Amnesty ignores Apartheid. Certainly many complain the Northern Territory Government and …

Comment on Amnesty’s Utopia report full of omissions and misrepresentations by Paul Parker.

Amnesty ignores Apartheid.
Certainly many complain the Northern Territory Government and Commonwealth may NOT provide public funds to build more houses for these Land Trust corporate landlords.
But why are public money grants required by these Land Trust corporate landlords?
Same Land Trust corporate landlords have reasonable incomes, royalties, and rents, why not use their own funds?
Why does the Commonwealth continue to exempt these wealthy Land Trust corporate landlords from our usual tenancy requirements like issuing tenants valid leases and maintaining tenants houses?
Such does not help their tenants.
The Central Land Council acting for these Land Trust corporate landlords claims “Traditional Owners” possess no right to leases for their homes, no right for their family to live with them, no right for friends or tradespersons to visit them in their homes, no right to run a business, and reminds us that any “Traditional Owner” can terminate any permissions granted immediately whenever such whims are felt.
The Central Land Council claims “Traditional Owners” seeking these otherwise basic human rights must obtain leases from the Land Trust corporate landlords.
In practice the Central Land Council and the Land Trust corporate landlords refuse to issue leases.
For over 20 years our segregated family – several belatedly acknowledged as “Traditional Owners” – has been required to seek, so sought and been denied leases.
Still not seen one in draft form.
The Commonwealth granted temporary leases to itself – as they were essential – yet refuses to issue the tenants with sub-leases.
Commonwealth now wants Northern Territory Government to manage them, perhaps pay for them.
Where are the draft leases for these houses on communities ?
Northern Territory Government needs to publish these draft leases, make them available, easy to find, so as to promote public discussion.
It is clear the Central Land Council and these Land Trust corporate landlords dislike leases.
Leases provide all parties with enforceable rights and responsibilities.
Seems the Land Trust corporate landowners prefer to be exempted from having to care for their tenants houses – and be accountable in court!
The Commonwealth should give everyone who wants one, a block of land in Alice Springs, with an equivalent generous grant to build their own homes, now that will solve the housing problem for a few years. 🙂

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What REALLY goes on in our streets: Youth worker
Evelyne Roullet Re: Posted January 18, 2018 at 4:49 pm
“Apartheid refers to a political system where people are clearly divided based on race, gender, class or other such factors.” Evelyne Roullet
By this the NT has always been, and remains, an apartheid state.
To resolve this we need to recognise the clear blame is resting with the Commonwealth.
The majority of Australians who created our Commonwealth sought NO “racial discrimination” between Australians.
Australians particularly were concerned about legislation imposing such upon Australians.
“Aboriginal” appeared in our Constitution to resolve then unknown numbers of potential voters “traditionally” roaming away from, outside, the wider Australian community.
The Commonwealth’s ongoing maintenance, and promotion, of racism upon Australians creates or maintains the problems.
Only elimination of racism in legislation will resolve the problems, removing opportunities to practice racism.

Gunner re-opens the Rivers of Grog floodgates
It remains the responsibility of licensees what happens within their premises, to ensure compliance with requirements set out in the legislation.
If Licensees find to difficult to check proper ID to avoid serving those on the BDR, they need provide better staff training.
If their own staff experience difficulty with unlawful purchase events they need then call police for assistance.
If licensees are not able to avoid serving banned persons alcohol, they need be temporarily closed until they can.

What will our cultural celebrations look like in a generation?
It is disappointing Professor Rolf Gerritsen neglects to mention when those colonial self-governing states all joined together to become the self-governing, independent nation of Australia.
Our Commonwealth of Australia commenced on January 1st, 1901.
The historical events of 26 January shall remain important historical events, however we each care remember.
Australians decided their own important January 1st independent nation events were NOT to start before noon (Sydney time) to ensure everyone “recovered” from celebration of New Years Eve, so all are well enough to attend our nationally important noon event of swearing in Ministers for our first Commonwealth government.
Such timing suits our national reputation on priorities:
1 January, Commonwealth Federation Day.
So move 26 January holiday to 2nd January and call it Australia Recovery Day.

What REALLY goes on in our streets: Youth worker
There is little need to change the criminal code.
There already exists a process used to determine whether parental responsibility is failing or working, and what needs to be done.
Even the best of parents may find themselves in court with their children following a single act of youthful irresponsibility.
Any parent can find themselves with youths no longer prepared to follow their reasonable instructions.
The need is for clearer policy dealing with parents who are irresponsible, and more assistance for responsible parents before they become a minority.
The need is for the responsible “Docs” department aka “Territory Families” with Minister Dale Wakefield and CEO Ken Davies to start attending public meetings with media present in Alice Springs to answer questions then respond to address raised issues, on how these problems are being addressed.
Clearly the NT has become an apartheid state, where the rights, responsibility and accountability of residents appears first determined by racial tags.
Racial tags are the responsibility problem, so not part of the solution.

NT road sealing costs threat to Outback Way?
Perhaps a major contributing cost to the deplorable condition of the existing road between Yulara and the border is that it is NOT part of the public highway.
The Commonwealth’s land rights act needs be amended to enable the NT Government reclaim land required for public roads, the same as other states, with just compensation determined and paid.
It is financial and political irresponsibility for NTG to pay for construction of privately owned roads and housing.
The failure of the Commonwealth to enable such resumptions contributes significantly to deplorable conditions.
These wealthy private corporate landlords need spend their own money, not milk public funds.
The failure to eliminate such a rort contributes to the Commonwealth’s reputation as a government committed to promoting racism and inequality.

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