Bill Leak Nailed It

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Cartoon by Ryan Fletcher.

From an anonymous contributor:

I am a teacher working in a remote part of the Northern Territory. I’ve worked at several schools over the last several years. That is because the NT Department of Education usually, in the past few years, anyway, offers short contracts to teachers just starting out. So I’ve seen a good slice of the aboriginal experience in the Northern Territory.

I’m afraid I can’t offer specifics, because the Department is very strict about its teachers talking about their experiences on the internet. That is also the reason why I am writing this article anonymously.

Many children I’ve seen have suffered neglect and abuse, including sexual abuse, and abandonment. FAS-D (also known as foetal alcohol syndrome, caused by the mother drinking too much alcohol during pregnancy) is common. For example, at one school I worked at, the principal said that all of the children are either abused, or FAS-D, or both. At another school the principal told me that 95% of the kids have been abused. I’ve found that the word ‘abuse’ is somewhat euphemistic; sometimes it means physical assault, sometimes sexual assault.

Drunkenness is a problem in many communities, and of course contributes to family violence. Why else do you think so many aboriginal communities have been declared alcohol-free? Here’s a telling picture: at the entrance to one dry community, there was a sign saying that alcohol was forbidden in the community. In front of the sign, i.e. just outside the community, were hundreds and hundreds of discarded beer cans. The green and red VB can is ubiquitous.

Unemployment is rife. Plenty of aborigines do have jobs, but plenty don’t. Laziness and an unwillingness to travel contribute to that. It’s true that traditionally, aborigines have not had a culture of nine-to-fiving, so it can be a bit harder to get used to than for non-aborigines. But a man without a job is an idle man.

Children often come to school unfed (the schools usually provide food), wearing the same clothes they’ve had on all week, which are often dirty. Head lice are very common among the children, as are boils. If a child is tired or irritable during class, you ask them why, and chances are he or she stayed up very late, watching movies that are often not meant for children; or ‘there was some trouble in the community last night’, making it hard for kids to get a good night’s sleep. At least one child I knew went home after school and on more than one occasion found the house locked up and empty, the carers nowhere to be seen. Plenty of times I have heard that a child’s ‘real father’ is in prison.

I’ve seen more than that, and heard more still. But this small slice of my personal experience should be enough for now. Basically, there are problems in remote aboriginal communities. Statistics will back me up.

Now about Bill Leak’s cartoon last week. He nailed it. He absolutely nailed it. I thought, “Wow, someone is actually telling it how it is!” And it did not just mention bad parents, but also those aborigines who want to make things better for kids, too. Many aborigines, often older women in my experience, have the same attitude as the policeman in Leak’s cartoon.

Is it racist? No. The Left say it is because it portrays aborigines in a bad light, and thus is more like a simple insult. But there is a difference between insulting a person, and telling that person a harsh truth. The former is saying something unkind simply in order to upset another person because you don’t like that person. For example, racist scribbles on toilet walls. The latter is a form of compassion – it’s not called tough ‘love’ for nothing. Bill Leak’s cartoon is surely the latter. Do you honestly think the cartoon demonstrates that Bill Leak hates aborigines? Really? It’s not in the same class as some toilet wall screed.

If you are still not convinced that his cartoon is not racist, try comparing it to a genuine racist cartoon, where the cartoonist really does hold racist views. Try looking up some old Nazi cartoons, or Hezbollah cartoons. Have a squiz at some of the entries in Iran’s holocaust cartoon contest. Just see how different all of those feel to Bill Leak’s cartoon.

If you wonder why so many aboriginal children end up in juvenile detention, look no further than the environment in which the kids grow up. That environment is also a reason Aboriginal kids tend to do more poorly at school.

Bill Leak’s cartoon won’t have the slightest negative impact on aborigines’ way of life. I reckon the wisest aborigine would look at it and see how truthful it is. What will have an impact on aborigines’ way of life, the kids’ anyway, is the environment in which those kids live – communities that are rife with neglect, abuse, welfare dependency, drunkenness and hopelessness.

To finish, I have a few questions for any journalist or commenter who criticised Bill Leak by calling him a racist. Answer in the comments section, or in your own article, honestly:

1. Is there a significant problem with drunkenness, unemployment, family violence, neglect and abuse in aboriginal communities in the NT?

2. Do you think that a child raised in a community which has a lot of those problems is more likely to be a delinquent than a child raised in a community that lacks those problems?

3. Do you think that children who are happy, healthy, and balanced; who have a firm, correct understanding of right and wrong; and who have loving, responsible, mature, law-abiding parents as role models and carers are less likely to commit crimes and end up in juvenile detention than those children who lack those things?

4. To what extent will calling Bill Leak a racist fix the problems listed in question 1?

5. To what extent will calling Bill Leak a racist demonstrate to your like-minded peers that you yourself are not a racist, and therefore to be admired?

