Somehow over the past forty years a sense of exceptional …

Comment on Public meeting delivers report card on the Intervention and suggestions on where to go from here by Hal Duell.

Somehow over the past forty years a sense of exceptional entitlement has taken root in both the providers and the recipients of the Aboriginal support industry.
And as a result, haven’t we managed to cook ourselves a fine kettle of fish!
Now it seems that before an unemployed person takes a job he/she will want a mentor for company. I guess that means two jobs, or one to rake up the leaves and another one to hold the hand of the one doing the raking.
This sounds like good work if you can get it.
It also sounds deeply offensive and fundamentally racist.
Another way of getting employment accepted as a part of life would be to refuse the dole to anyone who refuses the work.
Any claim that coercion of that nature is not part of Aboriginal culture is nonsense. In the old days, anyone not hunting or gathering didn’t eat. Then along came rations followed by sit-down money. Add a lazy distain for education, top it off with grog, and welcome to the desperate car parks and lanes of today’s urban centres.
We have done this, all of us, to ourselves, to all of us.
“And it aint real pretty at all.”

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One reason, perhaps the biggest reason, why government authorities are scared shitless to do anything about the kids running wild in Alice is they fear being tarred with the “stolen generations” brush.
Why the Indigenous authorities do nothing is anyone’s guess. Mine is that they are scared of them, or scared of the payback that any action on their part would generate.


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Multiple devices? Multiple addresses? Sounds like Putin did it.


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The way to reinvigorate the CBD is not through investing in an art gallery or a cultural centre, but by investing in people.
Build attractive modern flats and populate the area. I understand there are no zoning impediments to doing that.
A skate park at the river end of Parson’s Street would breathe life into many who just hang around, and they hang around because it still is our CBD. We’ve just made a mess of it is all.


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@ Maya: Posted August 31, 2018 at 11:41 am.
With a nod to Russell Guy, and now the Melanka site comes into play. That is, if we’re talking about an art gallery, and not a Cultural Centre.
This could be what we’ve been looking for.


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It is a very good thing Cr Banks has done. Good for her own image as a Councillor of transpanency, and good for ASTC.
I’m thinking of those councils in trouble over in Queensland, and I wonder how much of that trouble might have been avoided if every council employee, whether elected or hired, had known from their first day that there were NO free lunches.
I think, and I like to think, that our Council is without reproach. Let’s keep it that way.


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