Indigenous Australians & Palestinians: Treaty, Truth, Voice, Referendum & Senator Lidia Thorpe

Australia Indigenous Voice Referendum

This year Australians will vote in a Referendum for recognizing Indigenous Australians in the Constitution by giving them a Constitutionally-enshrined  Voice to Parliament. Out of respect for First Nations People  I will vote Yes, a position supported by the Labor Government, the Greens and some others, but opposed by the Coalition Opposition. However First Nations Senator Lidia Thorpe also demands action on Treaty, Truth-telling and awful Indigenous disadvantage.

This Australian Referendum for a Constitutionally-enshrined  Voice to Parliament arose from  a remarkable and representative gathering at Uluru (the gigantic  rock in the heart of Australia) of Indigenous Australians (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, First Nations peoples) in 2017, that issued the Uluru Statement of the Heart: “We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart: Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according to the reckoning of our culture, from the Creation, according to the common law from ‘time immemorial’, and according to science more than 60,000 years ago… This sovereignty is a spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or ‘mother nature’, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples …  It has never been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown… We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution. Makarrata is the culmination of our agenda: the coming together after a struggle. It captures our aspirations for a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia and a better future for our children based on justice and self-determination. We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history. In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard” [1]. One notes that Indigenous Australians were only finally counted as citizens of Australia after a 1967 Referendum [2].

This remarkably generous  Indigenous Australian offer of national  reconciliation between Indigenous  and non-Indigenous Australians came 247 years after British explorer Captain James Cook  claimed Australia for the British Crown in 1770, and 229 years after the genocidal British invasion of Australia in 1788 that initiated an over 2 century and continuing Australian Aboriginal Genocide and Aboriginal  Ethnocide that in terms of massive extinction of hundreds of Indigenous languages was qualitatively the worst in human history [3-11].

From a quantitative perspective, the carnage of the Australian Aboriginal Genocide (2 million deaths from violence and imposed deprivation and disease) is 1000 times lower than that of the 2 century British-imposed Indian Holocaust (1,800 million deaths from imposed deprivation) that commenced with the 1769-1770 Bengal Famine (10 million starved to death by the rapacious British) and almost concluded with the  1942-1945 WW2 Bengali Holocaust  (WW2 Indian Holocaust, WW2 Bengal Famine;  6-7 million Indians deliberately starved to death for strategic reasons by the British with food-denying Australian complicity in Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and Assam) [6, 8, 12-19]. Yet these horrors are resolutely ignored in look-the-other-way Australia and the genocidally racist Anglosphere in general [6].

The immediate Mainstream Australian political response to the the Uluru Statement of the Heart was that the Labor Opposition and the Greens warmly supported the Voice but the conservative Liberal Party-National Party Coalition Government under PM Malcolm Turnbull rejected the Voice on the utterly incorrect but asserted basis  that it would involve a Third Chamber of  Parliament and could somehow enable an Indigenous veto over decisions of the Australian Parliament. The Coalition (thankfully now in Opposition and with dwindling electoral support) still continues to  obfuscate public debate over the Voice with disingenuous demands for  “details” of what a Yes vote for the Voice  would mean.

The simple reality is that a successful Yes vote for a Constitutionally-enshrined  Voice to Parliament would (a) mean Constitutional  Recognition of First Nations Australians, and (b) simply require Australian Governments to somehow enable expression to Parliament and the Government of Indigenous opinions on matters pertaining  to Indigenous Australians, with this to be established legislatively by Parliament.

(a). Constitutional  Recognition of First Nations Australians would simply be respect and basic good manners towards the sorely oppressed Indigenous Australians whose forebears were unique to this continent, created the world’s oldest surviving civilizations, and continuously inhabited Australia in exquisite harmony with Australian species and ecosystems for  65,000 years, but  have been subject to 235 years of a British-imposed and continuing Aboriginal  Genocide that from an ethnocidal perspective has been qualitatively the worst in human history [3-6].

In stark contrast, the Australian Constitution was a product of genocidal British imperialism headed by the British Crown which disgustingly remains a key element of the Constitution. Thus the Australian Government Solicitor: “The Australian Constitution was then passed as part of a British Act of Parliament in 1900, and took effect on 1 January 1901… The Constitution established the Commonwealth Parliament comprising the Queen [now King Charles III] , a House of Representatives and a Senate (sections 1–60)” [20]. Over the last millennium the English (and thence British) Crown has invaded nearly every country in the world, imposing devastation, deprivation, mass murder and genocide [21-24]. Indeed in 1975 the British Crown was intimately  involved with the US, the UK,  and Australian traitors in removal of the twice democratically-elected Whitlam Labor Government. Indeed Professor Jenny Hocking and Peter Cronau: “Just four months after the dismissal, in March 1976, Prince Charles [now King Charles III] sent a long hand-written letter to his confidante Sir John Kerr [the traitorous Governor General who dismissed Whitlam]. In it Charles let the besieged governor-general know that he fully supported Kerr’s dismissal of the Australian government without warning: I wanted you to know that I appreciate what you do and admire enormously the way you have performed in your many and varied duties. Please don’t lose heart. What you did last year was right and the courageous thing to do’”[25].

(b). The Constitutionally-enshrined   Indigenous Voice to Parliament and Government simply requests  Indigenous expressions  to Parliament and Government of  Opinions about Indigenous-related matters, with the details  to be legislated by successive Labor, Coalition, Green, Teal, Socialist  or Whoever governments from the present into the unknowable future. Coalition demands  for “detail”  are simply disingenuous, dishonest and obfuscatory. Indeed at one extreme it  could simply involve a Government-appointed  Indigenous  Representative (akin to the now-notorious Governor-General position) and could carry no obligation for the Parliament or Government to read or even note receipt of such Opinions. At the decent end of the spectrum it could involve a taxpayer-funded representative Indigenous body that would offer a range of Indigenous Opinions on Indigenous-related matters that on receipt and consideration by Parliament and Government might have the effect of improving the presently awful circumstances of many Indigenous Australians.

