I wonder if this latest request to pry information from …

Comment on CLC members want forensic probe into their organisation by Hal Duell.

I wonder if this latest request to pry information from the uber-secrecy of the Land Councils is simply a desire to access their own recent history.
We are flooded with stories from ancient times, dream-time and the like, but what about what has happened over the last 50 and 60 years? About that time span we all know precious little. What little we do know, to the extent that it has entered the public domain, is all but non-existent.
And that recent history lies, to a great extent, in the vaults of the different land councils.
What are you hiding, and why are you so concerned that it be made public?

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CLC members want forensic probe into their organisation
I agree with Alex Nelson when he says that there badly requires to be an official inquiry probing the Central Land Council, Centrecorp and its various affiliates and subsidiaries, and I also agree that this will likely blow out to be the NT’s equivalent of the Fitzgerald Inquiry of Queensland in the late 1980s.
The CLC has its favourites out on the communities, and those favourites have their favourites in terms of access to Toyotas, housing and jobs that bring an actual salary.
Start pulling a thread from that jumper, and the whole garment stands a good chance of unraveling.
A lot of people will stand to be disrobed, and none of us relish the idea of standing naked in front of our peers.
So expect to be fought tooth and nail when trying to initiate an independent inquiry.


CLC members want forensic probe into their organisation
Could it be that the Northern Land Council and the Central Land Council are lineal descendants of the old Aborigines Protection Board(s) that operated in NSW, West Australia, Queensland and South Australia?
You know the drill: We know what’s best for you, so do as we say and we will provide the rations.
Just a thought, but they do seem to exert a similar level of control.


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There is something profoundly sad about taking the idea of a National Indigenous Art Gallery and using it to increase the sale of trashy, probably China-sourced tourist baubles (and short-blacks).
There is emerging an impression that this whole issue has degenerated into an exercise in political clickbait. Not real pretty at all!


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Mr Gunner would do well to remember that the last NT Chief Minister to lose control of the streets in Alice was Martin, and the Intervention followed. Turnbull might have a smoother smile, but he is cast in the same mold.
And Where’s Warren will again wring his hands and cry shame, but the only shame is that he is still there. Go Jacinta! I don’t know if you will be any more effective, but remember this: You cannot do worse.
Also, consider this: There has recently been a national Angst over all the kids in detention in the NT being Indigenous, but then think how many priors each of those kids had to have had before they finally earned detention.
CM Gunner’s answer to the collapse of Alice seems to be to ignore the clearly stated preference of the majority regarding the art gallery and to work with them, but to instead indulge in a swinging big-dick moment. He wants to get real while there is still an Alice to get real over.
And the TOs and their families and friends? To be honest, I think they are scared of their own children. Or perhaps they are scared of each other.
Either way, they sure as hell aren’t doing anything.


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So glad the Ducks of Doom feature. As soon as I get back to Alice I will visit.


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It will be interesting to see if the results of Council’s survey are similar to those published today by our local print newspaper.
Over a two week period it conducted an online poll asking residents of Alice what they thought of plans to use Anzac Oval for an art gallery. The results are unambiguous: From a total of 988 votes, 32.4% said it was a good idea and 67.6% said it wasn’t.
As for the old high school, over to you, Alex Nelson.


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A National Indigenous Cultural Centre is arguably so much more important, nationally, locally, and indigenously(?), than another art gallery. I imagine it would include an important and pertinent section on the birth and development of the Central Australian art movement. This last point alone would obviate the need for a National Indigenous Art Gallery, especially given that all major cities and most of the smaller ones already have their own collection of Indigenous art.
As an aside, do we really imagine that the cities, both large and small, will strip out their own collections to further a gallery in Alice Springs? Will the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory be sending its rare and priceless collection south to Alice? Of course they won’t.
And for a National Indigenous Cultural Centre to be led and directed by local Indigenous voices, in consultation with other Indigenous voices from around Australia, is only right. Their culture, their land, their choice. Hopefully Gunner and Co will, this time, listen and learn.


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