Jenny Macklin has now demonstrated that she is not fit to hold the position as Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
In her response to the criticism of the findings of a United Nations Special Rapporteur, Professor James Anaya , the Minister for Indigenous Affairs said:
“JENNY MACKLIN: For me, when it comes to human rights, the most important human right that I feel as a Minister I have to confront, is the need to protect the rights of the most vulnerable, particularly children and for them to have a safe and happy life and a safe and happy family to grow up in.” (ABC PM 28 August 2009)
But she is clearly very wrong. There are more important human rights, and they are Peoples Rights- as now recognised by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
“Peoples Abuse” is a far more serious crime against life than child abuse.
Institutionalised racism of the kind Jenny Macklin relies upon to pursue her high handed Western woman’s agenda against Australia’s First Peoples is no longer acceptable in the 21st century. Combating child abuse can only work within a context set by respecting First Peoples.
People attacking First Peoples have to learn to stop hiding behind indigenous children!
Jenny Macklin has failed to demonstrate her understanding of this, and is therefore not fit to hold the office of Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
She now must resign and be replaced by someone who is up to speed with 21st century realities – and able to relate with First Peoples as cultural partners.
ABC PMFriday August 28, 2009
MARK COLVIN: There’s been a barrage of criticism today for yesterday’s finding by a UN representative that the Northern Territory intervention was overtly racist.
The UN’s Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Human Rights gave a damning assessment of the intervention, saying it discriminated against Aboriginal people.
But both the Federal Government and Opposition have now rejected the findings.
SAMANTHA HAWLEY: UN expert Professor James Anaya spent 11 days touring Aboriginal communities. He found the Northern Territory’s intervention is discriminatory and breaches international treaties.
The Government’s chosen to ignore those warnings.
JENNY MACKLIN: For me, when it comes to human rights, the most important human right that I feel as a Minister I have to confront, is the need to protect the rights of the most vulnerable, particularly children and for them to have a safe and happy life and a safe and happy family to grow up in.
(Full transcript http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2009/s2670233.htm )