Firstly, I've never ever advocated that money is the answer, I'm not saying that you suggested that I did but I just wanted to make that clear.
Answers. Do I have them? Do you have the answers to UAE's appalling human rights issues, whether it be its treatment of migrant workers or its demeaning treatment of women? What are you going to do about it? I seem to recall that Don has mentioned previously that he has had experience working with troubled youth - does he have the answers to fix those issues once and for all? Why is that situation worse than ever?
All I want to see is people being treated equally. Scenario: You are an employer looking to recruit someone for a critical role. Only two applicants make the final shortlist, both equally qualified and experienced. It is impossible to pick one over the other based solely on merit. I put it to you that 99% of employers will still pick the white fella over the blakfella. And so the disadvantage, and inequality, continues. You hear later that 95% of white fellas are employed but only 70% of blakfellas. You could have done something to reduce inequality in society as a whole, enriching us all, but couldn't bring yourself to buck the trend.
My philosophy is that we are all passengers on the same ship. That could be planet Earth in a global sense, but for the purpose of this discussion let's assume breaking it down to just Australia. Taken literally, a cruise ship called Australia. Every passenger on that ship is entitled to dine in the restaurants or pig out from the bain-maries, it's their choice on the day. They can go to the same shows, swim in the same pools, go to the same bars, go on the same shore based excursions, etc. etc. Everyone has equal opportunity. Now imagine if one cohort of passengers are told by the 'captain' (people in power) that they are only entitled to inside cabins instead of balcony rooms or suites, and that they should be thankful for that. Imagine if they were barred entry to the restaurants because 'others' felt uncomfortable, when in fact, the white fellas already seated in the restaurant are the 'others.'
Why does it have to be that way?
We are all passengers on the same ship!
- You may not have advocated the money is the answer, but you haven't put anything else on the table either, just criticised others who have.
- We are not talking about UAE, however if you want to go there. Migrant workers are generally employed by their own nationality with the govt setting the minimum standards. While some fall on hard times due to bad bosses and employers, most however do not in what is one of the most regulated employment areas in the world.
- As for poor human rights for women. While women do not have the same as Australia they do have other. They have their own taxis if they want, 1 car on the Metro train is for them, as is the front of the bus, they have seperate queues in govt and some private sector that is 1/10 as long as males. Female arabs who work have the cultural right to keep their own money they earn, they do not need to share it with their husband who is expected and does fund both his children and his parents welfare, even after divorce and her income has nothing to do with how much he pays. Ladies nights here basically = ladies go to the pub and drink for free and and go to the beach and you will never see so many G-string bikini's. Night club's, bars or restaurants after dark and some supermarkets its cleavage city, so yes its tough being male here. UAE has female fighter pilots who fly in combat.
- I do not have the training or experience to work with troubled kids, in the UAE however I do fix bikes for low income kids and provide donations of toys and old ipads etc. In Australia, for 30 years now I have regularly and only donated to charities just for kids health and welfare and animals. On return to Australia if I can afford not to work or when I eventually retire I have my own plans for community work. In India i used to fine my team for breeches in safety and punctuality, fine was based on their grade, I doubled the money each month and the money was donated to a local orphanage. My wife and I seriously considered adopting a baby or young girl from India, however the $60-80k cost was not within our means and now I'm considered "too old", this will likely be my biggest regret in life. (note: is this considered supporting "stolen generations" type policies?)
Govt departments and large private companies would unlikely be making a decision based on "colour" and if anything in other aspects its likely to be reverse trying to achieve targets. If in a smaller employer not exposed to external scrutiny then if the only difference is colour and they choose white over black then you have to ask why. Its unlikely to be just the colour of the skin, rather what culture comes with that colour. and does the employer have previous bad or perceived bad history of that culture. There are only so many times an employer will put up with certain crap.
I agree with your ship statement, however while "whites" are often drawn and quartered as being racists and lets be clear, its colourism and culture based discrimination, not just because someone came from Africa. Yes some "whites" are but I have yet to find a non-white culture that is less colour racist than the so-called Europeans. Europeans can quickly flown up the discrimination flag pole due to past colonial practices, but Asian, sub-cont, African continue today and often still entrenched in law or popular culture and leaves most white discrimination for dead.
Back to the Aboriginal problem. Its hard to help people fix a problem they don't want fixed and I think Aaron's example is all too common and you can see the denial from the funding side, kid didn't turn up, so give us back our money, not make the harder and right choice by approaching the parents. All too often you see debates on TV or similar and the Aboriginal returned argument when someone highlights such things is to simply state the other person is a racist. Reply 101 when you hear something you don't like, don't attack their argument, attack them. Being on the "same boat" means you acknowledge your faults the same as others and while rape, incest, domestic and sexual abuse are not treated the same as in non-aboriginal culture then nothing will change. I personally detest the stolen generations policy of the day, but the more you read and see for your eyes whats going on today, which is worse?