Connect with us

Australia

Scott Morrison sparks anger by saying there was no slavery in Australia

Published

on

scott morrison sparks anger by saying there was no slavery in australia

Scott Morrison has sparked outrage by saying there was no slavery in Australia despite shocking images showing aboriginal people in chains in the 19th century.

In an interview on Sydney radio 2GB, the Prime Minister was asked whether statues of Captain James Cook should be removed in response to a movement in the UK to topple monuments to slave traders. 

He rejected the idea and said: ‘It was a pretty brutal place, but there was no slavery in Australia.’

Thousands of activists have pointed out that although slavery was never legal Down Under, convicts, Indigenous Australians and Pacific Islanders were all victims of forced labour.

Mr Morrison’s critics said he should ‘read a book’ and shared images of chained-up aboriginal people from a Western Australia state library collection which resurfaced earlier this year. 

Scott Morrison has sparked outrage by saying there was no slavery in Australia despite shocking images showing aboriginal people in chains in the 19th century

Scott Morrison has sparked outrage by saying there was no slavery in Australia despite shocking images showing aboriginal people in chains in the 19th century

Scott Morrison has sparked outrage by saying there was no slavery in Australia despite shocking images showing aboriginal people in chains in the 19th century 

Shocking black and white photos show how aboriginal people were treated in 19th century Australia

Shocking black and white photos show how aboriginal people were treated in 19th century Australia

Shocking black and white photos show how aboriginal people were treated in 19th century Australia

Groups of aboriginal men and boys are pictured chained together, standing or sitting, wearing just a cloth around their waist, as white policemen and 'aboriginal trackers' stand beside them with four rifles

Groups of aboriginal men and boys are pictured chained together, standing or sitting, wearing just a cloth around their waist, as white policemen and 'aboriginal trackers' stand beside them with four rifles

Groups of aboriginal men and boys are pictured chained together, standing or sitting, wearing just a cloth around their waist, as white policemen and ‘aboriginal trackers’ stand beside them with four rifles

Aboriginal prisoners (pictured) were chained and forced to lay a railway near Derby, Western Australia, about 1897

Aboriginal prisoners (pictured) were chained and forced to lay a railway near Derby, Western Australia, about 1897

Aboriginal prisoners (pictured) were chained and forced to lay a railway near Derby, Western Australia, about 1897

The images show aboriginal prisoners – many of whom were accused of petty crimes such as killing cattle – shackled with heavy chains around their necks, guarded by white men armed with rifles. 

Sometimes police were paid per indigenous prisoner they caught and brought them into jail using chains. Some prisoners were put to work on boats while others were forced to lay railways. 

Even aboriginal people not accused of crimes were illegally used as unpaid labour until the 1970s, particularly in the agricultural industry, with only rations and a bed to show for their toil. 

Last year the Queensland government agreed to pay 10,000 aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a total of $190million for wages unpaid between 1939 and 1972. 

Before then, convicts shipped to Australia from Ireland and the UK were treated as slave labor. They were subject to ‘assigned service’ where they were leased out to rich landowners to use as a cheap workforce.  

And from the mid-19th century, around 60,000 pacific islanders were illegally kidnapped from their homes and taken to Australia by colonialists who forced them to work on farms in a practice known as ‘blackbirding’.

Emelda Davis, President of the Australian South Sea Islanders, wrote in a 2017 article for The Conversation: ‘The treatment of the Islanders was atrocious, exploitative and akin to slavery.

‘When plantation owners went bankrupt, the workers were transferred as an asset with the sold property.’

Some aboriginal prisoners were put to work on a boat (pictured) while other prisoners were forced to lay railways

Some aboriginal prisoners were put to work on a boat (pictured) while other prisoners were forced to lay railways

Some aboriginal prisoners were put to work on a boat (pictured) while other prisoners were forced to lay railways 

Police were paid per indigenous prisoner and cruelly brought them into jail using chains where they were forced to work

Police were paid per indigenous prisoner and cruelly brought them into jail using chains where they were forced to work

Police were paid per indigenous prisoner and cruelly brought them into jail using chains where they were forced to work

In early Australia, incarceration was used as a tool to weaken the aboriginal people and were often arrested for petty crimes

In early Australia, incarceration was used as a tool to weaken the aboriginal people and were often arrested for petty crimes

In early Australia, incarceration was used as a tool to weaken the aboriginal people and were often arrested for petty crimes

