“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

Megafauna museum: Locals outnumber tourists
Erwin, a minor point, but when these large birds were first discovered a few years ago, they were referred to in the local press as the Ducks of Doom. Much better than Big Bird.

Budget repair: Check out the cost of this load of rubbish
Thanks for the story, Erwin.
You’ve detailed a journey into the bureaucratic maze of “it’s not mine / I didn’t do it”.
Talk about kicking a can down the road!
I also like your suggestion that the NT government sack half its public servants and compel the remainder to do their jobs.
That’s another can ready to be kicked down the road.

Massive horse deaths now a risk to humans
Are you saying, Eugene’s mate, that the dead animals should be left as a community health hazard while CLC asks for someone’s permission to heap them up for burning or for burial?
Or perhaps that’s not CLC’s job or problem, but then it never is, is it?

Massive horse deaths now a risk to humans
In a drought, especially if twinned with poor land management, stock will die. That’s one thing.
Then there’s the dead carcasses to dispose of. That’s the next thing.
Heap them up to burn or bury. That’s a no-brainer.
The CLC is acting like a rabbit caught in the headlights.

All views about gallery location will be considered: Lauren Moss
From time to time political commentary throws up a new and apt phrase. The one I’m thinking of is “nothing burger”.
This whole art gallery shemozzle is looking more and more like a nothing burger.

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