6. How would you change things so that fewer aboriginal children end up in juvenile detention, while at the same time keeping law-abiding, taxpaying citizens safe from dangerous youths?

7. If you were Bill Leak, possessing cartooning skills and a platform in a widely-read national newspaper, and you knew that many remote aboriginal communities in the NT had those problems listed in question 1, but not enough people were talking about them or even knew about them, and you thought up the perfect way to get that message across in a cartoon, would you then draw that cartoon? Or would you censor yourself, worrying that some people might call you a racist?

  • Guy

    Brilliant. So well written. This needs to be in every paper so all can read.

    • Agreed.

    • Peter

      Well written. well said. FFS i cannot believe the MSM are not covering kids with no one at home. F racism crap from the ABC, these are kids who need help. The real racism is that if they were white kids we would have them out of these quick smart.

      Not a stolen generation , we are looking at another lost generation.

  • Terry

    A very good and persuasive article.

    I wonder why the left focuses on apologies and constitutional recognition/treaties. It’s because they want tobe seen to be morally pure. And as long as they are seen as morally pure, they couldn’t give a damn about the real problems of aboriginal Australia which are set out succinctly in this article.

    To the left, we apologise for lord knows what and everything is right in the world. To the realist, we identify the problem and try to find a solution. Leak identifies the problem, and we should all have some interest in finding a solution. But the left wants the messengers head before it ever cares about the message.

    • Steve B

      Terry, leftards are in love with their ideological principles more so than any practical or inconvenient truths…

  • Olaf Koenders

    Good article. I’ve spent time in the NT and in some Aboriginal communities. Your sentiments are mine exactly.

    I’ll see if I can emulate a Leftard’s point of view and answer those questions:

    1. Is there a significant problem with drunkenness, unemployment, family violence, neglect and abuse in aboriginal communities in the NT?

    How DARE you call them Aboriginal you RACIST Muslim-hating tuggist! They’re INDIGENOUS. Shit I dunno. Never been there. Too busy quaffing wine with the Greens and friends from minority issue groups watching GoggleBox and playing the pink oboe.

    2. Do you think that a child raised in a community which has a lot of those problems is more likely to be a delinquent than a child raised in a community that lacks those problems?

    How would I know ([1] above)? Besides, they get tons more privileges than me. As far as I’m concerned (and I KNOW from watching ABC doco’s) that it’s an idyllic place with green fields full of of flowers and children laughing and playing with gumdrop smiles.

    3. Do you think that children who are happy, healthy, and balanced; who have a firm, correct understanding of right and wrong; and who have loving, responsible, mature, law-abiding parents as role models and carers are less likely to commit crimes and end up in juvenile detention than those children who lack those things?

    Not possible. They come off the production line exactly the same as the last, rubber stamped an’ all like my own.

    4. To what extent will calling Bill Leak a racist fix the problems listed in question 1?

    Who..? [rummage, rummage, Google]..

    5. To what extent will calling Bill Leak a racist demonstrate to your like-minded peers that you yourself are not a racist, and therefore to be admired?

    [Google, rummage].. Wot? Oh.. I just go with the flow from my peers. I believe and trust them since they ONLY watch quality programming like ABC, Q&A, SBS, A Place To Call Home..

    6. How would you change things so that fewer aboriginal children end up in juvenile detention, while at the same time keeping law-abiding, taxpaying citizens safe from dangerous youths?

    There ya go again with the “Aboriginal” slur! I’m sure those children are themselves taxpayers. Isn’t detention something like their fully-furnished with Tasmanian Oak bedroom at home or the library in their universities?

    7. If you were Bill Leak, possessing cartooning skills and a platform in a widely-read national newspaper, and you knew that many remote aboriginal communities in the NT had those problems listed in question 1, but not enough people were talking about them or even knew about them, and you thought up the perfect way to get that message across in a cartoon, would you then draw that cartoon? Or would you censor yourself, worrying that some people might call you a racist?

    I never learned to draw, so don’t accuse me of drawing bombs in turbans. My writing’s eclectic, highly-developed chicken-scratch, which is why I type now because I can choose the font that closely resembles my own hand version, saving money on quills. By the bye, do ya think INDIGENOUSIANS would be offended by bombs in turbans? I have solid information that they might possibly sorta.

  • Trog

    This problem will never be fixed until the “communities” fix the problem from within. I too have worked in remote communities. The solution cannot be imposed. Supported yes but not imposed.

    My experience, a vast amount of value is placed on something earned rather than something given. On top of this are obstacles presented from the myriad aboriginals on high salaries dependant on promulgating the”victim industry” bandwagon and protest . Rarely doing anything to address the real issues and ever fixated on their own self interests, the public cash cow and stoking perrenial bitterness. Nothing actually improves so onward with the gravy train.

    These communities need leaders from within who are not out for themselves and are unafraid to knock heads and call out the abusers/users.

    The aboriginal community isnt the only community in this predicament but is clearly the most prominent statistically.

