De­fend our chil­dren, not iden­tity pol­i­tics

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE Greens’ re­ac­tion to An­drew For­rest’s video of chil­dren be­ing bashed shows how deadly stupid we’ve been made by iden­tity pol­i­tics.

No won­der For­rest, the min­ing mag­nate, is so in­fu­ri­ated that he calls the Greens the “party of pae­dophiles”.

His foun­da­tion has com­piled CCTV footage of chil­dren in West Aus­tralian towns suf­fer­ing de­praved vi­o­lence.

One child, body limp, is lifted by the hair by a clearly drunk adult and dropped into a shop­ping trol­ley. An- other, seem­ingly un­con­scious, is bashed and stomped on by a man.

And the video gives statis­tics of true hor­ror.

Out­go­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Karl O’Cal­laghan tells of one WA town where a third of the 500 chil­dren have been raped. Port Hed­land’s mayor begs: “Drugs and al­co­hol are killing our town, turn­ing adults into child rapists.”

A mum urges: “We have to help to save the next gen­er­a­tion.”

There’s more such stuff, but check how the Greens re­spond.

“The use of the term ‘ war zones’ sounds like pro­pa­ganda,” sniffed Greens se­na­tor Rachel Siew­ert, who op­poses For­rest’s plan for a cash­less wel­fare card to stop wel­fare money go­ing on booze and drugs.

“I … have deep con­cerns for the Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple who are col­lec­tively painted in this light.”

Oh, yes. These were Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren be­ing raped, bashed and ne­glected, so the Greens’ con­cern switches from pro­tect­ing chil­dren to pro­tect­ing the im­age of a “race”.

Con­sider how the Greens would re­act if these were chil­dren raped by Catholic priests. Would Siew­ert bab­ble of her con­cern for the im­age of the Church?

Worse is the re­ac­tion of Curtin Univer­sity’s Indige­nous Re­search Fel­low Dr Han­nah McGlade, de­mand­ing more “re­spect of Abo­rig­i­nal lead­er­ship”.

“In the video, we see three pow­er­ful, white men tell us what needs to be done, and this is how we’re go­ing to look af­ter our chil­dren,” she said.

McGlade stud­ied For­rest’s video so lazily she failed to see that of the three peo­ple shown, only two are white men.

The third is an Abo­rig­i­nal woman. But note the deadly iden­tity pol­i­tics. What does it mat­ter if it is a white man or a black woman who warns you chil­dren are be­ing raped?

How could the Greens and aca­demics be more con­cerned with the colour of the ex­perts than the wounds of the chil­dren?

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