Issues that need to be taken on board when dealing …

Comment on LETTER: Alcohol mandatory treatment Bill up for comment by Arthur Bell.

Issues that need to be taken on board when dealing with problem drinkers: alcoholics vs. abusers, what is the difference? What about: Firewater, it puts Fire in the Belly!?
Grog a Social Lubricant? Habitual Sots? Getting Charged Up!? What of the issue of the sense / feeling of empowerment that only grog can deliver? As for rehabilitation, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has been involved with and has successfully served / treated many Aboriginal people over many years. Generally, to be accepted in a rehab / program, one has to be assessed by an experienced counsellor for suitability / genuine commitment.
Otherwise, the program is upset and the principles of rehabilitation is devalued.
Court ordered rehabilitation simply does not work. It never has. (The Betty Ford Clinic and results, exists only in Hollywood.)
And it all becomes a very expensive waste of time and resources. But then, who wants to give up the Fire-Water? Who wants to give up self-empowerment? Who want’s to move out of the comfort zone of victim-hood? As Homer’s mate Carl said, alcohol is the best antidote for responsibility.
I’ll throw this in too: The development and / or success of any program or initiative will depend at the bottom line, on the character and the outlook of the Aboriginal people themselves (anon). To be continued.

Recent Comments by Arthur Bell

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks ‘not welcome’ in her community
Thanks Paul, it looks like I’ll have to go through all that stuff on my site again to see what you are referring to! But that’s alright, as I try to do it whenever my health allows, and as time goes by, anyway.
To re-edit and sometimes to moderate my published or stated view, over a number of years.
“For many to move on means forget what happened, until it happens again … then complain again until decide forget it”.
A couple of things here, as I see it, in the future of multiculturalism governance, the above options will simply, not be available. It will not be a continuing saga a la “days of our lives”.
Like what happened 227 years ago, there will be major disruptions of the way of life in this Country. And the only people that have a historical or any moral obligation to the descendants of the original inhabitants, as has already been pointed out, will no longer dominate or be in charge.


Will the NT also stop funding outstations?
For many years now Aboriginal people living a traditional or semi-traditional lifestyle, have been lulled into a false sense of security. By do-gooders and the misguided. And by the ignorant and the mischievous. (alb. c. 06/2013.)


Rosalie Kunoth-Monks ‘not welcome’ in her community
“Time to move on. What we’re talking about is history. If we don’t start moving on, the foreigners coming into this country, coming here to make their home, will walk all over us.”
This is the what I try to alert my fellow indigenous to.


Self help not part of the welfare mantra
Wasted conversation this bloke, Erwin. Thought you would’ve seen that! Ex Oxfam crusader a la John Pilger. With all the answers. No solutions, but all the answers.


Firebrands United: Block gas, oil production, says Anderson
We have the Sovereignty Mob. Then the Recognise Mob. The Treaty Mob. With the Aboriginal Provisional Government. And the National Congress.
Some very determined, articulate and well paid Blackfellas.
Some very seasoned campaigners. As Stephen Hagan would say, “the usual suspects”. And most ideologically opposed.
With views and agendas incompatible. And some might say, “with heads buried in the sand”.
“They” want to be in charge. “They” want to run the show.
And all the rest of us Blackfellas have to follow “their” solutions and agendas. Apparently. Evidently. Whether we want to or not. Whether we “agree” to or not. Whether we “like” it or not. All on their own trip. Many are a law unto themselves.
Many of these prominent long time long term Aboriginal activists, agitators and media and self-appointed so-called leaders, they have to take a lot of responsibility for where we are today. A lot of what’s happening today developed on their watch.
And it can be argued that they have failed us. With trillions of dollars generated in the name of and in the cause of, the advancement and the betterment of the Aboriginal and Islander People of Australia.
A failed exercise in economic independence and self determination. With many wasted opportunities. Not to forget the money. WASTED. SQUANDERED. Aboriginal Rights?


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