$300 for a Welcome To Country? Seriously. Jacinta herself is …

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$300 for a Welcome To Country? Seriously.
Jacinta herself is a local woman, as are, I believe other councillors.
Why are we / they / somebody paying for a tokenistic money making gesture that lasts for a couple of minutes and was invented by Ernie Dingo in 1974, and promoted as being a genuine cultural “thing” by NT Tourism shortly after.
We are being sucked in more and more by this apologist rubbish. Even the ever increasing smoking ceremonies are being trotted out to appease the great apologist gods.
Oh yes, we are basking in recently modernised traditions to show how much we accept the first nations people, all the while the abuse, poverty, homelessness issues continue for the real Aboriginal people out bush. Like the midwives saga, will we next be needing to apologise for our whiteness?

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Anonymous donation doesn’t fix conflict of interest for council
I would have been more surprised if a current sitting PM was not offered hospitality and a civic reception by the local council.
I would think many towns much larger than ours would fall over themselves to host the PM and have him make reference to the warm welcome and hospitality of Alice Springs.
OK, Jacinta is running for Parliment, was it really a campaign launch?
What if there was a Labour candidate there as well, would they be rude and not attend due to the fact they are of different political persuasion?
Is a councillor now prevented from chasing political aspirations just in case a PM decides to visit?
What a storm in a teacup, naturally if it is a blue teacup that too would be a conflict of interest and Councilor Price should pay for it.


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Shannon Spaulding: It is quite ironic that you chastise Mr Egan over his choice of words.
He has done far more for the Indigenous people in the NT (both fair skinned and full blood) than you could ever dream of, yet you chastise him on the words he uses.
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