Focus: Sydney – Aboriginal housing: abandon hope all ye who enterBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7078.s393 (Published 08 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:393
- Simon Chapman
Any town or city dwellers can expect that the house they move into will be adequately supplied with sewers, water, power, and garbage disposal. The West Australian Supreme Court decision establishes that local Aborigines can have no such expectation. Contrast this with the perception, fanned by populist politicians, that Aborigines are “privileged” by being provided with such housing as government handouts.
A further dent in the image of Australia as being in the forefront of civilised nations came from last week's US State Department report on international human rights. This stated, “Indigenous Australians continue …