Everybody hates a welfare rorter, especially in Aboriginal affairs.
Australians are sick and tired of seeing people with blonde hair and blue eyes declaring themselves to be Indigenous, when clearly they have no recognisable Aboriginal background and are doing it solely to qualify for extra money.
The system of Indigenous self-identification (declaring Aboriginality without any bloodline or DNA proof) has been open to widespread abuse. It is being used as a fraudulent way of cashing in on welfare benefits, special Aboriginal programs and Land Council largesse.
Any waste of taxpayer funds in this area is highly disrespectful to genuine Indigenous. It weakens the integrity of their racial group and takes money away from people in genuine need.
If elected to NSW Parliament on March 23, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation will introduce a new system of Indigenous identification relying on DNA ancestry testing. These tests have become common and affordable in recent times, making them ideal as reliable proof of Aboriginality.
We will tighten the eligibility rules for Aboriginal identity to require DNA evidence of at least 25 percent Indigenous (the equivalent of one fully Aboriginal grandparent). Self-identification will be abolished.
We believe in an honest and fair welfare system. First Australians deserve the respect of stopping rorters and opportunists from masquerading as Indigenous.
It’s surprising that Labor and The Greens, who pretend to respect Aboriginality, have not introduced this policy already.
The Commonwealth Government and other States and Territories should also introduce this reform.