Bess is busy talking to her own mob right now …

Comment on Keep your nose out of our business, candidate tells Amnesty International by Dave Price.

Bess is busy talking to her own mob right now about the issues they are actually concerned about in their communities so I am going to respond on her behalf.
Good on you Sharpy, yes there are a lot of old friends who are surprised that we have both joined the Country Liberals. The reason is simple, they listen to what Bess has to say and politely debate with her if they think she is wrong. The other lot yell abuse at her, deny her the right to speak and get their white mates pretending to be blackfellas to vilify her anonymously on the internet. It’s an easy choice actually. And thanks Bob.
To Elizabeth, answering the questions of those whom she is potentially going to represent, the residents of scattered remote Aboriginal communities, cattle stations and small remote towns, is exactly what Bess has been doing for months and will be doing frantically over the next three weeks. She is not a potential representative of the AI clique in town or down south who have tried to give the world the impression that they can represent Bess’ views to her own people better than she can. They represent political opponents who have orchestrated their campaign in Central Australia. They don’t trust Aboriginal people to be able to think for themselves. They know better apparently and Bess will not respond to their patronizing and offensive approach.
Ray, you’ve hit the nail on the head.
Leigh, what Mr Perkins (I remind you that he is deceased) did he did with the support of all of us nearly fifty years ago. Things have changed. His family are now very well educated, earn impressive incomes and speak English. Does this mean that they are assimilated? Old man Lingiari also fought his fight nearly forty years ago and won. Bess’ family have benefited hugely from that fight. His grandson is opposing Bess in the coming election. Let the people decide, that’s called democracy.
Those who now recruit to their cause the ones I called the dreadlocked Red Guards from the southern universities obviously don’t trust Aboriginal people in the bush to work out things for themselves. They use the tactics of intimidation and vilification to drown out the voices from the bush they disagree with. I’ve seen them in action. We trust the people of the bush and the town camps to speak for themselves if the gate keepers and corrupt ones living off their misery get out of the way and give them a decent chance. You probably couldn’t see the disrespect in the way AI questioned Bess because I gather you are not a Warlpiri grandmother who has lived a life of hardship, stress and pain and who loses, on average, 30 relatives a year, many of them children to totally avoidable causes, including homicide (perpetrators also Aboriginal and usually related to her) and suicide and whose grandkids don’t speak English let alone read and write it.
She gets what she regards as a grossly impolite demand for answers to questions by a couple of young whitefellas who think they can communicate her own views to her own people better than she can and who work for an organisation that has systematically ignored her views, deliberately excluded her from dialogue and who allow themselves to be manipulated by a clique of political opponents who do not represent the views of the majority of her people and ignore their continuing misery and cries for help.
And last, but not least, the pompous, patronizing and racist Glen. Where do I start? I will say that you epitomize all that is most despicable about your kind. I don’t get the dumb remark about the CV. It’s not asking the questions that’s the problem, it’s the patronizing and offensive way it was done and the assumption that they, like you, think they know the problems and needs of Bess’ people better than she does, a fifty one year old grandmother. If a bit of assimilation keeps our kids alive and healthy, giving then a decent education so that they can tell the world what they want and need, participate in the political process and have some hope of benefiting from our economy then bring it on.
If a bit of assimilation means that the women of the NPY lands are not 60 times more likely than the average to be murdered by their spouses, partners and boyfriends then bring it on. If assimilation means that Aboriginal women nationally are no longer 80 times more likely than the average to be hospitalised for assault then bring it on. We are rather bemused when white faced, English speaking Australians who think, behave and act like whitefellas tell us that they know they are Aboriginal in their hearts and that the worst that can happen to our kids is that they become assimilated makes us want to puke.
They don’t live by Aboriginal law like Bess’ people still try to. You see we trust the Aboriginal people of the NT to come up with their own unique way of solving their problems, like many, many families in towns already have. They’ll still be blackfellas but they will be healthy and prospering. If they took the advice of self loathing whitefellas like you they will always live in poverty, misery and ignorance and inflict intolerable levels of violence on each other. But thank you for your comment. You amply demonstrate the sort of white constructed idiocy that my wife and her people are up against.
Thanks Hal. Yes until recently we were Labor voters through and through. They’ve taken the Aboriginal vote for granted and long ago stopped listening to the people on the ground.

Recent Comments by Dave Price

Jimmy Cocking: Council not an ideological pedestal
I agree completely with you Jimmy on almost everything you’ve said.
But drawing attention to past politically inspired actions and their consequences and asking questions relating to significant issues is not smearing, it is asking for honest responses.
The divisions are already there and the campaigning for allies make those divisions worse.
A supporter [of a party] abused a young woman today bringing her to the point of tears. Now that’s divisive.


Politely passionate: council candidates front invited guests
You are right Evelyne I don’t know for certain who is behind this disgraceful action but my experience of the behaviour of Labor supporters in the last NT election makes me pretty confident that I’m on the right track. I have been told by another candidate that she has had the same happen to her posters but doesn’t want to talk about it. I condemn whoever is doing it to anybody’s posters.


