Self-proclaimed Aboriginal rights activist, Mr A Hister, now in his nineties, said today that white Australians must stop feeling guilty about all the things they have done for Aborigines.
He said "We have given them great medical care, excellent education, and better housing and transport than they ever had." He added that the Aborigines could help white people to feel less guilty by refusing these benefits of modern Australian society and returning to their traditional life style in the desert. He said "When the Aborigines go back out into the desert to live they will be out of sight of most white people who can then forget about them."
Many Australians feel guilty for the way in which Aborigines have been treated since white settlers brought civilisation to the country more than two hundred years ago. Mr Hister said that feeling guilty was not good for the relationship between white Australians and Aborigines. He said "If we feel guilty then we are immediately at a disadvantage when dealing with them. Getting rid of our guilt will allow us to negotiate as equals." He added that if the Aborigines give up all the advantages they have received from white people it will be the first step to achieving real equality. "We cannot negotiate at a disadvantage" he added "it is unfair to both sides."
Mr Hister added that he was willing to head a Government task force to oversee the relocation of the Aborigines and to help them to re-settle in the desert. He claims to have had experience dealing with moving and relocating large groups of people in his homeland, Germany, as a young man and says that he is familiar with the problems that can occur. "I know how to organise large numbers of people moving from place to place for resettlement, and did it very successfully in my younger days." He added. "I was head of an organisation which helped millions of Israelis move out from their ghettos for resettlement in better places and I can help the Aborigines in the same way."
Mr Hister angrily denied that he was a member of any white-supremacist organisation and said that he only had the good of both Aboriginal and white Australians at heart. Since his arrival in Australia in 1945, Mr Hister has been a controversial and outspoken critic of what he calls the various Governments 'mealy-mouthed' civil liberties policies. He founded and runs the Hister Youth Club in Sydney.
A Government spokesperson said "Mr Hister's suggestions are being considered by the Department for Aboriginal Affairs and a report will be available soon."