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Indeed, we promote our own destruction. Most, if not all, of our anti-drug campaigns are a sham and the government is fully aware of this fact. Heroin and marijuana are merely a smokescreen to hide the real killer -alcohol. Aboriginal Culture My second major suggestion toward our survival as Aborigines is cultural renaissance. To survive as a nation within Australia we must re-establish our Aboriginal cultural base throughout Australia. Aboriginal culture is the raison d'etre for our existence.
Since the High Court's historic Murray Island ruling recognising native title (and I must say I refuse to name Mr EM, out of respect for his family), volumes have been written that present arguments for and against that decision. Many people are not aware of the correct meaning of terra nullius, many continue to believe that no-one occupies the land. Terra nullius means that nobody has title to the land. This concept was not unique to this country, Australia, as it is now known. It applied in England on the common land, or community land, where there were many peasant cultivators.
The Aboriginal Economy The first is the Aboriginal economy specifically and what we can do to remove the concept and perception of welfare from Aboriginal affairs. Obviously, in the general welfare services area, this is not entirely possible -nor should it be. In almost all areas of Aboriginal activity we are funded by the government, or quasi-government bodies. We have scarcely moved away from the annual dependent and humiliating welfare budget process. Our economy is in reality a false economy.