John Pilger reports on the current ethnic cleansing policy of the Government of Australia, aimed at dispossessing the remaining Aboriginal homelands on behalf of industry. Massive cuts to indigenous housing, health, legal aid and social programs reflect the view of the Australian prime minister that, “It’s not the job of taxpayers to subsidize lifestyle choices.”
After the 2007 military intervention in the Northern Territory, Aboriginal self-determination there was essentially destroyed. Now, Western Australia is cutting basic services to 282 homelands.
In the second highest per capita income country in the world, the indigenous population now faces loss of water, power, sanitation and schools. As Pilger observes, “More Indigenous children are being wrenched from their homes and communities today than during the worst years of the Stolen Generation.”