Racist diatribe Ian? Oh well we are all entitled to …

Comment on Greatorex forum: where was the fourth candidate? And where were the voters? by Ray.

Racist diatribe Ian? Oh well we are all entitled to our opinion, in mine it was not a racist diatribe, nor have I found him racist. Many of the issues discussed then and now are controversial, and passions run high on both sides. My opinion was simply that I have followed Matt’s career closely, as I have an interest in reading Hansard to get all the info, and have seen how hard many of our pollies work. Their decisions may not always be popular, but they have the interest of the Territory at heart. What is best, however, is the bone of contention.
Ian, I choose to post under my first name as is my right. It is not hiding, or cowardice, but due to where I work, and its relationship to many of the articles I share my opinion on, I do not wish to formally identify myself. I believe there could be a perceived conflict of interest and I do not wish to cross that line.
Either way Ian, please don’t try and impose what you believe I should do, against what I am entitled to do. But thanks for your opinion.
[ED – Hi Ray, if there is a conflict of interest then I want to know, and the readers have right to know. I look forward to your explanation. Kind regards, Erwin.]

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Greatorex forum: where was the fourth candidate? And where were the voters?
Jane@5. I have been a good mate of Matt Conlan since he arrived in Alice Springs, and I worked closely with him at 8HA / Sun FM. I remember him creating Territory Today. This radio show gave local people a chance to discuss the issues of this town. There are very few regional centres anywhere in Australia, the size of Alice Springs, that have access to a forum such as Territory Today. While it continues today in the very capable hands of Adrian Renzi, it was Matt’s brainchild.
It was through hosting this program that Matt got to appreciate the issues that mattered to this town, and he got to hear the concerns of the residents on the many and varied issues that mattered to this town. Matt was passionate about the issues, so much so that when an opportunity came up to step into the political arena and fight for the issues he was hearing about every day, he took it.
Jane, and others who accuse Matt of just cruising, enlighten yourself of the man’s achievements before you post public comment, this may save you embarrassing yourself. Look up the daily Hansard of the NT Legislative Assembly, and do a search by “member”. You can then read everything Matt (or any other MLA) has said in Parliament. So please consider the many different issues that MLA’s have to have knowledge of, and gain an understanding of how Matt is able to stand up and present a logical argument to some of the topics discussed in parliament. He is a local bloke, having a go. Jane, it is very easy to stand back and throw mud at somebody, and generalisations such as lazy and cruising are easy to say. Researching this will also answer your question regarding the vision he has put forward for Greatorex.
As for not attending Mr Walcott’s meeting, he stated in print and on radio from the beginning that he would not be attending, so don’t ask where was he? when you really know the answer.
I am not in Matt’s electorate, but I think it only fair to stick up for him when I see cheap shots being taken, as I have been friends with Matt since the first day he arrived in town.
Good luck to all contenders, and there will be plenty of chances to sling mud if you get in, but why not keep the shots above the waistline, at least until you are elected.


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Rosenberg’s rose coloured view of Pine Gap
I for one understand the strategic need for Pine Gap and similar places.
It is usually those with the best intelligence that wins a war, and if it comes to it I would rather be on the winning side thanks very much.
War is a very dirty business however we face enemies who don’t always play by the rules.
To understand the role intelligence gathering read a book about the Mossad called Gideons Spies.
The Chinese and other powers that may become direct threats to use must be rubbing their hands together with glee when they see our own citizens trying to tear down the defence network that has been built up over the years, given time and enough left wing protests to gradually chip away at what is necessary, they will be able to walk in one day and become our new masters with a lot less effort thanks to traitors who would have Pine Gap close its doors.
Our allies may use drone strikes which may go astray from time to time, but remember our enemies are more than happy to use aeroplanes full of people to achieve the same result.
The Americans who work for this vital asset are welcome and important to this town, and actively contribute to it whenever they can.
The reason you don’t get told some of the stuff they uncover is that if you knew the threats that exist, you would awake all night in fear.
Pine Gap is a line of defence between us and out nightmares that allow us to sleep at night. The threats are real, and the world is not unicorns and rainbows.


Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue
Apologies to Ralph Folds. I misread the very beginning if the post, and mistook the word can for can’t. Happy to retract that.


Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue
What a shame GC starts off with a completely incorrect statement about the establishment of Police in Australia and then goes on to denigrate NT Police along with Ralph Folds by describing them as racist, violent and corrupt. I know we have freedom of speech in the country but to be able to make such a sweeping and deplorable statement like this is not only deplorable but an outright lie.
Like any organisation there may be certain members who do not uphold the values and ethics of the organisation, but to generalise the men and women on the NT Police is a slap in the face for every one of them, who commit themselves to the safety and protection of those in the community they serve. You cannot work effectively in a remote place like the Territory unless you are trusted and respected. Many of the police in these postings have earned this respect over the years through hard work and understanding.
For anybody to denigrate the work of our outstanding Officers, who put their lives on the line every single time they put on the uniform, is a disgrace. Take the time occasionally to read the judgement decisions or sentencing remarks from the NT Courts website and you may begin to understand the horrific violence and trauma many of these Officers deal with, protecting the victim and taking the (often) violent offender into custody, where the law is applied through the courts, regardless of colour, often after more than one warning.
With all the crap we are going through, I believe that NT Police members are some of the best in the country and have the respect of me, my friends of many different backgrounds and most likely more Aboriginal people than these detractors would want to believe. The posters of this divisive drivel need to hang their heads in shame, for they are a major part of the problem.


Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue
Every time your phone rings at 3 or 4am? Whose phone rigs at that time?
Obviously most of the time it does it is not the bad news she is fearing. Does this happen a lot? That seems very strange.
So many accusations based on how others feel, presenting statements that are not open to scrutiny, just presented as fact?
No mention of the latest figures, just divisive, accusations to further divide our town. Nothing about the yearly police Officer of the Year awards, making a huge difference to the lives of communities and Aboriginal kids, just hatred and ignorance of the opportunities that many of the Aboriginal people in this town enjoy through their own efforts and desire to better themselves.
Twenty-five years have passed since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC).
The latest research examines the trends and characteristics of Indigenous deaths in custody since 1991–92, using data obtained through the National Deaths in Custody Program (NDICP).
NDICP data show Indigenous people are now less likely than non-Indigenous people to die in prison custody, largely due to a decrease in the death rate of Indigenous prisoners from 1999–2000 to 2005–06.
Coinciding with this decrease in the death rate of Indigenous prisoners is a decrease in the hanging death rate of Indigenous prisoners.
Monitoring trends and characteristics of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous deaths in custody supports the development of proactive strategies addressing this important issue.
The paper is available and catalogued under ISBN: 978 1 922009 41 8.


CLP would build gallery at Desert Park, not Anzac precinct
Alex, the biggest irony of your comment is you fail to see that my comment was pure sarcasm. How ironic!


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