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‘White trash mixed with black blood’: Toomelah bureaucrat sacked


The entrance to the northern NSW community of Toomelah.

By Chris Graham

NATIONAL: A NSW bureaucrat who allegedly told Toomelah residents their community faced a government intervention or a bulldozer has been sacked after posting what she believed was an anonymous online rant on Tracker’s website advocating the genocide of Aboriginal people and describing locals as “black blood mixed with white trash”.

The woman logged onto Tracker online in May and tried to post the comment on an unrelated story, under a fake name.

The comment was withheld from publication because of its offensive content, and Tracker was subsequently able to trace the woman’s identity.

She is Amy Makim, a public servant with Aboriginal Affairs NSW (AANSW) and a resident of the NSW-Queensland border town of Goondiwindi.

Ms Makim is the bureaucrat who allegedly threatened the community of Toomelah with closure earlier this year, a story broken by the Sydney Morning Herald in May.

Ms Makim lives just 24 kilometres from Toomelah, and has delivered services to the impoverished community on behalf of both the Commonwealth and NSW Governments for the past two years.

In late May, Ms Makim logged onto the Tracker website looking for details of reporting of the Toomelah threat.

At the bottom of an unrelated story about whether Australia was peacefully settled or invaded, Ms Makim created a fake identity – ‘SICK OF THE WHINGERS’ – then railed against welfare, praised the policy of the forced removal of children and suggested Aboriginal people could not be successful without a “heavy dose of white influence”.

“I have worked in an Aboriginal former-mission for more than 2 years….

“This victimised mentality, co-dependency on government and laziness is so revolting.

“Well done to all the aboriginal people who have worked hard, studied hard and created a life for themselves and their families without the “pity funds” from centrelink… I’m guessing you either had someone with “white work ethics” in your midst… stolen generation or mixed race??

“I don’t know any Murri who is an advocate, scholar, professional or person of admiration that doesn’t have a heavy dose of ‘white influence.’”

Ms Makim then describes Aboriginal people as being of “black blood mixed with white trash” and laments that the English didn’t eliminate the entire Aboriginal race.

“Face the facts! You have been conquered! Get over it! Get a job, look after your bloody children and stop putting your hand out!

“You should have put up a better fight to keep your land or more frankly the English should have wiped you all out because the 2.6% of you are costing our country a fortune and making our country a place of ghetto violence!

“I used to be a person of compassion, empathy and looked forward to learning of the culture and empowering the community to be strong, Aboriginal and proud… and I can now honestly say where I have been there is no hope.

“You now have black blood mixed with white trash creating one of the worse kind of human societies. Harsh, shocking? and true!”

She finishes her posting by railing against the National Apology, and describing Aboriginal people as “settlers”.

“Australia cannot say sorry any longer, they cannot keep hanging their heads in shame… we didn’t do this, our ancestors did, it is done, we cannot go back only forward. So stop bloody whinging and have a go! And P.S Aboriginal came from Africa so you are settlers too!”

Head of AANSW, Jason Ardler, himself an Aboriginal man, told Tracker: “When Aboriginal Affairs was informed that Ms Makim was alleged to have made inappropriate remarks about Toomelah (at the community meeting), the agency questioned Ms Makim and she denied the allegation. Further investigation of this matter was overtaken by Aboriginal Affair’s response to Ms Makim’s comments on the Tracker website.

“When it was confirmed that Ms Makim was responsible for the comments on the Tracker website, the agency acted immediately, contacted Ms Makim, stood her down and subsequently accepted her resignation, effective on that day.
“These kinds of statement are repugnant, completely at odds with the values of Aboriginal Affairs and will not be tolerated. These comments have affected Aboriginal Affairs’ reputation and the offense caused is deeply regretted. Aboriginal Affairs apologises to the people of Toomelah for the hurt caused and reaffirms its commitment to working with the community to create real opportunities and positive change.”

Ms Makim declined to comment to Tracker.

• For the full story on Toomelah, click here

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24 Comments

  1. shameAMYshame
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Permalink
  2. Tracy
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if my tax dollars are paying for this woman’s new Centrelink claim for unemployment benefits? I suggest she be subjected to the use of a Basics Card.

