Aboriginal Industry Brings Home the Bacon

Aboriginal Industry Brings Home the Bacon. By Keith Windschuttle.

On August 5, Fiona Cornforth was rewarded for her efforts in lobbying the Morrison government with a gift of more than $600 million. The money … was for the “healing” of a target group of Aboriginal people allegedly suffering from trauma. Most of the money, some $378 million of it, is to fund a “redress scheme” — grants of $75,000 to each individual who identifies as a survivor of the Stolen Generations, plus a $7000 grant “to facilitate healing”. …

However, part of this money will go not to those who were actually removed from their parents. It will go to their relatives and descendants, that is, as Cornforth explains, “their families, and communities who were left behind and also suffered from their loss”. And there is no limit on how distant this family relationship might be. Even the great-grandchildren of the original Stolen Generations claimants can make their bid. Cornforth said the policy would serve those “descended from older generations who were removed—great grandparents, grandparents, parents, aunties, and uncles”. …

The reason for paying redress to such distant descendants is because they, too, are supposedly suffering from trauma passed on from one generation to the next. This phenomenon now goes by its own name: intergenerational trauma. …

Rather than an issue buried in the past, she argues the number of the Stolen Generations is still growing. In Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the ACT, between 40 per cent and 60 per cent of Aboriginal adults today claim to be descended from the Stolen Generations. The AIHW [Australian Institute of Health and Welfare] claims they constitute a group who today are more oppressed than other Aborigines. Their intergenerational trauma means they are four times as likely to be living with severe disability, and four times as likely to have poor mental health. …

In her Canberra address, Cornforth assured her audience that her scheme would work: “Inter­generational trauma can end with inter­generational healing.” …

Based on lies:

The Stolen Generations policy supposedly adopted by all Australian states from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s [involved] forcibly removing Aboriginal children from their parents and confining them to institutions where they would grow up ignorant of Aboriginal culture. …

Their records showed they had been sent to institutions for genuine welfare reasons, such as parental neglect or deaths in the family that left them orphans. They were not separated forcibly, or unlawfully, or because they were of Aboriginal descent, or for any other racist reason. …

The whole thing is a hoax worthy of Bruce Pascoe. Claims that the Commonwealth government has ever been responsible for a policy like that claimed for the Stolen Generations are either inherently implausible or have been tried, tested and found to be worthless by both the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia. …

If this story was true, its members should have had many victories in the courts. The charges involved serious breaches of the law — false imprisonment, misfeasance of public office, breach of duty of care, and breach of fiduciary and statutory duties — and from the mid-1990s onwards, human rights lawyers and Aboriginal legal aid services have lined up to pursue their cases. …

When they tested specific policies before the courts, the story of the Stolen Generations fell apart. As far as Australia’s highest courts are concerned, the central hypothesis of the Stolen Generations is legally extinct.

The Morrison government has no rational grounds for spending any money at all, let alone the staggering sum of $632 million, to satisfy the never-ending demands of the activists for this cause.

An interesting case where an idea is manufactured by activists, then became something that “everyone knows” (or at least, is too politically correct for anybody to really dispute), and eventually results in hard cold cash for most members of a large and ill-defined group. Basically, this is a reparations payment, for mythical events.

Left activism really works! Now, if only the left would rid Aboriginal communities of domestic violence — which, I’m guessing here, will require a lot more of our cash.