A voice to parliament is tantamount to mob rule

The indigenous campaign for COVID-19 has been anchored around the slogan “keep our mob safe“. Saturday’s national protests in solidarity with anarchist rioters, thugs and criminals in the US demonstrates what black mobs actually are and begs the question who keeps the rest of us safe from such mobs?

Tens of thousands of moron anarchists protested about an American incident of no direct relevance to indigenous Australians merely for the sake of black rebellion. In doing so they breached social distancing laws and disobeyed state emergency powers prohibiting mass gatherings (with the exception of NSW where the Supreme Court of Appeal made the protest lawful in record speed), showing total contempt for the health and safety of the general community and making a mockery of national lockdowns which has resulted in a tragedy of unemployment and bankruptcies and human suffering.

The lack of government and police action was an insult to all Australians who have obeyed the lockdowns even if they didn’t agree to them, and is particularly insensitive to the many Australians who have been adversely impacted as a result. The insufferable hubris we have had to put up with by state and federal politicians posturing about “saving lives“, telling us “the sacrifice is worth it” and comforting us with the platitude “we are all in this together” throughout the pandemic that never was has been exposed as completely hollow.

The hypocrisy of State Premiers right across the nation feebly enabling Black Lives Matter protests to go ahead without consequence demonstrates the complete absence of leadership we have right across nation and irrespective of the political divide. Our State Premiers (which given the National Cabinet captures our Federal leadership team) have been shown to be nothing but cowards and bullies.

Having suspended democracy and unleashed a police state of house arrest in which harmless people that dare sit on a park bench, or fish off a pier while nonetheless respecting social distancing protocols, have been intimidated and harassed by police, our political leaders have meekly acquiesced and bowed to the mob the instant their authority has been challenged. Total cowards.

As derelict as the State Premiers have been in confronting the mob, the total absence of any indigenous leadership in relation to the Black Lives Matter farce has been even worse. We are constantly lectured by progressive elites with demands that indigenous Australians be privileged with a special voice to parliament. We are told this voice will lead to better policy outcomes for indigenous Australians and is critical in certain policy areas in which indigenous Australians are particularly affected.

One of those policy areas is health, not least because indigenous Australians have significantly lower life expectancy, in no small part due to massively higher rates of co-morbidity from poor life choices like drug and alcohol abuse.

Which just so happens to make them prime candidates for COVID-19 fatality. So dire is the health condition of indigenous Australians, and hence disproportionally susceptible to COVID-19 death, it necessitated a COVID-19 plan distinct from the National Plan overseen by the Australian and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group for COVID-19. This would seemingly be an example of an indigenous voice into policy-making in action.

But where was this voice arguing against the Black Lives Matter protest in blatant disregard of its own COVID-19 plan? Where was the voice of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) from whom the advisory body was drawn? Where was the voice of the Federal indigenous Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Ken Wyatt? Or his counterpart Pat Dodson? When needed most indigenous voices were mute.

If indigenous voices are silent at a time when rebellious indigenous political activity amplifies not only the already heightened risks facing indigenous Australians, but simultaneously recklessly imposes increased health and economic risks over the entire population, then an indigenous voice to parliament is not just worthless, it is a public liability.

The indigenous elite had a duty to their community and to the nation to try and put a stop to a divisive, illegal, irresponsible (assuming the premise for the lockdown and tardy release there of) protest they knew was based on fake solidarity stirring up fake racial grievance.

The indigenous elite must surely have known that the connection between George Floyd and aboriginal deaths in custody was 100% false. Which is to say that indigenous Australians are less likely to die in custody (by a statistically significant extent) than non-indigenous Australians. This is an established fact and has been reported repeatedly by the Australian Institute of Criminology (here, and here)stemming from a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1987 – 1991).

In short, the Black Lives Matter protests in Australia were rationalised on a complete falsehood and our indigenous elite said nothing. This should be a national scandal. And if they didn’t know it was fake then their ignorance is just another reason why an indigenous voice to parliament is recipe for disaster.

Unbelievably Ken Wyatt’s only substantive reaction has been to scrap the COAG arbitrary target of reducing the rate of young indigenous people in prison by 19%, presumably to replace it with a higher and even more arbitrary target. Wyatt could have, indeed should have corrected the record, but instead chose to simply bow to the mob. This is what passes for indigenous leadership.

