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Comment on First Nations want a ‘Voice’ enshrined in the constitution by Evelyne Roullet.

Surprised! I do agree with you but to a certain point: total equality does not exist, as we all have different needs; but ALL “to have the same rights” does.
I give one example that really touch me and upset me: My husband has a very good army friend, together they fought for this country in Borneo, in Malaysia and in Vietnam.
This friend with his children and grand children regularly visit us, we have BBQ few drinks and fun. Alas, he cannot reciprocate, because he is an Aborigine who live in a CAMP. Equality? Same rights?
Let’s start by giving the Aborigine a voice then we can have a look to needs and distribution of money.
Money from taxpayers should be distributed accordingly to needs not by ethnicity or past history.

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First Nations want a ‘Voice’ enshrined in the constitution
It is time and hopefully quickly.
We are now the only Commonwealth nation that does not have a treaty with its Indigenous peoples. Rather than building our country on the idea of a partnership with Aboriginal people, our laws have sought to exclude and discriminate against them.
The idea of a treaty goes back many years. The failure to enter into a treaty was lamented in the early days of the Australian colonies. For example, the governor of Van Diemen’s Land, George Arthur, presided over a period of great conflict known as the Black War and in 1832 remarked that it was “a fatal error . . . that a treaty was not entered into” with the Aboriginal people of that island.
Positive change in Australia depends on Aboriginal people having more control over their lives. Improvements in education, employment and quality of life must be achieved by policies and programs owned and developed by the people affected.
Success cannot be imposed from Canberra. The hard work must be done by Aboriginal people; but decisions have often been imposed on Aboriginal people by parliaments and governments lacking even a single Indigenous member.
In the words of Prime Minister Keating at Redfern 10/12/1992:
“We have to acknowledge that pre-1788, this land was as Aboriginal then as it is Australian now and until we have acknowledged that, we will be an incomplete nation and a torn people.”….

“Isn’t it reasonable to say that if we can build a prosperous and remarkably harmonious multicultural society in Australia, surely we can find just solutions to the problems which beset the first Australians – the people to whom the most injustice has been done.”


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Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
Mark, join the club.
I believe this project, sometime called Cultural Center sometime Art Galley ( I do not know if it is one building or two), is a red herring to take people’s attention away from more important issues. I would like to read here what this government have achieved since the elections, ie.more jobs? reduction in crimes?
what about the budget deficit?
We have a beautiful art and museum center in Araluen, a museum in town with plenty of art galleries and sporting facilities.
Could shops keepers tell us if businesses have risen since the opening of the museum?
Could the Tourism bureau shows us the increase in visitors?


Town Council riven by conflict, lack of leadership
Cr Matt Paterson, do you really believe that the attitude of our PM, Jacinta Price and Senator Scullion are a good role model for our youths?
In my eyes they are three snobs in the real sense of the term: “Peacocks with no breeding.”
Where did they learn their manners and diplomacy?
Of course the whole town could not have be on the guests list, but the rightful custodians of the town and the councillors representatives of the community should have been on it.
Jacinta, so proud to be Warlpiri / Irish, should have shown respect of protocols and sensitivities.
As an educator I always believe that children should be taught tact: It encompasses many things, including emotional intelligence, respect, discretion, self-awareness, thoughtfulness, compassion, subtlety, honesty, diplomacy, and courtesy.
I did not see any of those elements in the PM visit.
Tact is strongly influenced by culture and because we are a multicultural society tact is important.


Chin up, says tourism pioneer: Go and sell it
“The friendly people, the hospitality, the natural beauty – they’re all still here.”
Yes, what is missing are local tour guides with not only the knowledge of the fauna and flora but who still have the true blue streak of larrikinism.


Four councillors walk out of tonight’s Town Council meeting
Walk out of a meeting to show objection and disagreement show character because they deflect what will otherwise be a confrontation or slanging match
This is also the reason why parents and educators ask a child to go for a walk, because if it is the adult who walk out, the child perceive this as a victory until he/she understand that it is the contrary.
Restraint is a virtue related to the concept of freedom: By letting go, you can actually control your mind instead of having your mind control you.


Town Council riven by conflict, lack of leadership
Who invite should pay the bill:if the Town Council invited the PM the ratepayers should pay; if Jacinta Price invited him she should pay. I do not give her the title of councillor, because in my opinion political parties are infiltrating local government and pushing their agendas to the detriment of local issues. She was elected as a representative of the whole community not as a CLP candidate
Councillors are supposed to be there for community issues, so unless the PM came with solutions for our problems we should not fork out for the bill.
POLITICAL parties should be banned from local government.


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