@ R Henry: “Sadly Ray is close to the money as …

Comment on Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred? by Alex Hope.

@ R Henry:
“Sadly Ray is close to the money as more than a few projects have been held to ransom.
The final result, once sacred title was granted, was a conversion for money.”
I don’t remember any example which fits this description Mr Henry, perhaps you could provide us with some, and some pointer for where might go for confirmation?

Recent Comments by Alex Hope

Gunner re-opens the Rivers of Grog floodgates
Yes, having appropriate people stationed outside bottle shops does seem to make a difference.
Do these people need to be policepersons?
I don’t think so.
I understand there are already moves to have liquor inspectors or some other parapolice to do this job, analogous to the transport and public housing safety officers with limited but effective powers.
Let us hope it can happen sooner rather than later so that the real police can get back to real policing.

Focus on the killing now, not 200 years ago
I agree Hal, but the quickest way to shut down the debate and move on to more important things is to change the date.
There is much to celebrate about being Australian, and like many of the rest of us, most Aboriginal people seem to be especially proud of being Australian as soon as they leave our shores.
However, not only does the 26th of January celebrate the invasion of Australia by whitefellas (I note that England does not have a holiday on 14th October to celebrate the Norman invasion in 1066), but it celebrates the establishment of New South Wales. Those of us who live in other jurisdictions might prefer another day to celebrate the federated nation of former colonies.
So let’s have a genuine Australia day, and leave the 26th of January to the Indigenous for their Independence Day.
Since 1st of January when the Commonwealth came into being is already taken, perhaps the anniversary of the first Federal election on the 29th of March, or the opening of the first Parliament on the 9th of May would be suitable days on which all could agree.

Spread renewables, government asked
Covering the commercial car parks in town with solar panels would have a triple benefit, producing electricity for the shopping centre tenants, shade for the cars, and reducing the stored heat load within the town. Unfortunately we might have to do something to make them safe from vandalism first.
There are several interesting emerging technologies for energy storage. Vanadium batteries are already in use, eg on King Island to store wind-generated power.
A lithium battery is already planned for the local grid; and molten silicon is being trialled in Adelaide. It is especially suitable in a situation where there is a need for large amounts of heat, for example industrial laundries or other operations currently using gas for water heating.

Cops with assault rifles footage six years old
@ Hal Duell: Hal, the royalties are paid to Aboriginal corporations with strict rules about who gets money and what they can spend it on. As far as I know recompense would be outside the rules.
Besides, if the kids came from a community, say The Gap, would the residents want to be sharing the responsibility for their behaviours? And why is that different?
We need to be finding ways to intervene in the kids’s lives earlier.

Government breaches faith over CM appointment
@ Toby: Is “indigenous” already a tainted adjective? I thought it had come into common use to acknowledge the other aboriginal people of Australia, who tended to be forgotten when “Aboriginal” became a capitalised proper noun, to indicate the non-Torres Strait Islander original peoples, and avoid the temptation to use the “ATSI” which seems a disrespectful way to refer to our First Nations.
Perhaps some of your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander readers can provide some guidance on the names they prefer to be called by.

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