...I represent the voiceless Aboriginal people. We have been begging for the Government to do something for weeks! Others including researchers and traditional owners have been lobbying for years. No one has been listening and or appears to care. we are talking about a miscarriage of justice. Quiet Aboriginal Australians are upset about it especially those without a voice.
...why does educational content concerning all Australian children about Aboriginal culture and history, not come under the jurisdiction of the Minister for Education? This occurs to me as suspicious and discriminative. The Australian education system is for all Australian children. My complaint concerns books being distributed to all Australian children, not exclusively to Aboriginal children!
...Commonwealth fraud is a serious matter. Not only can it constitute a criminal offence, it also reduces desperately needed funds in Aboriginal communities for delivering housing and other valuable community services. It also undermines the integrity of the government because communities tend to blame the federal government for its lack of action. The Australian community rightly expects entities and officials to acknowledge and fulfil their responsibilities as stewards of public funds to make every effort possible to protect valuable public resources.
...Of course Aboriginal people used sustainable technologies including fish traps, temporary shelters and clothing, but not the kind Pascoe claims. Of course we stored grains, but not in silos! The explorers and historians have left detailed descriptions of the manner in which Aboriginal people stored grains. What materials would Aboriginal people have used to build a silo?
...What native indigenous animal species could be harnessed to help us plough the land, move heavy building materials needed for housing, yards, silos and wells, as Pascoe claims were part of Aboriginal settlements when the British arrived. What animals could facilitate the transportation needed when settled in one place? Most importantly: What is wrong with hunter gatherers?
...The journalists involved in the biased reporting have made offensive accusations and they have insulted many Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people. Can you imagine an indigenous Australian animal capable of being penned in a back yard? Imagine containing a kangaroo, emu, wallaby, koala bear and/or other indigenous marsupials? Seriously, it is absurd to make such claims without supporting archaeological and/or anthropological evidence.
Charles Reid: Charles Reid. Ninjitsu Aboriginal name.
Bob Brown: Bod Brown I've been out here for 30 years with the old fella.
Hey it's a sense of connection of being one with everything ah I couldn't ask for more it's yeah your own country it's what it's about. it's yeah it's home.
Josephine Cashman: Would this be an appropriate time to ask a couple of questions
Josephine Cashman: Um just that yes and no sort of easy okay?
Josephine Cashman: So do you know a guy called Bruce
Charles Reid: No, we see him on TV.
Josephine Cashman:Do you know any of his relatives,?
Charles Reid: no, no, no.
Josephine Cashman: He says you're a farmer.
Charles Reid: He said I'm a farmer.
Josephine Cashman: yeah,
Charles Reid: I'm not a farmer.
Bob Brown: No, no he's trying to say that um aboriginal people have always sort of farmed the land he's talking that way you can't be called farmers as in that.
Josephine Cashman: Do you reckon you could ever put a harness on a kangaroo and plough the fields?
Both: Nah, no
Josephine Cashman: What about an emu, dingo? Come on there must be.
What about an echidna, put a little harness on an echidna?
Both: No, No
Josephine Cashman: Have you seen a harness on an echidna ploughing on the field
Both: Nah, no.
Josephine Cashman: is it possible?
Bob Brown:No, you got to know yourself that's rubbish talk. That's wrong. That's silly white fella talk. No, you've got to know yourself that's. yeah that's rubbishat the silly white fella talk,
Charles Reid: He don't know his culture.