PressTV: Australia discontinues water, electricity services for Aboriginals

A view of the community of Mimili in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands, a local Aboriginal area in northwest South Australia (file photo)

A view of the community of Mimili in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands, a local Aboriginal area in northwest South Australia (file photo)

The Australian government has decided to discontinue the provision of water and electricity supplies to up to 200 indigenous communities, saying it can no longer afford the basic services, delegating it to state governments.

The remote communities, located across the northern tip of Australia and the Kimberley in the country’s northwest, will be deprived of essential services with the decision by the federal government, Vice News agency reported on Tuesday.

Reactions and repercussions

Meanwhile, Western Australia (WA) state government has said it cannot afford to cover the costs either, estimating that at least some of the 274 communities in the state – perhaps as many as 200 – will have to close.

WA Premier Colin Barnett has, however, announced that cutting water and electricity supplies does not mean the communities will have to close down.

“There is nothing to stop people going on to land,” Barnett said.

Meanwhile, the Amnesty International’s Australia advisor Rodney Dillon has voiced the organization’s concern over the decision, saying the communities have not been informed and the decision was made by “a couple of blokes with a coffee in Perth”

“This is their homeland. It’s where they belong. It’s where they are proud. They are the keepers of the land. Some might stay and die on the land. The older individuals won’t manage it, it might kill them,” Dillon said.

This is not the first time the Australian government has made a decision that is widely believed to neglect the rights of the Aboriginal communities. In 2011, the government shuttered an indigenous community in Oombulgurri, in eastern Kimberley, and relocated the residents to Wyndham, about 45 kilometers away.

“They literally told these people to get out of their homes and that they couldn’t stay or come back, and then dumped them in the mangroves around the town,” Lauren Pike, a spokeswoman for the Kimberley Land Council said

“Houses weren’t provided, nothing was provided,” she said.

Around 500,000 of Australia’s 22 million-strong population claim Aboriginal heritage and cultural values.

Amnesty International has criticized the Australian government for what it describes as racially discriminatory policies toward the Aborigines.

Indigenous communities are considered the most disadvantaged in Australia, suffering higher rates of imprisonment, unemployment, illness and child mortality.

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2 Responses to PressTV: Australia discontinues water, electricity services for Aboriginals

  1. Hegelian says:

    It’s sad that the colonies of England (Australia, Canada, and the USA) have been so poorly educated on the working of the International Banking Community the root of this genocide. We all possess less than a grade 4 education in Banking and have been programmed to believe it is some form of wizardry. Use Occam’s razor, take it to the simplest form; who prints it and who pays? All countries have to do is print their own sovereign money, your money. It’s a revolutionary concept but when you print your own money by your own legislation it is interest free but when you borrow it into existence you pay interest on the money you borrow from these crooks. This interest leaves your country’s monetary system in foreign hands with no ability to monitor its uses. The Banksters never print enough to pay the interest so you create a bankruptcy system of continual debt. Not one race, religion, or area in the future will be exempt from this form of genocide unless the system changes. Globally, the system has been in continual depression, recession and war since its inception while these parasites get richer and richer. They make money from the destruction and re-construction; the arming and disarming; it is not that complicated. The micro and macro economic models are the smoke and mirrors. The banks have got it so convoluted and complicated that they don’t even understand it. Its simple, who prints it and who pays. Remember YOU have built a beautiful country even with these parasites stealing 70+% of its wealth. The parasites are feeling threatened so the only option is bullying.

  2. Paula says:

    This is truly disgusting but nothing new – just more of the same old genocide perpetrated on these poor people who understand ‘dreamtime’ and the importance of ‘the ancestors’. What a threatening concept for the white fella!!

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