Aboriginal People The Wrongs Done To Them — страница 2

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been two deliberate attempts in history where certain person or race has tried to commit genocide. Hitler and his soldiers as well as the white Australians. The germans were defeated in the war and Australia helped prevent the extermination of the Jewish race. Maybe white Australian thought that was a horrible cold cold blodded war. Did they actually think that they did the same in their own country. ” White Australia was able to persue its crime until not one Aborigine remained alive on the island of Tasmania.” (Hardy 1968) (See Appendix C ) Five thousand Aborigines occupied the island of Tasmania in 1803. Just 21 years later only 500 remained. By 1876 the last of the Tasmanians, Traganinc, were dead, here body dissected and her skeleton articulated for examination by the

pseudo-scientists. In truth we have one of the first examples in modern times of the ‘final solution’ – the genocide of an entire group of people in a specific area.” (Bessant 1978 pp 12) The Tasmanian Island had the worst conflicts of all. “The most vicious of all colonial administrations” and the most brutal of all convicts. Governor George Arthur arrived in Tasmania in 1824 and was warning to end the killings of the Aboriginals. “He intended to introduce a new policy of conciliation” and civilise the Aborigines to make them like white families. In 1826, the governor concluded that “Aboriginals were beyond salvation. The Aboriginals started to fight back, obtaining firearms “and adopting kelly-type raiding techniques… They were refusing to recognise the

superiority of the Europeans.” The governor onve hought of the Aboriginals as childish and then regarded them “as an evil it was duty to destroy” (Bessant 1978 pp 12) Arguments have been expressed about the contraversy of whether all worngs have been righted. Aboriginals even today are not treated completely equal by all white Australians. Even though the Government has allowed Aboriginals to vote, receive pensions and the same benefits as all other Australians, they still have problems with getting employment. “The European settlers wanted land. Because the Aborigines did not cultivate the ground or make permenant dwellings or settlements, the new comers did not realize or care, that the land was owned and occupied… and so the question of Aboriginal right to that land

hardly concerned them at all” (Brendt) The Mabo issue has in some sence been righted. Alot of sacred land has been cultivatedm, and settlements have taken place. Therefore it is too late to give this land back to the Aboriginals. Some land has been given back,to the Aboriginals,and this land is under conservation by the Aboriginals. Other problems cannot be righted, such as the worngs with the dislocation of Aboriginal children and the genocide in Tasmania. Problems such as these are impossible to be righted. But they can be apoogised by the white Australian Government. The Government has taken responsibility for their actions, and now look down with shame. 359