Australian Politics 2022-10-17 06:18:00


The three-part test Australians could be forced to take to prove they are Aboriginal

How rapidly things can change! Andrrew Bolt was successfully prosecuted for saying this stuff. But the change may not be as great as it seems. The verdict in Bolt's case was from far-Left Jewish judge Mordecai Bromberg. As a Jew, Bromberg should have excused himself from a case about racism. His feelings were understandable but feelings are not judicial

Indigenous leaders say employers, schools, universities and housing authorities need to make Australians take a three-part test to prove whether they are Aboriginal or not.

The call comes amid a massive 25 per cent increase in Australians who identify as indigenous over the past five years, and follows the University of Sydney and NSW TAFEs tightening requirements for students who describe themselves as having a First Nations background.

Nathan Moran, the chief executive of the Sydney-based Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council, told Daily Mail Australia that people have been abusing the system for at least 25 years - which he described as open fraud.

Mr Moran called on organisations to adopt the Commonwealth's three-part identity test to deter Australians from falsely identifying as indigenous.

Of the 'frauds' he believes are self-identifying as indigenous, Mr Moran said: 'It makes me sick to my stomach.

'The sad and unfortunate reality is that people have used self-identification to receive jobs, housing and scholarships they're not entitled to which are meant for the indigenous.

'The indigenous birth rates don't match up with the population increase.'

The three-part test for proving Aboriginality

An Aboriginal person (includes Torres Strait Islanders) means a person who:

1.Is a member of the Aboriginal race of Australia

2.Identifies as such an Aboriginal person

3. Is accepted by the Aboriginal community as an Aboriginal person

Mr Moran called on organisations and government authorities to enforce the three-part test rather than relying on statutory declarations - pieces of paper where they legally swear they are indigenous.

The test requires Australians to identify as an Aboriginal person, be able to prove they are a member of the race, and be accepted by the Aboriginal community.

A person can prove they are accepted by an Aboriginal community by providing a letter from their local Aboriginal Land Council or a registered Aboriginal community organisation.

Mr Moran said it's time to 'end the statutory declaration and apply the laws they're compelled to enforce'. 'They have a right to ask individuals who identify as Aboriginal for confirmation of that claim and who they received that confirmation from,' he said.

The Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council recently complained to the Independent Commission Against Corruption about the number of students at the University of Sydney identifying as indigenous using statutory declarations.

The university has since announced plans to revamp its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Status Policy by getting rid of stat decs, as Mr Moran said.

Students will have to supply a 'letter of identity' and complete the Commonwealth three-part identity test.

Students will also be asked to confirm their identity either by a letter from their land council or a sealed letter signed by a delegate of the Aboriginal Medical Service or the Aboriginal Legal Service. TAFE NSW is also now developing a Confirmation of Aboriginality Policy following similar concerns.

Mr Moran isn't the only Aboriginal land council leader raising concerns about the recent Census data. Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania chairman Michael Mansell recently claimed 'poor white people' were falsely identifying as indigenous in a move he called 'identity seeking'.

'The people who are ticking the box to say they are Aboriginal, their demographic is poor white people who pretty much are disenfranchised,' Mr Mansell said.

'They don't attribute any value to their identity as a poor white person in Tasmania, so they are searching to attach themselves to something that has greater value and I think many of those people believe that's in being Aboriginal.'

However not everyone agrees.

University of Sydney's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research director Professor Jakelin Troy claimed the latest Census data showing increased numbers of indigenous people represents the 'real' demographics of the nation.

'Freedom of self identification and self expression is a basic human right. Interfering in the efforts of invaded & colonised peoples to assert identity is just continuing invasion & colonisation,' she tweeted.

Professor Troy has expressed concerns about the crackdown argued self-identification was accepted at many international research institutions.

'It's a response to a push from some parts of Aboriginal Australia, but not all of us,' she told the Sydney Morning Herald.

'I personally think universities shouldn't really be dictating to Aboriginal people about identity. I don't think anyone should be.'


Stage-three tax cuts could be Anthony Albanese’s political demise

Peter Gleeson

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is being played, and is in danger of being a one-term wonder if he folds on the stage-three tax cuts.

If he junks the stage-three tax cuts he will be seen as a liar and a cheat and the Australian public will judge him harshly on such a barefaced deception.

If he keeps them, he will be branded as fiscally reckless by his own faction, the left, the union movement and the Greens.

Nobody ever said it would be easy for Albanese as global fiscal headwinds and the reality of a fanciful commitment to zero emissions by 2045 hit home.

This game of cat and mouse he and Treasurer Jim Chalmers are playing with the stage-three tax cuts is as much about Mr Albanese’s long-term future as any issue he will face between now and the next election.

They may put it on hold at the upcoming budget – kick it down the road for a year or so – but rest assured, if Mr Chalmers has his way, they’re about to put a balaclava on and rob you blind.

And who will get the blame? The Prime Minister.

A tax backflip also puts into question the need for election campaigns.

Why go through the agonising, painful charade of a six-week election campaign when leaders can pledge a significant policy – one that influences the way people vote – only to then turn around and abandon it.

Such a policy backflip would render politics in this country a farce. It would render the Prime Minister wholly untrustworthy. His campaign pledges during the next election would be nebulous, and not believable.

