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Parliament moves to revive Aboriginal languages

Parliament moves to revive Aboriginal languages

It was a strange vision outside NSW parliament yesterday with many people dressed up in Stubbies shorts and smeared with what might have been toothpaste. They danced in the rain celebrating the legislation to revive Aboriginal languages, the cost to taxpayers was not mentioned. This foolishness must be the “innovative” brain-fart of premier Berejiklian now languishing in a semi coma from the disaster left by the fleeing Mike Baird.

Anyway, this legislated initiative is to soothe about 1,800 Aboriginal people that speak any one of about 35   languages with dozens of different dialects at varying levels of fluency in NSW. Wiradjuri is the most widely spoken of them. MM wonders if Woolworths’ 175, 000 employees will have to learn passable Wiradjuri.

Coles might follow suit, as might all NSW government employees. Legal experts say such legislation could  be adopted in federal parliament. As NSW is flush with money with an excess of electricity and stupidity, a silly-old white Editor at MM, who struggles with english, has enrolled in a language course in preparation to the expected rolling electricity blackouts this summer. He only wants to learn how to say in 35 languages and many dozens of dialects, “fridge not working boss, beer plenty hot—no bloody good boss—make missus crook!”


Source: ABC

NSW introduces nation’s first laws to recognise and revive Indigenous languages

An Australian parliament has moved to recognise and revive Indigenous languages for the first time in the nation’s history.

Hundreds gathered outside NSW Parliament in Sydney on Wednesday to usher in an historic piece of legislation — the Aboriginal Languages Bill.

As part of the new legislation, the State Government said it would appoint an independent panel of Aboriginal language experts and establish a new languages centre.

Dr Ray Kelly from the University of Newcastle, who sung and spoke his Dunghutti language in the Parliament, said it was an emotional day.

“[The bill’s] genesis is 30 years, 40 years old, so people have been talking about the rights for language and the protection of Aboriginal languages,” Dr Kelly said.

“And [this is] for all of those older people who are no longer walking the path with us.

“If the resources are made available, we believe that we will bring great change to those languages considered dead.”

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Sarah Mitchell read a preamble in the Parliament stating that past NSW governments tried to destroy Aboriginal languages.

“I’m so proud that this house has been able to play a part in ensuring the First Peoples of this state have their languages acknowledged, re-awakened and nurtured,” she said.

‘Our language belongs to us’

Ms Mitchell said about 1,800 people spoke Aboriginal languages in NSW, with Wiradjuri the most widely spoken of them.

An estimated 35 original languages are spoken across the state, with dozens of different dialects and varying levels of fluency.

Elders from many different clans gathered in the Parliament today, and in a rare move were permitted to sing and speak their own languages in the upper house chamber.

Barkindji man Murray Butcher spoke in language, urging the Parliament not to try to control the preservation of Indigenous languages.

“Let’s do something right and help us save our languages. Put the power back in our people to save our languages and give us the power to control our destiny,” Mr Butcher said.

Not dead, just sleeping

We used to speak about languages “dying”, but as more and more Indigenous people seek out and learn their languages, the metaphor has changed.

“Our language belongs to us, it will never leave our hands.”

For decades, speaking Indigenous languages was discouraged by state governments, missions and schools.

Language revival has mostly been a grassroots movement, and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council wants it to stay that way.

Council chairman Roy Ah See called for changes to the bill to ensure communities have the final say on revival efforts.

“The NSW Aboriginal Land Council is concerned that the legislation could seek to impose ministerial controls or intervention in relation to Aboriginal languages,” he said.

“For many years, our communities have worked tirelessly to retain, teach and promote Aboriginal languages.”

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  • GTD 12/10/2017, 6:05 am

    This is Australia.
    1 language , English.

    What .
    Are Woolworths and Coles going to make their employees learn Arabic and passages of Qur’an to appease the barbaric Muslims… And to avoid getting beheaded by stating quranic verses to appease them..

    This country is stuffed

  • Cliff 12/10/2017, 6:34 am

    Woolies and Coles won’t have to teach their employees Arabic. Time, and current birth rates in that part of the Australian community (now there’s a loaded word) that speaks Arabic as its first language in the home will all too soon see most applicants for jobs at these chains already speaking that language – and a damn eight more fluently than any of the 1800 Aboriginals State-wide speak any of the 35 dialects surviving from the “First Nayshun” we are told we “invaded”.

    I thought Gladys had more sense than to allow herself to be sucked into this PC, mega-tax-sucking morass. I despair for MY country – the one I refuse to we welcomed to by a paid actor every time I attend a public event.

  • Honeybadger 12/10/2017, 7:26 am

    Critical line “if the resources are made available”. Here we go on OPM. A new industry is born. Get paid for jabbering away in an obscure aboriginal dialect known to 50 people. Good racket and employment numbers will go up. Win win for govt and aborigines, not so the taxpayer.