    • Fiamma K
      Posted July 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

      Absolutely, this woman needs to beg forgiveness and make a public apology. She has absolutely no idea but what would you expect from someone with no cultural sensitivity. Wrong fit, wrong job thank heavens she’s out with just her employment history in tatters. (I clicked comment but it made a report comment apologies)

  3. Posted July 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Is it me but this has been happening far to much lately, Beauricrats, villifying the communities and peoples that they are employed to help and advance our people . Another thing that i noticed is that these same people alway’s say I, i have done this, i worked to empower them etc., never once do they say that they are emplyed to work FOR the communities/people… I beleive that beauricrats like these should lose thier holiday pay, any and all possible additional benefits such as annual leave, any time accrued should not be paid out and if long service is due then this shouldn’t be paid either. These people break the racial discrimination Act which is a criminal offence, then take into the fact that they are using a public carrier to perform this disgusting deed on top, within thier employment and then get a payout for resigning. Her resignation should not have been accepted and she should have then been sacked. Thier employment records should be blemished the same as the communities and peoples that were blemished due to thier racism.

    • Girrali
      Posted July 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

      I agree with Sidney – she should have been sacked, that’s the least she deserved.

    • Kate Hosking
      Posted July 10, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink

      “employed to work FOR the communities/people…”
      Sidney Chatfield, thank you. This is the important point for me. I am a middle aged white Australian training to be a secondary teacher. If I can always keep this point in the front of mind, then I will always be checking in on my prejudices and assumptions about culture and the people in my community. Good intentions are dangerous things. I intend to seek to understand the students I teach and to learn about them from them and their families, to never assume that my culture is the right culture or the only way to live and to learn.
      Just wanted to share that. Cheers Kate

  4. Monica
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    What saddens and surprises me is that someone who ‘chose’ to work with communities had such racist views…maybe I’m more ignorant than I thought. The general thinking reflects what I grew up with in working class suburb. Many of my family, people I’m connected to and love, think like this…not so explicitly but essentially the same. I never understood it, I never will…but their way of thinking was the norm – by far.

    How do you change this? Their ignorant fears and prejudices are being passed onto their childre and generations of discrimination are perpetuated. It makes me sad for all of our children.

  5. Posted July 6, 2012 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    makes me wonder alright, I mean, could she have actually believed she had any way of imposing the shut down she threatened, and was the attack via tracker what she expected she’d fuel a debacle via, . . . whole story reeks of pig shit if you ask me

  6. Torrez
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    This is not bout the person in my view it’s bout the culture and society.
    This is the way the Australian community (inclusive) really really view the issue!
    It is pyscological warfare against people of original color enmasse to confuse and destroy the will of the oppressed and underprivileged!
    T6

    • Jessica McKenzie
      Posted July 6, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

      Don’t let the many rotten eggs out their affect your view of the Australian community as a whole. There are so many of us that don’t feel this way, and feel the complete opposite actually.

      • Torrez
        Posted July 9, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

        I wonder “how many” are???
        Bcos they are silent atm and we have an elections every 3 or 4(fed.state); if we had an alternate system(a treaty) that gave us the rights & will to address ALL the issues right way. But we don’t so these “many” are consigned to response-abled scrutiny!! Thus we will voice ALL our collective dissatisfaction that targets the broader community. I hope this help

  7. Lee
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    This is happening far to often; what makes me sick, when there are actually our own mob who agree and work with these types of people. So happy we are rid of one rotten egg. We do all know however that Govt actually head hunt these types of people?

  8. Tom McLoughlin
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Significant story here. Was she drinking when she wrote that hurtful and inaccurate stuff?

    If the picture on the web page in the link at comment #1 is accurate, your readers may want to consider the photo at link following, for what seems to me to be very similar facial structure (is it the same? I had to enlarge two web pages side by side). If so, it is pretty far out stuff (or maybe cynical click bait?): dated to 2008. http://weekendworkshops.com.au/profile/AmyMakim

    Each to their own in privacy, lawful, that doesn’t hurt anyone else I mean. But if the same, might not be quite the kind of community building work experience expected of a public servant in such a sensitive role? Again if the same, she may just be nutty?

    Seems Ms Makim also worked for DEEWR (federal govt) in 2011 in a community development role if google is correct.

  9. Tashie
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    There is plenty more like this woman out there and yes they are working in Aboriginal affairs too no matter what the agency is or what it does for out people, she’s just one of the worms that got out of the can.

  10. Tanya Quakawoot
    Posted July 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    We should all make a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission. Disguisting comments like these only continously disempowers A&TSI people.

  11. Katie
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Although what she has said is just so so hidious, I cant help but wonder if publishing her name and face is going to help her family. I hope she has not got any children, as these small comunities can be cruel places for children. Are her sins to be her childrens?

