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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