Bob, Janet is talking straight ‘Assimilation’ policy. As you know, …

Comment on Funding announcements flow for ‘Stronger Futures’ in Aboriginal communities by Russell Guy.

Bob, Janet is talking straight ‘Assimilation’ policy. As you know, it was introduced by the young Paul Hasluck back in the late 1940s, and ended in Self-determination from which Reconciliation has sprung. The first two failed for obvious reasons and the jury’s still out on the latter.
I would, however, be interested in the source of Janet’s claim that “in excess of 1500 people from communities” are currently causing the crisis in housing. It’s the first time I’ve seen this figure and if a reference exists, let’s have it so that we can all be better informed.
Janet wants “housing and other support” for urban drifters from communities who may be either part-time or desirous of full-time residency. Maybe she could get a breakdown on this and by researching the matter further, continue to present statistics, which she once condemned. It’s encouraging to see her coming to grips with evidenced-based policy making.
However, her statement that she wants to see an end to Town Camps is made without any qualitative data from these residents. Do they want to necessarily forgo the more eco-friendly ambience than that of suburbia? I doubt it’s that simple. Overcrowding has long been recognised as a problem and in my experience, it follows into suburbia, often for cultural reasons, and of course, made worse by seven day access to alcohol.
Janet may wish an end to what she calls “race,” but there are cultural differences which do not want and can not be assimilated as if it’s a one way street – from black to white. I wouldn’t blame them for not wanting to get too cozy with some of the dominant social settings in white Australia.
Asking the Commonwealth to re-gazette Crown Land for more Town Camp style housing seems a better idea, but Janet screams (in caps) that this is “segregation”. It would however, possibly, alleviate overcrowding, although it may also encourage the drift to town. No value judgement being made here, Janet. Simply, throwing up ideas for solutions to problems.
The most distressing part of Janet’s argument is that she can’t agree to solve the screaming statistics on excessive alcohol consumption, exacerbated by those good citizens who ply their take-away trade seven days a week in “our” town, “burning taxpayer money” in non-recoverable health, policing, welfare, child services, etc, etc. costs.
Despite, the screaming evidence from around the world, Janet’s team continue on the law and order approach while holding out their hand for more government contracts to feed the addiction to alcohol. And I’m not being racist.

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Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
@ Gavin Carpenter. Posted 21st August, 2018. 12:58PM: Yes, Tennant Creek is not Alice Springs and Nyinkka Nyunyu had staffing problems, but despite that cultural chestnut, it was case specific for the town, whereas I don’t think the current art gallery project proposed for Alice is.
Perhaps, because of its cultural and geographical uniqueness, Alice Springs is ungovernable except by a big stick and the Gunner Government feels (as did the Feds in denying them the right to legislate euthanasia) that they are on the right track with their approach.
Perhaps, they’re right.
It’s kind of weird that Nigel Scullion as Minister of Indigenous Affairs supported euthanasia, but getting back to economics, who funded Nyinkka Nyunyu and what do you mean by humungous?


Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
I remember when Nyinkka Nyunyu, the Warrumungu-owned art gallery / cafe / dancing space opened in Tennant Creek some years ago, just after I’d been living there, on and off, from the mid-80s to the mid-90s.
It was a cool place to hang out and buy art / artifacts / coffee / lunch, etc, but the non-rhetorical question I have is, how come Alice Springs doesn’t have its equivalent?
“Eugene’s Mate”, here’s an invitation to beguile us again.
And another thing, if the Gunner Government wants economic modelling, why can’t it commission figures from Nyinkka Nyunyu?
The TC building and space are adequate for the town and climate and it attracts tourist blog compliments.
There are a number of integrated community, climate-sensitive buildings in Outback small towns and centres, e.g. Muttaburra, without having an “iconic, once-in-a-lifetime” art mausoleum erected in Alice.
My third question is, how is it that Aboriginal organisations in Alice invest in supermarkets and car dealerships, yet they, to the best of my limited knowledge, haven’t said more than where they want the proposed art gallery / culture centre project(s)?
For some time, Territorians up and down the track have considered Alice to be a dysfunctional basket-case of a town.
“Once-in-a-lifetime” has just about passed its use-by-date.
Where is the vision?


Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
@ Hal Duell. Posted 20th August. 2:51am
If politics really is the art of the compromise, then you might expect some attention be paid to my post of August 17, below.
Not just because it’s mine – others have said much the same – but because it suggests that the government has the economy in mind by investing in Alice Springs’ commercial heart.
Such a Keynesian gesture must ultimately survive on market forces and this is not the Museum of Modern Art.
A compromise such as I have alluded to aims to limit considerable taxpayer exposure while creating employment opportunity. Add in Trevor Shiell’s Yirara-style hospitality / cafe arm and it’s cooking.
However, as you comment, there’s more at stake than the economy.
All I can see is another court house on Anzac Oval and not from the government that gave us the first one.
All hail confusion!


Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
The government assessed the original proposal, but didn’t act on its recommendations, so now we have another in the making.
Long-term viability, based on artworks is a risky business. Art cannot be made to serve a purpose, especially one designed by a government committee.
A compromise by blending art with a culture centre at the old Melanka site would give an architect and curatorial staff a brief that just might result in something out of the box – interesting, informative, entertaining and meeting the economic criteria.
It could involve music and theatrical performance in a multi-level, living space.
The way this predictable project is going, it will end in expensive tears.


Lambley gets hype not dollars on gallery
The Gunner Government recently stumped up for a full-page advertisement (with the ACT) demanding “rights” to legislate euthanasia, but that Bill was defeated yesterday by Senators changing their minds after consultation with the medical profession.
One wonders if the Gunner Government consulted similarly, before spending the dollars.
Maybe, like the Greens who also supported the Bill, they expected doctors to fall in line or be outed according to conscience.
Meanwhile, we read the same political pork-barrelling dished out in accusations to Jacinta Price.
At least, we have equality.


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