Maths, the pattern I have seen over 30 years is …

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Maths, the pattern I have seen over 30 years is that ordinary, hard working people get jobs in Aboriginal communities.
They see a flood of federal funding that is mostly wasted, more money that is coming easier than anything they have ever seen in their own lives.
They witness local corruption at every level, locals who don’t care what they do as long as they are paid off.
They start to rort the system and their stealing gets bigger and bigger.
They tell themselves that it is not wrong because it is going to be wasted.
And so a person who has never stolen ends up stealing hundreds of thousand from Aboriginal people.
Not confining it and they need to be brought to account but it is the wasteful and corrupt system that keeps producing scammers.

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Take TNG’s proposed new mine at Mt Peake.
Three year construction period, at least five years of operation to cover costs of construction of $800m.
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@ Another Local: It’s interesting that you say that Nturiya had a health centre built some years ago and it was burned to the ground.
In the white administrative enclave of Ti Tree that is exactly the reason given for the neglect of the community, it is also claimed that 15 years ago the store was burned down.
Nturiya is pariah community where a few incidents long ago are used to justify the horrific neglect.
Docker River store was burned down many years ago as was Kintore school etc etc but these communities have stores and schools and clinics.
I personally have found the people of Nturiya hospitable and peaceful.
Heard of any Willowra style riots or major family disputes?
People at Yuendumu were actually compensated by the NT Government when they torched houses and cars.
About time to stop making excuses and blaming the victims. Put services into these neglected communities.


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One of the issues that bedevils communities in the Barkly region and which negatively affects many residents is the gutlessness of the housing agency to management properties effectively.
There might be one occupant in a three bedroom house and a family with six kids in a one bedroom house or even with no house at all so crammed into a relatives house.
Eight people living in one room.
Housing will not intervene to remedy this.
That’s how the ownership of houses had been allowed to happen irrespective of needs.
Families will own a number of houses and if one is vacant they will put a single individual in that house to maintain their ownership.
Large families in overcrowded houses see this happen and complain about it but no action is taken.
There is certainly overcrowding in the Barkly but there would be a lot less if families were assigned houses according to their needs.


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