February 11, 2023

Dear Editor,

Province of Victoria Senator Lidia Thorpe (Credit: Australian Greens, CC by SA 2.5 AU)

Former Greens (now Independent) politician, identifying as Aboriginal, Lidia Thorpe, and Australian of the Year 2021, Grace Tame (known to – politics-wise! – cosy up to now- Australian Labor PM Anthony Albanese), should button their lips regarding the celebration of then-Labor PM Paul Keating’s designation of Australia Day on the 26th of January (Aboriginals were declared Australian citizens on the 26th of January 1949 enactment of the Nationality and Citizen Act of 1948) instead of getting caught up in any “Invasion Day” nonsense, because Aborigines should be celebrating “Salvation Day” (saved by the British-introduced white-fellas’ surgeons, obstetricians, dentists, and Royal Flying Doctor Service, etc. from death by: burst appendix, difficult childbirth, snake bite, infected tooth abscess, and horrendous, intestine-exposing abdominal barbed-spear wounds, etc.) on the 26th January each and every…year!

Yes, Lidia Thorpe and Grace Tame, “their voices should be heard” is even more applicable to the innumerable Aboriginal women and girl-children so very heinously sexually abused by their Aboriginal men to this very day!

Lidia Thorpe and Grace Tame, please pay attention: sexual abuse and violence (including well-documented cannibalism on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula!) against women in Aboriginal societies has always been (well before Aborigines were white man-tainted!) endemic as documented by Prof Manning Clark (cannibalism, in Clark’s “History of Australia”, Third Vol. “Beginning of an Australian Civilization”), French explorers and William Buckley, who lived among Aborigines for so many decades!

And, Lidia Thorpe and Grace Tame, this writer has: befriended, employed, sponsored, financially supported, stopped from unlicenced, and unregistered car-driving  (as well as attended court in support of) Aborigines for some seventy years!

So, Lidia Thorpe and Grace Tame, please, have the good grace to go stick your nose into some real Aboriginal “women’s business” where it’s really, so very desperately needed – to have their voices now, really, really loudly heard (because I doubt if they would be effectively heard by any Anthony Albanese-proposed “Voice” to be written into Australia’s Constitution)!


Howard Hutchins
Victoria, Australia

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