Disasters within disasters: it’s time to address entrenched Aboriginal inequality | Bhiamie Williamson
From bushfires to coronavirus, with Aboriginal people left out of crisis planning, communities have been unprepared for emergencies and are suffering as a result
The 2019-20 bushfires and Covid-19 are very different disasters. While bushfires are a somewhat familiar threat with roaring flames and hot, dry winds, a virus is an invisible threat, striking in our homes and everyday interactions with friends and family.
Yet despite their difference, the experiences of Aboriginal people in both the 2019-20 bushfires and Covid-19 outbreak reveals striking commonalities. Marginalisation and entrenched inequality produce vulnerabilities that make worse and deepen Aboriginal people’s experiences and create disasters within disasters.