    Here are three ideas.

    1. Lets call these communities mixed race as guess what, they are!! This may, just may relieve the blame/hatred and resentment felt towards other Australians. Everyone here has mixed race ancestors, all of us.

    A great divide has been allowed to grow fat and sleek based on very, self evident lies.

    2. Shut down the RC now and use its resources and funds to directly address the issues we are already exceedingly well aware of and have been for decades.

    Reality needs to loom large here. To the handwringers who parrot Mrs Lovejoy’s “but what about the children” i say these children will very soon be parents themselves ( if not already) and be committing the very same abuse.

    Tony Abbott has been spending 2 weeks annually over the past 30 years in these communities. He knows the leaders in waiting and has built long term relationships with them. His track record in fixing problems, for all the bile he’s copped, is pretty impressive.

    3. C’mon Malcolm, give him a guernsey. It’s a damn sight better than another lawyer fest.

  • Anthony

    Yes, excellent. Those questions are very powerful

  • Michael Mazur

    Foreign aid to Indonesia in the hundreds of millions annually is more likely to go towards more bullets for their military than to their poor, meaning that the invasion of Australia will be brought forward.
    Now, though horrific it will be for white Australians, it will mean news blacked out extermination for aborigines in the remote communities, which are in the hundreds.
    Here’s how it will be done.
    Each community will be surrounded by Indonesians troops, no supplies will be allowed in, no one will be allowed out, all communications cut.
    After a few weeks the Indonesians will go in, pile up the bodies, burn them, along with the assorted ramshackle dwellings and leantos. Bulldozers level the charred remains.
    Later, untold tens of millions of Indonesians will settle these remote parts of South Irian, the new province of Indonesia.

  • Rob

    Great insights from personal experience.
    A link to the cartoon would be helpful.

  • Deano

    10 out of 10 for that essay teech.

    Asking those questions puts the finger wagging, smug ABC Fairfax brigade on the spot but they never respond. They “know’ they’re right you see, although I expect the answer to question 6 would be – “There are programs”. These ‘programs’ always seem to have a success rate quoted at 86% yet seem to achieve nothing at the same time.

    Good to see people supporting Leak too.

  • Rob

    As another who has worked and lived in a remote aboriginal community, I can fully appreciate Bill Leak’s accurate depiction of a father who doesn’t know his son’s name.
    I’ve observed young children, who are unsure which household they really belong to, that are treated as community members rather than family members. A different place to eat and sleep each night is their lifestyle option.
    The old ladies (often missionary educated) are far and away the best role models for the children. However, their impact is lost in the totality of the current disfunction. What hope do these children have of maturing into respectable adults?
    Perhaps the answer lies in facilitating the return and impact of missionaries. They who have successfully nurtured, guided, and inspired such communities in the not so distant past.
    There, I have outed myself as a racist.

  • David Miller

    Unfortunately Aboriginal communities and organisations also attract non-Aboriginal people who are incompetent. Community nurses, health workers, teachers, administrators, etc, can’t get a decent job in the so-called mainstream. So they take their incompetence and bullshit resumes to the Aboriginal community. “Anonymous” above saw the failures, which are in every community, white or black, throughout Australia. But she hung around for the employment.

  • bripan1967

    It was suggested to me that Aboriginal organisations get paid on the number of individuals they “assist”. Hence, they have no interest in improving the situation given that that would cut off their funding.
    A lot of these organisations are controlled and staffed by people who self identify as Aboriginal (ignoring in some cases their majority European heritage). Some of these people have become quite wealthy “assisting” Aboriginal people.
    Until the rivers of Taxpayer funds are cut off or better targeted, nothing will change.
    One simple solution would be for NO welfare recipient to get cash. Money should only be provided via a debit card which can not be used to buy alcohol, tobacco, or gamble. No cash out. If you want to enjoy all the extras, GET A JOB.

  • BJ

    Thank you for writing this piece; however I don’t imagine that MSM outlet is interested in hearing actual experience that runs against the progressive and apparently unquestionable narrative.

  • Jake
  • sadsak

    What other fiction novels have you written lately?

  • sadsak

    Don’t forget ,the commonwealth budget for our indiginous citizens ,has over the years provided a wonderful income stream for our leftoid, atheist, public service. Why would they want to fix the problem? They might have to go out and get a job in the real world .

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  • Doglicka

    I’ve read the same article a few times over the last few years. Just by different people. We all know it to be the truth, however when you have a culture dominated [infected] by political correctness and leftism, the reality becomes a narrative of ‘poor Aboriginals can’t cut it because of oppression by evil whitey’. This absolves the Aboriginal people of fixing the problems themselves and renders them helpless and into a cycle of blame and hate.

    Meanwhile, leftists continue to divide and victimise and get high off the stench of their virtue signalling.

  • justmeanu

    Taking personal responsibility for your actions, every time you give something away proves it’s worthless. There’s a starting point.