It’s not about race, it’s not about segregation, it’s about …

Comment on Thanks for more ‘us and them’, Ms Macklin and Mr Snowdon by Matt Campbell.

It’s not about race, it’s not about segregation, it’s about property rights. What has happened is that under Australian law the pre-existing rights of the owners has been acknowledged, meaning that they are now the title holders. I would have thought that some of the people posting negatively here would celebrate that the pre-existing property rights of people are being respected, and the handing of land back from the government to its rightful owners is the correct and proper thing to do. If not in this situation, why not?

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Thanks for more ‘us and them’, Ms Macklin and Mr Snowdon
Good work on taking those posts down Erwin, however it might be good to make some kind of statement about moderation for the benefit of those who didn’t see what happened, and what kind of behaviour you would like to see. Well moderated blogs (such as you have demonstrated by removing those comments) are the ones that survive and thrive because they don’t tolerate stupid or overly personal comments and actually encourage us to think and ponder others comments – something that only happens when it is clear that poor comments are not welcome.
[@ Matt Campbell: Hi Matt, thanks for your comment. We didn’t take down any posts on this subject, we edited some which, in a sentence or two, strayed into personal criticism.]

Thanks for more ‘us and them’, Ms Macklin and Mr Snowdon
Paul, almost all the communities you speak of now have been leased by the government who now control the leases. Territory housing now manages the houses. Therefore all of your concerns about access to houses and responsibility for them need to be addressed to the government, not the Land Council.

Thanks for more ‘us and them’, Ms Macklin and Mr Snowdon
I beg to differ Erwin, I think it’s a great day for Central Australia and one we should all find a way to celebrate.

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