“willing and able to be happy, well adjusted menial labourers” …

Comment on Pilger’s polemic fails Australia and Aborigines by Hal Duell.

“willing and able to be happy, well adjusted menial labourers” ??!!
Two points to this comment. Take a walk around Alice (I can’t speak of any other town or city) and go into the shops and offices. It’s easy to see an emerging indigenous middle class taking its fairly earned place within mainstream life here in the Centre.
And, and most importantly, to escape a life sentence to menial labouring a primary education is fundamental. Then secondary, followed by tertiary where possible. This holds true no matter what the origins of any particular child might be.
Anyone reading into the future of this or any other advanced nation will see that welfare as it has become will soon no longer be offered. Some degree of participation in the workforce will be required, and only education offers a way past menial.
A disclaimer: I am not commenting on Pilger’s film as I did not attend the screening. Having followed the debate about the Intervention since it was first introduced, both Pilger and Amnesty International have lost my support over the years with their refusal, in my eyes, to deal fairly with the differing, and at times contradictory, aspects of this important initiative of the latter Howard years.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Make September 8 Australia Day, anthem in Pitjantjatjara
Has anyone asked the descendants of Matthew Flinders what they think of the proposal to bring his remains to Australia? I hope so, as surely common courtesy would make that a first step.
Just asking …

Adelaide’s Indigenous gallery out of the starting blocks
This is a good move from the perspective of a National Indigenous Art Gallery.
An excellent location in a capital city with ready access for national and international visitors. There’s lots to see and do in Adelaide. I predict it will be a huge success.
In contrast, let’s look at Alice. We may love it – I certainly do having lived here for forty years with no plans of leaving.
But aside from access to some unique country, what do we offer our visitors? Here’s a clue: Go into town on any day and watch the loud and aggressive drunks stumbling about making fools of themselves.
Or how about spending an hour or two in the Coles car park any night you choose? Not exactly a good look!

Planning another plan
To further develop the CBD without first addressing flood mitigation would be leaving the cart before the horse and a blueprint for future heartbreak.

Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
Domenico: Please stop misquoting me. I do not and have not suggested Anzac Day be also known as Australia Day.
“If (IF!) we want a national day to celebrate our coming of age in the crucible of war, Anzac Day amply suffices.”
No one, myself included, has suggested we meld that day into Australia Day.
You are doing your argument no favours by resorting to underhanded and misleading rhetorical tricks.

Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
Domenico: Perhaps we need to think again on what constitutes an acceptable national day, or day of unity.
We already have a designated Federation Day, but does anyone really pay much attention to it? And falling as it does on the day after the global party of New Year’s Eve makes it hard to imagine it becoming anything more than what it already is.
If we want a national day to celebrate our coming of age in the crucible of war, Anzac Day amply suffices.
My suggestion of the last Monday in January was mostly to offer a minimal alternative to January 26, which will never be accepted by many.
Following comments to my letter, I am coming around to the idea of September 1, or Wattle Day.
It is politically neutral, it is the first day of Spring, it celebrates the green and gold, and it allows for the participation of schools and school children.
Not a bad combination when celebrating the present and looking to the future.

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