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A Betoota Grove man that has been white and rich enough to get away with three seperate section 10 conditional discharges, says when it comes to “the issue of” deaths in custody – surely the onus isn’t entirely on the justice system.
Julian Ainswacker-Hopscotch (37, hedge fund manager) has been caught with cocaine on his person three times, and caught drunk behind the wheel twice without any long-term legal ramifications, so he can speak to this issue as someone with some experience in brushing against the warm and pleasant side of the law.
“Look” says the fifth-generation Old Boy of Betoota’s prestigious The Whooton School.
“I understand this is a sensitive issue… and sure, if it was my family members dying at the hands of the correctional system, I too would want someone to blame”
“…and there’s a reason why. Because they aren’t in prison”
Julian is of course referring to the four recorded Aboriginal deaths in custody since March 2 – a direct result of the over-incarceration and systemic dehumanisation of Indigenous men and women in a country that locks up more black people per capita than Apartheid South Africa.
The deaths this week coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, with more than 475 Aboriginal people dying in prisons since the 1991 inquiry.
With these distressing statistics now veering towards blatantly genocidal patterns of prejudice, conservative media and political figures are on the front foot this week to wash their hands of blame.
As a devout supporter of his beloved tax-loophole-buffet of a Federal government, Julian tends to agree with the sentiment that the justice system – one that has served him so well – could possibly be to blame for these numbers.
For the fortunate sons of Australia like Julian, the blatant indifference to the welfare of First Nations prisoners, many whom have been in and out of institutions since the ‘criminally responsible’ age of ten – is no one’s fault except their own.
While Julian claims that he understands the trauma that ripples through Indigenous communities in the wake of these kinds of tragedies, he refuses to believe it’s ‘racist’ – opting to explore his own politely fascist theory that sounds a lot like ‘Aboriginal people are just criminal in their nature’.
“I just think these people need to take a bit of responsibility” he says, in reference to the Australian First Nations people.
“How did they end up in jail in the first place?”
“It’s not like our government has ever been in the business of just sending paddy wagons into these towns to take their kids away for simply being black”
MORE TO COME.