Some years ago I had just arrived by plane in …

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

Some years ago I had just arrived by plane in Alice Springs and was driving into town in my Landcruiser along Telegraph Terrace.
There were several other vehicles some ways behind me. Back then, on the left side of the road, there was all that thick salt bush all along the road’s edge.
As I neared the Fire Station, just further up past there, and probably less that a hundred meters ahead of me, I saw a thin young Aboriginal woman walk out of the salt bush and onto the road.
She stood on the white line in the middle of the road looking back towards the salt bush.
She had a baby in her arm, probably six months old, and held a toddler by the hand by her side.
I thought, why was she doing a crazy thing like that?
By then I was almost on them and slowed down to pass. That move by that young mother at that time, saved her life and that of her babe in arms and probably that of her toddler too.
Almost immediately I came alongside her and her babies, her partner came running out of the salt bush with a huge rock he could hardly carry, held high above his head.
He was about to smash it down on her, probably killing her and the baby and maybe the toddler too.
He just managed to stop and stumble backwards out the path of my vehicle, almost over balancing with the hug rock he held above him.
As I passed them, I glanced in the rear view mirror to see him run up and stand rigidly over her, his fists bunched, glaring down at her, eyes bulging. His look was pure murderous evil. He must have realised other vehicles were coming.
I drove straight to the police station and reported what I had just witnessed and stressed police needed to attend immediately. I think police said someone would be despatched ASAP.
To this day, I don’t know if police ever attended.
It was a desperate move by the young mother to do what she did that day that saved them.
I often wondered if that poor woman and her children are in fact still alive today.
That sort of violent behaviour is no way cultural.
So Jacinta, and other brave people, keep speaking up.

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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.


Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
@ Ted. That is correct about January 1, 1901, Aboriginal people were deemed to be a sub species not worth inclusion.
The large gathering of Aboriginal people at Uluru called for recognition of Aboriginal people in the constitution. Completely ignored.
There needs to be some acceptance of truth about the past history of this country, not denial.
It’s about realism, not apartheid that people keep trotting out, regardless of what date is considered as Australia Day.


Senator Scullion will not contest Federal election
As Minister for the key portfolio of Aboriginal Affairs, Nigel Scullion presided over the Community Development Program ignoring calls from Aboriginal people and all quarters that it is causing more hardship and harm than good with its punitive measures.
Senator Scullion, a dud minister in that portfolio, claimed it was working.
Some voting choices in Parliament were on the dubious side as well considering responsibility for such a portfolio. Good to see you leave, Senator Scullion.


End of search for Monika Billen
Authorities hold no value in trackers anymore, instead apply urban techniques and methodology whether in a search or investigating bush crime scenes.
At one time trackers were attached to every police post in the NT and played a key role in police work whether a search or crime scene.


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