MWC News, Canada 1
April 30 2008

La Trobe, "Bundoora Eucalyptus" & Black Crimes of White Australia

La Trobe University, Bundoora, Melbourne is one of Australia's
top dozen universities with particular expertise in paramedical
training and an excellent reputation for research and teaching in the
humanities and biological sciences in particular. The main campus is
set in beautiful bushland about 20 kilometers north of Melbourne at
Bundoora. Bundoora means "the country kangaroos like" in the local
Indigenous Australian Wurrundjeri language and indeed one can often
see kangaroos grazing and hopping about in the outskirts of La Trobe
University in the evening and early morning.

La Trobe University is named after a former Lieutenant-Governor of
Victoria, Charles Joseph La Trobe (1801-1875), who administered
the colony of Victoria from 1839-1854. However there are 2 sides
to this man that reflect a continuing dichotomy of good and evil in
Australia as a whole. Thus Charles La Trobe was a gentle, cultured
man and a mountaineer, adventurer and writer. However he was a poor
administrator and his rule over the British colony of Victoria was
associated with 2 major failures: (1) the Eureka Stockade rebellion
of gold miners that was brutally put down by British soldiers and
(2) the expansion of the Aboriginal Genocide with ethnic cleansing of
Indigenous (Aboriginal) people involving the notorious Native Police
set up under La Trobe. This paradoxical good/evil duality is perhaps
behind the statue of Charles La Trobe at La Trobe University that is
exhibited standing on its head!

The beautiful La Trobe Bundoora landscape with its wonderful gum trees
(Eucalyptus species), birds and kangaroos is the inspiration for my
huge (1.3 metres x 2.9 metres) "Bundoora Eucalyptus" painting which
also illustrates the dark/light, good/evil dichotomy of Charles La
Trobe and of Australia as a whole. On the one hand Australia is a
prosperous, educated, democratic society that was one of the first
countries to have women's suffrage, trade unions, and compulsory
State-provided education. On the other hand, Australia has a shocking
secret history of involvement in appalling genocides that continues to
this day. Thus in 2008 Australia is involved in Palestinian Genocide,
Iraqi Genocide, Afghan Genocide, Biofuel Genocide and Climate Genocide.

Before going further it must be clearly stated that the term "Genocide"
used here is "Genocide" as precisely defined by Article 2 of the UN
Genocide Convention:

"In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts
committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national,
ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: a) Killing members of
the group; b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of
the group; c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life
calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; e)
Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."

Further, in assessing deaths from particular policies of invasion,
occupation and dispossession one notes that deaths can be violent
(from bombs and bullets) or non-violent (from deprivation and
deprivation-exacerbated disease). Both kinds of avoidable death (death
that should not have happened) are included within the term "excess
death" used below (see "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since
1950" (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007: ).

The following catalogue of Australian involvement in Genocide as
defined by the UN Genocide Convention - and notably in British- and
American-imposed genocides - is given below in roughly chronological
order from 1788 (the year of European Invasion and First Settlement)
to 2008. A key reference is my book "Body Count. Global avoidable
mortality since 1950"; other relevant books are Chalk, F. and
Jonassohn, K. (1990), The History and Sociology of Genocide. Analyses
and Case Studies (Yale University Press, New Haven & London); Tatz,
C. (2003), With Intent to Destroy. Reflecting on Genocide (Verso,
London); and Blum, W. (2006), Rogue State, A guide to the world's
only superpower (Zed Books, London).

1. 18th-19th century Aboriginal Genocide (the Indigenous Aboriginal
population dropped from about 1 million to 0.1 million in the first
century after invasion in 1788).

2. Tasmanian Aboriginal Genocide (the "full-blood" Indigenous
population dropped from 6,000 to zero in 1803-1776; however there are
several thousand "mixed race" decendants of Tasmanian and Mainland
Aborigines still living in Tasmania today).

3. British Indian Genocide (post-invasion excess deaths 0.6 billion,
1757-1837; 0.5 billion, 1837-1901 under Queen Victoria; 0.4 BILLION,
1901-1947: see MWC News).

4. European Chinese Genocide (10-100 million deaths in the European
imperialism-driven Tai Ping rebellion period; Australia was involved
in suppressing the Boxer rebellion).

5. Maori Genocide (Maori population dropped from 0.1-0.2 million in
1800 to 42,000 in 1893; Australia was involved in the 19th century
Maori wars).

6. African Genocide (scores of million perished over 5 centuries of
European slavery and colonialism; Australians participated in the
Sudan War, 1881-1898).

7. Pacific Genocide (there was a catastrophic population decline
due to introduced disease and slavery; thus 40,000 Fijians died
from measles out of a population of 150,000 in 1876; "blackbirding"
slavery was conducted by Australians in the late 19th century).

