A great beginning to the new era on the NT …

Comment on Wakefield in inner cabinet. Paech, McConnell assistant ministers. by Phil Walcott.

A great beginning to the new era on the NT political landscape. I like how some portfolio areas are shared around various members … more opportunity for identified ambitions to be achieved.
Given that language is such a powerful force, I hope that Sandra Nelson MLA is able to change her portfolio name to Promotion of Family Harmony. It may sound trite, but if we put out there what we want, we give it more positive oxygen and energy.
May all members of the 13th Legislative Assembly lead well, listen to the people they represent and deliver the best they have to offer. I know personally of many talented people in that place (both re-elected and new) who are so very capable of delivering what is better.
From what emerged as a truly historic election with the ejection of a first (almost) term of a Chief Minister from his own seat where he previously held a sustainable majority, the ejection of a first-term government due to the toxic nature and behaviour of it’s bully-boy lead team and the fact that for the first time in NT political history since the Self Government Act (1976) which saw the first Parliament elected in 1978, the once proud CLP was decimated out of Central Australia.
May the new team lead well, guided by the people for the good of all Northern Territorians. We will be watching … it’s the Parliament of the people; not the Parliament of the parties. If the 13th Assembly is brave enough, they’ll challenge the status quo and deliver a truly transformative, historical future.
Phil Walcott
Alice Springs

Recent Comments by Phil Walcott

Youth justice, detention goes to Territory Families
Great initiative, Dale. So very important that children and juveniles are supported to make good, positive decisions and are guided through these transition periods of their lives by adults who operate within a therapeutic rather than punitive model.
Intergenerational improvements can only be achieved if we, as a whole-of-community, embrace strong, functional changes to how “the system” works. Broken, clogged and blocked models within bureaucratic silos within government and NGO agencies contribute to the on-going levels of dysfunction and disconnection for so many from what would otherwise represent potential opportunities.
Improve the system so we can all collectively improve the outcomes.


On youth prisons: grandmothers, reformers, revolutionaries
A sad reality is that there are many people who see incarceration as ‘respite’ from the inter-generational drudgery of welfare dependence.

For some, the opportunity to be accommodated and fed at no or little cost to themselves is an attractive option. They do not perceive that there is much opportunity for them to be gainfully employed, secure adequate housing or access education.

There is no poverty from a financial point. These people have a poverty of spirit; a ‘lost’ generation. They have lost connection to culture, country and lore. They don’t perceive that they have a duty or responsibility to contribute in positive ways to their communities.

If we, as a committed community, are to turn this miserable reality around, we have to attract attitudinal change over decades into the future. Empowering young people to raise their children well is a key component to success.


Tourism, cattle, mining, oil, gas: The world’s your oyster, Stuart.
Good on you, Scott.
Representing your constituents is your primary role and you have embraced it with passion, pride and dignity.
Intergenerational passive welfare has been disastrous for the Aboriginal people living in remote areas of Central Australia. Working with the people on ideas to actually create employment opportunities (tourism, housing, roads, infrastructure, renewable energy, sustainable food production etc.) will help.
Land and Regional Councils have a key role in helping to support these initiatives.
They should work better in cohort with the NT and Australian governments to achieve mutually gains.
And it’s not just about government. Bureaucracies and bureaucrats must work better to deliver real outcomes for the people they are supposed to be supporting, not just hanging on to their high salaries.


Partition off Darwin to fix NT’s urban bias: Professor
An interesting proposal to ponder, Rolf. With 10 of the 25 electorates based in Darwin along with 3 in the Palmerston area (that’s over half), may the discussion continue. The population concentration in Darwin and Palmerston certainly gives them greater proportional representation.
Any opportunity to explore alternative models that better reflect rural and remote influence is welcome.
Best wishes for your presentation today.


Senior Arrernte men take a stand: time to do something about young people causing trouble on their country
An excellent infusion into the solution mix. Proud cultural Arrente elders stepping up to bring so much of their knowledge and understanding of how to ‘be’ on this land has the capacity to impact positively on our current reality.

Acknowledging that some inter-generational influences have impacted negatively on our current situation and teaching others about how we all are able to live in harmony around this place is crucial. Whilst none of us can ‘undo’ the past, we most certainly can impact on the present and future of this great land.

Huge respect to those involved…great to hear your strong voices and see your strong actions.


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