The haunting collection of photographs shows aboriginal people chained. This image was captioned 'Native Prisoners on N.2' and was taken in about 1930

The haunting collection of photographs shows aboriginal people chained. This image was captioned 'Native Prisoners on N.2' and was taken in about 1930

The haunting collection of photographs shows aboriginal people chained. This image was captioned ‘Native Prisoners on N.2’ and was taken in about 1930

A chilling image shows one lonely aboriginal man (pictured) standing in chains as he leans against a tree with a piece corrugated iron at the stump of the tree as well as a hat and pile of cloth

A chilling image shows one lonely aboriginal man (pictured) standing in chains as he leans against a tree with a piece corrugated iron at the stump of the tree as well as a hat and pile of cloth

A chilling image shows one lonely aboriginal man (pictured) standing in chains as he leans against a tree with a piece corrugated iron at the stump of the tree as well as a hat and pile of cloth

Another image shows white man dressed in shirt and trousers holding a chain connected to two elderly Indigenous prisoners

Another image shows white man dressed in shirt and trousers holding a chain connected to two elderly Indigenous prisoners

Another image shows white man dressed in shirt and trousers holding a chain connected to two elderly Indigenous prisoners

Hundreds of aboriginal prisoners were captured and chained, forced to work on many projects including laying rails

Hundreds of aboriginal prisoners were captured and chained, forced to work on many projects including laying rails

Hundreds of aboriginal prisoners were captured and chained, forced to work on many projects including laying rails

Author and historian Bruce Pascoe slammed the Prime Minister’s comments.

He wrote: ‘When you capture people, and put chains around their necks, and make them walk 300 kilometres and then set them to work on cattle stations, what’s that called?’ 

‘That’s what happened in Western Australia and in the [Northern] Territory and in Queensland.’

‘It doesn’t matter what you call it. It’s brutality and I think a lot of Australia are in denial about the real history of the country.’

Shadow minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney said: ‘The Prime Minister’s comments demonstrate a need for a greater understanding and awareness of our nation’s history.

‘We cannot achieve meaningful progress on matters such as Reconciliation if, as a nation, we are not aware of the historical context of the challenges we face in the present.

‘One of the crucial elements of the Uluru Statement was a national process of truth-telling.’

Two white men are pictured with three horses, with one of them leading an aboriginal man by a chain to his neck

Two white men are pictured with three horses, with one of them leading an aboriginal man by a chain to his neck

Two white men are pictured with three horses, with one of them leading an aboriginal man by a chain to his neck

At least 20 Indigenous Australians were photographed standing in a shallow river, all chained together (pictured)

At least 20 Indigenous Australians were photographed standing in a shallow river, all chained together (pictured)

At least 20 Indigenous Australians were photographed standing in a shallow river, all chained together (pictured)

Haunting photos show the disturbing history and abuse of aboriginal people in the early twentieth century (this picture was taken in 1930)

Haunting photos show the disturbing history and abuse of aboriginal people in the early twentieth century (this picture was taken in 1930)

Haunting photos show the disturbing history and abuse of aboriginal people in the early twentieth century (this picture was taken in 1930)

One decade ago, the declaration was passed to combat the discrimination, marginalisation and human rights violations of the 370 million Indigenous people living in more than seventy countries today

One decade ago, the declaration was passed to combat the discrimination, marginalisation and human rights violations of the 370 million Indigenous people living in more than seventy countries today

One decade ago, the declaration was passed to combat the discrimination, marginalisation and human rights violations of the 370 million Indigenous people living in more than seventy countries today

A line of Indigenous men were photographed at the turn of the century wearing chains during their transit to jail (pictured)

A line of Indigenous men were photographed at the turn of the century wearing chains during their transit to jail (pictured)

A line of Indigenous men were photographed at the turn of the century wearing chains during their transit to jail (pictured)

At least 30 aboriginal prisoners are pictured chained together being led to Cossack Gaol in Western Australia around 1902

At least 30 aboriginal prisoners are pictured chained together being led to Cossack Gaol in Western Australia around 1902

At least 30 aboriginal prisoners are pictured chained together being led to Cossack Gaol in Western Australia around 1902

Powered by: Daily Mail

Australia

Fury as New York University’s Sydney campus is given JobKeeper while other institutions miss out

Published

on

By

fury as new york universitys sydney campus is given jobkeeper while other institutions miss out

Higher education staff are furious a top American university is receiving JobKeeper wage subsidies when Australian institutions are missing out.

