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OT: Human Rights Framework 5-May-2010 At 5:25:50 PM Phil Box
On 5/05/2010 Wendy wrote:
>In no way shape or form do I support the nt intervention.

Spoken by someone 3,000 miles removed from the actual real world circumstances on the ground.

Let me give you a real world example of outsiders imposing their values on Aboriginal communities. My brother in law's sister is a professor of women's studies at a large uni here in Queensland. She heads up to Thursday Island and tells a whole bunch of women that they don't have to put up with domestic violence and that they should stand up to their menfolk.

The following week after she is safely ensconced back in her comfortable air conditioned office in Brisbane those same women present themselves in Townsville hospital with numerous broken limbs and punched in faces.

Is this tragic, yes. Do I condone this behaviour, no. Is there a better way, there would have to be but it has to be done in a way that does not affect those women adversely in the way that it currently does.

Yes, this IS all anecdotal but it illustrates the vast and tragic problems that Aboriginal communities face. I am a huge supporter of many of Nole Pearson's ideas. He supports self determination and acting locally to overcome local problems without the chardonay set comeing up from down south and imposing their marxist views up them.

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