Episode 160 – Aboriginal Culture Must Take Some Blame

We gird our loins and question high rates of sexual harassment in Universities and then put on our asbestos suits and argue that Aboriginal culture must take some blame for the sorry state of Aboriginal people.

1:02 Sexual assault in our Universities. A tale of two stories depending on which newspaper you read.

The report found that extensive, intensely underreported abuses were taking place on campuses across the country

University sexual assault report: Half of the students harassed at least once in 2016

La Trobe University lifts a ban on Bettina Arndt talk at student Liberal Club event

Young women are quite safe at university and should be told that

11:41 Amazon – forget about illegal immigrants, we have just opened the door and allowed Genghis Khan into Australia

17:51 Universal Basic Income

20:01 “If it was easy for me to explain, then he wouldn’t have received the Fields Medal,” Professor Giudici said.

21:02 First Nations Stuff

Coleman Hughes in Quillette

35:13 The son of legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior has said Australia should be embarrassed of the way it treats Indigenous Australians.

Richard Flanagan – “The Uluru statement was modest in its proposals but it demands a radical recognition of who we are. We are not a nation, we are state divided by race and a refusal to acknowledge history.Race, of course, is not a personal or scientific distinction; it is a political distinction. Race, with its ideas of Indigenous Australia as a problem, can only be maintained through power, and it can only be undone and unmade by power.”

According to the Uluru Statement, all Aboriginal people are spiritual? What if they are not?

53:19 This secular genuflection to prior Aboriginal occupation creates a hierarchy of citizenship

Capitalism didn’t save the world. It couldn’t even save America.

One comment on “Episode 160 – Aboriginal Culture Must Take Some Blame
  1. Bronwyn says:

    Hi guys,

    I’m a bit late to this one, but I couldn’t let your commentary on Aboriginal issues go past without a response.

    Rather than comment on every specific statement you made, I would like to make one general comment, which is that while white people think they know what Aboriginal culture is, we actually don’t. In this vein I was disappointed to hear you repeat the old falsehood that Aboriginal culture is a ‘stone age’ culture. Thanks to some excellent scholarship by both white and indigenous historians over the past two decades or so, we now know that the true situation was considerably more diverse. If you would like to inform yourselves further about this, I can recommend the following books:

    Dark Emu – Bruce Pascoe
    The Biggest Estate on Earth – Bill Gammage

    White Australia is still vastly ignorant of both traditional Aboriginal culture, and the nature and extent of the impact of white settlement here. Given that, I think that we are all responsible for better informing ourselves of the true situation. Responses to some of the questions and issues you raised can be found here, and you can ask your own questions as well:


    And if you could find an Aboriginal spokesperson willing to appear on the podcast to debate these issues with you (difficult, I know), that would of course be ideal.

    Finally, as an example of a nation which has a mature relationship with its indigenous people, I point you to New Zealand. They still have their problems, of course (eg. Maoris are considerably over-represented in prisons and have poorer health outcomes than the national average). But as one small example, their Prime Minister can give her newborn child a Maori middle name, and wear a Maori cloak to Buckingham Palace, without being subjected to any accusations of cultural appropriation. The indigenous culture of New Zealand is regarded by Maoris and whites as a national asset.

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