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Comment on Gillard lecture seeks to start Aboriginal suicide debate by Surprised!.

Whilst suicide is a horrible outcome of desperation for ANYBODY, I am left wondering why people keep saying Aboriginal people are “disadvantaged”.
From where I see it we all have a hand in making a better lives for ourselves.
There are many many well educated and respected Aboriginal people around us.
It always seems so easy to blame the system or white man when things don’t work out the way we want. (Surely a racist sentiment.)
I see that monumental resources and amounts of money are allocated to the Aboriginal population with little positive outcomes.
Perhaps it is that these disadvantaged people need to also help themselves, respect them themselves and respect others.
I would cringe to know how much money is allocated including royalties and any other money versus measurable outcomes.
I hear people say that there are too many Aboriginal people in gaol. If it’s fact, it’s true, it’s not a race issue. It’s a simple formula: Don’t break the law and you won’t end up in gaol.
Keep hanging on to the past and things will never get better.

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I am white, possibly by selecting the wrong parents, nevertheless I am pretty sure I’m not allowed to send my kids to Yirara College.
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