Well this is pretty shithouse.
It's a bit of a running gag on this board to call Western Australia racist, but when the relevant WA ******* cabinet minister declines to condemn a mayor over this...Kalgoorlie Mayor defends lack of drop-in centre, blames Aboriginal parents for social problems
By Sarah Dingle for Background Briefing
Kalgoorlie's Mayor has defended the town's lack of a drop-in centre for young Aboriginal people, while claiming that each generation of Aboriginal people is "worse than the one before".
In an interview with Background Briefing, Mayor John Bowler also defended millions of dollars in funding for the WA Goldfields town's golf club, where he is a member.
Calls for the drop-in centre from community leaders have grown louder since August, when Elijah Doughty, a 14-year-old Aboriginal boy, was found dead with a stolen motorbike after allegedly being hit by a ute.
Mr Bowler said the cash-strapped Kalgoorlie Boulder Council did not have the "spare hundreds of thousands of dollars" a drop-in centre would cost.
However, he said the council was "working towards that", and that social problems in Kalgoorlie began with older Aboriginal people living in the area.
"Everything comes, in a way, down to the parents," he said.
"What I'm saying is, it seems that each generation gets a little worse than the one before.
"I worry ... what's the next generation going to be like in 20 years' time?"
No conflict of interest: Mayor
While it has not been able to fund a drop-in centre, the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Council has subsidised the town's golf club by more than $25 million since November 2010.
The course is not expected to turn a profit for another six years.
Asked whether his membership of the golf club could be seen as a conflict of interest, Mr Bowler said the question was "stupid", and the club was a fantastic facility built by a previous mayor.
WA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Peter Collier refused to condemn the Mayor's remarks about Aboriginal people, saying Mr Bowler was free to say what he liked.
"John's a friend of mine, but there's some few things I disagree with him on," Mr Collier said.
"I disagree with him on that one. Aboriginal people are beautiful people."
Mayor blames 'native title'
Mr Bowler said he thinks increasing Aboriginal social dysfunction is explained by a reliance on social handouts and the granting of native title rights.
"I think native title has been a big disruptor," he said.
"People in capital cities just don't get what you're talking about. Native titles, wonderful. Well, it's just destroyed them.
"Native title means a handful of the claim leaders get a lot of money, a lot of money. A few of the close relatives get a bit, and the bulk get nothing.
"Sadly, a lot of the native title money ends up in the hotel bottle shop or the TAB."
Kalgoorlie's main Aboriginal community, the Wongatha people, have no recognised native title claim.