ASIO was involved in assessing “possible signals intelligence activity” by the Russian embassy in Canberra ... details remain classified
A DEAD rat in the mail, arson, and debate that made the Donald Trump election campaign “look like the free-flowing milk of human kindness” marred the Australian political landscape as the Keating government reacted to the historic Mabo judgment.
The High Court decision on the Mabo V Queensland case resulted in the first recognition of native title and Aboriginal land rights.
The government’s response is revealed as part of sealed Cabinet papers from 1992 and 1993.
Then Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs minister Robert Tickner said an early bipartisan approach was shattered by the 1993 election, in which Paul Keating’s ALP government retained office.
He said there were vitriolic attacks and misinformation including that people would lose their backyards to native title claims, while the mining industry applied pressure opposing changes to politicians.
“Some of it makes the debate during the Donald Trump election campaign look like the free-flowing milk of human kindness,” Mr Tickner said. “I had a dead rat sent to me in the mail, my electorate office was partially destroyed in an arson attack, and I had repeated death threats, which resulted in guards being placed on my home.”
The Keating government also had to respond to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, which Mr Tickner said was still relevant today.
“The numbers of Aboriginal people in custody and numbers of Aboriginal kids in detention have gone through the roof.”