Politely passionate: council candidates front invited guests
Somebody has started stealing or vandalising Damien Ryan’s, Jamie de Brenni’s and Jacinta Price’s posters around town.
Worse was done out bush during Jacinta Price’s mother’s campaign last year. Her property was also vandalised, vicious graffiti appeared, her life was directly threatened.
She was advised not to do anything about it by the stalwarts on her side of politics and so the perpetrators got away with it.
We are urging our supporters not to react by vandalising and stealing the posters of the opposition. We condemn criminal behaviour and we are almost as tired of seeing our loved ones locked up as we are of burying them.
Respect for the rule of law is the only way we can heal our community and allow it to thrive.


Politely passionate: council candidates front invited guests
Two Greens dominated local councils in Melbourne have abolished Australia Day at the request of a tiny minority of radicals who want to tear us apart and destroy our culture.
Jimmy Cocking is not a member of the Greens but his list of preferences will show you how close he is to them.
The Greens have put up Barb Shaw, our resident loud, cranky protestor, as a candidate in the past.
She and her friends have gone out of their way to close down those with views different from their own.
It is totally reasonable for the voters in this town to know the views of each of the candidates on whether we should celebrate Australia Day or not.
As one commentator has already said it would make sense to sort this issue out in the NT rather than in inner urban Melbourne.
We are already hearing protests from Aboriginal leaders in Melbourne and Sydney that they haven’t been consulted and are happy to celebrate Australia Day.
If it comes up in a meeting of an Alice Springs council dominated by the Greens and their close friends I would like to know how the candidates would vote.


Surprising conservative on council: Jacinta Price
All of this kerfuffle over a few words. You are spot on John. The terms left and right, usually interpreted by the lazy media as really nice and very nasty came from the beginning of the French Revolution.
We could probably come up with some better terms all these years later. I would have called myself progressive for most of my life, now I am happy to call myself conservative because I want to preserve the planet but I don’t want to destroy our economy in the process. I want Aboriginal people’s lives to vastly improve but I don’t think they are going to do that without changing some of their worldview to make it work better. I am keen to preserve the bits of my own culture, and theirs, that still work well. And I don’t think that getting rid of Australia Day is going to help.
When I was a ratbag, overconfident youngfella, I called Noel Fullerton a racist in public and had a stand up argument with him because I was a newly arrived ignorant idealist.
If he were still around I’d apologise to him and tell him that I now agree with what he was saying at the time. I was wrong.
My conservatism, like that of my mate Jamie de Brenni and his wonderful hard working wife Alice, is of the “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” kind.
And I believe that if you’re going to make big changes do it carefully so that you don’t cause more problems than you fix – like the 1968 equal pay law.
You can’t argue against the principle of equal pay but did they have to do it in such a way that it took away the jobs of around a third of the Aboriginal workforce across Northern Australia?
I think they should have been more careful.
To me conservatism is about common sense, which, as my Mum used to say, ain’t all that common.
People very quickly forget that it was conservative coalition governments that gave Aboriginal Australians the right to vote in 1962, repealed the Aboriginal Ordinance in 1964, that made my parents in law and their family, including my wife, citizens for the first time.
It also gave them the legal right to destroy themselves with alcohol, the world’s most damaging drug – put the much lauded, constitution changing referendum to the people in 1967, gave Aboriginal people equal pay in 1968 and passed the NT Land Rights Act in 1976.
And during that period they thoroughly dismantled the White Australia policy. Not a bad record for a bunch of predominantly middle aged, white, male conservatives that Labor would rather we forgot.
The ALP was the last political party in Australia to formally give up the White Australia Party.
When I was a young Lefty I underwent union training as the Teacher’s Federation Rep at Yuendumu. One of the old union stalwarts told a group of us assembled faithful that we should have shot all the blackfellas when we had the chance.
At the Worker’s Club in Darwin I was told by another old union stalwart that they sent Bob Collins off to the Senate because the NT wasn’t ready for a Chief Minister with a gin for a wife.
That was in the seventies and that’s when I started to think about changing my political loyalties; it took a while after that though.
I would see Martin Luther King as a Christian conservative.
He insisted on ridding the US of the hideous perversion of racism and wanted to bring back the essentially conservative Christian value of the equality of all of our species despite the fact that many Christians ignored that value at the time.
My proudly multicultural family take him very seriously when he taught that we should judge people by the content of their character rather than by the colour of their skin.
Some of my best friends are white males and my daughter actually lives with one – a left inclined Margaret Thatcher hating Scotsman who puts his family first in everything.
We don’t mind conservatives of any colour and agree passionately with many progressives in relation to some issues.
What we don’t like is being called names and threatened by those who call themselves progressives but who would deny us the right to disagree with them.
I have disagreed with many things that Steve Brown has said and agreed with others.
We have managed to have conversations without resorting to name calling and threats, I can’t say that about many who position themselves on the extreme left who act as if they speak for all Aboriginal people and any don’t hesitate to call anybody who disagree with them racist.
My wife’s and daughter’s lives have been directly threatened many times. Those doing that think of themselves as indigenous activists, and anti-racism warriors. They have never been threatened by genuine racists, who tend to be a mentally ill and cowardly lot rather than a real threat to anyone.
Oh, and another thing. Considering that two Greens dominated local councils in Melbourne have now decided to abolish Australia Day maybe it’s about time that journalists here asked the local Greens if that is what they intend to do here if elected. Just a thought.


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