About five years ago, one Sunday evening around midnight, I accepted a radio job in Balmain. On arrival I was greeted by a woman waiting at the front gate. She opened my door and politely requested I wait for the passengers.
The fare was an aboriginal mother and her three young kids. They had been guests at the home of two middle-aged white women who presented as typical inner-city ‘progressives’ - compassionate, educated and middle-class. The aboriginal mother was really drunk and her kids had been asleep. Under much protestation from the mother it took ages for them to board the cab.
The house owner thrust a twenty dollar note through my window, apologized for keeping me waiting and requested I take the family to...Annandale, from memory. It seemed she was glad to finally get rid of them as the family had obviously worn out their welcome.
The kids were crying from being woken and taken out into the evening, whilst their mother started swearing heavily. After telling the kids they had been chucked out into the cold with nowhere to stay, she insisted I drop them at a local park. I point-blank refused and after much confusion she directed me to an inner-west women’s shelter.
Anyway, whilst cruising around Balmain last Sunday night I recalled this incident and got to thinking. In light of recent revelations concerning systemic domestic violence against indigenous women, have white Australian feminists ever been proactive in championing the plight of their abused sisters ? Indigenous domestic violence is so endemic I would have thought it warranted a selective campaign by powerful white feminists.