A mongrel idea that was introduced in the 80s at …

Comment on CDP work for the dole scheme gets a hammering by Ian Rennie.

A mongrel idea that was introduced in the 80s at an Aboriginal community by the name of Balgo (and others) situated in WA 900 Km north west of Alice Springs.
I was employed there as a mechanic and had a number of people working in the workshop and they were being paid as well as others in the store, the office, with the plumber, the brick layer, the electrician, the school as well as those doing many other tasks and the equivalent of council works, road works within the community and surrounding areas. These people worked hard and were paid a wage.
The unbelievable happened with outside Government bodies including the Department of Aboriginal Affairs coming along and telling these people they now had to work for the dole.
The simplest way that I can put it is that this community changed for the worse, those who once worked for a wage then worked for the dole and I ask, how many people would do this? How many people would allow this to be forced upon them?
It was OK for myself and other whites who worked there, we lost nothing except maybe a certain amount of respect because those who lost a wage worked equally as hard as us. One thing I found unfathomable was the fact that one group could be singled out like this.
Just maybe this “new” idea is somewhat different, but is it really? And is it fair?

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I’m sure China would be watching closely to see if the silly stupid Aussies will give them any more land and assets for pennies.


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Robyn Lambley MLA, Independent Member for Araluen is spot on.
Why does the normal side of the population have to have this junk rammed down our throats by the weird side of humanity? (Referring to the politicians, actually).
And why do politicians bow and scrape to minorities in the name of vote gathering by passing such ludicrous legislation. They need to get a life.
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How much of our relationship with Aborigines is hypocrisy?
Is my refusing to apologise for any wrongs done to Aboriginal since white settlement hypocrisy?
No, it is not. Now David, give me one reason why it is and show me why living and working on an Aboriginal community makes me a hypocrite?
Should I grovel like Krudd or be a man? I will say this, Aboriginal people have no respect for people who grovel to them and I will go on to say that the initiated men that I have dealt with have my respect more than most of the two faced whites I have had dealings with.
And I am man enough to put my name up, because I am a Rennie and proud.


How much of our relationship with Aborigines is hypocrisy?
I must add to my other writing that things have not always been as good for Aboriginal Australians and may no one take that as that they are perfect, (by crikey, things are not perfect for the average White Australian either) but in some ways they have a lot of good happening.
Also, white Australia is not – I repeat, not – responsible for what happened many years ago and as such I take great aversion to Rudd’s apology saying he apologized for all Australians because for me I will not ever apologize.


How much of our relationship with Aborigines is hypocrisy?
G’day to you Mr Jakub Baranski of Warsaw, Poland.
I met a woman who came to the Alice and her main reason was to help the Aboriginal people.
I found that interesting because a lot of people who wish to do this have never spoken to an Aboriginal Australian and a lot of their information had come from people who had done a bit of touring and were under the impression that they were made to live on reservations.
Nothing could be further from the truth not knowing that there are homelands scattered throughout Australia mostly funded by the Australian taxpayer.
These people live there because they wanted to in the first place.
Now this woman I spoke about, well a week later I bumped into her and she was asking me if I could help her get hold of a truck to take food out to the people on communities who she had been told were starving as the government gave them no food. OMG!
Just how ignorant and misinformed can a person be? Look I could go on for hours as I have first hand knowledge, having lived and worked on such communities for seven years solid and have had quite some dealings with some of the incompetents in various government departments.
I did however find your letter most interesting.


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