  • Peter Sandery 12/10/2017, 7:50 am

    Government debt skyrocketing, private debt skyrocketing, power prices soaring and we have trouble teaching one language, our so called mother tongue, English, and these Sandalistas of the left are wanting the same, broken system to teach dozens of Australian Aboriginal languages as a matter of course – where have all the brains gone?

  • Penguinte 12/10/2017, 7:52 am

    So many dialects! It’ll take them years to decide which ones to revive. I’ll bet they all include the word Centrelink?

  • Xword 12/10/2017, 7:56 am

    The first thing Gladys must do is eliminate all reference to the word “Kuringai” which is prominent in scores of public/private institutions particularly in northern Sydney. This word represents an affront to all indigenes as it was coined by WHITE ethnographer John Frazer to lump together his translations of a collective of men (Koori) and women (Gai) in the Sydney basin and beyond.

  • TommyGun 12/10/2017, 8:01 am

    Is there no limit to the brown nosing stupidity of politicians and Leftists!?
    Spend God-knows how much money to “save” some dialect spoken by enough people to fill a small village.

  • Lorraine 12/10/2017, 8:25 am

    There are big problems , the Governments state and federal come out with look over here. We are mugs if we are that easily led. Alan Bolt told last night how Malcolm Turnbull is going to pay middle Australia bonus like movie tickets if we leave the air conditioner OFF. Is there someone in the Liberal Party prepared to kick his arse out, that is a socialist in charge , you turn off power so I can have more in my Pink House of the Harbour…….he and Josh are both idiots. Josh has been touted as a future leader he now has the keys to the local toilet block

  • Graham Richards 12/10/2017, 8:50 am

    Can you even begin to imagine the queues of people waiting to get into Sydney Opera House to see Macbeth in one or all 35 languages?

  • Maryanne 12/10/2017, 8:58 am

    What a waste of taxpayers’ money. Is there anything more repulsive than fat whites pretending to be pre-contact aborigines.

    • TommyGun 12/10/2017, 7:26 pm


      Just possibly: fat Aborigines pretending to carry out a “Welcome to Country” smoke ceremony to welcome fat whites to “”their” land.

  • Joe Blogs 12/10/2017, 9:13 am

    What’s “Murray Butcher” in Barkindji-ese?

  • Angry 12/10/2017, 9:31 am

    What a terrific read!