Recent polling  indicates a bare Yes victory but hopefully the Yes vote will increase during the year. The Sydney Morning Herald (30 April 2023): “The Yes campaign to enshrine an Indigenous Voice within Australia’s constitution is ahead in every state and territory, the most comprehensive poll conducted on the proposal has revealed, placing it on course to deliver the first referendum to pass in four decades. The first dedicated state-by-state poll on the Voice to parliament has recorded the Yes vote on 51 per cent across the nation, while 34 per cent said they would vote No and 15 per cent were undecided. It would also reach the critical benchmark of support in a majority of states, while the Yes side was ahead in Queensland and Western Australia but fell short of 50 per cent support… For the referendum to succeed, it must gain the support of a majority of voters nationally as well as a majority of voters in a majority of states” [26].

The present Referendum voting positions are as follows: (1) Senator Lidia Thorpe (opposes the No vote but strategically presently abstains in the hope of extracting Labor Government actions to help Indigenous people), (2) Labor, Greens, some other MPs, 80% of Indigenous People, the major religious, ethnic  and sporting organizations  ( “Yes”),  (3) 20%  of Indigenous People (“No” on the basis that real action on really serious Indigenous circumstances should be a priority, and that  a Yes result might impose an expensive, counterproductive and diversionary Indigenous Bureaucracy that might damage the interests  of particular  Indigenous communities), and (4) the Liberal Party-National Party Coalition and residual racist White Australia (“No”). These various positions are discussed below.

(1). Indigenous Senator Lidia Thorpe is presently Abstaining in an attempt to get greater Labor Government action to address awful Indigenous disadvantage.

Resolute First Nations Senator Lidia Thorpe (formerly of the Greens) quite correctly criticizes a “powerless Voice” proposal,  and rejects the Coalition No camp as “[full of] “racists and white supremacy”: “I am not in the No camp, I have never been in the No camp. And my position has been clear all along and that is we need a Treaty in this country…  The Yes vote is to allow for a powerless Voice to go into constitution. We don’t know what this looks like. I can’t support something that gives us no power and I certainly cannot support a No campaign that is looking more like a white supremacy campaign that is causing a lot of harm… I am considering  abstaining on the vote in the Senate [to permit the Referendum]… I will continue to negotiate with the government … they [Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders] have Voices, they [governments] just haven’t been listening… our Voice may give advice to the government [but] may isn’t good enough” [27, 28].

Senator Lidia Thorpe correctly points out that the actual nature of the Aboriginal Voice has yet to be decided by Parliament and could conceivably involve a single person appointed by the government of the day. Her vote is needed in the Senate for passage of the Referendum legislation and she is going to hold out for government action on Treaty, Truth-telling, and intolerable Indigenous circumstances, notably continuing and shocking  Indigenous deaths in custody, 20,000 Indigenous children presently removed from their mothers, an Indigenous-non-Indigenous life expectancy gap of about 9 years, and shocking differences in health, housing, education, employment, poverty, incarceration, and wealth between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians [3].

(2). Senator Lidia Thorpe wants justice for all Indigenous peoples and notably for the sorely oppressed Indigenous Palestinians.

In her resolute stance for Indigenous Australians Senator  Lidia Thorpe has properly and sensibly invoked the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People that states in part : “Article 25: Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinctive spiritual relationship with their traditionally owned or otherwise occupied and used lands, territories, waters and coastal seas and other resources and to uphold their responsibilities to future generations in this regard.
Article 26: 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired. 2. Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control the lands, territories and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership or other traditional occupation or use, as well as those which they have otherwise acquired. 3. States shall give legal recognition and protection to these lands, territories and resources. Such recognition shall be conducted with due respect to the customs, traditions and land tenure systems of the indigenous peoples concerned ” [29].

Indeed Senator  Lidia Thorpe  spoke with great clarity and passion  at a big Melbourne rally for Indigenous Palestinian human rights last year. At a recent Palestine Solidarity Conference in Melbourne in January 2023,  Senator Lidia Thorpe, on the opening plenary “Organising for Palestine on Stolen Land” said both struggles [of Indigenous Australians and Indigenous  Palestinians] are connected by “disempowerment, oppression, death, killings and grief” and that the fight for land and justice is crucial [30]  .

The 235 year and ongoing settler-colonial Australian Aboriginal Genocide has been associated with about 0.1 million violent deaths and 2 million deaths from dispossession, deprivation and disease. Before the British invasion in 1788 there were 350-750 different Indigenous Australian (Aboriginal) tribes and a similar number of languages and dialects, of which only 150 survive today and of these all but about 20 are endangered in a process of continuing Australian Aboriginal Ethnocide.  From a qualitative perspective the Australian Aboriginal Genocide and Ethnocide  was the worst in human history [3].

Similarly the WW1 onwards and ongoing settler-colonial Palestinian Genocide has been associated with 0.1 million violent deaths and about 2 million deaths from imposed deprivation. The per capita GDP is a deadly $3,500 for Occupied Palestine versus $55,500 for Occupier Apartheid Israel in gross violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Today all of Palestine and  parts of Jordan, Lebanon and Syria remain occupied. The 7 million Exiled Palestinians are cruelly excluded from returning to their multi-millennial homeland  and  from full human rights. The 5.5 million Occupied Palestinians are denied all human rights as set out in the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). 2 million Israeli Palestinians are subject to 60 Nazi-style, race-based discriminatory laws. The first step that the world should insist on immediately is return of full human rights to all 15.5 million Palestinians, noting that half of them are children and three quarters are women and children [4-6, 31-34].

