30 March, 2016. 15:10
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Radio Shock-jocks Alan Jones and Kyle Sandilands have verbalised their disgust at the new guidelines in place at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) around Indigenous terminology when describing Australia’s bloody, genocidal history.
The Diversity Toolkit, introduced in 2012, defines what is an appropriate language to use around Australian Indigenous history, and which terms are offensive to indigenous Australian people.
Conservative commentators around the country have stated that this kind of terminology is steering away from the acceptable, revisionist, recount of Australian history.
“I think this is just PC gone mad. What’s next? They want us to capitalise the word indigenous?” says 2GB listener, Sophie Keane-White (54) – who shares the same sentiment as the white males on our airwaves.
“It’s not very healthy for us to change our entire understanding of Australian history purely just to include an Aboriginal perspective,”
The guidelines say it is “offensive” to suggest Captain Cook “discovered” Australia, and that period of Australian history should be broken into four periods: indigenous, pre-invasion, invasion and post-invasion history.
UNSW believe this change in terminology is a more appropriate way of describing a chapter in colonial history that featured several nationwide attempts of genocide and child kidnap.
However, historians from the National Museum believe the Diversity Toolkit is divisive in its attempt to present settlement as an invasion, rather than a giant beach party that everyone was cool with.
Government researcher, Truman Arkest says what a lot of people are forgetting is that Captain Cook actually arrived with a carton of piss and was keen for a big hit out with the natives.
“What we have found is that Captain Cook actually rocked in with plans to make friends with everyone,”
“The only reason he planted that huge British flag in the soil was because he wanted some shade while he crushed a couple cans with the boys in Botany Bay,”
While Indigenous historians tend to disagree with the National Museum’s recount, Mr Arkest says it’s common knowledge in Commonwealth circles that Captain Cook was a grouse bloke.
“He really was a good guy. Sure, he might’ve been a gatecrasher but he certainly wasn’t an invader,”
“He was the same on every ancient tribal nation he arrived at,”
“The only reason those Hawaiins put a spear through his head is because he rocked up with a box of midstrength,”