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.

Recent Comments by Russell Guy

New abattoir for Alice? Some cattle men pushing for it.
@ Trevor Shiell: I’ve been following your posts for some time and they are so on the money that I almost feel depressed after reading your sustained critique of government apathy when it comes to your table of viable industry and opportunities missed.
What is it?
Are you so far ahead of your time that you are dismissed for being a prophet (we don’t do prophets much anymore) or is it that nobody, including MLAs can be bothered to debate you?
The almost total silence that greets your researched posts is a wonder in itself.
I wonder how you can keep posting in the face of such indifference, but, as has been noted in the Broken Window of Tolerance story on these pages, hope springs eternal.
It’s another wonder than nobody has bottled it and sold it in the Mall.


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This is a clear distillation of much of what has been said in these pages for a number of years by many people trying to rationalise the progressive liberalism which has left a legacy of seven days per week takeaway alcohol.
Social engineering is a term used to describe social movements and their effect, but present alcohol reform is deconstructing modern social policy by trying to rationalise liberal supply and its pathology.
The Cultural Revolution that brought sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll to the post-war generation, many of whom became politicians, is as much implicated as anything else when it comes to determining the kind of values societies need to follow in a postmodern world.


Collective memoir of Tracker wins top prize
Great to see that memoir, too long stuck in a rut of selected facts, is forging ahead as a genre that can be worked into a prize-winning consideration and that Australian literature is recognised as being capable of speaking to a present-day cultural reality. Congratulations to the author.


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I think your idea has merit, Alex and I hope it gets up. I made a similar point a month ago concerning other strategic vantage points for the Aboriginal flag, posted 20th February, 2018 at 2:03pm: http://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/2018/02/13/aboriginal-flag-on-anzac-hill-the-nays-have-it/


Feel free to try this at home
The last Sunday in March is apparently ‘Neighbourhood Day’ around Australia. This morning, I was given a free cup of tea at a market stall, announcing the event.
A gent next to me said, “G’day, neighbour.”
I was momentarily affronted that he would break into my morning to tell me this after having had my home broken into during the weak.
I told him so and said that I would get over it, but it’s not the first time I’ve been robbed and I’m bruised.
The flyer that came with the free cuppa said: “The principal aim of Neighbour Day is to build better relationships with the people who live around us. Neighbours are important because good relationships with others can and do change communities, connections help prevent loneliness, isolation and depression. Reach out to families with children and teenagers in your community to help them connect and belong.”
I haven’t exactly been shy about doing this for most of my adult life, but I’m tired, burnt-out, lonely and depressed enough to be affronted by a simple act of goodwill from an anonymous man, posing as a neighbour at a market stall on Saturday morning.
Does anyone else feel like this?


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