There are detailed accounts comparing the Australian Aboriginal  Genocide and the Palestinian Genocide [7, 35-37]. There is massive censorship of the Palestinian Genocide and the ongoing atrocities of Apartheid Israel in a Zionist-subverted, Zionist-perverted, pro-Apartheid Israel and hence pro-Apartheid and US lackey Australia. In particular, politically correct racist (PC racist)  Australia is second only to the US as a supporter of Apartheid and hence of the crime of Apartheid that involves massive denial of basic human rights to  Indigenous Palestinians. However as Senator Lidia Thorpe has exposed in her informed and principled  critique of the Voice proposal, even though  Indigenous Australians have all the same rights by law as non-Indigenous Australians, the awful realities  on the ground  reveal another truth, the shocking and deadly reality of Indigenous Australian disadvantage. This is quantitatively assessed below.

(3). Shocking differential avoidable mortality among Indigenous Australians and Indigenous Palestinians compared to their  non-Indigenous Rulers, Apartheid Israel and pro-Apartheid non-Indigenous Australia, respectively.

Poverty kills [4], and it has been estimated from UN Population Division under-5 infant mortality data (2020)  that 2,743 under-5  Occupied Palestinians died avoidably from deprivation out of a total population of 5.101  million in 2020. In contrast, in 2020  there were 512  under-5 infant deaths in Occupier Apartheid Israel out of a total population of 8.656 million [4]. Assuming that in both cases avoidable deaths from deprivation were about 1.4 times the under-5 infant deaths [4], then in 2020 about  3,840 Occupied Palestinians died avoidably from deprivation out of a total population of 5.101 million (753 per million per year) , as compared to 717 Israelis out of a total Israeli population of 8,656 million (83 per million per year), or 9.1 times fewer.  By way of comparison, in 2020 there were 1,564 avoidable deaths out of 25.5 million (61 per million) for Australia as a whole [4].

The Australian Government  reports: “In the period 2015–2019, there were 7,366 deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 0–74 from potentially avoidable causes, this equates to a rate of 208 deaths per 100,000 population and represented 60% of all deaths of Indigenous Australians aged 0–74. After adjusting for differences in the age structure between the 2 populations, Indigenous Australians died from potentially avoidable causes at 3.1 times the rate of non-Indigenous Australians” [38]. Assuming an Indigenous Australian population of 0.9 million, “avoidable Indigenous Australian deaths per million of total population per year” was (7,366 deaths / 5 years)/ 0.9 million = 1,637 or 2.2 times  that for  Occupied Indigenous Palestinians.

In summary  “avoidable deaths per million of total population per year” was 9.1 times greater for the horribly deprived and subjugated  Occupied Palestinians than for Occupier Apartheid Israel [4], and 26.8 times greater for Indigenous Australians than for Australia as a whole.

This  2-fold greater annual per capita avoidable  death rate for Indigenous Australians than for Indigenous Palestinians is even more  shocking because in 2021  the per capita GDP (in USD) was  $66,916 for rich Australia, $54,110  for rich Apartheid Israel and $3,514 for cruelly subjugated and impoverished Occupied Palestine under genocidally racist and neo-Nazi Apartheid Israel [39].

Indigenous Australian MPs,  whether presently abstaining like the resolute Senator Lidia Thorpe, voting Yes like Labor and Green Indigenous MPs, or voting No like Indigenous Coalition Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price,  are quite right  to be upset by the continuing deadly deprivation  of Indigenous Australians under Coalition or Labor Governments that is hidden behind the present earnest and politically correct (PC) discussion of a Voice. However the well-documented estimates above reveal that  this huge and disproportionately high avoidable mortality of Indigenous Australians is occurring in one of the richest countries in the world.

Shame, Australia, shame.

(4). Treaty, Voice, and Truth-telling.

(a). Treaty and Truth-telling ignored by Labor and the Coalition. Senator Lidia Thorpe correctly states that in the 235 years after the invasion in 1788 no Treaty has ever been made between the Indigenous Australians and the invaders. Accordingly in the current debate Senator Thorpe argues that of the 3 key Indigenous demands –  Voice, Treaty and Truth-telling [1] – Treaty is the most crucial, and the most contentious for the Conquerors. No wonder that  the Coalition, Labor and the Australian Mainstream don’t want it discussed. New Zealand (Aotearoa), Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Japan, Greenland and the US have all variously made Treaties with Indigenous  People. However the US has violated many of these treaties, and in New Zealand (Aotearoa) it was determined in 2014 by the Waitangi Tribunal  that the Maori leaders who signed the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi did not cede sovereignty [40].

The generally cowardly, conservative, Zionist-subverted and US lackey  Australian Labor Government  has been an immense but predictable disappointment in so many areas but has one key attribute – it is better than the right-extreme right and comprehensively awful, backward, corrupt, dishonest, deceptive, incompetent, pro-war, serial war criminal, anti-science, and climate criminal Coalition, described as “ideologically opposed to human rights” by eminent human lawyer Professor Gillian Triggs [41]. Indeed the newly-elected Australian Labor Government has already utterly failed in relation to action on nuclear weapons and climate change, the key existential  threats  to Humanity [42]. The Zionist-perverted and US lackey Australian Labor Government has comprehensively failed over Indigenous human rights, and in particular  has shockingly betrayed  Indigenous Palestinian human rights and Humanity in an extraordinary 85 ways [43, 44]. The Labor Government supports the Uluru Statement of the Heart, and Treaty, Voice, and Truth-telling, but ignores Treaty and Truth-telling as too hard, and evidently on the absurd basis that it is not possible to walk, talk and chew gum at the same time, concentrates on  the low hanging fruit of the Voice. The Greens, the Socialists, Senator Lidia Thorpe and other Indigenous people want action on all 3 elements – Treaty, Voice, and Truth-telling.

(b). There is a  huge and costly Voice debate in Australia but all Australians already have a Voice.  Notwithstanding  the current Voice debate in Australia, all Australian citizens have a Voice as in freedom of speech , although  effective free speech is dominated by Big Money and Mainstream journalist, editor, politician, academic and commentariat presstitutes.

