Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box #185 Constant state of embarrassment

Just when you thought Abbott’s had a good sledging of the most disadvantaged people in the community, now he’s having a go at remote indigenous settlements. Mandy has a go right back at him.

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5 responses to “Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box #185 Constant state of embarrassment”

  1. Peter Hayes says:

    Well said. These people are the custodians of the cultural landscape. Today they do this work on behalf of all Australians, not as a “lifestyle choice,” but because that’s what it means to be indigenous in the 21st century. The PM doesn’t understand the most basic attribute of aboriginal communities, relationship to land. Or, he’s viciously attacking the weakest sector of Australian society to play to the hard right, knowing that these communities have no right of reply. In short, schoolyard bullying politics led by the head prefect of the worst kind. So he’s either ignorant, or punch drunk with power, or both. He’s not my PM.

  2. Astrid says:

    Very beautifully put, Mandy. Thankyou.

  3. Victor Wiszniewski says:

    Talk about sour grapes, you take the cake.

    I have worked in the remote aboriginal communities and have seen the squalor and filth permeating so many of their communities. That is their choice, “this is white fella rubbish, nothing to do with us” they say.

    Tiny communities with 24 hour clinics, medical and dental services provided, schools with teachers (kids not so much, only if they feel like it), swimming pools and host of other services. All this provided by the tax payer for communities as small as 200 people. And not many people want to do a day’s work. When there is work in their community they rort the system, sign on and off, don’t work, collect their weekly pay and no one dares to speak of it for fear of offending, or being kicked off the lands.

    You should go and see these things for yourself before you start being so offensive to those who would in fact like to improve their “lifestyle”. What contribution do you make aside from your weekly, severely unfunny, whine?

    What makes it OK to call any Australian prime minister a “cock head”? What would be your take on anyone referring to Julia Gillard (the biggest wastrel in Australian history) as a c**t head?

    You have the forum, contribute to a positive debate, not to the offensive, personal and pointless abuse.

  4. Dizz says:

    I think it is genocide.

    Mandy is too soft in that it is so much more than “embarrassing”. There is real intent to remove continuous occupation of traditional lands with all the relevant dreamtime stories & break the connections. Genocide is not too strong a word.

    C’mon people, time to stand up and demand this ceases forthwith. Vote well.

  5. Jane Smith says:

    Abbott is such an embarrassment to all of Australia. The person having a whinge up above (Victor) about Julia Gillard, at least she could actually speak properly and not keep repeating words over and over. Abbott is one of the worst public speaking PM’s or Presidents I have EVER seen.

    All his ideas are garbage. I prefer Rudd or Gillard over him any day.

    How sad for Australian to have to put up with him.

    As for the aboriginals, they should have more put towards them and preserving their age old cultures and heritage. We should all respect them and honour them. THEY are this lands original people, no one else. None of us should ever forget that.

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