CRUCIAL: DON’T involve the people who designed the Supreme …

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

Problem drinkers to be banned again, bottlo cops to stay
I am informed that one of the major benefits accruing from the BDR is the opportunity for non-drinkers and others subject to “humbugging” to have their names placed voluntarily on the register.
They cannot then be pressured by the real problem drinkers.
I suggest the government mount a campaign to encourage such processes.
The reason why alcohol is such a problem for First Australians is that they are subject to age-old traditions of kinship.
This was an admirable system in olden times, but needs modification to cater for the introduced complexities of western society.

‘Jasper Jones was just too much for me’
I saw the film and award it five stars. It is one of the rare occasions where the film is better than the book, but the fact that the book’s author also wrote the screenplay indicates a good opportunity for him to review his own work. In the book the constant reference to Atticus Finch invites comparison to To Kill a Mockingbird and although similar racial bells are rung, this film is so essentially Australian that it makes one shudder in its own right. I can understand Craig’s early exit. What delighted me was the grasp that Rachel Perkins had of the many intricate characters. The camera work was suoerb, especially the nighttime scenes in the forest. And the sound! I understand every word from every character. Most unusual for an old chap like me, who is often critical of Australian films. Bound to enjoy huge recognition.

Fracking: The nays have it
I attended the meeting and was impressed by the panel and the presentation. I shall forward my comments on the comprehensive sheet provided.
So, on that score, congratulations to government for the thoroughness of its inquiry to date.
There is no doubt in my mind that, if a single risk is present, it is lunacy to proceed.
Alice Springs News has listed over fifty definite adverse risks. Leave the gas in the ground.
Let’s concentrate on the renewables for power. Tides in the Top End; wind at Tennant Creek and the Barkly Tableland, solar in The Centre.
We could lead the nation.

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.

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