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Noel Pearson’s Lateline appearance, condensed into column form.

UPDATE. Greg Sheridan:

On Tuesday night this week Australia witnessed one of the great political performances in its history. It was the appearance by Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson on Lateline … His genuine moral and intellectual clarity show the utter feebleness of what passes for intellectual life on most of the Left.

Posted by Tim B. on 06/27/2007 at 11:44 AM
    1. Noel Pearson’s article was as excellent as his Lateline appearance.

      The man makes a great deal of sense, and he’s clear in his views and has a passion for sharing them and having them acted on.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 06 27 at 11:58 AM • permalink


    1. Well. Noel Pearson says it all, coherently and succintly.

      But that good sense won’t stop the latte sippers coming out of the Oxford St cafes in order to destroy him. They’re already gathering on the footpath.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 06 27 at 12:05 PM • permalink


    1. Gem of purest ray serene.

      Posted by Olrence on 2007 06 27 at 12:19 PM • permalink


    1. But that good sense won’t stop the latte sippers coming out of the Oxford St cafes in order to destroy him. They’re already gathering on the footpath.

      …and on the interwebs, too.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 06 27 at 12:58 PM • permalink


    1. Those people will the protection of Aboriginal children to fail the same way and as vehemently as they will failure in Iraq.

      That’ll blow the froth off a few cappuccinos.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2007 06 27 at 05:11 PM • permalink


    1. Sensible Swim

      That’ll blow the froth off a few cappuccinos.

      Sure will. One can hope that ‘they’ choke on the rest. If this MAN doesn’t wake people…One, they can’t or don’t want to be OR Two, they are dead.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 06 27 at 05:29 PM • permalink


    1. Didn’t take long for the Whitlam acolytes in the Aboriginal “old brigade” to fire a few shots across Noel’s bow.Perhaps the Latte Brigade can organise another stroll across the bridge to register their disaproval.Northern Territory communities will be inspired by such a show of support.

      Posted by watty on 2007 06 27 at 05:56 PM • permalink


    1. From the full transcript at thread below:
      I mean, you know, the first and best defenders of an Aboriginal child has got to be Aboriginal people. You know, these are our children at stake here. You know, it’s quite, it’s quite to be expected that the first people who should have regard for our children are ourselves, and, you know, it’s just an absolutely miserable show that we see people who have never come up with any solution to prevent this suffering in 20 years of knowledge about the problem, but the minute somebody suggests trying to do something decisive about it, you’ve got all of them finding every excuse under the sun not to do anything.

      The parade of objections, accusations and excuses from the State Labor pollies, Media Crapologists and assorted aboriginal “activists” is revealing – but not in a good way.
      In the face of the abject failure of these people to run their own lives in a purgatory between two cultures, I have to say something which enrages the PC commissars: Assimilate!

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 06 27 at 06:03 PM • permalink


    1. Greg Sheridan has written about this speech in today’s Australian. There’s another great quote in there:
      “That’s the horrendous thing here. That the people who are nay-saying any kind of intervention are people whose children, like my own, sleep safe at night … It’s an absolutely shameful hour that has descended on us where even an emergency intervention to protect the safety of our children is hindered, is hindered by people who supposedly have goodwill for Aboriginal people. Those people are willing the protection and succour to Aboriginal children to fail in the same way and as vehemently as they will failure in Iraq.”

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 06 27 at 06:24 PM • permalink


    1. #4
      Dylan, I can’t read that crap. It makes me too angry! And as I skim further down the threads I see one from some nutter complaining that his articles have disappeared and perhaps it’s a (cue spooky music) CONSPIRACY. Big Brother is mentioned.

      Sheesh, as if his nutty, idiotic ideas are even worth censoring….


      Posted by kae on 2007 06 27 at 06:33 PM • permalink


    1. Steady on. I buy my capps and mochas on Oxford street every morning, and I’m not some whingeing contrarian prick.

      The thing that hurts the Leftist Commentariat so much is that Howard’s policy has stolen the moral highground from them. “Good Lord, this is our traditional patch, how dare the government trespass and actually do something that might solve this issue so we can no longer bitch about it. An outrage!”

      Posted by Abu Chowdah on 2007 06 27 at 06:53 PM • permalink


    1. As promised, I’ve got a post on the subject.

      If the Coalition wins the next election then Pearson is odds-on for Australian of the Year.

      If Labor wins then he’ll be tarred and feathered, have his head flushed down the toilet and the Cape York Institute will lose its public funding.

      Posted by Jack Lacton on 2007 06 27 at 07:07 PM • permalink


    1. “…moral and intellectual clarity…”

      Not to mention courage. I’m sure one of the reason that tools like John Stanhope have come down against the Pearson/Howard intervention is the fear that people will think badly of them.

      Utter fecklessness.

      Posted by fidens on 2007 06 27 at 08:11 PM • permalink


    1. The problem with most lefties is that they view the world and its people as if they are exhibits at a Disney park such as EPCOT. For example, Cliteradectomies? Honour killings? Nah? Middle Eastern people are fun lovers who make great food. Aborigines? Well, they are ‘child like’ people who are noble savages, dispossessed of their land and all their worldly goods. They should be regarded as children.

