It is apparent and recognised that the many first people …

Comment on First Nations want a ‘Voice’ enshrined in the constitution by Surprised!.

It is apparent and recognised that the many first people around the world were treated shockingly. We, in Australia need to be united as a nation of people where EVERYONE is treated equally.
I am unsure of the wording in the constitution but I hope it says something like all people and does not exclude anybody.
Whilst there is (unfortunately) some inequality in the dealings with some Aboriginal people, there seems that from a percentage ratio there is much more money provided to them.
I am all for equality, but equality has to work both ways, over all aspects.
In my opinion it serves no purpose to keep bringing up the past and in many instances it seems this is being used as a political tool. Doing this only generates resentment at possibly hatred and certainly racism.
We need to get on with life and work to build a strong and prosperous nation.
The moment the word “together” is used, it infers a divide. “Together” should be replaced with the word “All”.

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First Nations want a ‘Voice’ enshrined in the constitution
@ True But: That’s exactly the attitude that is contributing to the problem.
So why don’t you work out a formula for a one off payment?
Getting handouts based on conscience is very destructive for to the payer and payee.
If you are referring to land as assets then it should be simple to calculate a REALISTIC rental payment. Then we stop paying royalties and we could save hundreds of millions.
Your one liner, clearly shows you are happy to contribute and exacerbate the problem rather than working out an equitable solution.
I note none has been able to answer all of my questions.
May I suggest you become a politician!


First Nations want a ‘Voice’ enshrined in the constitution
So how long should we keep paying? Common criminals get out of prison after serving their time, so are you also suggesting that we keep punishing them for the same crimes?
I agree there were atrocities committed but as I have said, failure to move on will only fuel the issue.
Whilst you express your sentiments perhaps attempt to offer a solution!
Please bear in mind that in order to continue to empower Indigenous people we need to move forward from our emotions and act with respect, acceptance and understanding.
Can someone explain why job advertisements can say “Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders are encouraged to apply” without there being a little racist slur or why there are schools where whites can’t go?
I mentioned earlier it has to work both ways.
Let’s do that and prosper or keep wallowing in the past and see the further degradation of our wonderful country.


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Warrant for police search of construction firm office
Surprised! Yep yet again, but this time at a lot of the readers. (Are you pollies in disguise?)
I don’t see the paper making any accusations or innuendo here, merely reporting that the “Police SAY they have a warrant to search the premises of MPH Constructions”.
So, shall we bury our heads in the sand? Do you want the news or not?
The fact that a lot of the responses here are emotionally based, seems a little odd to me. Is there more to this story perhaps?
To those who passed comments about the article being “incredibly irresponsible”, I suggest you spend your time watching Goggle Box or the Batchelorette to stay informed and stay away from reading this (IMHO) unbiased newspaper.


From Standley Chasm take the staircase to heaven
Well, I have been out there a few times.
I spoke to Ray about some of many improvements he has made as I thought he had done a fantastic job.
Ray introduced me to some of the Aboriginal workers and there were quite a few milling around doing various jobs.
Keep up the great work Ray.


Cops at bottle shops must stay: Lambley
Whilst the TBLs may be effective, using valuable police resources to do this is not.
Perhaps the Government should consider outsourcing this task to someone else.


Town camp attackers should face full force of law
Yet again, the gutless pollies along with the do-gooders will prevent any real penalties for those who commit violence against others.
You can talk all you like, but it will only be listened to if you removed any “substances” and if the person is willing to listen.
So, until that time, we will have to implement real penalties for those who commit violent acts, especially when it come to violence against police.
To the pollies and Do-gooders, SERIOUSLY try to imagine giving your loved ones a kiss goodbye before they go to work for the day, not knowing if the next time you see them, may be when you have to go to hospital or worse, the cemetery.
It’s a sad state of affairs, but this is what the police in this town put up with!
And no, I’m not interested that it happens everywhere, I am only interested that it happens in our town at the moment.
Perhaps Gunner, is Gunna do something when he gets A Round Tuit.


Police injured: Three incidents in one week
Beverley, you have clearly had a traumatic incident.
My point though, is that the police need to ALWAYS be respected and supported in their jobs.
They should not be above the law. If they break the law, they too should be held accountable.
But, most police are professional and their job is to deliver the messages (rules) of the governments that we vote for. So, it’s unfair to attack the messengers.
If we continue to encourage these attacks on the police as the government is now doing, we will end up in an ugly anarchical society with the ironic twist of hoping the police will help us.


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