Aboriginal Suicide Is Different: A Portrait of Life and by Colin Tatz

By Colin Tatz

Adopting a ancient and anthropological method of suicide in Australia and New Zealand, this research files the speed of suicide between Aboriginal humans, that is one of the world’s highest.

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The settlements and missions continued as before, with total power vested in officials who maintained a regimen of work, instruction, discipline, good order and hygiene. These ‘bogey men’ were real enough. Draconian laws, wardship status, exclusion from schools and forcible removal of children became the indelible scars and memories of this century’s Aboriginal population in New South Wales: ‘the Welfare’, to use the Aboriginal idiom, remains indelible in the contemporary Aboriginal psyche. There is, plainly, no other comparable experience in Western society, not even in South Africa in its darkest days.

More confusion has arisen with the growth of a small, but busy, ‘industry’ of denialism. At one end of that endeavour, the Prime Minister has asked that school texts reflect glorious achievement rather than the unpleasant past. At the other end, a coterie of journalists — Paddy McGuinness, Piers Akerman, Andrew Bolt, Christopher Pearson, Michael Duffy and Frank Devine, among others — has joined with former cabinet minister Peter Howson, former bureaucrat Reg Marsh, former GovernorGeneral Bill Hayden and barrister Douglas Meagher in denying that children were ever removed — except at parental request or agreement, or for the child’s welfare.

Aboriginalisation’ There is uncertainty about Aboriginal control over their own affairs. From the 1960s, Aborigines were told by Aboriginal advancement organisations and political parties that Aboriginal control over their own affairs was a universal goal. By the early 1970s, most advancement leagues and progress associations had ‘Aboriginalised’. But, as of 1973, they all began to be dismantled as a result of federal Labor’s policy and practice of recruiting as many Aborigines of talent as possible into its own government bureaucracy.

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