Thus, for example, Indigenous Australians represent 3.5% of the population but represent nearly 5% of Federal politicians. Shireen Morris (a constitutional lawyer and director of the Radical Centre Reform Lab at Macquarie University Law School, Sydney) has commented: “The Australian federal parliament now includes a record 11 Indigenous parliamentarians, nearly 5% of the total number of federal politicians. Given this level of Indigenous representation in parliament, some have questioned why a referendum on a constitutionally guaranteed Indigenous Voice is needed. Parliament should reflect the diversity of the Australian community, and it’s great there is strong Indigenous representation in parliament. However, this does not guarantee Indigenous communities across the country a proper say in laws and policies made about them. That’s why Indigenous Australians through the Uluru Statement asked for a constitutionally guaranteed Voice in their affairs… An independent Indigenous Voice is needed because the views of Indigenous politicians – which are usually constrained and informed by electoral considerations and party affiliations – cannot be expected to align with the views of Indigenous communities across the country. We can see this in current Voice debate. Both Country Liberal Party Senator Jacinta Price on the right and now-independent Senator Lidia Thorpe on the left have disagreed with majority Indigenous opinion on the Voice. Around 80% of Indigenous Australians support a constitutionally guaranteed Voice, however these Indigenous politicians oppose it. This demonstrates that Indigenous politicians and Indigenous communities do not always agree”[45].

We don’t yet know what the post-Referendum Voice legislation will be  but it will certainly displease both Yes and No supporters. The cost of the Referendum alone is reportedly A$364.6 million [46]. A rational and expert alternative to this costly process and which would cost nothing would be a Council of Indigenous Professors (supplemented by worthy and expert Adjunct Professor  and Research Associate appointments) who would acknowledge all Indigenous Australian nations and their Elders, expertly research key matters, and issue Reports to Parliament and Government on Indigenous-related matters. The cost of the associated research and administrative staff would be covered by the A$1 million annual wage of just 1  Australian Vice Chancellor (I would be happy to be an expert VC for free and do a vastly better job than the present motley gaggle of administration academic “refugees from scholarship”).

There is a precedent for this sensible proposal. Thus the anti-science, climate criminal Coalition abolished the expert, government-funded, and research and advisory Climate Commission which then promptly re-invented itself as a publicly-funded expert Climate Council that continued to issue expert Reports to Australia and indeed the World on the worsening Climate Crisis. Of course the climate criminal Labor and Coalition Governments ignore this expert advice, and Australia continues to disproportionately contribute to the worsening Climate Crisis and Climate Genocide that in the absence of requisite action (presently all key climate-related parameters are increasing at record rates rather than decreasing)  will see 10 billion people die this century en route to a sustainable population in 2100 of only about 1 billion [42, 47, 48].

Indeed man-made Climate Change is a huge threat to Indigenous Australians, especially in remote and hot areas. Already about 1,000 Australians die annually from heat stress but global warming represents a worsening deadly threat to Indigenous Australians and indeed all impoverished people without air conditioning or the money to pay for the requisite electricity [47, 48].

This profligate, deadly and dishonest A$365 million waste by the anti-Indigenous Rights Australian  Labor Government cannot be seen in isolation – it must be seen in the context of Labor Government refusal to (a) seriously address the huge and deadly “gaps” associated with awful Indigenous disadvantage, and (b) to address the urgently required  economic rationalizations that are not being applied, for example to  negative gearing , franking credits,  low capital gains on property and superannuation,  massive corporate tax minimization,  A$310 billion plus in tax cuts to the  rich, A$368 billion plus  to the US and UK war industries for 8 nuclear-powered submarines that will be AI-detectable sitting ducks and White Elephants within a decade or so, and  the utterly disastrous  and terracidal lack of a Carbon Price, with all this  in the context of the utterly unacceptable  continuing increase in the general societal wealth  gap, and utterly unacceptable tolerance of awfully widespread hardship (notably among Indigenous Australians).

(c). Truth-telling is vital for science, scholarship, societal safety and Humanity’s  core ethos of Kindness and Truth.  Truth-telling is also vital for any democracy and for Indigenous advancement but is highly constrained in Australia due to a mendacious culture overwhelmingly dominated by the lying by omission of  Mainstream media gate keepers and Mainstream journalist, editor, politician, academic and commentariat presstitutes. Thus, for example,  the shocking, authoritatively-based and crucial Indigenous avoidable mortality statistics adduced here will simply not be reported in racist, mendacious and look-the-other-way Australia. Searches of the ABC (the taxpayer-funded equivalent of the UK BBC) for the terms “Palestinian Genocide” and “Aboriginal Ethnocide” yield zero (0) results, and the ABC has banned use of the term “Apartheid” to describe Apartheid Israel that is condemned as such by scholars and human rights groups for grossly violating the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Apartheid [49, 50].

On a personal note, variously as a scientist, academic teacher for 40 years and a humanitarian writer I have published literally millions of words in over 100 scientific papers, 9 huge books, and hundreds of carefully researched and referenced humanitarian articles, but for the last dozen years I have been rendered invisible in Australia through false defamation by Zionists and the actions of Mainstream gate-keepers. By way of topical example, I recently wrote to a leading Australian  newspaper about a prominent Apartheid Israeli politician touring Australia  and arguing (in possible violation of Australia’s Foreign Interference Laws) against Australian recognition of the State of Palestinian. My truth-telling letter was not published: “Former Israeli Knesset Speaker Naomi Chazan, is reported as simultaneously opining about a “crisis” in Apartheid Israel’s asserted  “democracy”, and as a visitor  to one-person-one-vote democracy Australia supporting the Australian Labor Government’s  cowardly, dishonest and racist rejection of the  official Labor Party Policy of recognizing the State of Palestine (The Age, 29/5). 7.5 million sorely oppressed Indigenous  Palestinians presently represent  over 50% of the Subjects of Apartheid Israel (Jewish Israelis 47%) but 73% of them (the 5.5 million Occupied Palestinians) are excluded from voting for the government ruling them i.e. they are subject to egregious neo-Nazi Apartheid as in former Apartheid South Africa. Anti-racist Jewish Australians such as myself with a sole allegiance to Australia scorn such unwanted racist and anti-democracy visitors, and simply cannot vote 1 for unforgivably  pro-Apartheid Israel  and hence pro-Apartheid Australian Labor or Coalition governments”.

