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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“I have no idea what the Member for Araluen is talking about …”
And that comment is true.


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“Every consultation we have done shows the CBD location is the preferred location, and that’s the only location that offers a sense of place and has the space to be able to do it.”
That comment is simply not true.


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This is beginning to feel like stalking. What part of “no” doesn’t this man understand?


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Once again it seems to be a case of our way or the highway.
When this location debate first came up, I was of the opinion that the Desert Park was the right choice. But then the traditional owners spoke up at the council meeting debating to MOU or not to MOU, and the TOs seemed to be united in wanting any gallery to be south of The Gap.
So what’s the problem?
If revitalising the CBD is truly the aim, build flats there, and build a skate park at the river end of Parsons Street, and make the area vibrant again.


Wakefield insists on Anzac Oval, ignores majority
Any update from Alex Nelson on the heritage application for the Anzac site?


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