.
“If people choose to live miles away from where there’s a school, if people choose not to access the school of the area, if people choose to live where there’s no jobs, obviously it’s very, very difficult to close the gap.
“Fine by all means live in a remote location, but there’s a limit to what you can expect the state to do for you if you want to live there… what we can’t do is endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices if those lifestyle choices are not conducive to the kind of full participation in Australian society that everyone should have,” he said.
As I sat and took in what Mr Abbott was saying I realised that never have I been more embarrassed to call myself Australian.
Yesterday our self-appointed (but hugely unwanted) ‘Prime Minister for Indigenous affairs’ showed once again how racist and out of touch he really is with his lack of understanding about our traditional ways.
The cultures that are very alive within this Country are the oldest remaining in the world, they are something that need to be embraced and supported, but yesterday he declared he supported nothing more than the attempted destruction of these cultures.