    • Tarns
      Posted July 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

      What a country! firstly Australia is inhabited by the AB ORIGINALS (The Originals) whom then shared their lovely nation with the European settlers that arrived via The Fleets as either Convicts, Orphans or Free Dwellers (the non crims) in which invited those from neighboring Polynesian countries to send their Chiefly children over to learn the ways of the christian world that was brought with them on their voyage.
      I feel for the Native Inhabitants, where were there rights when the crown of England placed her orders on this land we call Australia? I am not a native of this country myself, however, can relate to how the people are treated for I have seen it first hand in my own country & we have a Treaty between our native inhabitants and the English crown, and even with this Treaty we today as a people fight for our rights to hold and maintain our lands, cultures, beliefs & even the simplest of things such as being able to cultivate and produce food resources!
      We all have migrated here one way or the other, whether it be by way of ancestors from fleet ships to flying via plane, & in doing so, we have invited ourselves to live on these lands, and we should consider ourselves very fortunate to be lent a country to call home, and we ALL should have the up most respect of its Original Inhabitants, it don’t matter what the century is either! they are the people of this land and were introduced to the ways of a European life as they know it! The booze, drugs, crime! who gave it to the people? without these being placed in the lives of the people, life would possibly be different for the people as they know it today!
      As for the senseless and ugly racial remarks of this woman, shame on you for a person whom has been fortunate to have connections to this land! How disrespectful of you!
      It only goes to show what low scum you are, and I hope you haven’t got kids, for I can only imagine what trash you possibly feed them in regards to their placing and rights here in Australia as a citizen.

  12. Bernadette Riley
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    I think this is the tip of the ice berg, these types of people need to be exposed. I for one am glad she was named and shamed, her comments are nothing short of racial vilification and DAA should have submitted a formal complaint against her. She is offensive as those other people who pretend to be Aboriginal and work in identified positions, its all fraudulent and criminal activity – She should be made to repay her salary back too!

  13. Posted July 10, 2012 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Violent words invoking more violent words. These actions keep us in the loop of victim and perpetrator and most of us unconsciously play out either one depending on what is before us. People have to heal before thy can progress and the healing that has to take place is immense. This unfortunate woman and her choice of words is an indication of some deep emotional and unhealed wounds. She does not understand that you can’t help others to heal and progress by inflicting more wounds.
    Look beneath her words and behaviours and ask the question “I wonder why…? What was she reacting to that she would say such things? What hurt did she sustain to say such hurtful things? There is a whole story here and we just have one small part of it.

  14. Colleen Sariago
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Well if is saying it who else is thinking it and what about the Referendum with this sort of attitude of one can really hurt the changes. If this was said by a Aboriginal person about White people all hell would break loose, what is the differences? Majority of Australians are ingorant to the Black History of Australia, and they all get on the band wagon of the media and societies sterotypes of us. I for one is sick of this sort of behaviour from supposely supportive people, well when they are under pressure true colours show. Sack she should be, named and shamed like the thievies at shops, she should also be charged under the Public Service Act for misconduct of her duty of care and code of ethics. Again if it was one of us we would be prosecuted without question.

  15. Wes Fernando
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    The sad thing is she wouldn’t be the only one working in our communities with those outdated attitudes, I’m glad she was sacked. Stay Strong Toomelah [ O ]

  16. Andrew Toomey
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    Bit rich for a public servant to rant about people having their hand out – when their government pay comes from the same source. And that comment about “Aboriginal came from Africa” is just crazy – everyone knows it was Gondwanaland, before Africa even existed. :-) Thankfully there are at least a few genuine community workers within the system. From little things big things grow.

  17. Posted February 10, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    I would like to add as previously stated that these people always have the attitude of I,I,I have done this and that for these people. They don’t know us and don’t want to know us. Their mentality is the same old mission mentality of “we know what is wrong with you and this how we will ring soon fix it”
    The need for better consultation is paramount, community have the solutions and are not the problem

  18. Greg Charet
    Posted April 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    I remember in the early 1970′s when Toomelah was featured story on the ABC .Not much has changed from then until now, still our people living in terrible conditions. ABC four corners should go and do an updated story on Toomelah for comparison.
    Yes I am probably the kind of white trash she spoke about because I was born with white skin in Sydney and am a proud Kimilaroi man I was lucky to be able to have a fair life much more than my mates when we were growing up in Redfern with dark skin,They could not get jobs but because I was white I could.
    So it proves the colour of you skin or where you live determine your future or lack of opportunity if you come from Toomelah or other places in the bush .Give a far go to all Aboriginal people not just the white ones they don’t know about.
    I WAS LUCKY TO BE BORN WHITE ,BUT HAPPY IF I WAS BLACK SKIN BE PROUD AND STRONG AND STUFF THE RASIST KNOCKERS .MY Aboriginal mates stuck by me more that the with ones did ?

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