@ Ray you make a very good point about referring …

Comment on Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice by Steve Brown.

@ Ray you make a very good point about referring to Aboriginal people all in the one basket. Just as in Europe Aboriginal people come from many different groups referred to as language or skin groups, there are in fact as many and as varied groupings of Aboriginal peoples on this continent as there are throughout Europe.
Also, just as in Europe, in many cases there is no commonality at all between the groups, there was often full scale conflict between them, they were in fact deadly enemies, yep, just like in Europe, oddly enough, people are people wherever they are!
We need to move our language and our thinking past the condescending paternalism” towards Aboriginal people. I’m sure to some, it gives a nice warm inner glow to refer to Aboriginal peoples all under a single banner, imagining everyone in a nice cooperative huddle of common belief and intention, however that belief is hurtful and paternalistic, as such deeply racist, denying peoples their history and their individuality.
I do however applaud much of what the Chief Minister has to say. I like the Inland Capital concept and will be very interested to hear how he envisions progressing the idea.
As for the National Indigenous Art Gallery….commonality or not there are apparently Federal funds intended to bring about such a project, so what better place than right here, the spiritual and geographical heart of the Continent. A fantastic Art Gallery that adds to the amenity of our community, bringing in many new visitors intent on purchasing Aboriginal Art, it has got to be good for both Artists and of course the local economy, so let’s not lose the opportunity!
As for the placement and the design, how about we give those whose Culture it intends to represent, the opportunity to put forward their own thoughts on the subject before we stifle the process.

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Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice
Mmmm, Evelyne. An unambiguously unblushing example of unquestioning academic superiority of the kind that sees Aboriginal people being lectured by academics about their own culture, history the way they lived, or the way they are supposed to have lived according to academia, all backed up of course by unquestionable fact, the writings of some uni student doing their thesis.
Referred to locally as “out-Aboriginaling the Aboriginals”. I guess you simply don’t comprehend how aggravatingly disrespectful such comments are to those they seek to portray, just like a green kid walking into a room full of adults and delivering a gushing unquestioning speech that every adult in the room knows to be wrong but are too polite to say.
As a third generation 62-year-old who was born and raised in this place I am absolutely sick of hearing the disrespectful paternalistic bullshit that seeks to portray Aboriginal people as if they lived an idealistic warm and cuddly lifestyle running around patting animals and cuddling trees.
As a bloke who grew up surrounded by these people I can tell you they are practical, hard-nosed and tough as hell people of enormous endurance who did whatever it took to survive in a very harsh environment.
They loved each other, and they fought wars with each other, they took each other’s lands and each other’s lives!
They are in fact people just like you and me Evelyn, genetics clearly show we are related to one another!
So yes, they are just like the peoples of Europe, Evelyne.
We are in fact all of the same big family, and it’s about bloody time we accepted that fact stopped patronising them and got out of their way and their lives allowing them to make their own way in the world, just like the rest of us!


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National Indigenous Art Gallery future in doubt: Gunner
A few weeks back the Chief Minister also announced an Art and Cultural Centre for the City of Darwin.
A week or two later we suffered the announcement of extra flights direct from the Rock into Darwin while flights into the Alice were reduced. Coincidence?
Micheal is under enormous pressure in Darwin to do something for their ailing economy, if things follow the usual Territory precedents set long ago, Darwin will win out, and the Alice will once again loose out, as the entire concept is moved to the north.
That outcome helped along once again by a tiny minority of Alice Springs naysayers who once again in a totally and easily manipulated response have played exactly to the Chief Minister tune, providing the perfect excuse for the project to be moved north: “They don’t want it in Alice.”
What the hell, just another nail in the coffin for the local economy!
Just a few hundred extra jobs, extra visitors pouring millions into the local economy for the foreseeable future!
Ahh, who needs it anyway?
Those who spent so much time undermining it are certain to come up with some great ideas and funding to replace it, aren’t they?


