Friday, December 03, 2004

Ethnic cleansing

The Australian Government has unveiled plans to "improve" the inner-city Redfern neighbourhood. They propose to acquire a housing project from the Aboriginal organisation that currently owns it, to evict those tenants considered to be misbehaving and to demolish the site to create apartments for more "up-market" tenants. This reminds me of the history of "District 6" , a multi-racial area in Cape Town which was forcibly cleared by the apartheid regime in 1965.

With Don Brash's clear desire to make NZ more like Oz, I could see this happening here if the Nats ever get in - a good thing recent opinion polls suggest this is unlikely.

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