An interesting event in that it was what led Cook …

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An interesting event in that it was what led Cook to Tahiti, for scientific purposes. It was only after this work was done that it became a mission of discovery, with the second part of Cook’s mission to search for the “Great South Land”. A task that saw Cook assisted by a Tahitian native who was able to navigate the reefs and islands using natural seamanship without the aid of modern navigational aids such as (basic) charts and tools.
So in reality, if it were not for this event, there is a possibility that Australia may not have been claimed for the British, and it could have easily ended up a Spanish or Dutch Colony. I think that not a lot of people realise the significance of this event in our pre-history.

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Aboriginal Men’s Shed: ‘We’ll build it ourselves from scratch’
Sounds like what is needed, well done Ken.
It seems when an Aboriginal person stands up and shines a light, they are torn down by another group who are quick to say “you don’t represent me”.
Hopefully this won’t happen here. Many of these concepts are what are needed, provided the target audience want to accept it.
It seems like the normal way to live life for a man who lives in town, has a well paid job and lives in a house. But can this be ingrained in those who live dysfunctional lives, to be encouraged to live as many of them see it as white man ways? Let’s hope so.

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Well done boss. A very determined and capable man at the top of his game.

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Postpone any decision until the next election, where a separate question could be asked of all voters, do you support it.
This could only work if the Act allowed for it, but would be a better indication of the will of the ratepayer/resident.
Like most of these minority groups, they never take no for an answer, they just keep going and going until they get a yes, not because it’s what the people want, but rather they just want the constant debate to be over. Beaten into submission is the expression.

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Mick Gooda “agreeing to disagree” with the former children’s commissioner (?) on the need to remove kids demonstrates he was the wrong choice for this role from the start.
His statements before it even commenced should have been reason enough for his disqualification.
His insistence that kids stay with family no matter what, and his Blind Freddie approach in believing the populist version of the stolen generation myth is an example of why this problem will continue. Justice Martin would have been a far better choice.

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@ Trevor: You have nailed it, absolutely nailed it. Unfortunately is is far more common than people think or could even imagine.

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