    In 2001 I left Australia and I didn’t return for over ten years. Not long after I got back I went to a cricket match with some buddies. I was pretty excited as I’d missed out on cricket for a long time.
    The game was about to start when I noticed some dignitaries wandering out to the middle of the field, together with some aboriginals dressed up in traditional stone-age garb. You know, the usual loin-cloth and mud coating stuff when your culture hasn’t bothered to invent little things like the wheel.
    “What’s going on?” I said to one of my mates.
    “It’s the welcome to country ceremony,” he said.
    I stared at him blankly. “It’s the what?”
    He repeated what he had just said and then he told me that we had to stand up. The whole fricking stadium was standing up. Not knowing any better I got to my feet, but I wasn’t happy. What followed was rather excruciating. While a couple of aborigines blew on didgeridoos and some others danced in a circle bashing together some sticks, one spoke into a microphone. It was a long and drawn-out garble about how we were welcome to their home and they were giving us permission to be here and crap like that. I was thinking to myself, “But this is my home. Why do I have to be welcomed to my own home?”
    I sat down with the others with the firm resolve never to stand or sit through one of these ridiculous “ceremonies” ever again. You have to understand that when I left Australia in 2001 this so-called ceremony didn’t even exist, and if it did, nobody knew about it. Ten years later and not only was it being used to start sporting events, but the Australian Federal parliament has to sit through it at the beginning of every day. I mean, how many fricking times does someone have to be welcomed to country?
    “Hey bro, we’re doing the welcome to country ceremony.”
    “But we did it yesterday.”
    “Yeah, well we have to do it again in case you forgot.”
    This underlines the utter absurdity and mischievous nature of this entire debacle. The welcome to country ceremony is just a nice little way to constantly remind ordinary Australians that they don’t belong here. It isn’t even a part of aboriginal culture. By all accounts it was invented back in the mid-’70s by some performers. And how much does this little ceremony cost?
    Courtesy of Quadrant.
    Geez, that’s not bad for ten minutes work, is it? Imagine if you had the gig to open the Federal parliament, every fricking day. You can’t even pay Elders directly. Perhaps they don’t want the idiot white man’s money to sully their hands. I wonder what you’d get for opening a new parliament after an election? Does $10,000 sound reasonable to you?
    As this article from Quadrant states, this “mysterious and ancient” tradition goes back about 40 years at most:
    “The supposedly ancient ‘welcome’ tradition goes back 30-40 years, whereas the House of Commons goes back nearly 700 years. Indigenous entertainers Ernie Dingo and Richard Whalley, of the Middar Aboriginal Theatre, claim to have invented the “welcome to country” in 1976 because two pairs of Maori visitors from NZ and the Cook Islands wanted an equivalent of their own traditional ceremony before they would dance at the Perth International Arts Festival (although this may have been in 1978). Another version is that activists shrewdly created the ceremony at about the same time to buttress land-rights claims. And aboriginal Rhoda Roberts, head of indigenous programming at the Sydney Opera House, says the ceremonies were developed in the 1980s by members of the Aboriginal National Theatre Trust which she co-founded. Her speaker-for-hire profile claims she personally invented the term “welcome to country” along with the protocols involved. She would like welcomes to include marking guests with ochre and Aboriginal sweat.”
    Getting marked with some performers’ sweat – that sounds like a lot of icky fun for the whole family.
    You’d have to wonder what sort of actual ‘welcome to country’ ceremony interlopers would have faced back in the “golden days” before Europeans showed up:
    “One early observer, a certain Mrs Smith, wife of a Mt Gambier missionary, noted that welcomes didn’t always end well: “The tribes, like most savage peoples, were in continual dread of each other; and although they occasionally met up on friendly terms to hold a murapena (corroboree), it usually eventuated in a fight, in which one or two were killed and afterwards eaten.”
    Hmm. That would be an interesting welcome to country ceremony, wouldn’t it? Eat a couple of the spectators.
    Now we have the excruciating situation where private businesses are holding these ceremonies before standard meetings. Now don’t get me wrong – they’re not paying 2 grand for a bunch of smelly dancers to come in. No, what it usually amounts to is some clown standing up and reading off a prepared speech where he thanks the local whatsit tribe for allowing them to use the land blah blah blah. It’s white virtue-signalling gone completely bonkers. And it’s also dangerous.
    During the recent Australian elections, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull made the outrageous declaration that Australia was invaded:
    “Well, I think it can be fairly described as that, and I’ve got no doubt obviously our first Aboriginal Australians describe it as an invasion,” the Prime Minister said.
    Oh dear. That’s no good. But it’s merely the natural progression from doing all this stuff in the first place. Soon there will be a “treaty”, (which is in inverted commas because you only have a treaty if you fought a war and were defeated, which didn’t happen), and a bunch of other stuff will happen and then … and then there will be reclamations of land. Those smug businesses that actually have permanent signs on their front door thanking the local tribe for permission to be there won’t be so smug when the same tribe rocks up and says, “yeah, about that permission – we’ve decided to take it back.”
    Because they didn’t give any permission. What’s all this permission shit anyway? I really wish someone from Ireland would come to me and say that they’re finally asking permission for the local castle after stealing it off my ancestors about 400 hundred years ago. Because I’d tell them to go fuck themselves and that I want the bloody thing back.
    See, this all really took off when former prime minister Kevin Rudd formally apologised to aborigines and 300,000 virtue-signalling dipshits marched across Sydney harbour bridge. There’s even a National Sorry Day which is held every year. Every fricking year. I mean, how many times do you have to say sorry?
    The answer is, a lot. Particularly if you were stupid enough to say it the first time. Just like the welcome to country ceremony. Over and over and over again. Because once you say sorry then that is an admission of guilt. And if you’re guilty, well, that must mean that someone else has to benefit from that awful, awful guilt. All this does is drive a wedge between people based on race. Which never, in the field of human interaction, has ever ended well.


    • zoltan 12/10/2017, 10:40 am

      Hear hear!

    • Peter Sandery 12/10/2017, 12:06 pm

      On a recent visit to Darwin I asked my brother and sisters if they could remember anything like the welcome to country ceremonies foisted upon us as I could not – none of them could so it quite clearly wasn’t just a function of my senility and now somewhat confirmed in writing by someone else. Our family moved to Darwin in the 1950’s.

  • Zoltan 12/10/2017, 9:32 am

    Black folk painted white? Isn’t that terribly racist?

    • Albert 12/10/2017, 1:01 pm

      Apparently not as racist as a white man in blackface, Zoltan.

    • Biking Voter 12/10/2017, 1:10 pm

      Nah, it’s only racist if it goes the other way, whites painting their faces black.

    • Sir Peter 12/10/2017, 3:36 pm

      The white ochre is to hide their white skin. A coating of brown ochre would make it even more obvious. A bunch of useless urban half-castes playing at being ‘aboriginal’. The fact that all the BS welcome to country and smoking ceremonies are a nice little earner helps to promote this idiocy, too. My position is pretty straight forward. I’ll say ‘sorry’ when they say ‘thank you’.

