Wednesday, November 12, 2003


I have debated about making public a private email but I believe this piece of dogma should be made public. Lia Pootah are struggling to survive the cultural genocide by the Palawa/TAC/Office of Aboriginal Affairs call them what you will, they are all Bass Strait Islanders and have no blood links to us. Lia Pootah has only ever been a collective group of survivors from G A Robinsons Round-up and the myth of the Tasmanian Aboriginal extinction. The Teen Toomele Menennye (Big River) people have successfully completed a Bicentenary Program for the 200th Anniversary of the invasion of their homeland. This was done as a dual cultural activity as 200 years ago there was a friendly interaction between John Bowen’s party and Teen Toomele Menennye people. That 2004 is the anniversary of the massacre of our people is an event we face next year.

Lia Pootah recognise and acknowledge that death and tragedy occurred to our people by the invaders. The Teen Toomele Menennye are very proud of their warriors who fought to protect their homeland, just as they take pride in the ancestors who worked with the invaders. Anger and hatred carried on for two hundred years is a pointless exercise. We can not turn the clock back, we cannot change what has happened all we can do is make a path we are proud to follow into the future. That we have to fight to have our history recognised because of the appalling racist attitude of the Palawa who hold all the administrative and bureaucratic policy making positions is our on going struggle.
It is people like Glen Shaw who should never be allowed in any area where decisions concerning the welfare of a community are to be made. How can any member of the Lia Pootah receive a fair deal when this is what we constantly have to fight against.

To the email. On a personal level I consider this a racist attack. I do not know this person. I have never met this person. How could the Lia Pootah expect a fair deal when employees of ATSIC/ATSIS send such inflammatory rubbish during working hours through their work computer. I am led to believe that this is against the law to do this.

What I do know is that it is disgusting for someone, who I am told by community members is in a high position. I am told that Glen Shaw is the Tasmanian ATSIC Commissioner Rodney Dillon’s Policy Maker and research person.
This is the email

X-From_: Glenn.SHAW@atsis.gov.au Thu Sep 25 13:19:35 2003
From: SHAW Glenn
To: "'info@tasmanianaboriginal.com.au'"
Subject: Re: Articles published on the Internet
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 13:16:02 +1000
X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.5.2653.19)
X-Spam-Status: No, hits=-0.4 required=50.0 tests=SUPERLONG_LINE version=2.20

I have read many of your articles published on the Internet, and I find it
abhorant that you as a collective attempt to justify your so-called
Aboriginal heritage through courts, when in fact if you had any clear
understanding of Aboriginal Cultural Protocols, you would know all too well
that this is done by the community as a collective.

Don't fall into the common trap of "communities" as opposed to "community",
because by doing so, you are abandoning the notion of Nation and Sovereignty
or collective rights. I am an Aborigine from the Pyemmairrener people,
and I am proud of my Heritage and Culture and none is more important to me
as a human being than that of my Mother who was born on Cape Barren Island,
yet you see fit to deny the Aboriginality of my mother and attempt to
replace it with your own.

It is the diatribe of people like you who claim to be Aborigines with little
or no respect or perhaps even understanding of the Aborigines who came
before you that infuriates me to the degree that I must write to you.

I personally believe you have a heart felt (although misguided) belief that
you are an Aborigine, but I must make myself clear in that I cannot and most
probably will never accept you as being one, and I do not mean this with
malice, because of your genuine belief, but unfortunately rhetoric without
descendancy,passion and a true sense of being does you little justice.

I was born an Aborigine and I will die an Aborigine, because I have never
had to become one.

Glenn Shaw

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His ignorance on my history and knowledge about Lia Pootah is glaringly obvious. I was a recognised Aboriginal, as were the members of our community when Glen and all his community were still claiming their Islander Heritage not Aboriginality. If you are going to make broad statements then you must be sure that the debate on ancestry is not recorded in the media as this debate by the Palawa was.

The old adage “People in glass houses should not throw stones” definitely applies to Glen Shaw. Secondary sources defining Aboriginal heritage is not proof. Glen’s claim “I am an Aborigine from the Pyemmairrener people” is a theory put forward by Brian Plomley in the 1960s and theoretically validated by Lyndal Ryan in the 1970’s. Outside of secondary sources there is no historical evidence of their existence, the Pyemmairrener people I am assuming belong to Manalaganna who all, with the exception of Fanny Cochran Smith, Palawa claim descent.

In the 2002 Appeals Tribunal case we proved that Lyndal Ryan’s version of the Tasmanian Aboriginal history is not based in historical fact. Secondary sources are not fact they are only perceptions of other views to history.

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