Aboriginals in the Northern Territory

@BELMCstar (1341)
Australia
June 27, 2007 8:47pm CST
The Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard has announced a plan to 'clean up' the Aboriginal people who live in the Northern Territory. His idea is to make sure that all children are subjected to health checks, to ensure that they are not malnourished or abused. What he seems to forget is that it is not only the 'underprivileged' children who are abused and molested, but children from wealthy backgrounds as well. It is fine to look after the children of Aboriginal Australians, but what about all the other children as wel..
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@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I completely agree with your feelings about this...I also feel the same way about the children here who do without...while I am for helping whomever we can...I think that charity should always begin at home....
@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
28 Jun 07
This is home. The Aboriginal children are Australians!
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@barehugs (8984)
• Canada
28 Jun 07
This is a Wonderful Idea, For God's sake don't knock it. He has to start some where and it might just as well be The Aboriginals. Perhaps when he gets results he will get to your children Next. Its not easy to get the Government interested in Helping Anybody's kids, When it does Happen, everyone should send emails, send snale males, clap, shout, and generally Celebrate!
@BELMCstar (1341)
• Australia
29 Jun 07
When did I knock it. I was simply saying that white children, asian children, and others are abused in the same way in which Aboriginal children are. Email, snail mail, fine. However, what about the girl who was abused at age 7 by her 'bigwig' father, and had nothing happen to him - see my comment ^^^.
@Gemmygirl1 (2868)
• Australia
28 Jun 07
You're right but not looking at it the way it's meant to be looked at. Yes every child needs to be cared for BUT the children with the major abuse problems, petrol sniffing, being sexually abused & ending up with a shorter life span are the ones in the Aboriginal communities. They are in the middle of nowhere so they aren't exactly close to doctors & although they get more funding that the rest of us, they are yet to use it properly. I do see what you're saying but they need to make sure the aboriginals are taken care of & are as safe & healthy as the rest of the people in the country. It's harder to catch a rapist/child molester in a large aboriginal community because of where they are living, catching one in the suburbs of a state is easier coz people help each other out, the aboriginal communities like to stay quiet & only speak between each other, so it makes things harder for outsiders to help & easier for the abuser to get away with it. I think they're doing the right thing & so do a lot of the other aboriginal elders - which is why some are coming in to help.
@BELMCstar (1341)
• Australia
29 Jun 07
What we need to remember is that they were living in the bush for 40 thousand years before white people came in and started to do things to them. They only started sniffing petrol then - that would be true. However, who is to say that they have not been molesting their children for that long. Maybe it is part of their culture, and we should not do anything about it. Then again, it is our duty to look after as many children as we can, so we need to do that also.
@lilaclady (28226)
• Australia
28 Jun 07
I think the children of Australia are pretty much well looked after, I say this as I have seen how quick child protection swoops in when a child is reported to be abused so that is happening everywhere else when the right authorities are informed in most cses, I guess that depends on the area you live, I think health checks on children is good, it is there, I feel the parents must be responsible to a point for this but I guess in the Northern Territory the children are in danger they are growing up in a society where the children themselves don't even know that there is anything wrong, I believe everyone in this country of Australia has the right to medical services and help but I know for a fact that there are some in this country who choose not to take it...lets just hope things will be fixed, John Howard is getting a lot of flack from a lot of people but something has to be done, someone has to step in and we all must think of those children....
@BELMCstar (1341)
• Australia
29 Jun 07
I know a young lass who was sexually abused by her step-father from the age of about 7 onwards. Child protection were notified about it, but he was a 'bigwig' in the community, and therefore was left alone with it. She was abused pretty much constantly until she was about 15, and she was sleeping with a knife under her pillow.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
28 Jun 07
I have mixed feelings on this. I read that 90% of aboriginal children in these communities are sexually abused. That is a national disgrace. I heard a woman on radio saying this is the new stolen generation and we will hide our kids from the police. How about they try hiding their kids from these men who are abusing their children instead. If 90% of children are being abused, the generation is stolen, by their own people, their innocence is stolen, never to be returned.