The way I read your post, Dave, leaves me admitting …

Comment on Will we better understand the ‘Recognise’ referendum than we did the 1967 one? by Russell Guy.

The way I read your post, Dave, leaves me admitting my own inadequate grasp of citizenship.
Did the fact that five unelected judges in the USA, who recently mandated same-sex marriage, have anything to do with the fact that the USA has a bill of rights, while Australia does not?
Your comment about unelected “but very powerful elites” seems more related to freedom of speech, something which our democracy prizes, within reason, e.g., incitement to hatred, but freedom of religious belief is challenged under the same-sex redefinition of marriage by private member’s bills proposed for Australia as it is after the USA decision and UK deliberations have revealed.
How does a society preserve that tradition?
Is the jury in or still out in Australia?
I agree with your comments regarding disadvantage and the merit principle. I also remember Bill Hayden saying and memory forces me to paraphrase: “Democracy is fraught, but compared to anarchy, I’ll take it.”
He might as well have said that it’s fraught with contradiction, something which has all of us blindsided at times, so yes, caution is advised when it comes to changing the Constitution.
I believe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are convening further meetings nation-wide to assess the situation and that is a good thing.
Perhaps, it’s why no date has yet been set for the Referendum.
How we deal with each other’s contradictions distinguishes a democracy and ourselves, both as a society and as a people under law. I would have to say that this is the nub.

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Town still upset with Stuart statue, say researchers
I’ve not come across the term “creative arts therapist” before, but as a writer, it suggests that artists and in this case, the sculptor need therapy in order to heal, not just ourselves, but the culture within which we live.
I’ve heard of cultural amnesia, but not cultural healing, although, perhaps, this is what the Reconciliation movement has been attempting and, I guess, those in the aftermath of war, once the dust clears and what’s left is assayed.
This seems to be a definition of what is meant here.
Ironically, an “appreciation of arid landscape” noted by the analysts, came about because of the Stuart Highway and without the statue which has the “town upset”, this exhibition may not have happened.
In this paradox, difference is celebrated, but given that all difference is equal, some people don’t appear to mind. Perhaps, they have cultural amnesia or some other malaise.

Hermannsburg historic precinct gets cash injection
With thanks to the pioneering Lutheran Missionaries whose venture of faith during the 1880s was a hard slog and is well-recorded.
Their Christian concern for the Arrernte underpins our tourist industry at a time when such religious freedom as allowed their Mission Station to implement employment and educational training programs are not considered significant by a large portion of our population, including the majority of politicians.

Emirates jetliner dumps fuel on Central Australia
I believe the Galaxy is short field take off / landing as opposed to the Airbus / Boeing Emirates type which may make the comparison inequitable.
Just saying and stand correcting, but the Alice is well known as an emergency field for long-haul flights, so weight is an issue. Since the port of departure is some hours north, fuel load could still have been critical.

Outback Way to get more bitumen
There goes the neighbourhood.

NT-SA agreement hardly historic
Paul Keating, in his 1992 Redfern Speech, framed by speechwriter Don Watson, author of the somewhat dryly punitive opus, The Bush, also claimed a historic mandate, announcing success for Reconciliation “within the next decade.”
It’s in the nature of politics to claim credit for doing something, mostly spending tax revenue and living in hope that it won’t run out.
In my opinion, the “historic” issue is just a beat up or a sop.
Pass me another piece of Bicenttennial birthday cake, please.

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