The historical legacy of Australia regarding the treatment of the Original People is extremely disturbing and remains a raw wound that this Nation has yet to heal.
Apologies have been made, but there is still a long way to go before the our Original People and their ‘white fella’ invaders can live together in understanding harmony. Understanding is the key word here.
The arrogance that our colonial ancestors had, to believe they were superior to the native peoples they encountered, was a failing of the times and a global attitude. Many cultures across the world were decimated by the Imperial advance and the land grabbing that followed. But times have changed haven’t they?
In this day and age, a time when we aught to know better, one could almost convince oneself that ‘we don’t do that now’. But it’s not true. The persecution still continues.
The Imperial invaders are still trying to drive the People off their lands. This time it is under the cloak of economic prosperity and is driven by the multinational stranglehold that resource mining has on our government(s).
Ancient sacred sites are being sacrificed to corporate greed as laws are amended by our puppet governments to reduce the current level of protections in favour of a pro-business agenda.
These Ancient sites are part of a history that reaches far into the annuls of time. These places belong to everyone and should be protected at all costs. Anyone who follows true Archaeology (not the crap they teach us but the real story as indicated by more recent investigations) will tell you that the Original Peoples of Australia are far older than the accepted 40,000 years and have played a far greater role to in the evolution of humanity than once thought. Maybe I’ll do another post about these findings. But for those who are interested – check out Forgotten Origin – Steven and Evan Strong’s new theory of human civilisation
The Native peoples that our ancestors held in such contempt are the guardians of this world. Their closeness to the land gave them an understanding of the give and take required to live in harmony on this planet. The resurgence that is taking place to relearn this lore may well become the difference between healthy survival and scraping an existence in a harsh future.
The five articles below highlight the blatant disrespect that the Australian government(s) and multinational companies have for the country.
Us whitefellas need to support the Original People in this battle. A win for them is a win for everyone. This country is huge and I am sure it contains wonders yet to be discovered. Wonders that will help us to understand where we come from and why we are here. Because, quite frankly, if our purpose is to corrupt and destroy this planet then we have no business being here.
Ancient rock paintings, standing stones and scattered artifacts had once been protected by their remote location, but mining activity that ramped up in the early 1960s triggered the passing of the Aboriginal Act (1972) in Western Australia.
Today the landscapes of the Pilbara and Kimberley regions are being extensively reconfigured in the era of GPS, aerial exploration and fly-in, fly-out workforces.
Evidence of Aboriginal occupation is still scattered across those landscapes, lying in the path of planned roads, railways and mines. One mining tenement can hold thousands of such artifacts.
But the Aboriginal Act (1972) that protects Western Australia’s heritage sites is now being dismantled and registered sites are disappearing from the records of the very organisation whose job it is to preserve them.
Minister Peter Collier openly admits that pressure from resource companies and developers is a significant factor in the proposed reforms, which will go before parliament in coming months.
The Aboriginal Heritage Legislation also allows Indigenous communities rights. But the legislation doesn’t give the right to negotiate or to prevent mining, it only gives the right for Aboriginal people to be consulted. The consultation process rests entirely with the minister of Aboriginal Affairs so if it’s deemed necessary they can exclude Aboriginal people from the process.
The legal process severely disadvantages Indigenous communities. Marsh says:
There is a very similar pattern of oppression worldwide. Mining companies take a predatory approach to the way that they engage with traditional owners and Indigenous people… It has also been described as economic assimilation … It is a very politicised process and it’s designed to exclude Aboriginal people.
The NSW State Government has given permission to New Zealand based sandmining company Rocla Materials Pty Ltd to build a sand mine on a sacred Aboriginal Women’s Fertility Rites teaching place in Calga NSW, on Australia’s Central Coast. The site in question is part of the sacred Dreaming Track, and its destruction would destroy with it tens of thousands of years of Aboriginal heritage, as well as the habitat of numerous endangered animal species that are native to the area.
To a reasonable human being (one who isn’t motivated by corporate greed) the destruction of an ancient sacred Aboriginal site and potential damage to the area’s wildlife and environment deserve more consideration than the rubber stamp of a profit-driven state government and an incomplete council report released under the cover of Christmas. And, in the absence of due diligence on the part of government, this proposal must be stopped.
Proposed changes to the West Australian Aboriginal Heritage Act will not provide greater protections, writes Nick Herriman.
Many Australians see development, including mining, to be important for the economy and our well-being.
At the same time, we recognise this needs to be done in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Certain laws have been created to ensure this.
However, a Western Australian law intended to maintain social responsibility is in grievous danger. This is because WA’s parliament plans to revise legislation designed to protect Aboriginal heritage.
The revisions will make it easier for developers to disturb this heritage. We have to take a step back tens of thousands of years to see why.
Plans by Hanson Construction Materials to expand its quarrying operations could affect Aboriginal heritage sites, including a camp where iconic warrior Yagan is said to have had his last meal.
'Why is it that the wadjela [white man]wants us to prove that our Ancestors lived on this land, had ceremonies and made this land live for thousands of years. We know their story - it's written all over this land. You wadjelas can't see it 'cause all you can see is the money you're going to make from our Spiritual Dreaming.'
Hanson, a subsidiary of German-based Heidelberg Cement, submitted an application to impact Aboriginal sites so it can expand its Red Hill Quarry, which could destroy areas sacred to Nyungar people.
Under threat is the Weeip campsite, named after an 1820s Aboriginal leader who gave refuge to Yagan before he was shot.