Congratulations to Jacinta and her two partners at the Press …

Comment on Alice councillor tells nation’s media about Aboriginal brutality by Ted Egan.

Congratulations to Jacinta and her two partners at the Press Club.
Particularly in Jacinta’s case, she placed herself in jeopardy, as resprisal from fellow First Australians may follow.
Domestic violence is not restricted to First Australians alone, but their statistics are so horrifying that I will offer some comment, as a white bloke who has had considerable experience in traditional Aboriginal society.
There has always been domestic conflict, with usually a predominance of males as the most serious offenders – but not always.
In the days before alcohol there were traditional responses. If a man hit a woman unjustly, you could bet that the woman’s male relatives would pay him back, often on a prescribed ritual basis.
Nowadays, when a male Aboriginal commits domestic violence his rationale usually is: “I was drunk as a result of white people introducing alcohol to me. I am not responsible for my actions”. And there is no prospect of reprisal from the woman’s relatives.
The man is sent to gaol where he joins his DV mates. They “build up” in the gym so that when they come out of gaol they are fitter, better equipped to again beat shit out of the missus.
The cold hard, inescapable fact is that until right-minded men come out and publicly “Name and Shame” their cowardly fellow males, we will have to continue to put up with the repetition of the horrible statistics, as they continue to get worse and worse.
“Name and Shame” must mean a public process where the name and photo of the offending man is VERY public, he is put on the Banned Drinkers Register and he is told unambiguously that he is not a hero, he is a weak prick.

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I was a member of the Darwin footy team that was soundly beaten by Alice in April 1952.
Wow, a grass oval! Darwin Oval was still a gravel pit.
I was playing full back, opposed to Terry Clements at full forward.
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