I think you will find that Mr Stuart had quite …

Comment on Is the Stuart statue next? by Number 19.

I think you will find that Mr Stuart had quite a bit of support from government and elsewhere.

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Is the Stuart statue next?
No obvious signs written in English saying it was Arrernte country. But obviously the people who lived here and he encountered on his way lived here – der.
I don’t think the early settlers gave people many choices. They weren’t offering a ticket to Adelaide and a house and health care. It was a bit more like work for me for no wages or get off my land. And these bullets are my title deed.


Is the Stuart statue next?
Also the council spent quite a bit of our money installing and moving this statue several times.
I believe the council is here for all the citizens and should be careful not to hide or obscure our history just to honor an obscure religious group.


Is the Stuart statue next?
An incredible feat for Stuart to be able to travel across a harsh and unknown, to him, environment.
If you recognise that and agree that it should be honored with a public artwork surely you would agree that it is also an amazing achievement for Arrernte people to have lived in that very same environment for countless generations.
Arrernte did it first and also deserve recognition.


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The most important thing about the gallery is that more coffees get sold in the Mall. They should bulldoze Flynn Church and Adelaide House and build it there.


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Between the red soil and ranges and the blue skies of central Australia is where Pam lived and worked for many years.An inspiration.

Distant pools reflect the sun
Earth and Sky, and the colours run
Butterfly backstroke horizon deep
You’re already in now try to keep
Breathing
The silence loud in the salt

Kangaroo like a motorcar
Someone left in a hurry but never got far
Doors ripped off on the side of the road
Headlight broken bone exposed
And scattered and torn with my heart bursting out of my sleeve

Silhouetted on the side of a mountain
Or dancing semaphore out in the dunes
You cut a good line between the red and the blue

Drawn in sand and written in stone
Flesh and blood, feather and bone
When at last you came to sleep
Body tossed in blue so deep
And delicately placed upon the papery shore

A red stilleto pierces the salt
A flock of budgies mid-flight halt
Left washing hanging in the breeze
Something cooking in the deep freeze
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Except Mr Higgins there is no Federal budget surplus. They are predicting one but I doubt that it’s the first time in 10 years that one has been predicted, seems every election every party makes a commitment to a budget surplus. Get your facts straight. There is no Budget surplus.


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Frank, it’s not about making money and royalties for the Indigenous mob.
It’s not about making tax dollars for the whole community, it’s about making big bucks for the few multinationals and shareholders and a job post politics or kickbacks for the pollies.
And then leaving a big mess for the community to cleanup.
How many ex-mining sites are properly rehabilitated by those that profited from them?


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Keeping kids on country, close to family, should be a no brainer.
We want these kids to come out with a more positive outlook and a chance to turn their lives around.
Smaller detentions centres are needed. Build one in Alice, sure, but build one also in Katherine, Tennant, Elliott, Yuendumu, Ntaria, Santa Teresa.
Keep kids close to country, kin culture, and make more jobs in the regions.
Poverty is one of the underlying causes of crime and regional jobs is a way to tackle that.


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