We cannot compare Indigenous of Australia with the inhabitants of …

Comment on Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice by Evelyne Roullet.

We cannot compare Indigenous of Australia with the inhabitants of Europe.
Songlines trace the journeys of ancestral spirits as they created the land, animals and lore.
Integral to Aboriginal spirituality, songlines are deeply tied to the Australian landscape and provide important knowledge, cultural values and wisdom to Indigenous people.
“They can be about creation stories, and they can be contemporary stories as well.
“It’s quite complex, but those land markers are very, very important, hence the importance of land claims and acknowledgement of traditional owners.”
Using songlines, Indigenous Australians have acquired an encyclopedic memory of the thousands of species of plants and animals across Australia.
“They wouldn’t have survived if they didn’t have all this practical knowledge and handed down generation after generation,” says Monash University researcher Lynne Kelly.
Europe has no songlines.
Songlines criss-cross not only the remotest parts of the continent as well as our seas, but also the cities and suburbs.

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Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice
@ Ray: “Saying it is a national Aboriginal centre demonstrates we still don’t get it.”
I put myself in the shoes of an oversea tourist, who wishing to learn, to understand this country. Australia is vaste and demands time and money if you want to visit all the “many countries” you speak off. Alice Springs could be the perfect centre for a unique experience.
Your statement:”The entrance to this centre should be the first point to explain to visitors that although Aboriginal people inhabit the entire continent, it is made up of hundreds of ‘countries’ and this particular centre celebrates and explains to visitors the uniqueness of the TOs, their descendants and visitors that make up this region.” This describes exactly my thoughts on the subject.
@ Steve: I do not speak like an academic, but as a longtime resident with many Aborigine friends sharing their feelings and knowledge. As a politician Steve, may be you should learn to refrain to debase people who have different point of view that yours, this is the first advice that an academic give to students learning how to debate.
I can debate with Ray, but not with you if you insult.

Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice
I agree Ted and if the designer comes from interstate or overseas, he/she should demonstrate his/her knowledge of Aboriginal culture and the design should be based on the songlines which underpin the whole Aboriginal culture and tie all Aboriginal Australia together.

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@ Paul Parker: “Clearly the NT has become an apartheid state, where the rights, responsibility and accountability of residents appears first determined by racial tags”.
Apartheid refers to a political system where people are clearly divided based on race, gender, class or other such factors.
The NT became an apartheid State when the Federal government scrapped the Racial Discrimination Act so that they could implement three specific rules: The right to send the army into Aboriginal communities, the establishment of non-Aboriginal managers within Aboriginal communities, and the supervision of people’s social security payments!
If they done this to another ethnic group there would have been a revolution.
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Yes, Pratty Bruce, I remember the day when, a few days after the opening, the well dressed boyfriend of my daughter was refused entry because his trouser had a stud!

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The age of criminal responsibility acts as the gateway to the criminal justice system – under a certain age you are kept out.
Australian criminal jurisdictions have a modern approach, with two age levels of criminal responsibility: A lower one under which a child is always presumed too young to ever be capable of guilt and can, therefore, never be dealt with in criminal proceedings (currently under the age of 10); and a higher one where the presumption that a child is incapable of crime (termed the presumption of doli incapax) is conditional.
Children in the higher age group, between 10 and 14 years old, can be convicted of criminal offences only if the prosecution can refute the presumption of doli incapax.
This can be done by proving the child understood that what he or she had done was wrong according to the ordinary standards of reasonable adults.
We need to remind teenagers of a sobering reality: “You are no longer boys and girls, you are men and women. You are an adult when your body says so, but you don’t get the perks and privileges that adults enjoy until you earn them.”
The last point goes for any age.
Teenagers are at an age of life when their focus should be on taking on the responsibilities of adulthood.
Alas, we live in a society that clings tightly to extended adolescence, the banalities of youth culture, and the choice of older people to refuse to act their age (grandparents who do not want to be called Nana and Poppy “60 is the new 40” or whatever).
This said I believe that most children aren’t born innately good or evil; rather, they learn what is acceptable behaviour (or not) from the adults around them.
We should introduce the concept of parental responsibility into our criminal code.
Imposing legal and financial responsibility for kids’ criminality on parents will force grown-ups to become better parents.
And for those mums and dads who lack the financial capacity to meet their delinquent children’s obligations? Start docking their welfare payments.
Nothing focuses a lazy parent’s mind like the prospect of losing taxpayer funding for their lifestyle.
Why should those of us who work for a living subsidise adults who fail to raise their own kids properly?

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@ EADE: “But at the end of the day there is always risk, and it is up to the government to minimise that risk and look after the community”.
Correct, but in this case the “minimising” is not good enough. Living is a risk that we all face from the day we are born, but some risks like this one are not worth taking.
When we have no clean water supply, all the “sorry” in the world will not fix it.

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@ John Bell: Jimmy has more than long hair in common with great men: all had being ridiculed by their peers.
Jesus was ridiculed by His Brothers, Moses was rejected By His Brethren …
Newton was labelled heretic. Newton’s religious views developed as a result of participation in an investigative discourse with Nature (the nature of the world).
Trying to convince you that Albert Einstein was rejected in any way during his lifetime let alone a moron is a hard sell, considering that he was one of the most famous men on the planet at the time.
Why not Jimmy?
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“Research done by Ramon Mora-Ripoll, medical scientific director at Organizacién Mundial de la Risa, Barcelona Spain, has shown that humor and laughter is related to health, and can release physical and emotional tension, improve immune functioning, stimulate circulation, elevate mood, enhance cognitive functioning and, not surprisingly, increase friendliness.”
So if we communicate with humour, we develop friendship.

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