Three Aboriginals died in Walgett after drinking moonshine whisky containing high levels of methanol. (Only one of six news reports mentioned the dead were Aboriginals.)
Walgett? I hear you ask. Where the hell is Walgett? Not very far from Bourke where you don't want to at the back of.
Who lives at Wallgett? Not many white fellas.
It is ironic that Australian children who live in cities and have never been anywhere near an outback settlement are being taught all about aboriginal culture by teachers who have never been off a bitumen road. Of course the prevalent culture of alcohol abuse, child abuse and woman abuse is rarely mentioned.
Little, if anything, is taught about the country's history of the last one hundred years. How do I know? Every day I meet youngsters from age ten to eighteen and I ask them. A typical response is "We have lots of aboriginal studies and there's no time for anything else."
In the suburb of Elizabeth there can be found streets named Midway, Yorktown, Halsey, Blamey, Spruance, Fletcher, Kincaid, Enterprise, Saratoga, Nimitz and Hornet.
None of the kids I talk to have the faintest idea of who or what these names represent or of why they are there.
Sad, isn't it? Their heads are crammed full of aboriginal studies.
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