The shocking avoidable mortality realities and the lack of a Treaty between about 100 surviving Indigenous Australian Nations and the Occupiers means that racist White Australia is grossly violating Articles 55 and 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention that unequivocally demand that an Occupier is inescapably obliged to provide life-sustaining food and medical services to its Conquered Subjects “to the fullest extent of the means available to it” [4, 51]. One notes that while 24% of Australians are “non-White” and 76% “White” about 95% of executive positions in corporations, parliaments, government and universities are held by “Whites” [52, 53]. Small wonder that determined and forthright Senator Lidia Thorpe has got to the heart of the matter and  resolutely demands national action on Black Sovereignty and Treaty.

(d) Pro-Voice PC racist Labor threatens free speech of anti-racist Jewish and non-Jewish academics and students supporting Indigenous Palestinian human rights. For all its laudable support for the Voice, the Zionist-perverted and US lackey Australian Labor Government has comprehensively failed over Indigenous human rights in general, and in particular  has shockingly betrayed  Indigenous Palestinian human rights and Humanity in an extraordinary 85 ways [43, 44]. Further, presently Labor-ruled and politically correct racist (PC racist) Australia ignores the shocking reality that while presently a bit over 50% of Australians rightly support a Constitutionally-enshrined Recognition and Voice for Indigenous Australians,  pro-Zionist Coalition, Labor and Teal (socially progressive conservative) MPs are advocating adoption by Australia’s 43 universities of the anti-Jewish anti-Semitic, anti-Arab anti-Semitic, pro-Apartheid,  holocaust-ignoring and genocide-ignoring International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Definition of anti-Semitism that threatens  the freedom of speech of academics and students in relation to the human rights of Indigenous Palestinians, and has been condemned by over 40 anti-racist Jewish organizations [50, 54-57].  The irony of this bizarre and offending  scenario in Zionist-subverted Australia is that  the most resolute Australian supporters of the human rights of the sorely oppressed Indigenous Palestinians are indeed the Indigenous Australians (in addition to the decent Australian Greens and the Socialists) [30, 54]. PC racist and look-the-other-way Australia  has an immense capacity for denial, cognitive dissonance and self-deception [58, 59].

(5). The present state of play of the Voice.

(a). Present strategic abstention. Senator Lidia Thorpe  opposes the No position but presently has a highly principled position  of strategic abstention on the Referendum and on the Referendum-enabling legislation  in order to get some serious Labor Government action on the really serious issues of  deaths in custody, massive child removal, and awful Indigenous disadvantage in the key areas of life expectancy, health, housing, education, employment,  wealth, poverty,  domestic violence, incarceration, and human rights.

(b). Yes vote. Labor (30% electoral support), Greens (15% electoral support) , some other MPs (notably Senator David Pocock and the socially progressive but economically conservative Teals), 80% of Indigenous People, and the major religious organizations and over 20 major sporting codes support the Yes vote [60, 61]. Major ethnic groups in notably extremely multicultural Australia also support the Voice. It is predicted that as with the Same Sex Marriage Plebiscite, many corporations will eventually come out for the Yes vote [62], and it is hoped that the Yes vote will gather strength and increase above 60% as ordinary folk wise up to Coalition, racist and white supremacist  falsehoods.       

However while Labor support for a constitutionally-enshrined  Indigenous Australian Voice to Parliament is laudable, it masks the horrible reality of Labor Government support for genocidally racist and neo-Nazi Apartheid Israel and hence for neo-Nazi Apartheid and the  war criminal, 75-year violation of the human rights of Indigenous Palestinians by genocidal , neo-Nazi Zionists [36].  Under both Coalition and Labor Governments Australia has been second only to the US as a fervent supporter of Apartheid Israel and hence for criminal neo-Nazi Apartheid applied to the Indigenous Palestinians. The cowardly, timid, timorous, yellow, unprincipled,  Zionist-subverted, traitorous,  and US lackey Labor Government  ignores Labor Party policy by refusing to recognize the State of Palestine and hence the human rights of Indigenous Palestinians who have suffered  a century-long and ongoing Palestinian Genocide. Indeed while under both the Coalition and Labor Australian donations towards the continued Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine are tax deductible, the major Palestinian political party (Hamas) has been declared a “terrorist organization”.  The Labor Government blatantly lies about Israeli Apartheid in the interests of foreign states (the US and Apartheid Israel), thus grossly violating the spirit of  Australia’s Foreign Interference laws.

The new Australian Labor Government was elected in May 2022 with the help of Greens preferences in the excellent Australian compulsory and preferential  voting system. However despite pro-Palestinian moves by the Labor Party membership, the US- and Zionist-beholden Labor Government has grossly betrayed Indigenous Palestinian human rights, Australian voters, Australia, and indeed Humanity in 85 ways that make Labor  utterly unfit to govern and trash Australia’s International  reputation [43, 44].

Australia has been complicit in all post-1950 US Asian wars, atrocities  associated with 40 million Asian deaths from violence and war-imposed deprivation. Labor supported all of these wars except for the Iraq War and the Vietnam War. Except for some sparkling moments (Labor PM Gough Whitlam returning their land to the Indigenous Gurindji, Labor PM Paul Keating’s Redfern speech about Indigenous Australians, and Labor PM Kevin Rudd’s “Sorry” speech over the Indigenous Stolen  Generations forcibly removed from their mothers), Labor, like the Coalition, has had an awful and continuing record of contempt for the human rights of  Indigenous People [24, 43, 44, 63].