To be fair to Wyatt he at least conceded the obvious point which is that if you want to reduce the percentage of indigenous prisoners start by reducing the rate of indigenous criminality. Of course that would mean owning up to the systemic failure of indigenous policy over decades under the principle of self-determination, i.e. the “voice” whose policies include the perpetuation of dysfunctional, anarchic, dystopias euphemistically referred to as “communities”. The danger is the states will simply pressure the justice system to go easy on indigenous offenders. That would be a tragedy and an injustice to victims of indigenous crime which are almost always fellow indigenous people.

The craven failure of indigenous leadership to speak out against Black Lives Matter protests and speak truth to falsehoods about indigenous deaths in custody demonstrates that an indigenous “voice to parliament” will amount to nothing more than mob rule enabled by weak and derelict political leadership.

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29 Responses to A voice to parliament is tantamount to mob rule

  1. stackja

    Indigenous man alledgly killed his indigenous sister. Her life didn’t matter?

  2. 2dogs

    When needed most indigenous voices were mute censored.

    FIFY

    No media outfit was reporting what this indigenous voice had to say.

  3. Pyrmonter

    @ Justinian

    The NSW CoA din’t ‘make the protest lawful’ – it determined that it was not unlawful under the Summary Offences Act: https://www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/decision/1729618adc0ef4ea5baa2bfc

    What remains a mystery is how it wasn’t still unlawful under the Public Health Act order prohibiting public assemblies (see Order 8): https://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/_emergency/Public%20Health%20(COVID-19%20Restrictions%20on%20Gathering%20and%20Movement)%20Order%20(No%203)%202020.pdf

  4. Lee

    Ken Wyatt is about as useful as a flywire door on a submarine.

  5. Peter Greagg

    Great post.

    A cat (can’t remember who?) recently made the point that the so-called-First Nations representatives (Dodson, Burney, etc) already in Parliament obviously aren’t up to the job if aborigines “Need a Voice” to parliament, and so therefore they should immediately resign.

    Perhaps a journalist could ask them about that?

  6. Roger W

    So you want actions and policy based on factual, rational and logical argument.
    How quaint and so last century (by quite a few decades).

  7. Atoms for Peace

    I’d suggest our national broadcaster have it’s various divisions placed in some outback towns that appreciate cultural diversity in all its’ glory. They’ve been at the helm of this drive by journalism for the past week or so, so I think they need to get feet on the ground out there so as to be with like minded travellers..

  8. a happy little debunker

    Mason Jet Lee (21 months old) killed by both his step father and his mother’s indifference – is a black life that still doesn’t matter.

  9. H B Bear

    One law for all. A proposition already rejected by the High Court.

  10. jupes

    In short, the Black Lives Matter protests in Australia were rationalised on a complete falsehood and our indigenous elite said nothing.

    Just like the other load of bollocks; the “stolen generations”. The indigenous elite are not going to call bullshit on such as powerful a weapon as emotional blackmail. Especially when no politician has the balls to call it out.

  11. jupes

    That would be a tragedy and an injustice to victims of indigenous crime which are almost always fellow indigenous people.

    Not necessarily. Plenty of other Australians are robbed or assaulted by Aborigines. In my experience this happens far more so than Aborigines being robbed or assaulted by other Australians.

  12. jupes

    What remains a mystery is how it wasn’t still unlawful under the Public Health Act order prohibiting public assemblies (see Order 8):

    Good get Pyro.

    So the court case was just a farce to cover for the cowardly government.

  13. H B Bear

    Atoms -I’d suggest Wilcannia. Tough place to get a latte.

  14. Peter

    The voice to parliament is a waste of time, all of the current representatives either inside or outside parliament do not seem to achieve any tangible results for the aboriginal communities. In fact they look to be doing more harm than good, running false protests like the BLM campaign certainly does not help them.

  15. H B Bear

    Voice to parliament is just the latest shift of the goalposts by the Aboriginal Industry.

    Remember Mabo? Fat lot of good that did.