GST billions yet we’re still the basket case
The clear intention of the extra funding was to allow the NT to bring infrastructure and basic services into some kind of equilibrium with the rest of the country, along with the full expectation that in building that infrastructure we would grow and create an economy capable of contributing to, rather than relying on, the rest of the nation.
Clearly those funded intentions have had another consequence, instead of assisting the growth of our economy as intended.
The extra funds have been used to “staff the office”, squandered on water parks sports grounds while desperately needed infrastructure languishes.
Basic services to communities are actually declining! All this while enormous opportunity across the spectrum of industry that should by now have been contributing to the national economy, is ignored! Ridiculous levels of government are simply suffocating all incentive, making it just to danm hard to operate here.
The Territory has become the perfect example of the sloth and dependence created by a truly socialist system, thanks to an over supply of untied, directionless funding.
This quite clearly has also been poorly monitored by the Feds themselves.
How can we possibly be meeting KPIs while infrastructure and services actually shrinks in some places?
What about those beautiful new police stations? They cost millions! Now we don’t even bother to staff them!
Who is taking responsibility for that?
The Federal Government must tighten up funding into the Territory and put a much greater emphasis on “proven positive outcomes”!
Forcing responsibility!
How do we end up killing off entire local industries by allowing and facilitating direct flights into The Rock, for instance?
It happened because nobody in Government gives a proverbial! How do we pull funding from infrastructure like the Old South Road and the Mereenie Loop in favour of sports grounds and water parks?
It happens because nobody gives a proverbial!
How the hell did we ever get into such a place that those in the capital justify and enjoy facilities sports grounds water parks by three, which are free to attend?
While at the other end of the Territory families are still looking at dirt roads, lousy unsafe water supplies, no facilities, not even a small swimming pool let alone a water park!
How does a decent human being justify that situation?
Sure, if we ourselves were actually contributing the dollars we squander upon ourselves … but we are not!
Time for change, time for a much fairer level of service across the Territory and if we want extra fluffy stuff on top of that, time to pay for it ourselves!


The financial crisis in the Northern Territory
The problem for the Territory began with a disproportionate level of GST funding which in turn allowed the creation of a vastly over inflated public bureaucracy mostly based in Darwin and whose members “expect gold plated services” to a level “superior” to that of most other Capitals!
Funding those over inflated services is achieved by parasiting funds intended to provide basic services to the further reaches of the Territory.
The problem is the parasite has become such a burden it’s killing off the host, our bureaucracy so large and directionless it’s suffocating the life out of the last vestiges of free enterprise while providing less and less on ground service to anywhere bar the Capital.
Which now under a reduced GST regime is beginning to get a taste of its own medicine, so God help the rest of us!
Is any NT Government better than Canberra ? Once I would have unhesitatingly replied “yes” to that question… Now? If we can’t put together a stringent well managed government with an overall Territory view, a goal to build the economy, freeing up private enterprise,massively reducing Government bureaucracy, repaying debt through building a larger economy! Redirecting GST funding to fulfil the original intention! Building infrastructure that facilitates long term growth and employment! If we can’t achieve this outcome within the next electoral cycle, I believe anything including Canberra would be better for the future of long term committed Territorians!
I think you’ll find Canberra will be thinking along similar lines.


Vowles, McConnell and Collins dumped from Caucus
Ken Vowles tells us that we are in a lot of trouble and we need to do something about it … kind of a “Der” moment really.
Further to that this afternoon he tells us the Government is being run, all decisions made, by advisers, bureaucrats, something I’m pretty sure most Territorians have long suspected.
So not only are we broke! But democracy, the peoples control of its authorities has gone out the widow altogether!
No wonder we are in trouble the Territories being run by the dysfunctional rabble that makes up its bureaucracy, no guidance from above, deaf ears to complaints from below.
Is there anything worth saving in the Self Government Act?


Treasurers meet on NT fiscal crisis: No offers from Canberra
@ So called Liberal: For the past years, since the introduction of the GST, the Territory has been receiving over and above the GST levels that other Australians revived with an expectation that we would invest wisely in infrastructure, right across the Territory, lifting our Aboriginal populations along with other Territorians to a 21st century level of living, services, health care, overall amenity while creating sustainable economies, employment, opportunity, happy healthy futures for all, repaying the investments of our fellow Australians.
Instead on the ground, in communities, we have growing poverty and despair, continuing welfare dependency, failure to deliver the most basic of services.
Now we are expecting worsening health outcomes as staff are withdrawn from clinics because.
Meanwhile in our glorious capital we’ve lived the high life, installed services, sports grounds, water parks, general amenities to a level that very few other Australians share.
Along with that we have built the most gigantic suffocating, free enterprise killing, parasitic bureaucracy which wastes the good intentions of the rest of the nation while delivering almost nothing.
What should have been a great boon for Territorians setting us up for the future has in fact been our undoing because of greedy self indulgent uncaring and blatantly incompetent government and governments
It’s time we stopped and took stock, time to undertake the biggest restructuring of our bureaucracy since the beginning of Self Government!
I think we have reached a point where it’s time the Feds inflicted upon us A Royal Commission that we really do deserve!
Territorians along with Canberra need to develop a believable, achievable, long term planned, incremental, infrastructural strategy which acknowledges the needs of all Territorians equally and sets out to lift the lives of all Territorians in that manner.
Do we grow our capital?
Of course we do. But not at the expense of the regions.
We grow our capital by developing our regions.
Which in turn feed the growth of the Capital.
We do all this through encouraging and facilitating the growth of free enterprise while shrinking Government to the minimum required – not making up almost the entire population, as it does today.


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