@ Steve: “Jacinta’s message a cry for help for the …

Comment on Jacinta Price: talking about Aboriginal people but not for them? by Jones.

@ Steve: “Jacinta’s message a cry for help for the lives of thousands of children.”
Yep and Bess based her career on the same cry for help.
It’s a worthy stance to take, it tugs at the heartstrings and you can’t argue with it. But what are the solutions?
Bess didn’t have any and what are Jacinta’s?
Well, none.
After a while voters will get tired of having their heartstrings yanked and will demand a fix, at least some worthy ideas.
Without them the cry for help is just manipulation.

Jones Also Commented

Jacinta Price: talking about Aboriginal people but not for them?
@ Melissa: “What are these kids (at risk) really getting from their communities anyway?”
One of the major criticisms of Bess and Jacinta is that they can’t see the positives of Aboriginal society.
They don’t acknowledge that while there are obvious problems the vast majority of Aboriginal children are growing up in a highly supportive kinship network.
That’s why Bess and Jacinta are often described as white fellas.


Jacinta Price: talking about Aboriginal people but not for them?
Jacinta carries the legacy of her mother.
That includes cutting off the water to the impoverished community of Whitegate.
On these pages Jacinta supported this appalling action.
At the time she was under the sway of Adam Giles and she took a side and many Aboriginal people have not forgiven her.
I was working in Willowra just before the last NT election and the backlash against Bess was overwhelming.
Nether Bess nor Jacinta work on the ground to win Aboriginal communities over and the more they claim to represent them the less they can legitimately make that claim.
Aboriginal people have a long history of being represented by others without their approval.
They don’t like it but rarely have the chance to speak out.
Unfortunately for her the next election is a rare opportunity.
Price to take on Snowden in Lingiari?
Forget it Jacinta, for all his faults Warren knows his place, knows who he can speak for and who he can’t.


Recent Comments by Jones

End of search for Monika Billen
My drone flying friends say that not finding Monika is a disgrace.
Forget the old tech ground searches.
Fly the latest high tech drones equipped with high-resolution cameras or video and analyse the results.
She would have been found on day two after being reported missing.
After an initial cost of perhaps $100,000 the drone system would pay for itself within a year and the tourist industry would be better off.


The financial crisis in the Northern Territory
James, I suspect that remote community infrastructure does add to the NT’s revenue stream, as it always has. Case in point (admittedly dated):
Federal grant of $500,000 for remote preschool.
NT admin tax $250,000.
Old asbestos clad science block sent to the community (instead of dumping it}.
Over the next three months, Alice Springs tradies renovate the building.
There is no money left for painting so that becomes a school expense.
Darwin designed building has no security so is broken into and trashed, then closed for six months as the school tries to get it repaired.
So the NT Government gets a windfall profit, Alice Springs businesses do well and the community gets a high maintenance asbestos building.


At last, public will get a say on Anzac Oval: Town Council
Gunner has made the right call on the location of the proposed gallery and offered substantial funding.
No other sensible and economically viable location has been proposed.
The gallery will probably operate at a loss as does the Desert Park.
To be sustainable the loss must be minimised and it must add value to our tourist businesses.
South of the Gap / at the Desert Part are not suitable locations.
The Greens are engaged in misguided economically damaging democracy.
They are doing the same by using their position on the Water Board to slow down mining development at Mt Pearce.
This action threatens the offer of generous funding.


The millions and the misery
Eugene’s Mate: “Unreasonably negative and incorrigibly antagonistic attitude towards Congress pathological denial of Congress’s achievements? Very unfairly, maligning Congress.”
Any organisation that gets more than $40m a year of taxpayer money, has $20m unspent and has a stake in CentreCorp with assets of more than $50m absolutely needs to be held accountable.
It worries me that you fall back on excuses such as saying that poverty is the main driver of renal disease (and of course Congress can’t change that).
How about, a sedentary lifestyle, living in squalor, poor diet, alcohol and smoking, all of which Congress should be able to do something about.
But they haven’t despite all the millions.
A new approach is needed.
Take diabetes:
Although there are other factors, diabetes is a major cause of end stage renal disease. Many of us have watched the progression from diabetes to end stage over the years.
I’ve personally seen it a dozen times or more.
Uncontrolled diabetes is rampant in our community and the deaths are mounting.
Congress has largely failed to stem the tide so we need to try something else.
That is a medical approach.
Instead of expensively trying to change behaviour and failing we need new drugs and medical devices.
That means more money for research and probably less for Congress.
Of course that is confronting and will get the reaction we see from you.
But Aboriginal health is bigger than Congress and is the priority.
A medical approach has the potential to save many hundreds of millions of dollars and improve Aboriginal lives on a large scale.
That claim cannot be made about Congress.


The millions and the misery
Evelyne, the research to quantify the extent of HTLV-1 was carried out years ago and the results were scary for Aboriginal people.
There will be a large death toll in coming years.
Very little is being done to discover a drug to treat it.
Your question has broader implications.
Should the taxpayer keep funding preventative programs to the extent we do when they are not working?
Wouldn’t Aboriginal health be improved far more by putting the money into the development of medical responses.
For example, there is an urgent need for implanted insulin delivery devices that require diabetics to do nothing.
There are several life threatening diseases, HTLV-1 being just one, that urgently need medical approaches such as drug treatments for prevention and/or cure.
Aboriginal health would be improved far more by redirecting at least some of the tens of millions wasted on Congress to researching new treatments.


Be Sociable, Share!