We know all politicians lie. It’s in their DNA. It’s how they roll. But this is a whopper that will hurt every Australian at a time of almost unprecedented fiscal challenge.

It demonstrates that, during the blowtorch environment of an election campaign, leaders will say and do anything to win.

My sense is that Labor never fully committed to the stage-three cuts, which provide income tax relief for 90 per cent of Aussie workers, but particularly aids higher-income earners, those on $120,000 to $200,000 a year.

Their flawed attack on aspiration is being fuelled by the angry Left-faction Marxists, those bludgers in life who believe they are owed a living.

The Labor Party is not a party for the worker any more but a flaccid, impotent shadow of its former self, obsessed with climate change.

It has become the poster boy of the unimpressive, teaming up with the Greens, teals, unions, Nine Newspapers and the ABC to suppress innovation and enterprise.

These people don’t actually like what Australia represents, a nation of people who believe in a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

The fact is that the abolition of the stage-three tax cuts will sabotage the pay packets of mostly doctors, lawyers, pharmacists, economists, tradies, senior nurses and teachers, police and ambos, who spent three to seven years at university learning their craft.

After living in less than ideal conditions during their university days, slogging it out to get a degree, they are then forced to do the hard yards to work their way up the totem pole, until they start to earn reasonable dough.

Once they become experienced and pretty good at what they are doing, they are then given more responsibility, taking on extra roles where a 40-hour week is just a memory.

For their troubles, they pay a taxation rate that is among the highest in the OECD, trailing slightly behind the Scandinavian countries.

And right now, with mortgage rates accelerating as fast as we’ve seen in 25 years, inflation out of control, wages growth stagnant, and the country in the grip of a housing crisis, the federal Labor Party want to snuff out any light at the end of the tunnel.

It’s 2024. Goodness, who knows how bad the economy will be then?

At least the Opposition will be able to remind voters on how Albanese broke his key 2022 election promise, as people sit down to eat spam instead of steak.


Australia moves to protect AUKUS pact as minister warns ‘time is running out’

Australia has launched a diplomatic charm offensive to rip up American red tape that could undermine the AUKUS pact by limiting our access to high-tech weapons.

Domestic rules for defence manufacturers will also be overhauled, with Defence Industry Minister Pat Conroy warning critical innovations are stranded in a “valley of death” in Australia even as “time is running out” to strengthen our military.

“We are no longer in a benign peacetime circumstance,” he said.

“You think about World War II about the speed of producing arms – we’re in a similar situation now and we need to speed it up.”

Mr Conroy used high-level talks in Washington DC last week to push US government and military chiefs to break down “stubborn barriers” to sharing defence technology.

Strict export controls mean Australia is already limited from maintaining and repairing American-made hardware including guided weapons.

Bill Greenwalt, a former top US defence official, warned earlier this year that such regulations could similarly hamper co-operation on hypersonics and electronic warfare under AUKUS, leaving the pact “dead in the water” without changes.

Speaking at the G’Day USA defence industry dialogue last week, Australia’s US ambassador Arthur Sinodinos said these were “wicked problems” but he hoped AUKUS would be the “Trojan horse to actually bust through some of those barriers”.

He said he was working with congressional leaders who were “showing more flexibility than I expected” on legislative changes.

Mr Conroy said he understood the need for restrictions on sharing the “crown jewels” of America’s industrial complex, but that Australia could not afford regulatory delays.

“On defence industrial collaboration, there is a unity of will to deliver that … and that is driven by the deteriorating strategic circumstances that we’re all facing,” he said.

British Vice Admiral Martin Connell, the Navy’s second highest-ranking officer, also recently called for the US to make changes so that AUKUS was not hampered.

“Otherwise these collaborations are going to be very seriously retarded when we can’t really afford them to be so,” he said.

United States Studies Centre research fellow Tom Corben said American regulations were more likely to affect co-operation on commercially available defence hardware, with cleaner mechanisms in place to share top-secret information on nuclear submarines.

In an interview, Mr Conroy also said it was unacceptable Australian companies found it was “easier for them to do business with the Pentagon than it is with Australia”.

He has ordered a departmental review of domestic red tape to ensure the government was “getting bang for buck” from its $3bn investment in advanced defence research.

“We have to pick winners … Our strategic circumstances and the fact that we do have limited resources means we can’t do everything,” Mr Conroy said.


Western Australia introduces new consent lessons for students

Doubtful if this is appropriate for the early years. Better for High School students only

School students in Western Australia will be given updated lessons on consent and healthy relationships.

The curriculum change aims to equip students with "age-appropriate knowledge and skills" in a bid to reduce sexual violence, the WA government said.

Pre-primary to Year 10 students will benefit, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk said.

Ellery said such lessons are currently taught "ad hoc" in Western Australian schools but students have said they want a clear way to respond to real-life situations.

"These changes are designed to equip students and their families with age-appropriate knowledge and skills to understand the concept of consent and what healthy, respectful relationships look like in everyday settings and real-life scenarios," she said.

The "age-appropriate and progressive lessons" in WA will start before primary school.

Topics for the youngest children will include "keeping safe" and "saying no".

McGurk said she was proud of the move. "Evidence shows that early education is a powerful tool in reducing sexual violence which we know can have lifelong consequences," she said.

The Department of Education said it will support public school teachers to implement the new content.

A draft version of the new consent curriculum has been published by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority and is open for comment.