An Australian Republic is about us — not the Queen, not Prince Charles or the world economy. We should do it now, without delay. As Nelson Mandela once said, “ For to be free is not merely to cast off one 's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Until we break our last Constitutional links to the mother country, our nationhood is incomplete. Now after just over 115 years of Federation, Australia must finally join the world of nations as a full equal, unshackled to any other nation. POINT 1 COST: Many anti-republicans argue that the cost of changing to a republic is too high, as where
The written records of European expansion have been notorious for single-sided misleading accounts. The trend in colonialism, a more or less seek-and-destroy concept, has colored the European expansion of the Pacific Islands in a prolonged tale of indigenous catastrophe. Prior to the contact and exploration of the Sydney region of what we know as Australia, the aboriginals were a relatively mysterious people. It wasn’t until Ferdinand Magellan had initially made contact that European explorers and map makers became intrigued in the Southeastern coastal region. The land was well cared for, the people were non-hostile, and we had no filter or narrow lens in which we critically viewed their culture.
This occurred in an established Aboriginal community off the coast of North Queensland on Palm Island. Hurley claims Doomadgee’s death resulted from a ‘fall’, however on November 24th an autopsy concluded that the internal injuries sustained were inconsistent with the alleged ‘fall’. The release of these findings to the Australian public and the Palm Island community led to the infamous Palm Island riots. An inquest into Doomadgee’s death was ordered Through compelling visuals, confronting interviews and captivating camera techniques, The Tall Man is an informative documentary which shockingly details the injustices of this tragedy and the effects on the community. Krawitz successfully transforms the six-year ordeal into an hour and half of revealing film.
Seeing the impending doom, the suicide rate of the Arawaks skyrocketed just so they could avoid the fate of those around them. The freedom of the Arawaks was completely removed just a short time after the arrival of Columbus. As a result, the original 250,000 Arawaks living on Hispaniola in 1492 disappeared until none remained in 1555. The Arawaks were once a thriving tribe, but the Spaniards changed this forever. They took them as slaves and dehumanized them for years until there were none left to torture
Bartolome De Las Casas kept an account on the events that he experienced. Roughly two hundred and fifty thousand Indians were on the Island of Cuba before the conquest. Quelled rebellions, mass suicides, overworking, and disease led to a great decline in the Indian population as time passed. If an Indian attempted to run away, they would be hunted down by dogs and either hanged or burned to death. By 1515, fifty thousand of the original two hundred and fifty thousand remained alive.
Many lives were lost and changed. The Trail of Tears in 1839 was a horrific event that removed thousands of Native Americans from there homes. They were forced to travel a thousand miles on foot to a new land. Thousands of lives were lost along and after the journey. The removal effected the Cherokees greatly and it still effects them today.
The Secret River by Kate Greenville, is a fictional story that provides the audience with a more realistic approach to the interaction between the Native aboriginals and British settlers during the colonisation of Australia, the book was adapted into a play by Andrew Bovell. The play was first performed in 2013 and it depicts the time of colonisation in Australia and the negative effects it had on the Aboriginal culture. The play criticises the European settler’s lack of understanding or respect for the Aboriginal culture, with no attempt made to relate to with the indigenous population. The history behind the play reveals how many of the settlers were ex-convicts who were forced into coming to Australia. The author reflects the unwillingness
Britain exacerbated the already discriminatory situation in South Africa, despite significant warnings from politicians, protests from South Africans and eventually giving rise to one of the worst cases of institutionalized segregation in the 20th century as well as economic downfall which affects black South Africans today. However, Britain also played a largely inactive role in harming South Africa. During and before apartheid, Britain had the capability to possibly stop the discriminatory policies, but chose to remain a bystander towards the crisis in South Africa. Britain chose to not sanction South Africa when the UN requested them to, leading to the elongation of apartheid (Daniel). Britain’s actions, and lack thereof, show the undeniable harms of doing nothing when someone needs to take
A majority of slaves pushed for legislation of laws that categorized each person as the US citizen (WRIGHT, 1967). The American Revolution significantly influenced the native population. They were severely affected as most of them lost land, power, and culture. Their population was divided during the war time thus breaking their confederation that resulting in the loss of authority and prestige. Most British and American leaders neglected the natives people in peace negotiations (Aptheker,
Kevin Chen March 1st, 2018 Book Review: 1984 by George Orwell I. Summarize The political critical novel 1984 written by George Orwell portrays a hypothetical totalitarian society dominated by the Party (symbolized as Big Brother) after World War II where humanity (including both physical and psychological freedom) has been eliminated due to strict hierarchy levels in the nation of Oceania. Inhabitants throughout Oceania showed no existence of humanity, as their government took away their fundamental rights such as freedom and sex. Additionally, the Party took control of everyone’s mindset by replacing ‘what’s true’ into ‘what’s absurd’ as well as ‘Modern English’ into ‘newspeak’. Slogans such as “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance
When the Europeans first arrived in Australia, Indigenous Australians lost all their land rights. This was mainly due to the Europeans claiming that Australia was Terra nullius. Terra Nullius was a international law stating that if territory was not owned, it was to be given to the first nation to discover it and entitled to take over. The Europeans did not recognise the Aboriginals and Torres Strait islander people as the traditional owners of Australia and therefore took all there land rights. The indigenous people were then constricted by the terra nullius rule from 1788 to 1991.
As we can see from Source 1 between 1788 and 1861 the population of Aboriginal Australians dropped rapidly from just over 300,000 to just under 200,00 people. We can just only guess that most of those deaths were due to violent actions. It has been estimated that the Aboriginal population has decreased between around 90% between 1788 and 1900, due to violence, dispossession and disease. Therefore proving that white violence has had a great impact upon the Aboriginal Australians. Although the Europeans came to Australia with bad habits they also brought with them many good things.
When the Articles of confederation were ratified in 1781 they appeared to have fulfilled the best interests of the framers and other white men who owned slaves and plundered lands.Seven years later in 1789 the U.S. Constitution was ratified and remains the fallacious essence of national policy. The demise of The Articles Of Confederation was due to the lack of control the federal government had over the 13 colonies. The colonies had become separate entities from the weak federal government. Under The Articles of Confederation, the federal government had no power to control military service. The national power structure was realigned to better suit the agenda of the framers in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, which gives the government
His idea was deeply opposed by Indian Cherokees who didn’t believe in the white man’s way of life. Numbers of Cherokee families were evicted from their homes by American soldiers and forced to the Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears became a disease infested place full of smallpox and cholera. More than 2,000 Cherokees died. However, this tragedy can be positive.