The train has 200 wheels.
5 of them squeak, loudly.
They get all the oil, or most of it. The 195 others might need the oil but do not squeak enough to come to the oilers attention.
How do the nonsqueakers (nsq) feel?
All the wheels have the same automatic oiling devices that only need minimal maintenance to remain functional. The squeakers (sq) usually squeak because they do not bother to look after their own equipment. The nsq know this and feel that the sq should remove the digit and get on with living a wheels life in the correct fashion and do a bit of self help. The oilers attention remains with the sq because of the squeaks which are long and loud and enhanced by a bevy of squeaky wheel likers who provide squeak enhancers (lawyers).
The wheels are made from a mixture of metals. Some are pure iron but others are mixtures of iron and copper and nickel and cobalt and titanium. Squeaky wheels are generally made from a variety of materials, as are all the wheels, with only a few being pure titanium. Some have very little titanium but squeak just as much as all the other squeakers. Actually these ones can only be distinguished from nonsqueakers by their squeaks. They look the same, they weigh the same, they are the same colour as the nonsqueakers, but they squeak. Nonsqueakers think that these particular squeakers should be treated the same as them and it irritates them that the oilers do not have the same perception as their 194 fellow wheels.
Why do the oilers not perceive the slight felt by the 195 good wheels? Obviously they are particularly influenced by squeaks, especially as many of the oilers have close connections or friends in the ranks of the squeak enhancers and the squeaky wheel likers. It gets even worse when nonsqueakers find that the oilers have been providing the squeakers with materials to make their squeaks even louder. These materials the oilers obtained from the nonsqueakers in the first place, and they have just dished them out to the squeakers so they can either get more attention, difficult as that seems possible, or to maintain their level of squeakiness.
The oilers need to open their eyes to the real world. There are many more nonsqueakers than squeakers. Just because they are quiet does not mean that they agree with the behaviour of the oilers in only paying attention to the squeakers, especially as the nonsqueakers find many squeakers that are indistinguishable from themselves apart from the squeaks.
Oilers are elected by the wheels. Hopefully there will be enough wheels who think it is time the squeakers got less attention and did their own proper oiling and hence voted for oilers of like mind at the next election.
Aboriginal Australians need to think they are Australians
To be identified as having the culture of stone age man when the rest of the world partakes of that of the 21st century does not appeal to me.
This group constitutes 2.5% of the population of Australia. The population of the country is made up of people from nearly two hundred different countries and hence a huge variety of rich cultures as evidenced by the multicultural environment of Melbourne, probably one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities.
The Aboriginal people have not accepted that Australia is now occupied lawfully by 25,000,000 people who have absolutely no DNA of Aboriginal origin. Of course, there seem to be a great number of those professing to be Aboriginal who are in the same boat, or very little anyway. The genes that the Aboriginals do possess include some that they would be better off without. For some reason their culture thought it was good to not demonstrate academic talent, or so a teacher would think when Aboriginal students of obvious ability shrink back from demonstrating their superior skill and keep themselves in the bottom half of the class. While there are exceptions to this rule the general attitude of Aboriginal students is to not shine out in class as an able individual.
What can be done about it? Well it would help if the politicians got the Aboriginal community to accept that the country does not owe them anything, that the country is now Australia, with a population of Australians generated from many different countries and cultures including that of the stone age man who walked around the land up until a couple of hundred years ago and spent most of the time he wasn't looking for his next meal sitting around a campfire telling stories. When I was a school student some of the class members were Italian students who were the new members of the Australian community. They assimilated and successfully engaged in Australian life in much less than the more than two hundred years the Aborigines have had. They worked hard. They pulled their socks up and got on with the task of creating a new life in a new country. The majority of Aboriginal people have not got the idea that they need to stop expecting to be supported by whatever the Government will dole out to them but get up off their backsides and make their own future. It comes back to the attitude I encountered forty years ago in Western Australia on an Aboriginal Reserve. The Reserve men were sitting around watching while a group of Rotarians erected a building on the Reserve for the use of the Aboriginals of whom not one was assisting. Now it could have been that they were never asked. Just as the Government and previous Governments have thought they needed to be nanny to the Aboriginal people and not expect them to stand on their own feet.
Years ago when I got out of Australia and experienced non-nanny countries to our north I found it exhilarating to be expected to be responsible for my own actions. If you did the wrong thing you were responsible for the consequences. The road outside the office in Bangkok was restricted to buses in the afternoons. A motorbike rider disregarded the law and when he got squashed by a bus the driver merely sat at his wheel looking on, the conductress leaned out the door looking on, as onlookers dragged the body and bike from their path. The Aboriginal community needs to start taking responsibility for its actions and not be treated like children and the Government needs to give up being nanny.
The same applies to the high incarceration rates for Aboriginals. They need to start obeying the law. That would help. The excuse of being drunk and then clobbering their family with a club is not acceptable. Acceptance of the law and a realisation that their future is in their own hands and not dependant on nanny will reduce the number kept under lock and key. They need to accept that they are Australians and expect to be treated like Australians. They need to not be a separate group within Australia with special rights and privileges that the other 25,000,000 do not have. Being here first is outdated. We Australians are derived from a whole lot of places.
The risk for the young
For the young members of Australian society to be blindly supporting the demands of the Aboriginal Industry is an act which during their lifetime will come back to bite them. Currently $34,000,000,000 is spent each year on people claiming Aboriginality. This will be considerably increased with the new claims their lawyers can think up after a treaty is signed such as rent being required for living in Australia. Young Australians need to object to having current politicians loading this on them.
In the media there are frequent reports of Governments in Australia supporting the forming of treaties with the descendants of Aboriginal Australians. Such treaties were not required when the British claimed Australia because of the status of the local population. At the time it was the law and it was followed. Claims today place a different and incorrect description of the Aboriginal population.
The comments on the subject indicate that the people making their thoughts known are ignorant. They have not bothered to do any research at all on the subject because if they had they would known something about the subject rather than knowing nothing at all.
These days you do not have to get a physical copy of a book on the subject to read which can be a difficult and expensive task but merely refer to websites such as http://gutenberg.net.au
When it comes to Aboriginal history there are many books from the First Fleet on. The people capable of writing a book were doing so for publishers in England. See these on the website.
Advice to all Australians; stop being ignorant, read.
The First Fleet
The writing of this explorer was one of the sources Bruce Pascoe lied about.
Three Expeditions into the Interior V1