These awards are of vast importance for Central Australia, and …

Comment on NPY women forging their path to change by Bob Beadman.

These awards are of vast importance for Central Australia, and the bush.
I emailed Andrea at the time and said a couple of things, which I’m sure she won’t mind me sharing:
“What a proud moment for you, and those that are with you in the struggle, in your work to better the lives of others. It is the most important work of all, and hopefully will now get a boost from such wonderful publicity.
“… an extraordinary honour, and to be earned in the obscurity of the bush! Australia’s western reach doesn’t end at the Blue Mountains after all.”
Extraordinary honours indeed.

Recent Comments by Bob Beadman

The Florence Nightingale from the bush
I greatly admire your work John. Not only have you honoured the amazing triumph over adversity of some Aboriginal people, but you have also honoured the missionaries into whose care children were placed.
The trend has been to vilify all those involved in the care of Stolen Generations.
Freda Glynn, to her great credit, spoke with love and appreciation about Sister Eileen Heath at the launch of a biography on her in Alice Springs.


The stolen child who went to university
Thanks John, for your sensitive tribute to a deserving man.


Suddenly everyone is talking about 1Territory
Who was it that said ‘the worst Northern Territory Government would be better than any administration from Canberra’?


Alcohol floor price may breach Australian Constitution
Because of varying excise and taxation rates for different alcohol products (with the wine lobby spectacularly standing over successive governments), cask wine is taxed at a much lower rate than beer (one report said 5c per standard drink compared to 39c for beer).
Who thinks it is a good idea that beer drinkers subsidise cask wine drinkers?
The Northern Territory Government’s floor price (recommended by an expert committee after extensive public consultation) tries to rectify that absurdity. The Australian Government abdicated its responsibility by ignoring the same recommendation by the Henry Review into Australia’s Future Tax System.
Any increase in the price of products beyond that scope is clearly gouging by the retailers.
Every measure to minimise the destruction alcohol is causing in the Northern Territory should be welcomed by all.


Beer and the tax man’s triple tipple
Given the ravages alcohol wreaks on society and the economy, I have never been able to understand why the government has arranged for beer drinkers to subsidise wine drinkers.
Nor have I been able to understand why alcohol advertising is still permitted, when tobacco advertising was banned many years ago.
I don’t know of a single case where someone has bashed another to death as a consequence of smoking a packet of cigarettes.


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