Bolt -- and camels -- are indigenous
Alan Bartlett writes: Re. "Bolt's an indigenous Australian." (Thursday). Andrew Bolt is campaigning (some might say hysterically) against the proposal to recognise of aborigines in the constitution. He and many of his disciples claim to be indigenous to Australia because they were born here. Following that logic therefore we should consider species such as cane toads, rabbits, starlings, Indian mynas, lantana and camels as indigenous. It is not difficult to trace Bolt's origins to Europe -- there is plenty of documentary evidence. By contrast, Aboriginal Australians trace their origins to … Australia. Of course anthropologists may be able to identify their origins to Asia, but anthropologists are scientists, and we know Bolt’s disdain for science and scientists, so that doesn’t really count. Bolt’s claim to being indigenous is disingenuous.