20 March, 2015. 12:15
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact
After promising to be a “Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs”, Tony Abbott has stubbornly persevered through universal condemnation from public figures of all political stripes over his claim that it’s not the taxpayers’ job to subsidise Indigenous Australians’ “lifestyle choices”.
Abbott’s critics are widespread, ranging from Indigenous lawyer, Noel Pearson – all the way to Hollywood with Hugh Jackman posting his support online early this morning. However, the prime minister has remained stern on his views regarding the “pointlessness” traditional Aboriginal lifestyles.
“I mean seriously, what do they see in it? Eating dirty wichitty grubs and charcoaled Kangaroo?”
“It’s like they’ve never experienced chicken schnitzel at the Bavarian Beer Cafe in Manly wharf”
When questioned about his experiences in remote Australian communities, Abbott stated that he “knew enough about the bush” to justify his comments.
“I’ve been out there, it is shit and it is boring. I’ve eaten their so-called bush tucker and it is disgusting. Like, are they are seriously going to get all up in a huff about this? We are doing them a favour”
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Council housing looks the same wherever you are”
Aside from his casually racist comments, Prime Minister Abbott has been in the headlines quite a lot this last fortnight. With two separate ‘Nazi gaffes’, a cringe-worthy St Patrick’s Day address and two separate instances of him eating a raw onion on camera. Something he commented on today.
“Everyone’s going apeshit about me eating a raw onion. Well, I’d much prefer a raw onion over witchetty grubs. When are these stupid ideas of tradition and culture going to die off?
“It’s pretty obvious that their land is more valuable to us than it is to them. Or should we forfeit billions of dollars in mining just so these people can live on their native lands? I think 60,000 years is long enough, right?”