Comment on Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice by Ted Egan.
CRUCIAL: DON’T involve the people who designed the Supreme Court.
Recent Comments by Ted Egan
Farewell, Iain Campbell
Oh, flower of Scotland, when will we see your like again?
Vale dear friend,
Nerys and Ted
Referendum? Forget it.
Some of your readers have got it very wrong. Alice Springs is Arranta country (my spelling) and in the 19th century no Warlpiri, Pitjantjatjara or any other foreigner would have dared come within 50 miles of the present townsite.
Unless, of course, there was some ceremonial reason prompting an invitation. A camp is a camp, despite the euphemistic terms like village, hamlet or estate.
And the sooner we replace the existing town camps, the better for Aboriginal society. As I said in the Rest & Reflection series, First Australians should be rehabilitated in their own country, on their terms and using their energies. They deserve that: no more, no less.
Local palliative care lobby gets its way after long campaign
Congratulations Sandra, Mary and Lesley from Nerys and me.
We are indebted to you for your long and relentless campaign to provide dignified palliative care.
And we also salute Robyn Lambley, whose ongoing political presence is a huge bonus to Central Australia. Bring on the women!
Alice councillor tells nation’s media about Aboriginal brutality
Congratulations to Jacinta and her two partners at the Press Club.
Particularly in Jacinta’s case, she placed herself in jeopardy, as resprisal from fellow First Australians may follow.
Domestic violence is not restricted to First Australians alone, but their statistics are so horrifying that I will offer some comment, as a white bloke who has had considerable experience in traditional Aboriginal society.
There has always been domestic conflict, with usually a predominance of males as the most serious offenders – but not always.
In the days before alcohol there were traditional responses. If a man hit a woman unjustly, you could bet that the woman’s male relatives would pay him back, often on a prescribed ritual basis.
Nowadays, when a male Aboriginal commits domestic violence his rationale usually is: “I was drunk as a result of white people introducing alcohol to me. I am not responsible for my actions”. And there is no prospect of reprisal from the woman’s relatives.
The man is sent to gaol where he joins his DV mates. They “build up” in the gym so that when they come out of gaol they are fitter, better equipped to again beat shit out of the missus.
The cold hard, inescapable fact is that until right-minded men come out and publicly “Name and Shame” their cowardly fellow males, we will have to continue to put up with the repetition of the horrible statistics, as they continue to get worse and worse.
“Name and Shame” must mean a public process where the name and photo of the offending man is VERY public, he is put on the Banned Drinkers Register and he is told unambiguously that he is not a hero, he is a weak prick.
Alice women’s footy side scores huge in Adelaide
Women’s footy is the best thing to happen in Aussie Rules in the last 20 years. Congrats to Rob and the coaching team for getting such a fine side together. Go Alice girls!