The Treaty of Spring Street

The Treaty of Spring Street, by Christopher Akehurst.

Here we have a looming contract between two entities neither of which is empowered to enter into treaties with anyone. On the one side, Victoria’s devious Labor government; on the other ‘Aboriginal Australians’, or the pushy gaggle of ideologues purporting to represent them who make up the new ‘Indigenous’ establishment, many of whom seem thoroughly integrated into whitey’s Australia (actors, activists and ‘academics’ are among their professions).

Legislation towards ‘advancing a treaty’ between the two sides is making its way through the Victorian parliament. ….

You might as well have a treaty signed by the AFL, oops, don’t say that or they’ll probably try. Well, the Victorian government gets around this by stating flatly that although a ‘treaty is an agreement between states, nations or governments, [t]his can include an agreement between Indigenous peoples and governments.’ So there.

But don’t ask what will be in it, because there ‘is no set form for what a treaty with Indigenous peoples should contain. Each treaty is a product of the area’s history, social and political environment.’ It sounds like a case of sign the cheque and fill in the amount afterwards.

For on closer examination, no set form or not, there’s quite a lot this treaty could contain. ‘A treaty’, says the website ‘Aboriginal Victoria’, could ‘recognise past wrongs committed on Aboriginal communities’, it could ‘include official apologies, reconciliation and truth-telling’ and ‘give autonomy and funding to Aboriginal communities for important matters’.

So there you have it. Tedious apologies in perpetuity plus a theoretically endless supply of taxpayer cash for ‘important matters’, however they turn out to be defined — I’d say keeping the new Aboriginal establishment in the subsidised style to which it has become accustomed will be high on the list — and hence the real or implicit recognition of Aborigines as a different polity from the rest of us.

In other words, the nation split in two like a well axed log at a country woodchop. Isn’t this apartheid? And isn’t apartheid a dirty word? …

What happened to multiculturalism? For decades that has been the Left’s most sacred idol. Everything, especially our inherited Judeo-Christian culture, has had to bend the knee to multiculturalism. So why can’t our Aborigines be just another culture in the mix rather than a group of ‘nations’ apart, aloofly standing aside?