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Comment on Voting for change? Don’t hold your breath. by Bob Durnan.

Gotta disagree on that Cameleer (Posted August 7, 2013 at 10:43 am). In recent years we have had an enormous expansion in Federal funding for Aboriginal health in the NT, and it is paying off in a major way, with dramatically falling infant mortality rates and lengthened life expectancy, amongst other benefits.
We have also had major Federal investments in providing better services in bush communities (including many more police, teachers and nurses). The Federal government has concurrently funded many more Aboriginal jobs to help deliver these and other vital services (e.g. land care, Night Patrols, early childhood, preschool, school nutrition, Centrelink, youth, recreation and parenting programs, amongst many others), with a 10 year commitment by Macklin and Snowdon to maintaining funding for these programs.
Now we see starting the RJCP (Remote Jobs and Communities Program), which is the best designed attempt to provide better training, real work, and less welfare entitlements, that we have ever had.
A lot of commitment here, and all of it for the benefit of people in the remote communities. These things are not window dressing for the pleasure of people in leafy east coast suburbs.
In fact, a lot of those people are outraged about these projects, because they have bought the propaganda of the anti-Intervention, anti-Stronger Futures brigade.

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Voting for change? Don’t hold your breath.
Cameleer (Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:40 am), not great to see such commitment to gloom and doom on the part of an experienced operator; but you are simply way out of date with your info.
You are not aware of the wide range of programs operating in many remote communities, working with young parents to help them improve their parenting skills, their infants’ nutrition at home, and their general health, emotional and motor skills development, hygienic environment, and early childhood education.
These programs have started to bite, and the improvements in child health, wellbeing and education are not simply the results of “medical interventions”.
The future is looking much brighter for many of these kids.

Voting for change? Don’t hold your breath.
Wake up and smell the citrus, Cameleer (Posted August 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm)!
More kids getting vaccinated, having better nutrition and better hygiene means more robust kidneys and hearts and other vital organs that will last the distance, with less impacts from chronic diseases in their final years. It’s not all doom and gloom.
The paradoxes of the education experiment include firstly the phenomenon of a much larger proportion of older enrolled children missing school.
This apparent fall in attendance is simply explained: a lot more of these older kids (many of whom have had only sporadic school attendance during their primary school-age years) are now being enrolled in their post-primary age years, despite both the continuing scarcity of secondary-readiness amongst many of these students, and also the relative lack of trained secondary teachers and suitable facilities to cope with the challenges they provide; thus their continued failure to attend regularly or know what to do during NAPLAN tests.
Therefore we are faced with the irony of greater absolute numbers of average attendance in many schools, whilst the higher enrolments contain a lower proportion of older enrolled students attending regularly.
Secondly, we have more younger kids with less regular previous attendance and coming from less educated, less functional families being enrolled and attending primary school (at least some of the time), and thus helping to drag down the lower primary NAPLAN results.
These problems need urgent attention and ironing out, principally by providing better conditions, such as housing and career paths, to attract more experienced trained secondary teachers, and hold them longer in the schools.

Voting for change? Don’t hold your breath.
I have some points of disagreement with Rolf, as some important things will change under an Abbott government.
For starters, we would get much less effective action against carbon pollution, and increased release of carbon into the atmosphere.
We would also get less equitable funding to needy schools in the final years of the Gonski strategy; less re-settlement in Australia of desperate refugees who are in the queue; less contribution to the government coffers from the mining industry; less action against the excesses of industries such as tobacco, alcohol and gambling; less regulation of big business interests in general; less protection of the natural environment; less respect in legislation and government administration for the principles of social equality, equity, and egalitarianism; and less access to fast broadband.

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Hal, (Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:29 am): Don’t be so disingenuous. It is obvious from the article that CLC staff have been trying very hard to get permission to act.
They have now made their frustrations known to the relevant authorities, who are able to step in.
My point is that your criticism should have been aimed at those responsible (the traditional owners in question), not at the CLC as an organisation, as the staff are trying to do their job and get something done about the situation.
I was at both Mulga Bore and Angula a little over a week ago, and found very few people at Mulga, and none at Angula.
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Hal: How would the Land Council stand legally if it were to destroy the property of a set of traditional owners without their permission? The CLC does not own the horses.
They are either the property of individual traditional owners and traditional owner family groups, or of persons who have contracts with the TOs to allow their horses to be on the TOs’ land.
Or else they are the responsibility of the particular Land Trust trustees on whose land they are located.
Legally the CLC as a statutory body can only consult and advise the traditional owners, and act on their instructions. It cannot make decisions for them without their permission.

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