@ Hal Another issue, Hal, over which we will have …

Comment on Cover-up: Australia’s or Pilger’s? by Domenico Pecorari.

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Another issue, Hal, over which we will have to agree to disagree.

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Cover-up: Australia’s or Pilger’s?
I was amazed at the initial screening of Pilger’s “Utopia” at the Araluen, but much more amazed by the reactions it has stirred up in the local media, commentaries which, in the main, have smacked of a self-righteous, ethnocentric indignation that have, at their core, a blaming of the victim.
Far from being difficult and complex, the situation is actually quite simple: Indigenous Australians are having to deal with a process of dis-possession and dis-empowerment that the average non-indigenous Australian finds difficult to understand, if he bothers to think about it at all.
That, in essence, is Pilger’s message.
Perhaps we would not find it so difficult to understand had the War In the Pacific not gone the way it did.
Imagine Australia had been taken over by a foreign force, a power much mightier than anything we could muster in response.
Imagine these foreigners had taken over all the lands, cities, our houses, for the use and benefit of their own kind (who continued to come in ever-increasing numbers) and had set up social, educational and economic systems that favoured themselves and left the former Australian population on the fringe, initially to fend for themselves but later included in a system of payments that depended upon your giving up any sense of independence.
Imagine a system where your worth, your “value”, depended upon how closely you adopted the ways of the foreigners, your success measured by how much you assimilated into their ways of life, learned their language and practiced their social mores.
Imagine not having the choice of “going back to your home country”, as the land had been the only home to 40,000 years of your ancestry.
True, Pilger does tend to make a point with a sledgehammer, but let’s not use what are really minor criticisms to mask and ignore the message he is delivering.
Harmonious solutions will only come from a better understanding of the situation and through our being more honest with ourselves.


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