8. Boer (Afrikaaner) Genocide (1899-1902; 28,000 Afrikaaner women and
children died in British concentration camps; Australians participated
in the Boer War as immortalized in the movie "Breaker Morant").

9. Armenian Genocide (1.5 million killed; the Australian invasion
of Gallipoli as part of an Anglo-French force in 1915 helped to
precipitate this atrocity; indeed April 24 is Armenian Genocide Day
and April 25 is the day of the Australia invasion in 1915 and also a
sacred war dead remembrance day for Australians and New Zealanders -
it is called Anzac Day after the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
(ANZAC) which stormed ashore on that first Anzac Day at Gallipoli
in 1915).

10. Bengali Genocide (6-7 million perished in the "forgotten" man-made
Bengal Famine atrocity in Bengal and adjoining provinces in British
India, 1943-1945; Australians were there and indeed the Governor of
Bengal in 1944 was an Australian, R.G. Casey).

11. British post-1950 Third World Genocide (1950-2005 excess deaths
in countries subject to British occupation as a major occupier in
the post-war era totalled 727 million; Australia has the same Head
of State as the UK and continues to be a loyal military ally of the
UK in Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan).

12. US post-1950 Third World Genocide (1950-2005 excess deaths in
countries subject to US occupation as a major occupier in the post-war
era totalled 82 million; Australia participated in all post-1950 US
Asian Wars in Korea, Indo-China, Iraq and Afghanistan with Indigenous
Asian excess deaths now totalling 25 million).

13. Australian Colonial Genocide (1950-2005 excess deaths in countries
subject to Australian occupation as a major occupier in the post-war
era, namely Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands totalled 2.1

14. 20th century Aboriginal Genocide (total excess deaths clearly
of the order of 1million; 0.1 million Stolen Generations Aboriginal
children forcibly removed from their Mothers in the 19th and 20th
centuries; excess deaths in the 11 years of the Bush-ite Coalition
Government totalled 90,000 for 1996-2007).

The following Australian genocide involvements in this catalogue of
horrors areongoing.

15. Palestinian Genocide (post-1967 excess deaths 0.3 million,
post-1967 under-5 infant deaths 0.2 million and 7 million refugees;
with bi-partisan agreement Australia provides diplomatic, financial and
haven support for Israeli state terrorism - even when directed against
tens of thousands of Australian citizens as in Lebanon in mid-2006 -
and up to life imprisonment for anyone giving support to the Hamas
Party that overwhelmingly won the 2006 Occupied Palestinian elections).

16. Iraqi Genocide (4 million excess deaths 1990-2008; 2 million
post-invasion excess deaths, 0.6 million post-invasion under-5 infant
deaths and 4.5 million refugees; Australia militarily involved since
1990 ).

17. Afghan Genocide (3-7 million post-invasion excess deaths,
2.3 million post-invasion under-5 infant and 4 million refugees;
Australia involved militarily since 2001).

18. Ongoing Aboriginal Genocide (9,000 excess deaths annually; 90,000
excess deaths in the last 11 years of Bush-ite Coalition rule; see
MWC News).

19. Biofuel Genocide (16 million die avoidably each year but this is
increasingly biofuel-impacted as the legislatively-mandated US, UK
and EU biofuel perversion forces up global food prices; Australia is
a major sugar cane grower and sugar exporter with 60% of sugar going
to bioethanol production worldwide; Australia has biofuel-promoting
legislation and is a major canola grower, this being a major source
for biodiesel; see MWC News).

20. Climate Genocide (16 million die avoidably each year already from
deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease; Professor James
Lovelock FRS says that over 6 billion will perish this century die
to unaddressed climate change; on a per capita basis Australia is
among the very worst greenhouse gas (GHG) polluters - in terms of
2004 figures for "fossil fuel-derived annual per capita CO2 pollution"
Australia is about 40 times worse than India and 160 times worse than
Bangladesh if you include Australia's world number 1 coal exports;
see MWC News).

Yet politically correct racist Australia steadfastly "looks the other
way" and its past and present involvements in the above atrocities
are overwhelmingly not reported by racist, lying, holocaust-ignoring
Mainstream media NOR taught in Australia's schools and universities. PC
racist White Australia just cannot see the "Elephant in the room" -
its continuing involvement in over 2 centuries of horrendous genocide.

Australians are trapped in an Orwellian dream - Australia will only
stop doing it when it is informed that it is doing it. Please inform
everyone you can.

Dr Gideon Polya, MWC News Chief political editor, published some
130 works in a 4 decade scientific career, most recently a huge
pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive
Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London, 2003),
and is currently writing a book on global mortality ---