The “second step” is for Aboriginal peoples to take more …

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The “second step” is for Aboriginal peoples to take more pride in their culture.
Many children were removed from their parents. I remember English kids just “arriving” at my school when I was a kid. Their parents were still in England. From memory this happened up until the late 70s.
Whilst it is terrible, if the children are at risk they need to be removed.
The harsh reality is that in a lot of cases the bittersweet is that a lot of these people received a good education and are well respected people and that includes Aboriginal people.

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Offenders bailed to ‘country’: An option, says police
Perhaps its time for the community elders to step up to the plate.


Sweet Country, a voice demanding to be heard
I went and saw this movie on the weekend. It was a fantastic movie.
I was a bit annoyed about the bigotry displayed by Harry March and Sergeant Fletcher though, but across all peoples, there are always bigots.
I was very happy that Sam was treated fairly by the judge and regained his rightful freedom, but the end was quite sad.
I would have liked to be around in those days.
All in all a great movie.


$12m for new mountain biking tracks, camps
I’m not a mountain biker, but I do like camping.
Given the social issues in Alice Springs at the moment, perhaps the $12m would be better spent making the tourists safer in town, rather than getting them them safely out of town!?
There are plenty of beautiful spots to ride and camp already. We don’t need them handed on a plate.
It is insulting to think the government thinks we are all that stupid, that by funding this will somehow make us all forget the core issues it has created.


Kids in the justice system: The stark numbers
The stats are not surprising. Interestingly on an Australia wide note (as well), people complain that there are more Aboriginals (ratio) than non-Aboriginal people in custody. But nobody seems to be able to work out why.
Perhaps it is because there are more convictions of Aboriginals? Note there is no mention of offences, only convictions.
Perhaps Ms Wakefield needs to wake up and do something measurable to address this in the Territory?
Perhaps also, the taxpayer funded NGOs should be contributing 100 times more financially.
It’s really all taxpayer money anyway, but a token gesture would go a long way to acknowledging they are at least taking this massive issue seriously.


Will we say sorry to the Abandoned Generation in 10 years?
Until the parents take responsibility and or are held accountable for their children’s actions, things will only get worse.
Until society accepts that a unified approach to addressing the issues is accepted, things will only get worse.
Until we stop blaming our childhood for our adult actions, things will only get worse.
Until we show respect for each other, things will only get worse.
Until we cease revisiting the Stolen Generation (when it suits us) and accept that it happened, was managed abhorrently, people were treated cruelly, it should never have happened that way, but until we move on, things will only get worse.
On the Stolen Generation, people never seem to mention the thousands of children from the UK, supposedly orphans (many weren’t) forced to come to Australia in the 50s to 70s, so it was not only the Aboriginal children that were the Stolen Generation.
What many seem to ignore or accept, is that the fact that this happened, has in many cases provided opportunities that these people may never have had and many have attained great things because of this.
Before some readers arc up at this comment: No, the ends doesn’t justify the means.
We as a society have made some horrible mistakes and inflicted lots of suffering to our fellow man and to our world.
This downfall of society and the moral values such as respect, honesty, integrity and many other things is only exacerbated by our politicians’ weak leadership, their convenient morals and our own apathy as a whole.
We all need to move on, stop revisiting the past and build a better world for us all.
Let us start by adopting a unified approach to deal with the real issues, learn from our mistakes and use this knowledge for the benefit of our society.


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