Senator Lidia Thorpe has every reason to doubt the bone fides of the Labor Government, to presently abstain, and to resolutely demand just some meaningful action for amelioration of the awful circumstance of so many Indigenous Australians.  Indeed a cynic might suppose that Labor’s Voice proposition in addition to sounding good but not necessarily achieving much is a perfect political “wedge” of the Coalition, forcing the Right-Extreme Right Liberal Party to vote No to please the Far-Right National Party representing farmers whose 19th-20th century forebears dispossessed and exterminated Indigenous Australian in qualitatively the worst genocide and ethnocide of Indigenous People in human history, the survivors being used as slave labour  [3].

Most decent Australians including the Greens , the Teals, and others will vote Yes as a respectful step forward on the basis that it recognizes Indigenous Australians in the Constitution and gives a Constitutionally-enshrined Voice to Parliament that can hopefully through informed dialogue improve presently awful Indigenous circumstances.

(c). Presently 20%  of Indigenous People will be voting No. This Indigenous No vote  is on the quite sensible basis that real action on really serious Indigenous circumstances should be a major priority, and that the Voice may well generate an Indigenous bureaucracy that may not necessarily be that useful, might stop  some economically useful projects for particular communities,  and might  well divert  scarce  resources from primary needs.  As a sympathetic White Australian I can appreciate their legitimate concerns but out of respect for the 80% Indigenous Yes vote I will also vote Yes.

(d). Liberal Party-National Party Coalition and racist White Australia will vote “No”. The continuing  Australian Aboriginal Genocide and Ethnocide is a testament to entrenched White Australian racism for over 2 centuries and which still persists.  The extremist National Party represents the rural beneficiaries of the Australian Aboriginal Genocide and Ethnocide. The violent killing on country ended in the late  1920s but continues today with appalling and continuing Aboriginal deaths in custody. The Aboriginal Genocide continues through an annual per capita avoidable mortality from deprivation that is 26.8 times greater than for Australians as a whole. The Australian Aboriginal Ethnocide continues through imposed deprivation, discouragement of remote living on country, and discouragement of bilingual teaching and hence of Indigenous language survival.

Peter Dutton (Liberal Leader and Leader of the Coalition Opposition) recently articulated his opposition to the Voice,  if not for Constitutional recognition: “Our Constitution came into effect in 1901. During the 1890s, our forefathers pored over the details of other Constitutions to draft our own. They were methodical. They were meticulous. They used their minds. And to their eternal credit and foresight, they produced a document which has created the greatest country in the world… The Voice will embed new, procedural rights in our Constitution – rights which are conferred only on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. It will have an Orwellian effect where All Australians are equal, but some Australians are more equal than others. If the Voice is embedded in our Constitution, there will be little to rejoice for when we sing the second line of our national anthem – ‘For we are one and free’. For instead of being ‘one’, we will be divided – in spirit, and in law. The great progress of the 20th century’s civil rights movement was the push to eradicate difference – to judge each other on the content of our character, not the colour of our skin. This Voice, as proposed by the Prime Minister, promotes difference. And it’s sadly a symptom of the madness of identity politics which has infected the 21st century. The Voice will re-racialise our nation. At a time when we need to unite the country, this Prime Minister’s proposal will permanently divide us by race. As I said, the Liberal Party supports constitutional recognition. But we do not support enshrining in our Constitution a divisive, disrupting and democracy-altering Canberra-based Voice” [64].

Peter Dutton is incorrect in asserting that the Voice  will insert a race-specific  element into the Constitution. Thus the Australian Constitution  already clearly admits the power of the Federal Parliament to make racially discriminatory laws: “24. Constitution of House of Representatives: The House of Representatives shall be composed of members directly chosen by the people of the Commonwealth, and the number of such members shall be, as nearly as practicable, twice the number of the senators… But notwithstanding anything in this section, five members at least shall be chosen in each Original State. 25. Provisions as to races disqualified from voting: For the purposes of the last section, if by the law of any State all persons of any race are disqualified from voting at elections for the more numerous House of the Parliament of the State, then, in reckoning the number of the people of the State or of the Commonwealth, persons of that race resident in that State shall not be counted. 51. Legislative powers of the Parliament: The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws for the peace, order, and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to:… (xxvi) the people of any race for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws; 127. [Repealed by No.55 of 1967, section 3]” [20].

Indeed Elisa Arcioni (Senior Lecturer, Sydney Law School),  “Until 1967, Indigenous Australians were excluded from being counted as amongst ‘the people’ in the Australian Constitution, by s 127. That section was deleted by referendum. However, s 25 remains in the Constitution, and allows for the reintroduction of such exclusion. This article is a detailed reconsideration of both sections in light of an understanding of ‘the people’ as a reference to the constitutional community represented by the Parliament. Exclusion of Indigenous Australians prior to 1967 is considered, highlighting the way in which s 127 operated. Then, the position post-1967is addressed to show that the deletion of s 127 did not result in equality because s 25 continues to provide for racial exclusion. This article argues that this ongoing possibility of exclusion by s 25 affects the nature of the Australian constitutional community, by indicating that it can be racially discriminatory.”

Indeed one must note again the opinion of the Australian Government Solicitor: “The Australian Constitution was then passed as part of a British Act of Parliament in 1900, and took effect on 1 January 1901… The Constitution established the Commonwealth Parliament comprising the Queen [now King Charles III], a House of Representatives and a Senate (sections 1–60)” [20]. The Head of Australia under the Constitution  (a King or Queen) must be a UK citizen,  inherits the position under royal inheritance rules, and as Head of the Church of England must be an Anglican  and one supposes cannot be a Muslim a Jew , a Hindu or an adherent of any other religion.

