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How the Australian Gulf Country was Settled in the 1880s

In ‘The Monthly’ this November Tony Roberts has written an account of the history of white pastoral settlement in the Gulf Country of the Northern Territory in the years following 1881.HERE:

At that time the colonial government (administered from the Southern city of Adelaide) handed over an area equivalent in size to the Australian state of Victoria to just 14 landholders. All but two had a policy of shooting dead the local aboriginal population to facilitate the easy commercialisation of land-use.

It’s interesting to note that Tony Roberts has pointed his finger for these unhindered massacres at particular individuals in power at the time. All with a ‘Sir’ in front of their names; a reward from the British global empire.

One hundred and thirty years on the philosophy of the ‘hidden fist’ to support the ‘hidden hand’ of the global market society continues. This time emanating from the ebbing American empire:

“For globalism to work, America can’t be afraid to act like the almighty superpower that it is….The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist-McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps” (Friedman, 1999).

Read HERE:

[1] The Brutal Truth

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  1. Garry Stannus

    November 24, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Philip (#3)

    Please read the (Professor) Henry Reynolds books, e.g. The Other Side of the Frontier : Aboriginal Resistance to the European Invasion of Australia (1981) and Why Weren’t We Told? (2000)

    He’s a Tasmanian writer, they are available here.

  2. Philip Lowe

    November 24, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    This is so sickening to read.Is it really true,did this kind of thing happen?I am once again shocked by the barbarity and savagery of the settlement of this country,if it is truly true.I am in disbelief,I can’t cope with the thought that it really is true.If it is then what is the Khama for this behaviour?

  3. Garry Stannus

    November 22, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you for posting this.

    Reconciliation? I don’t think we non-aboriginals have the right to ask for this. We should be seeking forgiveness, listening, not telling. The wrongs of the past have their modern day counterparts. Nukumbah? Do we place that ‘in the past’? Intervention? Denial of language, teaching children English … special treatment.

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