Public university staff blame thousands of job losses on the Morrison government’s decision to exclude them from the JobKeeper scheme.

They are baffled the New York University’s Sydney campus qualifies for the payments.

National Tertiary Education Union president Alison Barnes said Australian public universities had already slashed more than 11,000 jobs and more cuts were on the way.

National Tertiary Education Union president Alison Barnes (pictured) said Australian public universities had already slashed more than 11,000 jobs and more cuts were on the way

National Tertiary Education Union president Alison Barnes (pictured) said Australian public universities had already slashed more than 11,000 jobs and more cuts were on the way

National Tertiary Education Union president Alison Barnes (pictured) said Australian public universities had already slashed more than 11,000 jobs and more cuts were on the way

She asked how the government could allow four private universities and even the Sydney campus of New York University (pictured) to access JobKeeper

She asked how the government could allow four private universities and even the Sydney campus of New York University (pictured) to access JobKeeper

She asked how the government could allow four private universities and even the Sydney campus of New York University (pictured) to access JobKeeper

‘The Morrison government changed the rules three times to prevent these universities from accessing JobKeeper,’ Dr Barnes said on Friday.

‘Yet four private universities in Australia and even the Sydney campus of New York University have been able to access JobKeeper.

‘How can the government allow this to happen? The higher education sector is being decimated daily. Most of these job losses could have been prevented if universities were able to access JobKeeper.’

Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi accused the federal government of double standards.

‘The government should have exactly the same rules for universities and not try to exclude public universities,’ she said.

But Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Australian universities were being funded by taxpayers in other ways.

‘That is not support that is available to foreign universities that may have a domestic campus, so it’s a different situation,’ he told reporters.

‘You are talking about an apple and an orange.’

Labor’s education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek described the explanation as insane.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (pictured) said Australian universities were being funded by taxpayers in other ways

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (pictured) said Australian universities were being funded by taxpayers in other ways

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (pictured) said Australian universities were being funded by taxpayers in other ways

‘I would like Scott Morrison to answer to those families that have lost jobs, why is it that their jobs don’t matter?’ she said.

‘Why is it that these Australian jobs don’t matter and yet the government has subsidised this very wealthy foreign university?’

The sector is under immense pressure, with the Australian National University and the University of NSW announcing major jobs losses this week.

While around 250 ANU staff have taken voluntary redundancies, a further 215 will go over the next nine months.

UNSW, which has also accepted voluntary redundancies, will axe a further 256 staff.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted New York University for comment. 

Powered by: Daily Mail

Continue Reading

Australia

Jenna Bush Hager opens up about her ‘sisterhood’ with Chelsea Clinton and the Obama girls

Published

on

By

jenna bush hager opens up about her sisterhood with chelsea clinton and the obama girls

Jenna Bush Hager has opened up about the ‘sisterhood’ she has with other former first daughters and how her father really felt about her getting caught sticking her tongue out at reporters during his reelection campaign. 

The 38-year-old Today host appeared on Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday night, and during the after show, host Andy Cohen asked her if has a relationship with Chelsea Clinton, 40, as well as Malia, 22, and Sasha Obama, 19.  

‘We really do, in some ways. We reach out to each other,’ she said. ‘Chelsea and I see each other around — well, we used to. Now, I don’t see anybody. But we used to see each other around New York City. And I reach out to the Obama girls and vice versa. But we do.’

Scroll down for video  

Special bond: Jenna Bush Hager opened up about the 'sisterhood' between former first daughters on Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday

Special bond: Jenna Bush Hager opened up about the 'sisterhood' between former first daughters on Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday

Special bond: Jenna Bush Hager opened up about the ‘sisterhood’ between former first daughters on Watch What Happens Live on Tuesday 

Looking back: Jenna said she still reaches out to Malia and Sasha Obama, who are now college students. She is pictured giving the Obama girls a tour of the White House in 2008

Looking back: Jenna said she still reaches out to Malia and Sasha Obama, who are now college students. She is pictured giving the Obama girls a tour of the White House in 2008

Looking back: Jenna said she still reaches out to Malia and Sasha Obama, who are now college students. She is pictured giving the Obama girls a tour of the White House in 2008 

‘There is a sisterhood because it’s so few of us that we know what it’s like and the beauty of it and living history and also some of the difficulties,’ she added. 