Before it was removed in a US- and UK-backed Coup on 11 November 1975 [25, 66], the reformist Australian  Labor Government led by PM Gough Whitlam passed  the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 that according to Wikipedia “Makes racial discrimination in certain contexts unlawful in Australia, and also overrides state and territory legislation to the extent of any inconsistency” [67]. However this Federal law was unable to prevent the Australian military invasion of Indigenous Australian communities in the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention in 2007 by the Coalition Government under PM John Howard  [68].

Thus Amnesty International: “In 2007, the Federal Government announced far-reaching policies affecting Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. Using a report documenting child sexual abuse in these communities as justification, the Federal Government launched the Northern Territory Emergency Response, also known as the Intervention … Under the intervention, prescribed communities are offered government services, such as housing and housing maintenance on the condition that they sign away their property rights by leasing land that they own to the government. No other group in Australian society receives services on this basis. To make it legal to implement the intervention, the Racial Discrimination Act and Northern Territory anti-discrimination laws were suspended. Australian and international law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, however, the governments claimed that it was necessary to override human rights in order to protect children” [68].

Final comments and conclusions.

There is shocking 9- and 28-fold  difference in  annual per capita avoidable mortality from imposed deprivation among Indigenous Palestinians and Indigenous Australians as compared to their  non-Indigenous Rulers, Apartheid Israel and pro-Apartheid non-Indigenous Australia, respectively. While Indigenous Australians have full human rights in rich Australia, their deadly disadvantage is such that their  “annual per capita deaths from deprivation” is 2 times greater than that for the sorely oppressed and impoverished  Indigenous Occupied Palestinians who are excluded by Apartheid Israel from all the human rights set out in the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The World must demand  a Free Palestine with all human rights  and a decent life for the still sorely oppressed Indigenous Palestinians. In rich but morally compromised Australia one hopes that an overwhelming  Yes vote in the 2023  Referendum for a Constitutionally-enshrined  Indigenous Voice to Parliament will change the national spirit and rapidly lead to removal of deadly disadvantage.


[1]. “Uluru Statement of the Heart”: .

[2]. “1967 Australian referendum (Aboriginals)”, Wikipedia: .

[3]. “Aboriginal Genocide”: .

[4]. Gideon Polya, “”Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”, Second edition, Korsgaard Publishing, 2021.

[5]. Gideon Polya, “US-imposed Post-9/11 Muslim Holocaust & Muslim Genocide”, Korsgaard Publishing, 2020.

[6]. Gideon Polya, “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History”, Third edition, Korsgaard Publishing, 2022.

[7]. Gideon Polya, “Apartheid Israel’s Palestinian Genocide & Australia’s  Aboriginal Genocide Compared”, Countercurrents, 20 February 2018: .

[8]. Gideon Polya, “Review: “The Cambridge History Of Australia” Ignores  Australian Involvement In 30 Genocides”,  Countercurrents, 14 October, 2013: .

[9]. Gideon Polya , “Ongoing Aboriginal Genocide In Apartheid Australia”, Countercurrents, 3 April, 2010: .mmm

[10]. Gideon Polya, “Racist Mainstream Ignores “US-Imposed Post-9/11 Muslim Holocaust & Muslim Genocide”, Countercurrents, 17 July 2020: .

[11]. “Report genocide”: .

[12]. Gideon Polya, “Australia And Britain Killed 6-7 Million Indians In WW2 Bengal Famine”,  Countercurrents, 29 September, 2011:  .

[13]. Gideon Polya in Soren Korsgaard, editor, “The Most Dangerous Book Ever Published: Deadly Deception Exposed!”, 2020.

[14]. Gideon Polya, “Economist Mahima Khanna,   Cambridge Stevenson Prize And Dire Indian Poverty”,  Countercurrents, 20 November, 2011: .

[15]. “Bengali Holocaust (WW2 Bengal Famine) writings of Gideon Polya”, Gideon Polya:  .

[16]. Gideon Polya, “Britain Robbed India Of $45 Trillion & Thence 1.8 Billion Indians Died From Deprivation”, Countercurrents, 18 December 2018: .

[17]. Gideon Polya, “Review: “A History of the Global Economy” – Indian Holocaust & Genocide Ignored”, Countercurrents,  17 February 2019: .

[18]. Gideon Polya, “Review: “Inglorious Empire. What The British Did To India” by Shashi Tharoor”, Countercurrents, 8 September 2017: .

[19]. Gideon Polya, “WW2 Bengali Holocaust: “Churchill’s Secret War” By Madhusree Mukerjee”,  Countercurrents, 13 June 2011: .

[20].  “The Australian Constitution”: .

[21].   “Stop state terrorism”: .

[22]. Gideon Polya, “The US Has Invaded 70 Nations Since 1776 – Make 4 July Independence From America Day”, Countercurrents, 5 July, 2013: .

[23].  Gideon Polya, “British Have Invaded 193 Countries: Make 26 January ( Australia Day, Invasion Day) British Invasion Day”, Countercurrents, 23 January, 2015: .

[24]. Gideon Polya, “As UK Lackeys Or US Lackeys Australians Have Invaded 85 Countries (British 193, French 80, US 70)”, Countercurrents, 9 February, 2015: .

[25]. Jenny Hocking and Peter Cronau, “The Queen’s coup and the role of King Charles”, Pearls & Irritations, 16 November 2022: .

[26]. Anthony Galloway, “Yes vote for the Voice is leading in every state and territory: Poll, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 April 2023: .

[27]. Joseph Huitson, “Lidia Thorpe confirms she will lodge human rights complaint against Greens after accusing former party of racism”, Sky News,  28 May 2023: .

[28]. “Lidia Thorpe – Independent Senator”, ABC TV, Insiders, 28 May 2023: .

[29]. “United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”: .

[30]. Michael Bull, “Palestine Solidarity Conference draws widespread support”, Green Left, 4 February 2023: .

[31]. Gideon Polya, “Universal Declaration of Human Rights & Palestinians. Apartheid Israel violates ALL Palestinian Human Rights”, Palestine Genocide Essays, 24 January 2009: .

