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Ythanside BS: Great White Father knows best...? (Australia) (81* d) RE: BS: Great White Father knows best...? (Australia) 26 Jun 07

Australia is, in my opinion, the most beautiful place on the planet. Solo travels around four States and both Territories reinforced my belief that I ought to have moved there while young enough to fulfil the immigration requirements.
I saw only two flaws in what was otherwise a paradise. Firstly, the carnage on outback roads where each morning I would see dozens of dead and dying kangaroos, possums and other marsupials that had been hit by night-time traffic.
Secondly, and even more distressing, was the widespread racism openly and unashamedly directed at Aborigine people by otherwise reasonable and level-headed white Australians in cities and outback towns alike.
Despite being highly conscious of my visitor status I had to voice my opinions whenever the 'blackfellah problem' (a common subject during bar-room discussions) was raised. The responses ranged from 'you have to live here to know how bad they are', or 'you're just a f***ing tourist, you don't know your arse from a hole in the ground' to offers to 'settle things outside'.
In Darwin there was a spate of 'Abo-bashing' where white youths would drive around at night until they found Aboriginal people asleep and then beat them with clubs. How horrifying is THAT in a civilised country in the 21st century?
Neither the many decent white people I met nor the Aborigines I spent time with hold out a great deal of hope for improvement in race relations in the near future. I hope they are proved wrong, but with Honest John Get Re-elected Howard at the helm, well.....

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