When asked if she knew Amy Carter, she admitted she hasn’t had much contact with the former first daughter.  

‘I met Amy Carter once. I did a show on Christmas at the White House and I got to meet her,’ she explained. ‘But, no, I don’t know her that well. I really don’t. I should reach out.’ 

Jenna’s family called the White House home from 2001 to 2009, though she and her twin sister Barbara were away at college or living elsewhere throughout most of their father George W. Bush’s presidency. 

The Bush twins also spent plenty of time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when their grandfather George H.W. Bush was president from 1989 to 1993.

Old friends: Jenna said she used to see Chelsea Clinton, 40, all of the time in New York City before the pandemic

Old friends: Jenna said she used to see Chelsea Clinton, 40, all of the time in New York City before the pandemic

Old friends: Jenna said she used to see Chelsea Clinton, 40, all of the time in New York City before the pandemic 

Grateful: Former First Lady Michelle Obama has openly credited Jenna, her twin Barbara, and Chelsea with helping Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, during their time in the White House

Grateful: Former First Lady Michelle Obama has openly credited Jenna, her twin Barbara, and Chelsea with helping Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, during their time in the White House

Grateful: Former First Lady Michelle Obama has openly credited Jenna, her twin Barbara, and Chelsea with helping Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, during their time in the White House

Jenna and Barbara warmly welcomed Sasha and Malia to the White House with a letter after their father Barack Obama was named president in November 2008. They gave them a second letter eight years later, right before their dad left office. 

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has openly credited Jenna, Barbara, and Chelsea with helping her daughters during their time in the White House. 

‘I love those girls,’ she said on Good Morning America in 2018. ‘I will love them forever for what kind of support they provided to my daughters throughout that.’

Chelsea also used to be good friends with Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka before he became president, but they had a falling out during the 2016 election.  

Considering that the current president has slammed both the late George H.W and George W. Bush during his first term, it seems unlikely that Jenna and Barbara will share a close bond with his daughters Ivanka and Tiffany as they do with Chelsea, Malia, and Sasha. 

[embedded content]

Memories: Jenna also talked about sticking her tongue out at reporters during her father's 2004 campaign The former first daughter explained that she was trying to make her dad laugh

Memories: Jenna also talked about sticking her tongue out at reporters during her father's 2004 campaign The former first daughter explained that she was trying to make her dad laugh

Memories: Jenna also talked about sticking her tongue out at reporters during her father’s 2004 campaign The former first daughter explained that she was trying to make her dad laugh

Cool dad: While Jenna can't remember the public's reaction to the snafu, she said her father, former President George W. Bush, wasn't at all bothered by it and 'thought it was funny'

Cool dad: While Jenna can't remember the public's reaction to the snafu, she said her father, former President George W. Bush, wasn't at all bothered by it and 'thought it was funny'

Cool dad: While Jenna can’t remember the public’s reaction to the snafu, she said her father, former President George W. Bush, wasn’t at all bothered by it and ‘thought it was funny’

During her after-show appearance, Jenna was also asked about how her father reacted when she famously got caught sticking her tongue out at reporters during his 2004 campaign. 

‘I was with my dad and my sister, and I was like, “People don’t even know what’s going on in here, like watch this,”‘ she recalled ‘And Barbara and I constantly harassed [my father] and tried to make him laugh, and then I was down in the hotel gym doing the elliptical and I looked up on the TV and there was like my little face with a spotlight on it, and it was on the local news.

‘I was like, “Oh no, I better get back up to the hotel room and tell Dad that this thing went out.”‘

While Jenna can’t remember the public’s reaction to the snafu, she said her father wasn’t at all bothered by it. 

‘My dad was just like, “Jen, this is so typical,”‘ she said. ‘He thought it was funny. I think he really wanted Barbara and I to have normal childhoods, and we did until he became president.’ 

