Nova Peris (Senator for the Northern Territory who is the first Indigenous woman in parliament) when asked for comment on Tony Abbott’s statement on Australia being “unsettled” prior to British invasion. (via black-australia)
Abbott’s comment reflects a very colonialist mentality that created strict notions of what is civilisation (i.e. white civilisation), and by extension, human. In doing so it allows them to discount the value of Indigenous civilisation, and allowed them to view Indigenous people as sub-human. It is an attitude that justified cruel policies of exploitation and extermination of Indigenous people across the globe.