Aunty Pauline, national leader of Australia’s white indigenous peoples, is recovering in hospital from severe shock after seeing things in Brisbane yesterday afternoon that rocked her to her proud indigenous core.
“There’s not a single racist bone in my body but I had no idea such things were happening in plain view in the capital city of my beloved Queensland,” Aunty Pauline told The Bug in an exclusive interview at the bedside of her inner-city private hospital suite.
Aunty Pauline was referring to her sighting around 4.10pm of not one, but two City Rail passenger trains passing each other near Nudgee on the Shorncliffe line, with both adorned in the livery of traditional black indigenous artwork.
“Don’t get me wrong,” Aunty Pauline said. “There’s not a single racist bone in my body and I love those traditional black indigenous patterns. Black indigenous paintings are at least one thing those people got right.
“That artwork is a pleasant and timely reminder of times past when our black aboriginal people lived rent free for many, many decades in the Brisbane region before colonisation by white people who eventually became the white indigenous people I now proudly lead.
“All I’ve asked the Queensland Government and City Rail bosses to consider is that the number of trains on the city network with the black indigenous artwork be limited to around 1.5 per cent of the entire fleet, which I believe is consistent with the percentage of black indigenous people still tolerated in our general community in south-east Queensland.
“And it might be best if they’re only used on nighttime services.”
Aunty Pauline said it was not unreasonable as someone who does not have a racist bone in her entire body to suggest that a number of these passenger trains should proudly be adorned in the livery of her own One Nations people, especially those who settled a long, long, time ago in the Ipswich region that City Rail also serves.
“The traditional artwork of my ancestors, the Fishandchippery people of Ipswich, is really quite beautiful.
“And it doesn’t rely on those silly dot patterns that the dar… that Australia’s black indigenous people use all the bloody time.”