Opal myths

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

There are myths and then there are politically correct myths. [Fog of Chaos – Aboriginal myths] One of the latter is that do-gooders, social workers, aboriginal rights lawyers and other assorted parasites do wish to help aborigines. Perhaps to help aborigines to an early grave, but not that early that they would run out of them. After all, bien pensant class has to have some aborigines to protect against racists, ie everybody else.

Our aboriginal welfare industry is nothing but a gravy train for the most dishonest sections of our society. There is no need to go back further then New Testament – by their deeds you will know them. And the deeds of those do-gooders are despicable indeed and, in my humble opinion, criminal. One day their deeds will be recognised and branded as genocidal – one day, when PC weasel words will be forgotten and the cruel consequences of actions or non-actions are weighted.

One good example amongst too many is the problem of petrol sniffing by young aboriginals which apparently caused over 100 deaths in the last quarter of century. A governmental web site claims that „The practice was first observed in 1951, and is believed to have been introduced by US servicemen stationed in the nation’s Top End during World War II.” I doubt that it is so. A long time ago I read one of the early books by Arthur Upfield about part-aboriginal detective Napoleon Bonaparte, who during his murder investigation somewhere in the outback comes, in passing, upon a case of petrol sniffing by an aboriginal youth. The petrol abuse in the story, set shortly after the WWI, is not in any way surprising or apparently uncommon. I recall that at the time I had to ask my friend what it is all about – in Europe I heard nothing of this and I was even wondering how many motor vehicles there were in the bush that time. I was assured Upfield did not make it up. Perhaps the de riguer, politically correct blaming of United States for all the evils, colours the history even of this problem.

And the problem it undoubtedly is, though the extent thereof is dubious. “The general age range of users is from 10-19 years with a mean of 12-15 years, but use by children younger than 10 is not uncommon.” Statistics, as could be expected in politically correct Australia, are somehow confusing. Apparently, in 1994, 4% of the Indigenous population had tried petrol-sniffing but only 0.3% practised it at that time. In 2005 there were some 700 petrol sniffers across central Australia, with the addiction linked to as many as 60 Aboriginal deaths in the Northern Territory between 2000 and 2006, and 121 deaths between 1980 and 1987. After the legislation was introduced in 2005 which gave police powers to confiscate petrol and take sniffers to a place of safety the number of petrol sniffers in the Central Desert region dropped from 500 to fewer than 20.

But the solution, if it could be called that, that is the practically compulsory introduction of OPAL petrol in Northern Territory, is idiotic. Opal is supposedly “un-sniffable” because it contains less aromatic hydrocarbons (toluene, xylene etc.). Only 5% as opposed to 25% in a typical unleaded petrol.

So we introduced a petrol, a litre of which is subsidised by the taxpayer by nearly a dollar, just for twenty (20!) addicts? If you can make a sense of that, please let me know. All this so that do-gooders can feel better, and even more so because they had managed to ‘manage’ other people’s lives for no benefit to aborigines whatsoever. And, after all, they do not live in Northern Territory. Oh, what a feeling!

Firstly the number of addicts. Twenty, two hundred, twenty thousand, nobody knows and the figures are simply a figment of febrile imagination of some bureaucrat, depending on the purpose. We need more money? Number is high and getting worse. Are we succeeding? Number is getting lower, pats on the backs all around. Government website boasts, “With petrol sniffing down, communities could also reduce money spent on policing and health initiatives which amounts to more than AUD 100 million”. Presumably per annum, not per week. 100 million to be returned to the taxpayers? You must be dreaming.

The typical way the problem is being handled can be seen here: „The South Australian government has undertaken the following initiatives to reduce petrol sniffing:

  • harsher penalties for trafficking in petrol,

  • a mobile outreach service which offers assessment, counselling and education,

  • extra police,

  • new swimming pools at two communities.“

Mind boggles. I understand that it might be difficult to sniffle petrol under water, but on the other hand one should not underestimate the ingenuity of the descendants of the earlier inhabitants of the continent. For example, they very quickly found out that putting styrofoam into any fuel, including Opal or even diesel (even bio! diesel), provides fumes leading to the desired oblivion and perhaps less desired but inevitable brain and liver damage.

