Before PM Turnbull crawled into bed on Monday night he had already decided on another Royal Commission. He and many Australians had just witnessed on Four Corners the hideous way in which Aboriginal youths are treated in NT detention centres.
Regular Q&A guest Gillian Triggs had later tried in vain to link this mistreatment to off-shore facilities. Utter nonsense of course, but Ms Triggs is used to telling outright lies.
In 60,000 years Aborigines have never experienced four-walled enclosures. They have awoken each morning to 360 degrees of openness no matter what misdeed they may have committed.
A European has slept each night within four walls and has grown up using things like school rooms, offices, shops and elevators. Incarceration, albeit a nasty punishment, does not affect the white bloke in the same way… 60,000 years of genetic evolution cannot be altered in 200 years.
Therefore the awful figures on Aboriginal deaths in custody will continue until we stop locking them up. How many wonderful Albert Namatjiras do we have to kill before we realise it?
Here’s the problem: Aborigines should never, ever be locked up! The solution: Actually there isn’t one because allowing Aboriginal elders to deal with the problems won’t work as any criminal claiming Aboriginality can’t be discriminated against.
If you identify yourself with, or even feel like you have some connection to, the Aboriginal race, you are already legally an Aborigine and it is unlawful under 18C for any person to contest it.
I know this connection to a borderless land exists. I have felt it after many long periods in the bush alone. After three and four month periods I found it impossible to sleep in a bedroom. I felt awful, enclosed, claustrophobic, trapped in a module I was not used to, and that’s after only three or four months, let lone 60,000 years.
These poor little buggers are also suffering from cold turkey drug withdrawal (how bad would that be?). There is a direct transition from sniffing petrol to ice as soon as they qualify for the dole or they are able to nick something.
If they go home they will likely be bashed or sexually assaulted by drunken family members, so when they are found guilty of stealing something in a European Court they are sentenced to an endless life of penal recidivism and torture that changes them from reasonable people to raving savages.
Is that a “correction” system? After three years of incarceration an inmate is already institutionalised, it's too late, he is without the ability to embrace a normal life.
Turnbull’s Royal Commission will arrive at similar conclusions as previous Commissions where thousands of pages of recommendations gather dust for future generations to ponder.
The sickening footage we saw on Four Corners on Monday evening has been around for years and it’s more than a coincidence that the ABC decided to release the story on the eve of the NT elections where the current Country Liberal Party under Adam Giles is already in deep shit. Well done ABC, your political slip is still showing.
Turnbull would do better to heed the growing pressure for a Royal Commission into Islam and the thousands of mutilated female children suffering genital damage that Australian doctors are busy trying to repair. But again, we already know the problem, it’s the Courts that allow these butchers to walk.
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Much like the NT problem, we already know the system, we already know the guilty parties, we already know the abused kids so what’s the point of a Royal Commission?
Unless it’s to buckpass the insoluble solution to another incoming government, like most other Royal Commissions into an Aboriginal disaster.