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.”

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Hazardous waste facility near Alice recommended
“It’s not me! I didn’t do it!” And yet I doubt if there is a household in Alice that doesn’t have at least one product the manufacture of which has contributed to the waste slated for storage.
It’s called denial. If only we did waste as well as we do denial.

Gallery: Friday is the day
Now that would have been an interesting question. Do the residents of Alice really want another art gallery? Or are we being sold a pup?

Bush community learning centre to close
“Batchelor Institute say that increased funding would be needed to run the Centre in 2018, they run similar programs in three Warlpiri communities where they are funded through royalties money.”
Sounds like a plan.

Cops with assault rifles footage six years old
I would like to thank CM Gunner for clarifying the issue of armed and masked TRG police being deployed on the streets of Alice over the coming summer. There won’t be any. Good!
The use of specialised equipment to assist operational officers is a good idea. The perpetrators of youth crime need to be identified.
But this begs the question of what will be done with these young criminals once identified? We can’t hold them in detention, we can’t hold the parents accountable, it seems we can’t do much of anything, really.
These plans are not very encouraging. I suppose they will keep the vigilantes off the streets, but will they keep the kids off them as well?
Perhaps these running-amok kids can be identified as coming from a specific community, and then the royalty payments going to their community can be sequestered until the damages done by them to the residents of Alice have been fully paid for?

Masked cops with assault rifles, but where are the parents?
So it’s come to this. A Tactical Response Group may be deployed to Alice to deal with youth crime. And we have no one but ourselves to blame.
Consider the alternatives.
The NT Police dare not intervene in youth crime for the simple reason that to so much as look sideways at a juvenile delinquent in action is accompanied with reams of paperwork and the high likelihood of a departmental inquiry and possible legal action.
The Town Council is not constituted to deal with policing matters. They can and do host meetings to try to reach a community consensus on what to do about children “getting ready for the summer crime spree,” but internal divisions and differing agendas make theirs a fractured voice.
And while the larger Indigenous organisations often voice their concerns, whatever they may be doing has clearly not worked in past years, and there is little to suggest that this summer will be any different.
And so now we may be seeing armed and (I assume) masked men (and women?) patrolling our streets, not to deal with organised criminals or national or international terrorists, but to deal with children. How inept are we?

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