  • GTD 12/10/2017, 9:52 am

    The welcome to smoking bullshit.
    Invented by Ernie Dingo..


    • zoltan 12/10/2017, 10:32 am

      WOFTAM…. not seen that before, but yes, definitely.
      (google is my friend)

  • Biking Voter 12/10/2017, 10:57 am

    Has anyone bothered to ask the abos if they even want to speak any of their old languages? I wager not, and it’s all just about the money, as if 33 billion per year isn’t already enough. If they don’t know their languages now who in the hell is going to be teaching it that does know?
    Bloody Gladys Bezerklian should just pull her head in and concentrate on what is important. This kind of stupidity I expect from the fool mayor of Sydney roll me some more in the clover.

    • TommyGun 12/10/2017, 7:31 pm



  • Crankykoala 12/10/2017, 10:58 am

    Australia is Australia no more!
    The country needs to be renamed and I would suggest Multiculturalia or maybe Islamastan.

  • Joe Obmud 12/10/2017, 11:18 am

    I am not against this. This may sound expensive but it really is not. With technology nowadays it is possible to preserve language and get translations very simply.

    • Aktosplatz 12/10/2017, 1:33 pm

      Can’t wait to see their technical discussions on the science of climate change.

  • JohnE 12/10/2017, 11:46 am

    Where did they get the loin cloths from before Captains n Cook?

  • Graham 12/10/2017, 11:57 am

    And this is for the old people that no longer walk with us….Well that should be an interesting conversation
    Just for the record, I am not sorry and I don’t care

    • Pensioner Pete 12/10/2017, 12:46 pm

      Graham: That makes at least two of us who are not sorry and do not care. The whole deal is nothing but blathering bullshit at taxpayers expense

    • Joe Blogs 12/10/2017, 2:18 pm

      The “old people who no longer walk with us” no longer talk with us either – so what’s the point? If it’s self-talk they want, they can translate this: “Grow up and get a job.”

      • TommyGun 12/10/2017, 7:33 pm

        I’d like that translated into all 35 languages, please Blogs! :))

      • Joe Blogs 12/10/2017, 9:22 pm

        Waiting to see “**** off, you white ####” translated x 35.

    • GTD 12/10/2017, 7:56 pm

      I’m not sorry.
      Fxxk you KRudd and you stupid sorry.
      And I’m sick to death of paying for these lazy indolent dole bludging lot.

  • aadje 12/10/2017, 12:16 pm

    Well, I’m always interested to learn a new language! And I can’t wait to learn the Aboriginal words for: wheel, window, car door, upholstery, computer, mobile phone, front door, air-bed, trousers, cardigan, shoes, hairdresser, book, paper, reading, planes, continents, electricity, ship, engine, gearbox, tyres, etc…, etc…. Yep, can’t wait, it will be soo intellectually stimulating!

    • Lorraine 12/10/2017, 1:11 pm

      you hit this out of the park, they cannot have these words in their language , it must have been just Hello and where is the food located. which part has the lizards and the snakes. Wonder what they called bashing women and raping their kids back then, Culture I guess

    • Biking Voter 12/10/2017, 1:16 pm

      Well aadje,

      Allow me to kick start your lessons. Out on the road near Shoalhaven Heads is a sign that reads “Coolangatta” and underneath that is the abo translation of it, apparently Coolangatta is abo for Bullock. Of course it’s total bullock crap as there were no bullocks, therefore there couldn’t have been a word to describe them. There you go, you have now learned your first truly unique abo word.

    • Joe Blogs 12/10/2017, 2:21 pm

      Ooroo to Uluru and hello to Ayers Rock.

    • TommyGun 12/10/2017, 7:36 pm

      And that 4-letter word they all hate:


  • Bazza 12/10/2017, 2:39 pm

    Since Aboriginals didn’t have a written language it should be interesting to see how these languages will be preserved and taught. It will have to be with the white mans spelling.

    • Joe Blogs 12/10/2017, 3:41 pm

      Few Australians under 40 can speak English properly. They talk a lot but speak poorly about little of consequence.

      Not only that, but they wouldn’t be able to pronounce “curmudgeon”, let alone spell it.

      • Graham 12/10/2017, 4:31 pm

        Good point JB. What are the 40 Abo words for ‘Cool’, ‘Like’, ‘Twitter’, ‘Google’?

      • Joe Blogs 12/10/2017, 9:25 pm

        Buggered if I know, Graham. I don’t even know what they mean in English.

    • Aktosplatz 12/10/2017, 3:50 pm

      The White Do-Gooders will be frantically working to make up words now so they can smoothly insist that their vocabulary was there all along.

      • TommyGun 12/10/2017, 7:38 pm

        Of course they were!
        Didn’t you know they also invented football, the fax machine and were rudely interrupted halfway through the aeroplane by the White Man?
        (Always Whitey’s fault!)

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