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Land Clearances, 21st Century Style

The film Our Generation, currently being launched around Australia, gives voice to the people targeted by the Northern Territory Intervention.  The Intervention, begun by Prime Minister John Howard and continued by Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, has resulted in little discernible benefit to indigenous people.  It is arguably doing substantial harm, it has stigmatised and demonised people on the basis of race, it is blatantly violating the human rights and dignity of the people and is deeply resented by them.

So much may be fairly widely, if vaguely, appreciated.  What was less obvious to me, until I saw the film, was the pattern in the political sallies that preceeded and accompany the Intervention.

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