It was the Howard Liberal government that brought in the …

Comment on Widow cities and rural bliss: a diverse electorate by Toby.

It was the Howard Liberal government that brought in the Intervention that turned the clock back 30 years in Aboriginal affairs. It caused all the current dilemma and upheaval across the NT, such that Aboriginal people have little control of their destiny. There are too many fingers in the pie from all sectors of government who hardly talk to each other, as well as other vested interests.
It can be truly said to be an Aboriginal industry good for others. Because of this exclusion, Aboriginal people have become indifferent to what’s happening around them, supposedly for them, but without them.
The Remote Housing Development Authority is a fine example. There has been no consultation with Aboriginal people about it.
Who will it be made up of, and headed up by whom? No doubt by some mate (hack) of the CLP government and other select people announced by said government.
The Remote Housing Development Authority is not a first in the NT for the NT government to claim it as unique and a first ever. Heidi Williams has not been in the NT long enough to know that the Indigenous Housing Authority of the Northern Territory (IHANT), long preceded this so called new concept of RHDA.
IHANT was a partnership between the NT government of the day and the Commonwealth Government represented by the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and the Department of Family and Community Services.
Parties to the partnership pooled their money for Aboriginal housing, which was then allocated by IHANT, to seven ATSIC Regional Councils in the NT at the time. Where will the ongoing funding for RHDA come from? We don’t even know that. Does the NT government? Anyone can Google information on IHANT. I know about IHANT because I am a former member of IHANT.

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After The Apology
Ann and Frank, yes, they are just words and actions speak louder than words and they have, in the opposite way, with the abandonment of Aboriginal people and an ever widening of the Gap.
The Uluru Statement was rejected with no apologies.
Aboriginal people have been made voiceless.
Aboriginal affairs has been centralised back in Canberra with people having no care, clue or understanding, its reinventing of the wheel stuff again while Aboriginal people sink lower into crime and other behaviours.


183 in a 110 zone: Cannonball Run re-enacted?
If NT police had a dedicated traffic unit patrolling the Stuart Highway from Darwin to Alice Springs and the Barkly Highway, more would be caught travelling at excessive speed.
Quite a few of those are NT Government vehicles like a Landcruiser Troop Carrier driven by a female driver clocked at 180kph on the Barkly Highway.
Those V8 Landcruiser troopies are just meant for cruising, apparently. Oh, what a feeling.


‘Lost’ man survived on bushfood banquet
That demonstrates the tracking skills of Aboriginal people that police no longer rely on or bother to engage.


The stolen child who went to university
We need to get some things straight here.
If policemen, holy men of the cloth, miners, pastoralist, vagabonds of the day, had kept their trousers buttoned up and not pursued Aboriginal women, there would not be a stolen generation, that is, children sired by non Aboriginal men as those described.
And those kids were stolen from their mothers.
What does taken by force from their mothers not to be seen again mean then?
Like many other Aboriginal mothers whose kids were stolen, Joe Croft’s mother tried to find him looking all over for him as described in this story.
Was that an indication of an uncaring mother? I don’t think so.
Many mothers only found their stolen kids 40 to 50 years later if they were lucky and not died before they could.
They were stolen by the government of the day out of embarrassment it brought on white society, not out of care for those kids’ well being.
There was no alcoholism or such problems in those days amongst Aboriginal people to be a cause to snatch those kids.
All those are today’s issues, unlike those days. A different case and concern altogether.


Make September 8 Australia Day, anthem in Pitjantjatjara
@ Shannon Spalding. It’s unfortunate Mr Egan, a well respected man amongst his peers, should buy into the Australia Day debate and argument using such terminology to describe people who identify as Aboriginal, as pale skinned First Australians who are unprepared to acknowledge in most cases, that a major percentage of their individual DNA score derives from the invaders.
In the modern world of DNA, many non-Aboriginal Australians would discover their DNA scores would show a mix of races in their own heritage, not pure white as many may consider themselves to be and identify to be, without dispute.
Pale skinned First Australians identify as Aboriginal, that is their inheritance and they identify as such so why dispute it? That should not continue to be determined by others.
That sort of thing happened in Mr Egan’s days as Native Affairs Officer who had enormous powers over Aboriginal people, where Aboriginal people of mixed heritage were classified as quadroon, quarter caste, half caste segregated from their full blood families.
These are the sorts of issues this country needs to come to terms with if this country is to move forward with a day that embraces all Australians regardless of their DNA make up.


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