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

NT-SA agreement hardly historic
Paul Keating, in his 1992 Redfern Speech, framed by speechwriter Don Watson, author of the somewhat dryly punitive opus, The Bush, also claimed a historic mandate, announcing success for Reconciliation “within the next decade.”
It’s in the nature of politics to claim credit for doing something, mostly spending tax revenue and living in hope that it won’t run out.
In my opinion, the “historic” issue is just a beat up or a sop.
Pass me another piece of Bicenttennial birthday cake, please.


Greens on Pine Gap: Move towards non-aligned foreign policy
The Greens, once declared an “alternative” political party, inherited the structural social and cultural goalposts, but they keep trying to kick goals through them.
Kinselas’s, one of Sydney’s long established pubs, was recently sold through the Sunsuper-backed Australian Pub Fund for $22m.
It was purchased in 2010 for $10m, but it’s been said that it would have gone for $40m had the NSW government’s lock-out laws not been enacted.
Senator Di Natale obviously supports other supply-reduction measures, but dealing with the structural wealth of Super funds and their investment in the alcohol industry is a bit more difficult than continuing to bang the party political donation route to government corruption.
It would be nice if politicians who eschew liberal social policy when it suits them, could tackle financial regulation through institutionalised investment in the alcohol industry.


They must be joking!
@ Charlie Carter. Sense is subjective. Some people laugh when others don’t and vice versa. Cheers.


They must be joking!
From reading these comments over a number of years, there are a lot of disgruntled people who have moved to Alice Springs in recent times, who appear to want the place to conform to their aspirations.
They talk about “remote” and “communities” in the abstract.
They have no idea of Mbantua.
They want what they think life should offer, according to what they read in the glossy inserts or la dolce vita on television.
When the lights go out and it’s time to cook dinner on an open fire, what then, ye dreaming?


What the open letter didn’t say
End-of-day performances by the many local musicians, occurring in the Mall is a great idea for so many obvious reasons.
I did this numerous times in the 1980s with musos and it’s not that difficult with a small PA system.
It creates paid work and gives a sense of cultural belonging that cannot really be created by other art forms.
Music speaks all languages. We had occasional problems with intoxicated persons, but violence was extremely rare.
I urge the council to look at this again, especially where inner-city gentrification is forcing musicians out and replacing “live” entertainment with grog shanties. Goodness, people might start dancing again.


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