The Historical Roots of the Australian Constitution

In 1993, Scott Plowman in the Sydney Morning Herald cited the Australian ethnologists N.B. Tindale and H.A. Lindsay — whom Prof. Manning Clark himself had formerly referred to with approval9 — as regards the ancestors of Australia's Black Mainlanders encountered by Captain Cook in 1770. Of those Black Mainlanders, Plowman then wrote:10

"These intruders migrated from Asia and Indonesia…hopping from island to island…. They became the current Australian Aborigines. The little people, who were here first, were harassed and killed and continually driven south…. The tall men…left the [Negrito] pygmies isolated…in Tasmania…. It is not sustainable that our current Aborigines can claim first-use land rights…. Did the current original [viz. Mainland Black] Australians pay as much respect and compassion to the pygmies’ sacred sites, as they [today’s Black Mainlanders] demand from the rest of us?" No way!