Politics beats suffering for city Aboriginal leaders in denial about child sex abuse

Politics beats suffering for city Aboriginal leaders in denial about child sex abuse, by Chris Mitchell.

Hayley Sorensen in the NT News on March 2 wrote: “Analysis of Territory Families figures reveals at least 8559 individual Aboriginal children had notifications relating to neglect, physical, emotional harm or sexual exploitation in 2016-17. Each had … an average two notifications.”

This is from an NT Aboriginal child population of 14,050….

This doesn’t suit the PC narrative, so guess what gets all the publicity instead? The media’s power to control the agenda is tremendous.

Most Australians would view these as far more serious issues than those at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre exposed by the ABC’s Four Corners in 2016 and investigated by the royal commission.

And the problem is much wider than the NT. This paper’s Rosemary Neill won a Walkley award for exposing violence by Aboriginal men against family members in 1994. Tony Koch in this paper and at The Courier-Mail won a swag of awards for 15 years of scarifying stories about the rape and abuse of women and children in Cape York. Russell Skelton and the late Michael Gordon at The Age, Suzanne Smith at the ABC, and this paper’s Nic Rothwell and Paul Toohey on the scourge of petrol sniffing all focused on remote Aboriginal issues.

Yet it seems many in the progressive left and in the metropolitan Aboriginal leadership remain more concerned with politics than suffering.

Where was the Twitter outrage on the rape of a child that so consumed many on social media when Bill Leak drew a fair and truthful cartoon about parental ­responsibility after the Don Dale revelations?

Bill Leak cartoon in the Australian

The first senior Labor figure I heard raise the issue of child removals being blocked for fear of repeating Stolen Generations policies was former Beattie government minister Paul Braddy in the late 1990s. Braddy said Aboriginal children were regularly being left in family circumstances that would not be tolerated if a child were white. …

Why has the urban Aboriginal political leadership so often been silent on issues about which Australians really do care but so vocal on things such as Australia Day dates, treaties, apologies for the Stolen Generations and constitutional reform? Why so defensive of the rights of parents to drink alcohol but so quiet on the right of children to grow up safely?

Ronald Wilson in the Bringing Them Home report in 1997 said no more than 5000 Australians at that time were directly affected by removal policies. That does not even ask whether many of those removed actually benefited. Many say they did. But since the Aboriginal population today sits at 650,000, how did the psychological problems of the 5000 come to be synonymous with the problems of the entire community?

The answer is the politics of victimhood and a political desire to blame white Australia and its ­alleged racism for all of the problems of Aboriginal Australia.