“This is a form of genocide.”
Last week thousands of protesters crippled Melbourne’s CBD and hundreds marched through Sydney’s inner city with a unified chant aimed directly at the government; do not force the closure of over 150 remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.
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Timeline of a social movement.
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In November 2014 the Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett said that he would close up to 150 remote Aboriginal communities, saying the state could no longer afford to pay for essential services like power and electricity.
The Premier’s comments were in response to the Federal Government’s decision to stop subsidising these services in the middle of 2015, putting the financial responsibility on individual state governments.
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In March Prime Minister Tony Abbott told ABC Radio, “What we can’t do is endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices if those lifestyle choices are not conducive to the kind of full participation in Australian society that everyone should have.”
The Prime Minister’s comment that Aboriginal people living on traditional lands was a lifestyle choice added fuel to the fire. If the communities do close, up to 12,000 people could be moved.
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