I didn’t bother to attend the showing of Pilger’s latest …

Comment on Pilger’s polemic fails Australia and Aborigines by Alex Nelson.

I didn’t bother to attend the showing of Pilger’s latest effort of misrepresenting Aboriginal issues and Australian history in general – in part, because I was working that night.
Pilger is a notable example of the kind of people who make their living and reputation on revising and rewriting history to suit their agendas – it’s markedly similar to the methodology of Big Brother’s regime of Insoc (“English Socialism”) in George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four”; and I hasten to add that historical revisionism is not exclusive to the far left of the political commentariat, as I know from a lifetime’s personal experience in Central Australia.
It’s perhaps relevant to note one such experience – in the year 2000 the Howard Government promoted a scheme through the Department of Social Security for a one-off payment for low income earners to compensate for the introduction of the GST, a grand total of $120 for the whole year. There were plenty of conditions attaching to this payment for proving eligibility – essentially, you or your partner couldn’t be in receipt of any other kind of payment or financial assistance. Consequently no Aboriginal person was eligible to take advantage of this payment for low income earners – in fact, the Department of Social Security in Alice Springs actually had no knowledge of this scheme despite it being advertised in the local press (it’s likely that the print media, ie. News Corp, was the main beneficiary of this government program via payment for advertising). Only one person in Alice Springs applied for and received that payment – and it’s possible he was the only person in the NT, and perhaps Australia, to do so. How do I know? Well, it’s because I’m that person.
But hey! – nobody wants to know about that – and all the circumstances leading up to that situation – because I’m not black!
I despise the hypocrisy of the commentariat, regardless of which side of the political spectrum they’re on.

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Nationals in Canberra run Country Liberals media
Perhaps it’s splitting hairs but there were two previous Trades and Labour Councils established in Alice Springs before Warren Snowdon “founded” the Central Australian Regional TLC.
The first was in December 1976 when Miscellaneous Workers Union officials Bill Thomson, from Sydney, and Ray Rushbury (Melbourne) arrived here to establish the Alice Springs Trades and Labour Council, as an adjunct to the TLC in Darwin. This was achieved by the end of the year, and Rushbury was appointed the permanent organiser in late 1977.
In early 1977 the Alice Springs TLC shared office space with the NT ALP in Reg Harris Lane. The new NT Labor leader, Jon Isaacs, was the secretary of the MWU in Darwin – he rose to prominence during 1976 when the North Australian Railway was closed.
The first Alice Springs TLC appeared to have become defunct by the end of the decade. In January 1981 a new organiser, Ray Ciantar from Perth, was appointed to re-activate the Alice Springs TLC but with responsibility extending to Tennant Creek and other regional communities; however, this effort seems to have been even less successful than the first.
The third “founding” of the TLC in Alice Springs was by Warren Snowdon in 1985, this time called the Central Australian TLC.


Wards for Alice council, including one for town camps?
Wards for the Alice Springs Town Council are not a new idea but have never been supported by the NT Government.
There was discussion about wards in the mid-1990s, which was firmly rejected by the government.
It was also raised by candidate Steve Strike during the town council election campaign in May 1988. Like Eli Melky’s current proposal, Strike also suggested five wards, each with two aldermen; however, he didn’t overlook the rural area on that occasion over 30 years ago (the other wards suggested were for Eastside, Gillen, Braitling and the Gap Area).
The town’s municipal boundaries were expanded significantly in early 1988, incorporating the whole rural area for the first time despite widespread opposition from affected residents. The idea of a ward system was the final suggestion to differentiate the rural area from the town, after calls for a separate community government and a shire were rejected by the NT Government.
It’s interesting to note that during the operation of the original Alice Springs Progress Association from 1947 to 1960, the town was divided into wards a couple of times for choosing delegates onto the association. The wards were the (now old) Eastside, town centre (now the CBD), the south side of the town, and the Farm Area along what is now Ragonesi Road. The town’s population grew from about 2000 to over 3000 residents during this period, which was long before there was a town council.
One person who represented the south ward from 1958 onwards was Bernie Kilgariff, kickstarting what was to become an illustrious career in NT politics.
Personally I support the concept of wards; for one thing, it would substantially reduce the cost and inconvenience of town council by-elections.
With regard to increasing the number of councillors from eight to 10; well, it’s just over a decade ago the reverse occurred.
Moreover, the ASTC first started off with eight aldermen (plus the mayor) in 1971 until 1977, when the number was increased to 10.
Here we go again?


Move School of the Air to Anzac High building
@ Watch’n (Posted April 15, 2019 at 4:48 am): Remember when the Drive-in was de-listed? To make way for real estate? Wasn’t that a great development.


Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
It’s obvious the majority of voters in Araluen got it right in the last Territory election campaign.


Killerbots, guided by Pine Gap, same as any other weapon?
Humanity is becoming too clever for its own good.


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