Tear Down The Barbed Wire Of Discrimination

Jeff McMullen; 15/2/10

In all of Australia’s modern history, the crime of silence accompanies the death, destruction and denial that obliterates the rights of indigenous people.Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s national apology two years ago was a long overdue admission that when a nation lives with officially sanctioned racial discrimination we are all diminished as human beings. It is hypocritical to apologise to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and say that the “injustices of the past must never, never happen again” and then to persist for more than two years with the humiliation and the discrimination of the Northern Territory intervention. No matter how hard this rain falls here on the streets of Redfern, it will not wash away the great stain on our history.

See: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/tear-down-the-barbed-wire-of-discrimination-20100215-o0lq.html