      Pearson cuts through all of this, he doesn’t fuel the lefts’ view of his own people but tells it like it REALLY is, the sit down money, the boredom, the grog, the bashings and the sexual assault. Don’t think for a minute that I am using this to ‘bash’ Aborigines, far from it. What I am trying to say is that if Aboriginal people are to be helped, there has to be an honest appraisal of what life is really like in these remote societies. Howard is right, controls on grog will make far more difference to the living standards of the people in these communities than by placing an Aboriginal flag sticker on an un-washed car in Fitzroy.

      The left can’t understand this.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 06 27 at 08:19 PM • permalink


    1. A true leader!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 06 27 at 08:25 PM • permalink


    1. Jack (#12): Excellent post. I agree with almost everything except the bit about schadenfreude. I believe it’s more than that; the backlash from the naysayers is what Nietzsche called ressentiment.

      Ressentiment is a reassignment of the pain that accompanies a sense of one’s own inferiority/failure onto an external scapegoat.

      Nietzsche is not my favourite philosopher, but his view on this is worth thinking about:

      Ressentiment is a sense of resentment and hostility directed at that which one identifies as the cause of one’s frustration, an assignation of blame for one’s frustration. The sense of weakness or inferiority and perhaps jealousy in the face of the “cause” generates a rejecting/justifying value system, or morality, which attacks or denies the perceived source of one’s frustration…

      You can read more here.

      Posted by Hanyu on 2007 06 27 at 08:51 PM • permalink


    1. Read that piece in the Age yesterday by Muriel Bamblett. She is a high-paid Victorian Government Aboriginal public servant living comfortably in Melbourne. Outside a shared Aboriginality, she has nothing in common with the people in these horrific remote settlements. It is appalling that she thinks the right to speak on behalf of people she does not know.

      And what does Bamblett see as as the solution. Talk, lots of talk, coffee mornings and expense account travel for her and her cronies. More cushy jobs for the family too no doubt – just google Bamblett and Victoria.

      People such as Bamblett are at the root cause of Aboriginal disfunction. These Aboriginal fat cats are lining their pockets at the expense of small children’s lives. That’s why so many have come out swinging at Howard, Brough and Pearson. Their success will reveal black bureaucracy’s failures to do anything constructive – or even give a damn – about the despair in the real Aboriginal Australia.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 06 27 at 09:16 PM • permalink


    1. #17
      Yes Contrail, there’s a whole comfortable urban industry depending on the maintenance of the status quo.

      Add to that Land Councils and others, who, while it would be unfair to say have not acheived anything, have failed on this issue.

      Pleased to see Warren Mundine standing beside NP.

      Safer beside NP than in front of him.

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 06 27 at 09:34 PM • permalink


    1. I think Pearson’s speech will go down as a great speech – but in the interests of balance, it would be remiss to forget the work of the left at this site, as represented by the dear departed Huckabee:

      As for alternative solutions, I’d probably go with something to do with self-determination and land rights.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 06 27 at 09:45 PM • permalink


    1. #19 MM

      Was away during the furore that preceded his timely departure, but saw that pearl of wisdom.

      Huckelberry certainly had a finger on the pulse of this job.

      No doubt he said sorry and walked over the btidge all on the same day.

      Must admit when I saw the rot that was coming out of him I thought “gee that Hucbald has gone wrong all of a sudden”.

      Wrong one. Sigh of relief. Silly me.

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 06 27 at 10:14 PM • permalink


    1. Margos, take a trip over to Lav Paper and read the thread by know-all Mark. You will be vomiting in three seconds.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 06 27 at 10:16 PM • permalink


    1. It’s a world of nausea over there, Nic, as always.

      Apparently we shouldn’t do anything about abused kids because there is no infrastructure in these areas… Mmmh, strong point.

      Also a thought provoking thread on the “charity principle” – which means we should think the best of those who appease child abuse. Another strong point.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 06 27 at 10:42 PM • permalink


    1. Even better are the hopes that Howard is wedged on the issue, whilst at the same time in the same thread, complaining that the issue itself is a cunning wedge used to seek re-election!

      They are so far removed from the reality of what Pearson is talking about it’s frightening.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 06 27 at 10:56 PM • permalink


    1. JoHo is a Diva!

      As usual he shows up the left for what they are: crocodile tear shedding wankers, who care more about symbols than reality.

      Posted by Toryhere2 on 2007 06 27 at 11:27 PM • permalink


    1. You just know the lefties are dying to say it: “That Noel Pearson is one uppity… North Queenslander.”

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 06 27 at 11:35 PM • permalink


    1. #12, #16

      People here are starting to sound likecarlton communists or balmain bolsheviks

      Schadenfreude?? Ressentiment??? Christ almighty.  What’s wrong with simple language like child murderer and traitor??


      Posted by Rod C on 2007 06 28 at 02:46 AM • permalink


  1. Sherdidan is fundamentally sound, as ever.  (Or to be a bit picky, he is one of the commentariat who has grown an arm and leg since 9/11.  He gets it.)

    Posted by Big Jim on 2007 06 28 at 02:51 AM • permalink