A new taxpayer-funded report that claims domestic violence against indigenous women and children is caused by colonisation has been criticised as a kind of “white feminism” that excuses male violence in some cultures and ignores victims of domestic crises.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says Australian governments are turning a blind eye to the problem for the sake of political correctness.
The Australian reports, the national organisation Our Watch, funded by the commonwealth, state and territory governments, released a report yesterday examining ways to prevent family violence affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children that appears to blame settlement for contemporary violence.
The organisation is chaired by Natasha Stott Despoja and has just two indigenous members on its board — Vicky Welgraven and Jeremy Donovan — alongside Lieutenant General David Morrison and former NSW Liberal MP Kerry Chikarovski.
Indigenous academic Marcia Langton (pictured) says some of the conclusions in the report are an “outcome of white feminists ignoring the voices of Aboriginal women”.
“White feminists largely have a poor understanding of the challenges faced by frontline Aboriginal female workforce with little support from police and courts,” she told The Australian.
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples co-chairwoman Jackie Huggins said while the drivers of violence were “inextricably linked with the legacy of colonisation”, it was time to change focus.
Senator Bernardi has told Sky News the real problem is that we are too permissive of the atrocities happening in aboriginal communities.
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