Barns is a writer and a weekly columnist with the Hobart Mercury in Tasmania.
Aborigines, who are less healthy and worse educated than Australia's white population, can now watch their health, education and welfare programmes being destroyed.
With Australia's recent record, why does Howard's government think they are suitable to chair the UN Human Rights Committee?
[ politics - august 03 ]
To Tasmania's indigenous people, celebrating the island's bicentennary is akin to cheering the holocaust.