Well, I agree with Nigel. We have to start somewhere. …

Comment on Bush jobs for dole: 26 weeks, 25 hours per week by Fred the Philistine.

Well, I agree with Nigel. We have to start somewhere. The sit down money has to stop. People need to work, no bludging.
Where are all the royalty cheques going, and the profits from cattle stations, and the very profitable businesses in Alice Springs?
As for saying that there is no work in communities these people can build their own houses and repair, the ones wrecked, then there can’t be any complaints about the houses. Go to the Aboriginal council for funding, for they have millons in the bank. And would be just too happy to help their own countrymen?

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Bush jobs for dole: 26 weeks, 25 hours per week
@ Ian and Bob: Ian, you don’t need to knpw my name, but people do need to know the truth as to what are these Aboriginal corporations doing for their own people.
After 40 years, why are the majority still relying on sit down money, bludging on the rest of the country?
Majority have very poor hygiene and education, health etc etc.
What people can see in Alice Springs is thay every time royalty money is due, there are brand new vehicles bought.
Not bad for people being on welfare driving $60,000 to $80,000 vehicles around. Why aren’they income tested?
As Bob said these royalty cheques are only small, so it won’t be a problem to income test these people.
As a white man I would certainly have to claim this income on my tax.
Bob, since these corporations are doing a lot for the community, can you please tell me if they are going to pay for the damages to the Harts Range Police station? Bying the Memo Club was irrisponsible, as they are aware of the drinking problems in this town.
The problems at the Memo Club have gotten out of hand.
It has shifted the problem from Todd Tavern to the Memo. Now you see people drunk in the park, on the streets. It is certainly a good tourist attraction.


Bush jobs for dole: 26 weeks, 25 hours per week
@ Joan. Well said. I envisage that there would be a lot of people who agree with you. What I can see, what these two corporations have done for their own people is an absolute disgrace.


Bush jobs for dole: 26 weeks, 25 hours per week
@ Joan: I would have to agree with you as I see it. You have only hit the tip of the iceberg. As I drive past the council chambers in the mornings I see church and social workers feeding hungry people, but do not see any people from Aboriginal council there.
As I drive past the Aboriginal council building I see 50 eighty thousand dollar four wheel drives and have never seen any of these vehicles stop and give an indigenous person in a walking frame a lift home.
It is estimated the Aboriginal land council receives royalties of between $40m to $50m a year.
The average indigenous persons receives very little as, Bob has said.
Some people’s royalties are very little. As I ran into recipient in the street a few months ago he said I am rich.
My reply was how do mean? Then he opened his wallet with basics card and a cheque for $270,000.
I asked him what he was going to do with it and he said I am going to buy six motor vehicles for family. My reply was good luck.
It gets better: that night I see him getting free food outside council chambers.


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Did Wilfred and Gisela Thor have to die?
I agree with Baffel. Tourists should be more responsible, however, we need to take more precautions as well.
Having emergency packs in hire vehicles (like a knapsack with water, tourch, flares, space blanket, hydralite tablets etc).
Also on hot days, the rangers should be checking the car parks every afternoon at 4.00pm. If cars are still there he should then go and look along the track.
There needs to be more signage. Like all the parks around Alice Springs, the facilities and the signage are very poor.


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What a total waste of money this is going to be. NT Govt is already $875M deficit in the budget. By the way, who is going to run the so called cultural centre?

If it is going to be built on the Melankas site, what about the sacred trees, or aren’t they sacred anymore?


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The fairest thing is to send them back to their own country and let them come in through the proper channels like the migrants in the 1950s to 1960s had to do.


Four lanes through Gap: Does Alice need them?
You are all missing the point. This town is a service town for the Indigenous.
People only come here for the work. If this town did not have social security moneys, this town would be even smaller. There is nothing here to attract people except for work.
You also have people who take advantage of the Indigenous, e.g. taxi drivers. This town is controlled by very few people.
What annoys me is the police at the bottle shops. This should be funded by the bottle shops themselves. Why should the tax payers pay for it?
Take the social moneys and the government grants out of this town and see what you’ve got.
A four lane highway through The Gap should have been built in the beginning.
Things here have been done so slovenly, but have made alot of people rich. There is no town planning in this town.
Maybe we need to get someone like Donald Trump to kick some arses and sack a few councillors and employ some who will get the job done.


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Well said, Mabel.


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