Letter to the Editor
STOP brainwashing children with nonsense
“Indigenous writer says Aborigines were farmers “ (Courier Mail 25/5/19) writer Bruce Pascoe’s book ‘Dark Emu’ adapted for children is based on a nonsense theory without any substantiating facts. He refers to Sir Thomas Mitchell in the 1830’s who rode through nine miles of stooped grain, indicating aboriginal people were harvesting grain. Nine miles really, where were the people to ‘stoop’ such a huge area and what species was it? Far more likely the native grasses had been subject to a cyclone and were twisted into ‘stoops’ by the swirling winds, something a Pommie had never seen, it often happens in cane plantations and grasses today. Then claims the British destroyed the crops that’s why there’s no trace—rubbish.
Lieutenant Grey came across yam pastures that reached the horizon, there are no yams here of such quantity, native yams are small plants, vines or shrubs. Yams as in tropical areas or Taro have a distinguished large spade shaped leaves on long fleshy petioles often confused with native Conjevoi, Acasia brisbanensis, these poisonous plants do grow in very large areas.
As for his fish traps being of some outstanding feature, most country kids-built fish traps that years later were deemed aboriginal. Rock walls or caves for shelter was because the ground was too hard to use sicks and there were no bushes to use as walls. Another baloney faux history to mislead children.
G J May
Editor: What explorer Thomas Mitchell referred to is most likely one species of numerous native sorghum which grows naturally throughout northern Australia. Had large stands of this plant, which grows to one metre tall been wind-swept, it could give the appearance of being farmed. No such luck for author Bruce Pascoe who is trying to rewrite and uplift a “wretched race of people” as explorers of this era described Aborigines.
Aborigines did not practice ‘farming’ as we know it. They did however perfect firestick farming by burning areas of native grasses thus regenerating more palatable grass regrowth attracting their major meat food source, kangaroos and wallabies.
Coastal Aborigines did build rock fish traps some of which remain in the far north today.
Bruce Pascoe should be thankful; if it were not for the dreaded whiteman he wouldn’t be here today.
from Robert J Lee in Cairns
Four thugs of “Pacific islander appearance” have been named by police in relation to a serious “coward punch” attack in Brisbane City’s seedy Fortitude Valley precinct in the early hours of Sunday morning, that has left an 18 year old fighting for his life in a Brisbane hospital.
Again native immigrants from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands have featured in violent attacks in Queensland. What heroes these islander bastards have become.
Cole Miller, a member of the Brisbane Barracudas Water Polo Club team, was on a night out with a team-mate, during a break from their busy training schedule.
He was due to travel to Adelaide to compete at the national championships on Thursday.
The attack comes as Queensland MPs prepare to vote on legislative changes to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence, when Parliament resumes.
The proposed measures include lock-out laws and limiting rapidly consumed drinks, including shots
Recent data released by the federal government shows that these immigrants, by nationality feature well up in the unemployment statistics. It is time to stop any more immigration by these now unwelcome nationalities.
Crime statistics from the Cairns districts shows that any trouble at night spots or public events usually features Pacific Islanders including Maoris. These people seem to think that Australia owes them a living.
On the Atherton Tablelands, west of Cairns, in recent years these troublemakers have been at the forefront of large-scale skirmishes with Aborigines.
Cairns News sincerely hopes the investigating police can find the two thugs, still at large in Brisbane. Two of these grubs were apprehended earlier today, according to police reports.
It is hoped they are placed before a Supreme Court jury of local people who will not be fazed by the pleas of “poor Islander me.”
They should be jailed for 20 years.
The introduction of white flour, sugar and refined foods to Aboriginal communities many decades ago, triggered the onset of the health and welfare crisis being experienced across Far North Queensland today.
A seminar for health professionals at Atherton hosted by the Petford Wellness Association on Sunday heard indigenous health expert Adjunct Professor Ernest Hunter of the Public Health and Tropical Medicine faculty at James Cook University discussing the generational effect of alcohol and illicit drugs on unborn babies.
While the government is looking at removing or refining Alcohol Management Plans put in place by the previous Labor Government, Prof Hunter said any alcohol consumption in communities is dangerous especially for pregnant mothers.
“Alcohol was introduced by the state government years ago to solve financial problems for communities which were partly funded by the sales of alcohol through community social clubs,” Prof Hunter said.
“At the end of the day communities have to make their own decisions about alcohol.
“But the community must be separated from the economics of alcohol use if the promotion of a healthier lifestyle results in a spin-off from alcohol sales. ”
He said there was no silver bullet to remedy the decades of alcohol and now substance abuse but proper nutrition and removal of sugar from diets was necessary for a long term solution.
“At one particular community the average cost per person of marijuana purchases is $7000 a year,” he said.
Prof Hunter said there were similar problems on the Tablelands with disengaged youth, and diet programs should be developed to enable the large numbers of unemployed school leavers to become fit for work.
“Originally the introduction of flour and processed food took Aboriginal Australia from relying on traditional hunting to becoming a ration and welfare dependent society.”
Vegetable gardens that were once the norm at all communities had since vanished making them entirely dependent on supermarket food.
He stressed the need for highly skilled food trainers to begin a home visit program to provide the necessary food sourcing and meal preparation skills.
Responding to a question about the recent job losses and upheaval in communities due to the state government shut-down of two proposed major mining projects on the Peninsula, he said making proper jobs available is a great motivator which gave people much incentive to improve their lot.
“Loss of jobs is a loss of freedom,” he said.
Some welfare initiatives had begun to show results but had been undermined by well-intentioned government programs in the past.
“The solution is not more government funding,” he added
Petford Wellness Association nutrition advisor Rebecca Bell and chairman Geoff Guest OAM discuss preventative methods for alcohol and substance abuse in indigenous communities with Adjunct Professor Ernest Hunter of the Public Health and Tropical Medicine faculty, JCU.