Not everybody is fooled:

Police reported that sniffable petrol is smuggled into communities where it sells for up to $100 a litre. In April 2007 a boy died after sniffing a bottle of Opal fuel , the first known casualty from sniffing Opal fuel. A coronial investigation into the death found that Opal fuel “should not be marketed as a harmless substance”. The description as “unsniffable” was “clearly wrong”. Like any volatile substance Opal fuel can be sniffed, and can be fatal when sniffed.

Young Aboriginal people who cannot sniff petrol anymore have been known to switch to other drugs like cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamines. But there’s another replacement for sniffable petrol, readily available in every supermarket: glue.

Very much like petrol, glue gives a feeling of euphoria and exhilaration when inhaled. It leads to dizziness, loss of co-ordination, slurred speech and mental deterioration. It is considered, in some ways, more dangerous than petrol. Concern was growing in 2008 in Alice Springs where children were increasingly starting to sniff glue. On a practical level, regular petrol is still required because motorbikes and lawn mowers cannot be run on Opal.

In Arnhem Land, people leave bowls of petrol on car bonnets, in the hope that sniffers will accept the gifts instead of ripping apart fuel lines.” —Andrew Stojanovski, The Sydney Morning Herald

I do not have a solution. A start would be to get rid of all those public service and QUANGO parasites, who harm aborigines, benefit from their plight and accuse anybody questioning them of racism. But for that we would have to have an United Nations supervised elections in aboriginal communities, to see whether Aborigines really vote for the Labor apparatchiks en block.

 Then, of course – perhaps the daily Styrofoam cup of eco/bio diesel makes a voter the Australian Labor Party hopes for.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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20 Responses to Opal myths

  1. Promoter X says:

    Very interesting information!

  2. Ceres Vitali says:

    Yellow petrol, green petrol, blue petrol … anything to squeeze $ from NT people and transfer it down south, to Sydney and Melbourne, where the string pullers live.

  3. Mordechai says:

    The purpose of OPAL farce is to fleece the taxpayer (BP supposedly ‘developed’ the petrol), pretend that something is being done, give medals and rewards to aboriginal welfare mafiossos and kill the remaining Aborigines even faster.

  4. midnight rambler says:

    There is more to the story – more corruption. You missed it. Scared?

  5. Alvanese says:

    Do-gooders should be banned from Northern Territory, they should stick to Canberra or Baghdad.

  6. game says:

    This is funnily enough just the thing I’ve been hunting for! Excellent and thanks!

  7. dada says:


  8. Davina says:

    Really informative blog thanks for sharing and keep posting.

  9. Marcelo says:

    One has to feel sorry for your Aborigines. This is what misguided progressives do all over the world. Cheers!

  10. Garwin says:

    Super, Opal or diesel, it seems that Aborigines got their act together and voted ALP out.

  11. Dyane says:

    Poor people! Can’t someone do something?

  12. ldemail says:

    These kind of post are sometimes inspiring and sometimes depressing, but there is nothing whatsoever inspiring in the way pseudo-aborigines are stealing the taxpayers money.

  13. Glimut says:

    It is all about power and money, not Aborigines.

  14. Moifam says:

    That lying scum!

  15. Raveman says:

    They must be laughing at us.

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  17. Risy Briete says:

    Many problems for Aborigines, but their “friends” are the greatest one. No hope, no solution

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  20. Elizangela says:

    Actually, Taiwanese had expected KMT’s vitorcy on Japanese, and had welcomed KMT’s army, calling Mainland China their home country even after 50 years of ruling under Japanese Empire. But KMT make Taiwanese disappointed in both Economy and politics, having destroyed Taiwanese economy basis and killed many Taiwanese local elites (in many areas of subjects) In 228 Incident, calling all these a rebellion but not just a protest.It is not “Never”, but “Since then” that we Taiwanese have never appreciated KMT, even till now. But KMT has indeed contributed to nowaday Taiwan economical development, that is also undeniable, though they have destroyed it once in 228, too.And, most now so-called Taiwanese are actually Chinese come from southeastern part of Mainland China in past 400 years. Ironically, those who are truly Aborigines of Taiwan before these are now being the lowest of our society, or just blend in with those “Taiwan Chinese”. Most of now so-called Taiwanese have more or less some Taiwanese Aboriginal kindred, since when Taiwan still belonged to Qing dynasty, the Qing government had only allowed men to cross the Taiwan Strait, and banned women from crossing the Strait, thus those taiwan Chinese had to look for Taiwan Aboriginal women as wives.

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