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Comment on Aboriginal gallery: rushed business case yet immediate start? by Alex Hope.

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Recent Comments by Alex Hope

Charles Perkins: Australia’s Nelson Mandela
It is very sad to note that his story seems not to be well known by young Aboriginal people in Central Australia.
It might be hoped that he would be held up as a hero and a role model to inspire children with the belief that determination and participation in education might create more meaning in their lives.


Councillor passes buck to staff
I have never rung up a councilor about any matter because I have no idea whom to choose.
This story illustrates the difficulty we have in not having council wards. If there was a councilor for my part of town I would undoubtedly discuss neighborhood issues with them.
If the Chateau Hornsby area – whatever it is called now – had a local councilor it would be much harder for them to avoid representing their neighbors at Council.


West Macs fire mitigation critically inadequate: Scientist
Is there anybody out there who can enlighten us with knowledge rather than hearsay? Unfortunately I don’t have hard evidence here:
• I hear there are a lot of areas around the rural area where people have de-buffeled by mechanical rather than chemical means … yes … hard yakka.
• I haven’t checked the Desert Park lately but hear that it too has been substantially cleared.
• You could be right that grazing in national parks could be a lesser evil than buffel if it is uncontrollable.
However I would take some convincing. I have seen over the last 35 years the wonderful regeneration of the bush on the old Utopia cattle lease since it was destocked. Going from there to the neighbouring pastoral leases the difference is astounding.
From all I have read of their behaviour and predatory business practices over the years I am no fan of Monsanto (now Bayer) and I am disinclined to trust their statements, but despite this from my reading of the science, and despite the recent court case in the US, glyphosate (“Roundup”) has not yet been shown to be a proven carcinogen.
We will have to agree to disagree about the function of National Parks. I believe they are for preserving remnants of the natural environment, and that providing recreation for destructive bipeds is secondary.


West Macs fire mitigation critically inadequate: Scientist
@ Steve Brown: So just to clarify your argument Steve, are you advocating that fire control in Central Ausrtalian national parks should rely on grazing by cattle?
Are national parks not designed to protect and preserve native fauna and flora?
How can they fulfill that function if they are overtaken by a weed which supplants native grasses and wild flowers, and is in turn controlled by cattle?
In which case, how will are parks be any different to our pastoral leases?
Am I missing something here?
You must surely have noticed the blocks on Ilparpa Road which have had the buffel eradicated, where native grasses and wild flowers flourish in season, and how different they are to those where buffel has taken over?


Adelaide’s Indigenous gallery out of the starting blocks
Did anyone consider trying to gain a consensus from Aboriginal people across the nation on where a national Aborignal art gallery should be placed?


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