The Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) was established by Commonwealth …

Comment on Snowdon ‘pork-barreling with other people’s money’ by Paul Parker.

The Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) was established by Commonwealth legislation to receive and distribute royalty equivalent monies generated from mining on NT Aboriginal land to be used to the benefit of Aboriginal people.
Housing is a basic necessity.
The relevant corporate Land Trusts through their Land Councils were not prepared to provide housing with valid leases for tenants, nor enter agreements with previous NT governments.
Land Trust refusals to invest and develop their communities, refusals to provide valid leases to their tenants remains their major contribution to failed lives, developments and employment.
As Land Trusts ignored their responsibilities, it is then appropriate for government to use such money to provide sufficient housing in these communities to be managed by NT Housing.
Government should ensure all prospective tenants provided two options, ownership of the leases with agreed values and repayment plans, or standard public housing tenancy lease.
Worthwhile IMHO for government to offer tenants that after a number of years of good tenancy or repayments to be offered a generous rebate discount purchase price so as to encourage tenants to receive transfer ownership their leases and their home as soon as possible.
The sooner people who wish can own their own homes the better.
Is up to the Land Trusts and Land Councils to make a better offer!

Paul Parker Also Commented

Snowdon ‘pork-barreling with other people’s money’
I do NOT support the ALP announced $90 million to come from the ABA for government employee housing, as public services should be met from government budgets.
Prefer announcement of $90 million from the ABA to build houses on land owned by these ALR(NT) corporate Land Trust estates where individual resident tenants received long term standard leases in their names.
Why are long term standard leases not given to purported intended beneficiaries of these programs?


Snowdon ‘pork-barreling with other people’s money’
#1#When government requires land to provide basic services then resume the land with “just compensation” or obtain at market rates reasonable leases so government money reasonably spent to provide these services.
IF land or leases not provided, the responsibility rests with these corporate land-owners to use their own monies to provide these basic services.
#2# On alcohol management plans personally support a three strikes policy – three breaches of alcohol licensing requirements at any licensed venue and their license is canceled.
Three times in one years cancel needs be mandatory, can leave it to the courts for three times in two or three three years.
A canceled license may be publicly auction for highest price, if government agrees.
Such will focus ALL licensed premises on value of their license and their responsible service of alcohol requirements.
#3# Yes, the NAPLAN results confirm what most already know that results for most students at most schools in remote and very remote areas remain a disgrace.
Questions remain (a) why, then (b) how will this be fixed ?


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With COVID-19 social changes are happening faster than usual, many of these changes will continue long after COVID-19 is forgotten.
There are reasonable judicial concerns towards live-streaming court process to wider public.
IMHO is NOT acceptable when identified journalists, all of whom are accountable to the courts, are NOT able to receive secure live screen viewing of video-link sessions.
Justice does require accurate reporting to inform the public.


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As do those who identify fellow Australians, or call for special treatment, using racial tags.

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Re: Peter Posted March 22, 2020 at 8:01pm.
Hospitals may need restrict face to face visits to reduce cross-infections.
Those with mobiles already can use video-links.
Perhaps hospital can provide a small video-conference room for each ward so available at arranged times for staff and/or patients to be able to video-conference.
This is suggested to aged care services facing restriction on visits to residents.


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The corporate Land Owner Trust(s) exclude themselves from being held responsible and accountable for living conditions they as the corporate land owners are responsible for.
Communities are obtaining housing, radio, and TV.
Communities need to use internet to educate themselves.
Reducing public group close contact, better general cleaning, provision and regular use of soap are essential.
We do not need treat everyone like idiots.
Those identified as infected need be isolated within caring environments.
COVID-19 aka Coronavirus is spreading, most who get it will have it mild.
Our goal is to reduce number of deaths while it spreads.
Our most at risk are a small section of our population.
We need educate those at risk, and assist them.
For those with serious risk, required is lesser contact with others.
We need reduce deaths whilst we build up an immunity.
Social distancing does not requiring being locked away, being “managed” to deny you your right for family, relations, others to visit you when you want.
Those who fail their own basic self-management are those most likely to be forcibly managed.


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