  16. susan

    Pat Turner (CEO of NACCHO) told Fran Kelly on AM this morning regarding indigenous incarceration rates that most jail time was for non payments of fines and such and a better solution would be community service or home detention and “all bored kids get up to mischief” I live in a WA regional city where almost every street has had a break-in or a car stolen and a few months ago our beautiful historic Catholic cathedral was vandalised . The city has numerous youth programs . Pat Turner dismissing these crimes as “bored kids getting up to mischief” is an insult to the people whose property has been ransacked and to the parishioners of our church

  17. Alex

    Two things:

    Australia you’re standing in it!

    Australia you’ve been conned.

  18. yarpos

    So, if the small % of people in those protests who are genuinely indigenous, return to real indigenous communities, we can expect carnage in those communities if they are in the at risk category. If it does happen you can bet it will be the fault of white Premiers and Police Commissioners for not saving then from themselves; again.

    If no outbreaks occue anywhere I guess we can conclude that restrictions are more about Dan Andrews style control freakery than any significant risk.

  19. Damon

    I’d be more persuaded if the poster boy, extolled by his family as ‘having turned his life around’, had not been full of illegal drugs, and had not mistakenly accepted several forged twenties in exchange for his boxes of nickels and dimes. Or if the autopsy had unequivocally found strangulation, which it didn’t. Or if a person being strangled had not found breath to plead, distinctly and audibly, that he couldn’t breathe. Still, wonders never cease.

  20. Squirrel

    ATSIC might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but it failed – and the dismantling started in the time of St. Paul of Redfern.

    The stuff being talked about now would be even less likely to make a difference to some of the truly horrific things which are happening in Aboriginal communities – as the Left are so fund of pointing out, trickle down just doesn’t work if you want to make real change.

  21. Seza

    There was a complaint in the Oz today that the indigenous made up 19% of prison populations in 1999, and 30% in 2019 and thus was bad. However, the indigenous population has practically doubled since then (by natural increase I am sure, not the allure of free money), so we are doing pretty well in keeping the raw numbers out of gaol. We are also doing pretty badly as racists, since the population has increased from 93K in 1900 to around 850K in 2019.

  22. Texas Jack

    And there’s nobody left in a parliament anywhere in this country who’ll call it like it is when it comes to the madness peddled by those with a bone to twist on indigenous issues…

  23. So what happens to all these “First Nation” criminals that aren’t incarcerated? Are they free to terrorise, assault and murder the same family members who are the victims? What part does alcohol play in indigenous crime? Wyatt refuses to address the causes because they are nearly intractable.

    Should indigenous kids be removed from their families?
    How about child-rape victims.
    But hey, “Black Lives Matter”.

  24. Boris

    in solidarity with anarchist rioters, thugs and criminals in the US

    I stopped reading after this. Most observers agree that 90 to 99 per cent of US protesters were peaceful. Not MSM but from the Internet.

    It is right and proper to condemn violence and to criticize peaceful protests but it is stupid to conflate the two.

    Shows credibility of the author.

    His worst post ever.

  25. Boris

    Actually I decided to read it anyway lest I say like infamous soviet official: I did not read Pasternak’s book but I condemn it anyway.

    Actually the rest of the post is spot on.

  26. Bad Samaritan

    Boris
    #3481782, posted on June 11, 2020 at 2:30 am
    in solidarity with anarchist rioters, thugs and criminals in the US

    I stopped reading after this. Most observers agree that 90 to 99 per cent of US protesters were peaceful. Not MSM but from the Internet.

    These allegedly peaceful protesters were condemning the rioting arsonists, or were they in solidarity with them? A linky to back your reply would be nice.

  27. JohnL

    I hope that the virus spreads as the wildfire and kills hundreds, thus the One World Government would at least partially achieve its objectives as set out in the Agenda 21 – depopulation.

  28. Tel

    Democracy is already tantamount to mob rule.

    What the “voice in Parliament” really means is that some small group wants extra votes.

  29. Tel

    In fact they look to be doing more harm than good, running false protests like the BLM campaign certainly does not help them.

    The only thing that BLM does is make every issue into a race issue. They have no intention of helping anyone in any way, nor do they make any even remotely helpful suggestions.

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