Family: 'His reactions were always filled with grace and love,' she said of her dad. Jenna is pictured with her husband, their three children, and her parents

Family: 'His reactions were always filled with grace and love,' she said of her dad. Jenna is pictured with her husband, their three children, and her parents

Family: ‘His reactions were always filled with grace and love,’ she said of her dad. Jenna is pictured with her husband, their three children, and her parents 

Happy: Jenna celebrated her new book about her grandparents, Everything Beautiful in Its Time making the New York Times Best Seller list this week

Happy: Jenna celebrated her new book about her grandparents, Everything Beautiful in Its Time making the New York Times Best Seller list this week

Happy: Jenna celebrated her new book about her grandparents, Everything Beautiful in Its Time making the New York Times Best Seller list this week 

‘There’s no guidebook, but his whole thing was like, “Y’all can be normal college kids. You go be you,” and then he realized pretty soon after that that we really couldn’t be normal college kids,’ she added.  

The Bush twins were both famously caught drinking underage when they were away at college. While she was a student at the University of Texas, Jenna was cited for possession of alcohol as a minor and using a fake ID to purchase alcohol within a five-week span in 2001. 

That same year, Barbara was also charged with possession of alcohol as a minor while attending Yale University. Despite the public scrutiny during his presidency, Jenna said her father never judged them. 

‘His reactions were always filled with grace and love. He wasn’t the type to shame us for acting silly,’ she explained. 

A few days after her appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Jenna celebrated her new book about her grandparents, Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss, making the New York Times Best Seller list. 

Jenna, who shares a son Hal, one, and daughters Mila, seven, and Poppy, five, with her husband Henry Hager, explained on the Today show Thursday that her eldest children had a hilarious reaction to her book taking the number three spot on the list. 

‘Mila and Poppy were like, “You’re not number one?”‘ the mom said with a laugh. 

Powered by: Daily Mail

Continue Reading

Australia

Sydney partygoer tells two NSW Police officers they are the ‘worst strippers ever’

Published

on

By

sydney partygoer tells two nsw police officers they are the worst strippers ever

A woman who asked two handsome male police officers to take off their clothes when they turned up to shutdown her party told the shocked officers they were the ‘worst strippers ever’ when they refused.

Jess Griff recorded herself and the two NSW Police officers on TikTok after they showed up at her front door following a noise complaint 

‘Cops rocked up to my house for a siblings 18th cause of a noise complaint, they said “party on guys”,’ she captioned the video.   

Jess Griff (middle) recorded herself and two handsome NSW Police officers on TikTok after they showed up at her front door following a noise complaint

Jess Griff (middle) recorded herself and two handsome NSW Police officers on TikTok after they showed up at her front door following a noise complaint

Jess Griff (middle) recorded herself and two handsome NSW Police officers on TikTok after they showed up at her front door following a noise complaint

33323982 8745891 image m 8 1600391731648

33323982 8745891 image m 8 1600391731648

33323980 8745891 image a 9 1600391740686

33323980 8745891 image a 9 1600391740686

Ms Griff appeared to be in high spirits when the officers showed up at her front door and complimented on their good looks

Ms Griff appeared to be in high spirits and complimented the officers on their good looks when they showed up at her front door. 

‘Hot boys, yeah the absolute boys came to the party,’ she said laughing into the camera. 

Ms Griff then tells them, ‘You guys are the worst strippers I’ve ever paid for aye’, as they chuckle at her. 

Ms Griff continues to record the herself telling one of the officers to ‘get your gear off’ while his colleague laughs in the background.

She then moves her hand towards their gun in the holster asking them ‘what they’re going to do’ if she were to touch it. 

‘Yeah the boys get with it,’ she once again says as she places her arm around the other officer as he announces their departure. 

In a second clip, the pair tell the group to ‘keep the noise down or we’ll have to come back’. 

One of the officers was laughing at Ms Griff's behaviour and comments

One of the officers was laughing at Ms Griff's behaviour and comments

Ms Griff was telling the officers to 'get their gear off'

Ms Griff was telling the officers to 'get their gear off'

Ms Griff’s video has been watched more than 654,000 times on the popular social media app and received close to 100,000 likes

Ms Griff’s video has been watched more than 654,000 times on the popular social media app and received close to 100,000 likes.

Viewers commended the officers for their easygoing nature claiming they’ve never seen anything as Australian as the clip. 

‘They’re such good sports,’ one person wrote. 

‘Aussie cops are literally the best in every way,’ another commented. 

‘Only in Australia,’ another wrote.

However, others slammed Ms Griff for her comments towards the officers asking what would have happened if the roles were reversed. 

‘Imagine if a male did this to a female officer. Your reactions would be different,’ one commented.

‘Now imagine the uproar if the roles were reversed,’ another wrote. 

Powered by: Daily Mail

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 DiazHub.