Aborigines and evolution
“‘Social Darwinism’ was the buzz phrase that influenced thought on the Aboriginal race late last century and well into this one. It meant that Aborigines were the least evolved people in the world and were therefore destined to disappear. … It was an attitude that justified long-lasting cruelty and pitted one race against another in one-sided and bloody encounters. … ‘Social Darwinism’ has provided the panacea for any consciences that were troubled by unfolding events.”
Cyril Ayris, White Lies, The West Australian Big Weekend, 10 June 1989, p. 1.