POVERTY? In Papua New Guinea 40 per cent of the …

Comment on The facts the Amnesty fact finder didn’t find by Arthur Bell.

POVERTY? In Papua New Guinea 40 per cent of the people live in Poverty, that is, on less than 90 cents a day.
In Australia on the dole, $40 a day, is poverty!
Even with free food everywhere and assistance with most bills. What is the difference?
“Poverty” seems to be an abstract term used mainly by researchers and academics. Many are in the Aboriginal Victim Industry (AVI).
I lived on the dole for a few years.
Paid rent, electricity, phone and gas bills.
Fed myself, bought my own smokes and occasional beer. And while running a referral service (DARS) assisting with accommodation I wrote court reports. I never felt that I was living in “Poverty”. I have known many black-fellas over many years around this country living on the dole or on a Disability Support Pension. Even parents with a pension and endowment in public housing. I can’t recall any of them ever mention “Poverty”. Most quite happy and uncomplaining in their existence. Wherever it was. A lot got pissed off when they blew (misspent) their money. But there was always St Vinnies or the Salvos.
Most knew the Lurks and Perks. Learned from their parents.

Recent Comments by Arthur Bell

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks ‘not welcome’ in her community
Thanks Paul, it looks like I’ll have to go through all that stuff on my site again to see what you are referring to! But that’s alright, as I try to do it whenever my health allows, and as time goes by, anyway.
To re-edit and sometimes to moderate my published or stated view, over a number of years.
“For many to move on means forget what happened, until it happens again … then complain again until decide forget it”.
A couple of things here, as I see it, in the future of multiculturalism governance, the above options will simply, not be available. It will not be a continuing saga a la “days of our lives”.
Like what happened 227 years ago, there will be major disruptions of the way of life in this Country. And the only people that have a historical or any moral obligation to the descendants of the original inhabitants, as has already been pointed out, will no longer dominate or be in charge.


Will the NT also stop funding outstations?
For many years now Aboriginal people living a traditional or semi-traditional lifestyle, have been lulled into a false sense of security. By do-gooders and the misguided. And by the ignorant and the mischievous. (alb. c. 06/2013.)


Rosalie Kunoth-Monks ‘not welcome’ in her community
“Time to move on. What we’re talking about is history. If we don’t start moving on, the foreigners coming into this country, coming here to make their home, will walk all over us.”
This is the what I try to alert my fellow indigenous to.


Self help not part of the welfare mantra
Wasted conversation this bloke, Erwin. Thought you would’ve seen that! Ex Oxfam crusader a la John Pilger. With all the answers. No solutions, but all the answers.


Firebrands United: Block gas, oil production, says Anderson
We have the Sovereignty Mob. Then the Recognise Mob. The Treaty Mob. With the Aboriginal Provisional Government. And the National Congress.
Some very determined, articulate and well paid Blackfellas.
Some very seasoned campaigners. As Stephen Hagan would say, “the usual suspects”. And most ideologically opposed.
With views and agendas incompatible. And some might say, “with heads buried in the sand”.
“They” want to be in charge. “They” want to run the show.
And all the rest of us Blackfellas have to follow “their” solutions and agendas. Apparently. Evidently. Whether we want to or not. Whether we “agree” to or not. Whether we “like” it or not. All on their own trip. Many are a law unto themselves.
Many of these prominent long time long term Aboriginal activists, agitators and media and self-appointed so-called leaders, they have to take a lot of responsibility for where we are today. A lot of what’s happening today developed on their watch.
And it can be argued that they have failed us. With trillions of dollars generated in the name of and in the cause of, the advancement and the betterment of the Aboriginal and Islander People of Australia.
A failed exercise in economic independence and self determination. With many wasted opportunities. Not to forget the money. WASTED. SQUANDERED. Aboriginal Rights?


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