Well how far back should reparations and 'sorry days' for past invasions go? Should the Celts have a claim against the Normans or the Vikings? Should Jewish people pursue a claim against modern Egypt? Hell, even the Aboriginal people themselves are mooted to have committed their own genocide against the original homo erectus inhabitants of this land - the remains of this exterminated race are at Kow Swamp near Kerang (VIC) and they have no genetic relationship to the Australian Aboriginal. Should modern Aboriginal people have a sorry day for their own genocide they seem to have committed some several millennia ago?
Trust you to come up with a good dose of "whatabout-ism".Ahh, the goog old "If they didn't do it, someone else would have" excuse. Just like pulling down statues, eh?
SOMEONE with an expansionist agenda and guns was going to colonise this place - British, Dutch, Spanish - one of the three. Or possibly the Belgians, they would have had a red hot go at completely genociding the joint given their form in the Congo.
You seriously wanna have a good weep about the fact that it was eventually taken over like the rest of the black arm-band people? Be my guest, sooky-bub.
And you never know your luck in the twenty-first century; the Chinese Communist Party could forcibly take over and put every dissenter into camps... then both we'll have lots of time to chat about how unfortunate it was that the British arrived here while we're being beaten and starved.
H.Erectus disappeared at least 50,000 years before known aboriginal occupation in Australia.
They were definitely here at the same time, the overlap was many tens of thousands of years - although not in the exact same places at the same time on the continent. Modern Aboriginal Australians are thought to have arrived 65,000 year ago but homo erectus
(perhaps) some 120,000 to 60,000 years ago, they aren't entirely sure because of the lack of entire skeletons and artifacts. What they do know is that Kow Swamp man in his distinctive 'sloped skull' and 'large jawbone' genetic archetype disappeared entirely from the records around 9,000-14,000
years ago, the latest evidence being found at that Kow Swamp site; that's the date that CSIRO put on the remains of homo erectus
when carbon dating the remains in the seventies.
Interestingly those people like the neanderthals in southern Europe had demonstrated a complex social structure and had gone to the time and effort of burying their dead in a ceremonial fashion, so they were very much human despite their differences from the Aboriginal people and modern homo sapiens. The site at Kow Swamp is also quite unique because being a cemetery it allowed examination of complete skeletons so the exact genus could be determined. The very oldest human remains in southern Australia - Mungo man at Lake Mungo (NSW) - is also thought to be substantively different from modern Aboriginal people but because there are no intact grave sites and very few bone fragments they're not entirely sure.
This all fits in neatly according to the theory that Kow Swamp man was either bred out of existence or (more likely because of the lack of any genetic trace in modern Aboriginals) exterminated completely by the invading race - a genocide. And before you cry "biased material" there's a variety of sources that all say pretty much the same thing, including the Australian Museum and CSIRO.