[32]. Gideon Polya, “2023 Paradox: 75th Anniversary Of 1948 UDHR Launch & Start Of South African & Israeli Apartheid”, Countercurrents, 25 April 2023: .

[33]. Gideon Polya, “Apartheid Israel Excludes Occupied Palestinians From All Provisions Of  The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights”,  Countercurrents, 20 May 2012: .

[34]. Gideon Polya, “Australia must stop Zionist subversion and join the World in comprehensive Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Apartheid Israel and all its supporters”, Subversion of Australia, 15 April 2021: .

[35]. Gideon Polya, “Empathy Exercise: What If The Zionists Invaded, Devastated, And Ethnically Cleansed Australia Too?”, Countercurrents, 12 March 2022: .

[36]. Gideon Polya, “PC Racist Australia: Voice For Indigenous Australians But Censoring Supporters of Indigenous Palestinians”, Countercurrents, 19 April 2023: .

[37]. Gideon Polya, “Censorship Of Stan Grant, Indigenous Australians & Palestinians, Julian Assange & Truth Tellers”, Countercurrents, 25 May 2023: .

[38]. Australian Government, Aboriginal and Torres State Islander Health Performance Framework, “Avoidable and preventable deaths”: .

[39]. “List of countries by GDP (nominal)  per capita”, Wikipedia: .

[40]. Lorena Allam, “What is an Indigenous treaty and how would it work in Australia?”, The Guardian, 21 August 2022: .

[41]. Michael Slezak, “Gillian Triggs: Australian government ‘ideologically opposed to human rights’”, The Guardian, 26 July 2017: .mmm

[42]. Gideon Polya, “Cowardly New Australian Labor Government Fails On Nuclear Weapons, Poverty & Climate Change”, Countercurrents, 6 July 2022: .

[43]. Gideon Polya, “85 Ways Zionist Australian Labor Government Betrays Palestinian Human Rights & Humanity”, Countercurrents, 16 March 2023: .

[44]. Gideon Polya, “Cowardly US Lackey Australian Labor Government Betrays Promises, Australia, Palestine, and Humanity”, Countercurrents, 20 November 2022: .

[45]. Shireen Morris, “With 11 Indigenous politicians in parliament, why does Australia need the Voice?”, The Conversation, 14 March 2023: .

[46]. Bryant Hevesi, “Budget papers reveal the $364.6 million cost of delivering the Voice referendum”, Sky News, 10 May 2023: .

[47]. Gideon Polya, “Climate Crisis, Climate Genocide & Solutions”, Korsgaard Publishing, Germany 2020.

[48].  Gideon Polya, “Australian Climate Criminality, Heat Stress Deaths & Australian  Aboriginal Ethnocide”, Countercurrents, 19 December 2019: .

[49].  BDS – Boycott Apartheid Israel: .

[50]. “Jews Against Racist Zionism”: .

[51]. “Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War”, 12 August 1949: .

[52]. Gideon Polya, “Review: “Leading For Change” – Corporate Cultural Diversity Deficiency & Australian Financial Scandals”, Countercurrents, 3 May 2018: .

[53]. Tim Soutphomassane, Greg Whitwell, Kate Jordan and Philipp Ivanov, “Leading for Change. A blueprint for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership revisited”, 2018.

[54]. “Non-Jews against racist Zionism”: .

[55]. Gideon Polya, “Melbourne University Adopts Anti-Semitic & Holocaust-Ignoring IHRA Definition Of Anti-Semitism”, Countercurrents, 5 February 2023: .

[56]. Jewish Voices for Peace, “First ever: 40+ Jewish groups worldwide oppose equating antisemitism with criticism of Israel”, 17 July 2018: .

[57]. Gideon Polya, “PC Racist Australia: Voice For Indigenous Australians But Censoring Supporters of Indigenous Palestinians”, Countercurrents, 19 April 2023: .

[58]. Gideon Polya, “Scores Of Huge Realities Resolutely Ignored By Mendacious, US Lackey Mainstream Australia”, 11 August 2020: .

[59].  Gideon Polya, “Rampant Orwellian Falsehood In Neoliberal Australia – And In Your Country Too?”, Countercurrents, 1 March 2020: .

[60]. Mark Bowling, “Religious leaders pen support for an Indigenous Voice”, The Catholic Leader, 22 February 2023: .

[61]. Jo  Khan, “More than 20 Australian sporting codes unite in support of Indigenous voice to parliament”, The Guardian, 26 May 2023:

[62]. Sally Patten, “The Voice is on the agenda in boardrooms. Here’s what they’re thinking”, Australian Financial Review,  10 May 2023: .

[63]. Gideon Polya, “AUKUS & Quad In Context: Australia Violates All Indo-Pacific countries”, Countercurrents, 9 December 2021:  .

[64]. Peter Dutton, “Leader of the Opposition – Transcript – Constitutional alternation – House of Representatives”, May 2023: .

[65]. Elisa Arcioni, “Excluding Indigenous Australians from “The People”: A reconsideration of Sections 25 and 127 of the Constitution”, Federal Law Review, volume 40, issue 3, March 2019:

[66]. John Pilger, “The British-American coup that ended Australian independence”,  The Guardian,  23 October 2014: .

[67]. “Racial Discrimination Act 1975”,  Wikipedia: .

[68]. Amnesty International, “The NT Intervention and human rights”: .

Dr Gideon Polya taught science students at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia over 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, notably a huge pharmacological reference text “Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds”. He has also published “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” (2007, 2022) and “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History” (1998, 2008, 2023). He has recently published “US-imposed Post-9-11 Muslim Holocaust & Muslim Genocide” (2020), and “Climate Crisis, Climate Genocide & Solutions” (2020), and contributed to Soren Korsgaard (editor) “The Most Dangerous Book Ever Published – Dangerous Deception Exposed!” (2020). For images of Gideon Polya’s huge paintings for the Planet, Peace, Mother and Child see:  .

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