The logical and legitimate historical relevance is that Australia became …

Comment on Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past by Paul Parker.

The logical and legitimate historical relevance is that Australia became an independent self-governing Commonwealth nation with Federation on January 1, 1901.
Our formal functions need to stick with the first Federation timetable, nothing before noon, as logical to enable majority recover from their New Year celebrations in time to attend and enjoy.

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Horses starve, rotting carcasses near homes
Around Australia corporate or natural persons as land owners, managers or others are prosecuted, found negligent and penalties are applied.
Other than racial prejudice, why are these relevant corporate land-owners (Land Trusts), their relevant corporate property managers (Land Councils), their relevant executive management boards, or other relevant individuals not prosecuted?
Frequently applied is the legal principle that ignorance of the law is no excuse.


News cycle: It’s all over in a day
None may claim surprise, the Commonwealth long conducting “racial profiling” since it took over the Northern Territory from South Australia.

Commonwealth promotion of “racial profiling” and apartheid is easier to recognize in the NT.

Commonwealth cares little for equal legal rights and equal legal responsibility which our Constitution offers all Australians.

Puzzle is why so many content to ignore denial of their equal rights, thus opportunity, for a few silver coins…

As Pastor Martin Niemöller explains it:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.


Public may pay for government fake news: Opposition
The Chief Minister Michael Gunner and his government adopting principles of Dr Goebbels [Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister – ED]:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
— Dr Joseph Goebbels: On the “Big Lie”
Possible advertising change: “Welcome to the Northern Territory land of big lies.”
Every MLA is part of the NT Government, their is role to draw public attention to serious failings and disgraces.


Santa Teresa wins housing class action against NT Government
The Commonwealth created land councils have become the problem, not the solution.
The ABC quotes a letter signed by the CEOs of the Northern Land Council, the Central Land Council, the Tiwi Islands Land Council and the Anindilyakwa Land Council.
“The land councils do not believe the current system of delivering housing assistance is working well in remote communities and we are committed to working with both tiers of government to design and implement an alternative one.”
The ABC writes they are further saying: “We also see that land councils could play a key role in facilitating arrangements that promote the Territory’s Local Decision Making policy in respect to housing, including setting up community housing providers if supported.”
IMHO the Land Councils approach since the land rights Act commenced remains a significant part of problems today.
Australians voted in 1967 to eliminate apartheid in Australia.
Yet the land councils treat the lands them similar to independent homelands created under South Africa’s apartheid regime.
The current action by the corporate land councils as glorified real estate agents is to grab control of valuable assets owned by the corporate land trusts.
The Land Councils should not receive housing monies.
The Act established the various corporate land trusts as the owners of the lands.
If the Commonwealth is to provide funds as grants they must be provided to the Corporate Land Trusts, with one exception.
The exception is where relevant corporate land trusts do issue conventional long term leases to persons or to corporate entities.
The problem here is the land councils are reluctant to issue conventional leases.
Without conventional leases is not possible to obtain loans, except by largess from Commonwealth, IMHO acting to prop up its own mistakes.
The Commonwealth’s approach reflects preference for promotion of racism, apartheid and rorts whilst ignoring equality of legal rights, ignoring equality of responsibility, thus denying equality of opportunity.
This current housing financial disaster or rort has been created by the Commonwealth in its attempt to promote racism and apartheid within Australia.
Shame for this rests clearly with the Commonwealth Parliament, and every Commonwealth minister who held the poisoned chalice portfolio because they all failed to address the problems producing the foreseeable results.


Santa Teresa wins housing class action against NT Government
No political party in Northern Territory or Commonwealth Parliament can claim innocence for this disgrace. All are complicit, having ignored these problems for decades.
The Commonwealth government, IMHO, regularly obstructed attempts to resolve these issues.
The NTCAT found the agreements between the NT Government and Santa Teresa residents entered into in 2010 and 2011 were inconsistent with the NT Residential Tenancies Act and therefore invalid.
Expect similar findings from today back to commencement of the original Commonwealth Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act 1976 (ALRA).
It requires valid leases being obtained from relevant corporate Land Trusts under the Commonwealth’s Act.
Ongoing refusals to issue clear leases do not absolve land councils and the relevant corporate land trusts from their responsibility for occupied buildings, houses, etc.
Commonwealth Ministers consistently provided grants, either despite awareness, or with negligence, to various (mostly) Commonwealth corporate entities that lacked valid leases, providing the right to build, manage and maintain houses and buildings.
Where no valid leases exist all matters concerning these houses and other buildings clearly rests with relevant corporate land-owners, the relevant corporate land trusts as created under the ALRA.
Under the ALRA corporate Land Trusts as actual property owners need be held accountable and responsible to maintain standards of buildings, particularly housing.
The Commonwealth needs ensure the ALRA is amended to ensure various corporate land trust as actual property owners be required to issue all their tenants in houses with valid leases.
The ALRA granted land trust exemptions with right to refuse to issue valid leases to all residents and tenants.
This remains as an act of Commonwealth racism, apartheid, as being used by Commonwealth to promote apartheid, by land trust to enforce racial segregation upon Australians.
The NT Government needs ensure courts hold accountable the ALRA corporate land trusts as actual property owners are directly held accountable to maintain standards of their houses.
The ongoing failures by the NT Government to take relevant legal action IMHO appear to be acts of racism.


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