@ Ms Roullet. Thank you for pointing this out. However, …

Comment on Court placing itself above the community? by John Bell.

@ Ms Roullet. Thank you for pointing this out.
However, I did read the article. It was reasonable to draw the inference from the quote you cited that you agreed with it, as you made no qualifying comment.
I accept that you appear to disagree with the quote in your personal opinion. In fact, whether or not you did appear to agree with it, my comment stands in any forum of discussion, regardless of the ethnic or cultural background of anyone who put forward that quote as their opinion.

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Court placing itself above the community?
I have difficulty with Ms Evelyne Roullet’s stereotypical categorisation of “successful (i.e. white) people redefining what it is to be Indigenous.
This is a harsh and unkind cultural judgment of people who happen to live and work with Aboriginal people.
As a white city boy from a struggling suburb of WW2 young veteran battler families, I and many young white city lads and lasses from similar urban backgrounds went to Alice from the 1960s onwards to work in Aboriginal communities.
Many of us were successful in our careers. However, we lived ordinary non-judgmental lives; we never ever considered ourselves to be “redefining what it is to be Indigenous”.
That is a condescending mindset when in fact we simply tried to come to grips with vast cultural differences in our day to day life.
Most white people who have lived for many years in Alice take Aboriginal people simply as they find them.
In my experience, stereotyping advantage and disadvantage according to race is a lazy mental discipline favoured by Left wing academics; it does a grave disservice to the ordinary people of both cultures.


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@ Carly. Your rather crass comment is perhaps better suited to the Twitteratti social comment medium, rather than in this respected cyber news medium?


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Strewth. A Federal prison in the Alice. The mind boggles. It could be filled immediately with Feddie ratbags and bushrangers for whom warrants are still outstanding from Traeger Park days of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
I can think of a few lads to be cell block chiefs. And then there are the Eover boys, the Pioneer lads, the Soupies … the place will be chockablock in an eyeblink.
They will have to throw away the keys.


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@ Local1: $300 for a Welcome to Country is chicken feed compared with the going rate down here in Melbourne Town Wiradjuri country. More than five and ten times that amount is usually the go, with competing elder groups jostling for position to get the gig. It tends to lose a bit of its oomph in this fiercely competitive monetary atmosphere.
Then you toss in the imposed mysticism of a La La Green White local council eg Darebin Council that adds to the mix, declaring non-Australia Day and banning all white ratepayers from a Smoking Ceremony in Council Chambers on 26 January to give the finger to Captain Cook.
All this from a moral-lecturing White Council that would not know a churinga from a chopstick – and it gets a bit much.
Ernie Dingo and Richard Wally must be sitting back in Suby, enjoying a nice quiet ale, grinning, saying to each other: “Our job is done here!”
I really like those two rascals. Richard was on our NASF Board in the 80s.
Mind you, they may sincerely believe they have done a great thing. Good luck to them.


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@ Whatacrock. Must admit, your comment on Chamberlain and appeasement of Hitler was drawing a rather obvious reference to council members trying to appease “make it all go away”.
Otherwise, why make the reference at all?
Another unfortunate comment relating to WW2 was made recently by a Member of Federal Parliament. Not necessary at all.
Now that this motion about political interference in council affairs has been passed, I imagine all future political involvement in council affairs will be a no-go zone. So Peace, bro.
This whole issue has been thrashed to death, don’t you think?.


Motion carried for former Prime Minister, Jacinta Price to pay for council party
@ Whatacrock. It is difficult to keep a straight face and enter into serious discussion with an unidentifiable Whatacrock comment writer who can draw comparisons between Alice Council naughty types and the world changing actions of British WW 2 leaders / appeasers.
Then again, we always did tend to think the world revolved around us Alicians when we were younger. Guess things never change.


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