Just when I started to feel that my parents made a choice whereby the good of their migration to Australia outweighed all the hardships, here comes another example of an outrageous ‘wrong’. It has been going on ever since Australia took this land from the original owners and used it for their own purposes.
Of course a similar attitude and treatment is meted out to refugees that happen to have a different colour. Many Australians do wish our government was more humane, did fight for fairness to all, irrespective of background or colour but it seems that this for Australia is almost an impossible task. Sometimes, and as was pointed out in the J.Pilger ‘Utopia’ movie, an answer might well be to get others to sort out the suffering of aboriginals. Perhaps an organisation such as Médecins Sans Frontières or intervention by the UN. Who knows. The UN and UNHCR have often sternly rebuked Australia for its treatment of the indigenous and asylum seekers.
But, the average stance of the voter seems to actually support the treatment or are just suffering from total empathy bypass.
Sorry about this Sunday gloom. But I am still seething after having watched the Pilger program.
Did my parents make a mistake?
Of course: our hardships really were insignificant compared with the people from Utopia or those from the war torn regions of the world.