@ Bob Beadman. Bob provides thoughtful detail to the history …

Comment on CDP work for the dole scheme gets a hammering by John Bell.

@ Bob Beadman. Bob provides thoughtful detail to the history of the various Federal government employment initiatives that began with Liberal Minister William Wentworth’s Training Allowance Scheme in 1967.
The first training allowance payments began to about 30 communities throughout the NT in late February 1968.
The training allowance scheme was an effort to head off trade union activism in remote traditional communities which would have occurred in an award wage environment.
The Whitlam government of 1972 and then the appointment of Charlie Perkins as effectively the first human rights commissioner in 1976 made the politics of equal wages in remote communities a major white idealistic battleground that raged from then on in academia and in the human rights lobby.
The industry of Aboriginal shame and blame was born. CDEP and all that followed was a product of those emotive political times. A patterned approach to economic productivity and community wellbeing was established and entrenched. Nothing has changed. My opinion only.

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CDP work for the dole scheme gets a hammering
When the Whitlam government introduced CDEP in the NT circa 1972, the concept we were sold was that a block of money equivalent to the combined unemployment benefits payable to Community X would be allocated to Community X.
The Community X Council would then get together to create a number of jobs between which the funding would be divided as wages.
The Council would then decide who would be employed in those jobs.
At the time, CDEP was presented as socialism at its finest, with the Community taking control.
As the meerkat lad says in the ad on tellie: “Simples!”
So, 45 years on, what went wrong?

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Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Interested Darwin Observer. Admittedly, I follow the Alice Council from afar, but the way that the investigation of the complaint against Cr Cocking was conducted is pretty typical across local councils generally everywhere these days.
The blurring of tiered government responsibilities and charter is totally lost on the bulk of ordinary punters.
Councils are now a most powerful source of setting social political policy and forcing it on State governments.
They are frighteningly powerful in inner city electorates.
Jimmy is part of this council-power politicised cuthroat scene.
So he should toughen up, Buttercup, because there is be plenty more where that came from. On all sides.

Now $90m earmarked for Aboriginal gallery
Dare ask the question – where is this money coming from? Another $90m? Pfffft … chickenfeed!
Spending has overtaken the Australian economy like a virus. The NT is following Victoria.
Hang on … it’s election week.
Imagine trying to run a family household weekly budget like these politicians. The family would be on the streets in a month.

How much of our relationship with Aborigines is hypocrisy?
Jakub Baranski. Thank you for your view on Aboriginal dugout canoes. It is historically interesting.
I have had an interest since my youth in Matthew Flinders’ amazing circumnavigation of Australia in a tiny boat.
Then in 2003 I visited Japan and stumbled across a small maritime museum on the coast 80 km north of Tokyo. I was astounded to see a huge 12th century map outline of the eastern Australian coastline from the tip of Cape Yorke down to approximately the border of present day Victoria.
The young with-it Japanese curator told me that local fishing boats went fishing all the way down the Australian coast for centuries before the emperors banned overseas sailing after the Divine Wind attempted invasion by the Chinese.
Suspended from the three storey ceiling was a replica of one of those original fishing boats. Tiny. My mind boggled.
It would be terrific education for an Australian maritime museum to display such boats from different peoples and countries during these eras.
It would give us a greater appreciation of the comparative maritime brilliance of the different cultures.

Leaving town: Centre, its creatures will miss Kaye Kessing
Kaye. A very kind and gentle lady whom I am very proud to call a friend since early 70s Melanka days.
The mural on the Coles wall from the Ghan window is my lasting memory of a brilliant talent.
The friend of the endangered species. Alice has been greatly enriched by a good lady.

If you can climb Mt Everest and in Yosemite, why not Uluru?
I have never been able to work out exactly why The Rock should not be climbed.
Is it a spiritual religious thing? Or is it simply because the custodians think it is a “respect” thing?
If the latter, is it because the custodians feel offended or is Uluru considered a living entity that feels offended?
I am fair dinkum when I ask this. Different people have different views. It is confusing.

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