From a jaundiced song sheet … “There is profoundly increasing …

Comment on Greens on Pine Gap: Move towards non-aligned foreign policy by Diane de Vere.

From a jaundiced song sheet …
“There is profoundly increasing evidence that foreign espionage and intelligence activities are being practised in Australia on a wide scale. I believe the evidence is so grave and so alarming in its implications that it demands the fullest explanation. The deception over the CIA and the activities of foreign installations on our soil … are an onslaught on Australia’s sovereignty.”
– GOUGH WHITLAM to the Australian Parliament, 1977.

Recent Comments by Diane de Vere

The ‘tough gig’ of doing things the right way
A lot of lessons to be learnt from this beautiful story, at this time. Thank you Kieran.
A model of a “unique partnership, apmereke-artweye Doris Kngwarraye Stuart and artists Dan Murphy and Lucy Stewar,” built on authenticity, knowledge, generosity and respect.

Government breaches faith over CM appointment
Re “all public sector appointments undergo a merit-based assessment”.
I could write several books about this statement. It is not what you know, nor ones ability to provide proven evidence of success in the required field, rather it is whom you know, and in fact very often position descriptions are written to accommodate an already politically selected applicant, with selected referees.
It is a pattern perfected in the NT and evident in Aboriginal organisations and government departments across the country.
It is not conducive to closing the gap, open accountability / transparency or fostering healthy productive workplaces where the targeted recipients of funding are included and actually reap the benefit.

Birth of an art movement: the untold story
The DVD Mr Patterns [Geoffrey Bardon] 2003 directed by Catriona McKenzie fills in some background from another perspective. Also Settle Down Country and Benny and the Dreamers DVDs provide some Pintupi historical background.

Elferink and Gooda clash over underage marriage
Re abuse, assault, torture, the “sexual component” that amounts to sexual abuse”, relating to youth detention and child protection policies, priorities and practices. Is this issue he raises a red herring? Maybe Mr Elferink should be responding to the mind control stategies and torture that his department condoned under white fella law.

Part of my submission to the RC re the Don Dale Four Corners footage referred to evidence that youth were being subjected to treatment that meets the international definition of torture and military-style mind control techniques that ‘break” the mind, body and soul. I quote from an article, although it focusses on refugees and asylum seekers, that raises questions that also need to be considered in this inquiry. “Ethics of the unspeakable: Torture survivors in psychoanalytic treatment” by Beatrice Patsalides, Ph.D.

“Torture is a public secret. Its practice is known and widespread and has blurred the boundaries between the so-called civilized and non-civilized, the first, second, and third worlds. As refugees, survivors of torture are mostly class-less citizens. As patients they are, by virtue of their questioning of extremes, unclassifiable. As humans they are like all of us, although, perhaps, on the more courageous side of being.”

“Methods of torture are innumerable and of unfathomable inventiveness and cruelty, with the difference being that in the so-called “civilized” world’s methods of torture have become – thanks to the knowledge of modern psychology – more sophisticated, so that the lack of visible traces on the body increases the secrecy of the practice and decreases the survivors’ credibility. Not being able to show a scar, “objectively” consistent with the method of torture claimed, drastically limits the survivor’s chances of citizenship in the country of refuge. Ironically, therefore, the more deeply, the more frequently, and the more visibly one was hurt, the greater one’s officially granted chances of immigration and survival.”

“Torture, executed in spaces of secrecy and in anonymity, is based on fundamental transgressions:
Victims are stripped of their name, their clothes, their home, their loved ones – all that was familiar and would give hold to a sense of attachment, of strength, of freedom, and “I-ness”. They are forcibly robbed of their sleep and their dreams so as to become warped in time and space, empty-headed though crazed by rumination and fear, starved for contact and comfort. With nobody and nowhere but the torturer to turn to for solace, and disabled in their
capacity to distance, deny, detach, and defend against the always looming temptation to helplessly surrender victims of torture, in that state of regression, may develop what is called a traumatic bond with their torturer. The torturer and his schemes, being friendly today and brutal tomorrow, has become the center of the victim’s universe. And he often represents the only source of hope.”

Birth of an art movement: the untold story
I comment on my comment. Interesting should be replaced by infuriating – very very sad. Very very destructive.

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