‘Star-picket’? Really? Someone has contributed to this thread under the …

Comment on MLA Bess Price on ‘the killing of our women, abuse of our kids’ by Ian Sharp.

‘Star-picket’? Really? Someone has contributed to this thread under the alias ‘Star-picket’?
Erwin, about time you got real about people owning up to their opinions on your site I think. It was bad enough on another thread reading ‘Taxpayer’ make sweeping generalizations about people stinking. I think I have had enough of your anonymous contributors. I don’t always agree with people like Steve Brown, Paul Parker, Hal Duell or even Bob Durnan, but I respect the fact that they put their names to their contributions. What sort of a person wouldn’t?
[ED – Many thanks, Ian, but like you, people will make their own judgment about this. We have policy for Letters to the Editor – full names required – and comment pieces – nom de plume is OK. Of course, we have the email addresses.]

Ian Sharp Also Commented

MLA Bess Price on ‘the killing of our women, abuse of our kids’
Thank you Paul Parker for illustrating my point.

MLA Bess Price on ‘the killing of our women, abuse of our kids’
Well said Bob Durnan, a really thoughtful and genuine response. Paul Parker, though, makes it all seem too simple … Human rights yes, but the situation that Bess finds herself in is partly because of conflicting views of human rights.
Mal Brough highlighted these conflicting views when he introduced The Intervention, saying that he would put the rights of women and children to be free from abuse over the rights of indigenous people to be free from government intervention (ie paternalism).
Jenny Macklin has continued this approach. Many of Bess’ critics are vehement opponents of the Intervention because they say it conflicts with indigenous rights to self-determination etc.
I think many local supporters of self-determination have now come to terms with the need for the Intervention and would support Bess’ call to protect people from violence and abuse.
There are however many people ‘down south’ who remain strong critics of the Intervention (since renamed), and of course some here too.

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