Mick Dodson's right when he talks about the Problems facing Aboriginal Australia....
"Our children are experiencing horrific levels of violence and sexual abuse."
No person in their right mind would deny that indigenous Australians, especially those in the outer suburbs of the cities and in many isolated communities, have a shocking time of it.
I lived for twelve years in the Pilbara and also in Kalgoorlie and Geraldton and saw, first hand, the deleterious effects of poverty, lack of education and especially alcohol, on the local aboriginal populations.
The children, in particular, were treated in a appalling manner. They most certainly do experience "horrific levels of violence and sexual abuse".
However, one thing that reverberates through this, and other articles, is the lack of a clearly stated objective as to how to deal with the problem. While he concedes the problem "is extreme and requires extreme action" he doesn't state what that extreme action should be.
Now, he surely knows the studies, research, taskforces and programs referred to in the article, not to mention the addressing of trauma and the call for accessible & credible services have proven singularly ineffectual to date. As he says, the situation is worse than ever.
Therefore, could he be hinting at another course of action?
Am I the only person who read the article and wondered whether the extreme action he refers to might entail some kind of separation of the vulnerable from the problem?