I agree with Alex Nelson when he says that there …

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

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.

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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.


CLC members want forensic probe into their organisation
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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Thank you, Russell, for sharing your family’s history. Your grandfather showed great foresight in first getting out of Germany and, later, moving to Australia.
Back to the present, and while I repeat that the Nobel Peace Prize being given to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons came as a most welcome bolt out of the blue, I can see one big problem in trying to implement its agenda.
Looking at the world today, the hot wars are being waged against countries without nuclear capabilities. These are mostly across the Middle East and in north and sub-saharan Africa. No one is seriously contemplating starting a hot war against countries with a nuclear deterrent, whether they be the big three of Russia, China and the USA or the second tier countries of England, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel, blustering and posturing notwithstanding.
Looked at in this light, having nuclear weapons makes good sense. Would that it were not so, but, unfortunately, it is.


Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
@Steve Brown
Posted October 17, 2017 at 6:28 pm
No argument with what you say about the war in the Pacific, but try as I might, I cannot place that theatre between Japan and Germany.
I can, however, place Mao’s Eighth Route Army there, but if we are to look at that it would mean opening a whole new chapter into who did what in WWII.
As to stability, the Korean war waged from 1950 to the present day has not brought stability, the war in Vietnam did not bring stability, the current kerfuffle in the South China Sea is not bringing stability and the annual Talisman Sabre is not bringing stability.
However, Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 did open a road to stability, but that was an exercise in diplomacy, not sabre rattling.


Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
An interesting comment below that the only thing standing between Russell’s father and the Japanese was the strength and commitment of the USA.
It might be more accurate to say that the only thing standing between Russell’s father and the Japanese was the Soviet army.
The Wehrmacht was broken at the battle of Stalingrad (today’s Volgograd), not on the beaches of Normandy, an inconvenient truth, but the truth nonetheless.


Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
Being in my own way an optimist, when Trump was elected President of the US I had hopes that he really would get out of foreign wars, make nice with Russia and rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. Instead he seems to be locked into waging yet more wars, demonising Russia and destroying infrastructure (and how many lives and hopes and dreams?) in other lands.
Foolish me!
But there may still be a silver lining to the cloud of Trump’s presidency. All over the world people are waking up to the real and present danger of anyone, let alone an unstable person, having nuclear codes at his command.
And he is hardly alone in the unstable stakes. Can anyone really find reason to hope when looking at the antics of Kim in North Korea or Netanyahu in Israel?
The recent Nobel Peace Prize came as a bolt out of the blue. Hopefully it will not be an isolated and forgotten moment of sanity in a world with an increasingly desperate need of sanity.


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