Why shouldn’t Elders be paid for their consultancy work? Any …

Comment on Conflicting stories for Parrtjima’s lights on the hill by Peter.

Why shouldn’t Elders be paid for their consultancy work? Any other person providing professional advice in any other profession would charge a consultancy fee – and a steep one at that! $$. These Elders are constantly humbugged by Government and Organisations in Alice Springs because of their status as key owners and caretakers. Government and Org’s do not see or live the stress these Elders have to deal with that exists in the Aboriginal landscape here. These leaders are torn down and heavily criticised within this community by their own people, and also by Government or non-Aboriginal people who want them to make immediate decisions about events, festivals, land developments etc. This is why even the simplest of decisions about land or development is a major issue.

We should be applauding Apmereke-artweye Benedict Stevens and Kwertengwerles Coco and Felicity for engaging with this highly contentious process.

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Can government afford cultural discord gallery is creating?  
Gallery debate aside, Arrernte custom follows patrilinieal line in talking for country.
It has always been this way. It is still acknowledged by knowledgeable senior women and men.
Benedict Stevens is the male apmereke-artweye for Alice Springs. A big responsibility falls on his shoulders for many different issues that people would not see, especially in the current day contemporary Aborigine politics and constant badgering for consultation over town developments and issues.


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All from a small section of an angry, bitter Ntulye family intent on discrediting other families and hell-bent on power and control.


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@ Melissa: Is your head so far in the sand that you actually believe Jacinta Price stands for oppressed women and not her own ego and narcissism?
Do you really believe an elected Price will sort out social issues in this town?
Heck, even the most conservative know she’s a rogue with no answers, no track record and will yield no results.


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@ Erwin: Is this not the same Shane Lindner that a few months ago was featured in a story with other Arrernte men about the need for respect, safety and correct conduct of people who come to town from outlying communities?
A contradiction of sorts he stands against violence and negative behaviours yet is now charged with assault.
Shane. Olden day Arrernte men conducted themselves with dignity and respect towards their families and culture. You have a long way to go.
And to talk for this country you need to be a Peltharre / Kngwarraye of the Mparntwe / Tyuretye estate of Alice Springs. Alice Springs is not Ntulye.


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Nganampa Development Corporation? Sorry Owen and Harold. Wrong language on the wrong country.


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