Problem is less Centrelink’s processes – though even a reasonable …

Comment on Thanks for more ‘us and them’, Ms Macklin and Mr Snowdon by Paul Parker.

Problem is less Centrelink’s processes – though even a reasonable English ability can find them difficult to follow. It is the ongoing failure of government to ensure these individuals obtained basic education and understanding of their programs, procedures and requirements. Like pointing to one of several signs then asking blind person to read it.
Many of older generation were pushed to learn and did, with schooling compulsory. Activists then persuaded Government to drop this basic education requirement, to not enforce compulsory attendance at school, and not to concentrate on ensuring all learned basic English. Our result is lost generations.
Some room for teaching “Traditional” culture and history, as long as we retain the primary task for primary and secondary educators to ensure all achieve literacy, numeracy and oral English, so all have wider choices for their own futures.
Read: A remote community where all adults work and kids go to school. By KIERAN FINNANE.

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Thanks for more ‘us and them’, Ms Macklin and Mr Snowdon
Similar poor health statistics found around the world, almost everywhere “hunter-gatherer” cultures are adapting to cope with “post-cultivator” and “post-industrialized” modern suburban cultures.
Welfare / Centrelink / Rights:
Receipt of welfare / Centrelink required the providers agreement signed by recipients, not that recipients understood fully the agreement.
The Equal Rights campaign did NOT force people onto welfare. The ongoing Equality of Opportunity campaign forced Commonwealth stop excluding applicants with racial tests, forced Commonwealth cease their racist disqualification of home locations.
Recipients frequently still fail to understand agreements they sign.
Around world is recognition that alcohol supply laws relate to over-consumption, that over-consumption statistically relates with injuries to people’s health and welfare.
Particularly so within poorer or lower educational standard communities.
Raising education standards, and employment opportunities, reduces alcohol related problems.
Availability of alcohol created problems in the NT, with decades of consumption away from legal and social behavior controls.
There are no quick fixes, and prohibition failed. Reducing problem drinker culture needs established social lounges where both consumption and behavior are controlled to reduce intoxication. Social desire to join others and consume in such places changes drinker culture slowly.
Over-consumption remains a problem as youths approach drinking age, without a clear social message that an alcoholic drink is not the problem, becoming intoxicated is the problem.
This being addressed, certainly with improvements required.
Few valid “conventional leases” exist for housing within Central Australian Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) communities.
Soon to expire leases arranged by the Commonwealth (Mal Brough), managed by Territory Housing, only allowing refurbishments: These leases are deemed not sufficient to provide tenants a sub-lease.
Still “being negotiated” are “valid leases” for tenants of the various ALR(NT) Land Trust with their Commonwealth appointed agent, the Central Land Council.
Decades on we are yet to see leases, even in draft form.
Will these leases comply with NT standards for leases and registration of leases, or other?
Until leases resolved and issued for the communities, land ownership, dwelling ownership, and access, remains firmly controlled by the relevant ALR(NT) Land Trust and their agents the Central Land Council.

Thanks for more ‘us and them’, Ms Macklin and Mr Snowdon
Our corporate land owners – the Land Trusts, with their agents the Central Land Council, do NOT require exemptions from being held accountable as landowners, landlords, and agents for the shoddy housing.
They need be held accountable.
All landowners and landlords need be accountable to protect their tenants, even shareholder tenants.
Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) tenants, including “Traditional Owners” need recover their basic human rights as Australians, currently denied them through Commonwealth support for abuse of these exemptions.
Failure to provide equality of rights, responsibility and opportunity, condemns our communities be labeled “Fail To Thrive”.

Thanks for more ‘us and them’, Ms Macklin and Mr Snowdon
The Central Land Council was appointed by the Commonwealth to act as agent for various Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Land Trusts.
The Central Land Council and the Haasts Bluff Land Trust claim “Traditional Owners” have no right to live in a house.
The Central Land Council and the Haasts Bluff Land Trust claim “Traditional Owners” have no right to receive visitors in their homes.
The Central Land Council and the Haasts Bluff Land Trust claim “Traditional Owners” must obtain a lease granting these rights IF they seek right to have family or friends visit them in houses on Land Trust property.
Amendments to ALR(NT) apparently allow visitors on roads to drive to front of most houses, however to enter visitors must obtain permits through the Central Land Council, or the tenant must have this right in their lease.
Racism with apartheid attitudes from Commonwealth and others the only explanation for why our corporate landowners created under Commonwealth ALR(NT) are exempted – so NOT held accountable.
Consistent refusal by Land Trusts and their agents the Central Land Council to issue standard leases to their tenants in their houses on their land is because providing tenants leases gives them rights.
These same rights elsewhere regarded as basic human rights requiring judicial approval to qualify.
The Commonwealth restricts legal challenges through restrictions upon legal assistance, to maintain their racist apartheid and segregation policies upon Australians.

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Racists seek to distract, to divert, to avoid addressing various real issues, they concentrate attention on their racist goals, abusing terms “Aboriginal”, “Indigenous”, “Traditional” and others.
The substantive issues are basic human rights issues and education, issues not particular to any racial group.
Ongoing mismanagement, failure to achieve, of Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Lands Trusts is primarily due to ongoing racist Commonwealth “without recourse” funding.
Commonwealth allows the trusts as land owners to disclaim otherwise common responsibilities of land owners.
We needs to stop providing, whether it is $1.10 or $1.1bn, from public funds into ALR(NT) remote housing.
Funding should resume when reasonable, conventional requirements for securities are provided to offset risks, like loss of assets, loss of lease, even loss of ownership-title to land.
Other Australians are required to provide such securities to satisfy financial conditions for conventional housing and other loans.
Only when reasonable, secure, conventional leases in the ALR(NT) are available should public funds for housing and other activities within ALR(NT) lands become available.

Government alcohol policies a giant hangover
Re: Surprised! Posted March 15, 2018 at 8:36am: I admit am cynical about political meetings, so much spoken is rhetorical, open to various interpretations.
IF the Big Five (Town Council, Chamber of Commerce, Congress, Tourism Central Australia, Arid Lands Environment Centre) do agree on specific changes, they should publish clearly what they expect, with specific call to Chief Minister and other politicians to issue publicly and clearly their responses.
The real benefit of written words is meaning of the words do not change so quickly.
Related to politics is reading (and thinking) being replaced by listening?

Government alcohol policies a giant hangover
The Banned Drinker Register prohibits a person from the purchase, possession or consumption of alcohol.
It is an offence to supply persons on the Banned Drinker Register with alcohol.
It is an offence for a person to supply a person on the Banned Drinker Register with alcohol.
It is the responsibility of Licensees to ensure no person on the Banned Drinker Register obtain alcohols at their premises.
If police have evidence alcohol was supplied to banned persons at licensed premises, their superior should order the licensed premises immediately closed for remainder of the day.
When premises closed this way, everyone will be aware it may well happen again.
Behavior of most persons reflects perceived risk.
Being aware police likely to close premises shall encourage licensees, their staff, even customers, to ensure persons on the Banned Drinker Register avoid seeking alcohol there.

Man in a hurry, surrounded by people who were not
The Commonwealth needs amend the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) act to require “Traditional Owners” to issue conventional, rational, and affordable leases for all their existing and proposed buildings or projects.
Until this happens their extortionate behavior shall continue to block improvements upon their land.
They control the land, they are responsible for failure to achieve upon their own land.
These wealthy corporate groups need be accountable same as other land-owners, or expect their obstruction to continue.
Absence of reasonable leases discourages banks and others from investing.
Why do public moneys fund these corporate land-owners holding wealth enough to improve things with their own money?
Why do Commonwealth Ministers give such large amounts of public moneys for these large areas of privately owned land ?
While Commonwealth racism props them up they ensure little will change.

Government lied on liquor, says Lambley, demands poll
When polled on proposals to vary time between election(s) be sure to complain IF yearly is not an option.

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