Blair McFarland: “They know the food they eat comes to …

Comment on Hunter/gatherers vs the farmers by Paul Parker.

Blair McFarland: “They know the food they eat comes to them through family, not commerce.”
Few of my extended family in their homelands live far from stores, even those who do regularly visit stores, arrange deliveries, or move closer to them.
Families did not move from established communities to smaller villages until was clear food would be coming.
Outer villages depended on transport of food, back and forth.
Camp out remains fun, but few prepared to live out.
Relatives elsewhere had it easier, they also choosing benefits, sometimes without recognizing costs.
One dear deceased marutju would say “we became prisoners of flour, sugar and tea” in next breath freely admitting he was not prepared to give them up, for him, they were improvements of great value, well worth most other problems arising.
Those marutju, waputju, kapali, tjampati, tjamu and others on their “outstations” walking all the way in for more tea, billy cans, flour, tinned meat, and biscuits, whenever felt we had not come soon enough.
The challenge for all communities is to enable youth to find ways they can improve things themselves, with fewer arguments, hope for this keeps them trying.
Opportunities are there, perhaps Blair fails to see them, most opportunities start with small gains, slowly bigger gains appear as you build from the smaller.
Hope things improve lasts, though may fade away, without sparks of chance gradually these youths will slip away, to elsewhere or worse.

Recent Comments by Paul Parker

Nuke power way to zero emissions, or a solar shortcut?
Expect little public difference if we had 100% of the world’s nuclear materials.
Many regard the main issue to consider with nuclear energy is nuclear waste, including nuclear side-products.
Most IMHO do not accept these as safe, nor reliable, nor affordable.
Until clearer explanations, more details, greater education, concerning nuclear wastes and side-products are available, particularly these with long-term-lives, expect little change in public sentiment.
Public concern grows with political decision-makers dumbing down the public, exhibiting little interest in public involvement or consideration.

Price family were sole complainants against Cocking & Satour 
Too many pots calling kettles black.
Racism is about dividing people into separate groups, identifying them as different due ancestry, social behavior, innate capacities, and other, frequently using these to exclude or include them for “special treatment” whether this by advantage or disadvantage, also to rank then as inferior or superior.
The term “racial discrimination” means any distinction, exclusion, restriction, or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.
The Commonwealth continues to seriously infect the Northern Territory with its racism.

Jacinta Price spits dummy
Jacinta, your response to Erwin Chlanda of Alice Springs News is a great disappointment.
I have know Erwin Chlanda over 40 years, his work and commitment as a journalist is exceptional.
Apologise with grace, or shame yourself further.
IMHO Erwin Chlanda is well overdue for recognition by the NPC.

Horses starve, rotting carcasses near homes
Around Australia corporate or natural persons as land owners, managers or others are prosecuted, found negligent and penalties are applied.
Other than racial prejudice, why are these relevant corporate land-owners (Land Trusts), their relevant corporate property managers (Land Councils), their relevant executive management boards, or other relevant individuals not prosecuted?
Frequently applied is the legal principle that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

News cycle: It’s all over in a day
None may claim surprise, the Commonwealth long conducting “racial profiling” since it took over the Northern Territory from South Australia.

Commonwealth promotion of “racial profiling” and apartheid is easier to recognize in the NT.

Commonwealth cares little for equal legal rights and equal legal responsibility which our Constitution offers all Australians.

Puzzle is why so many content to ignore denial of their equal rights, thus opportunity, for a few silver coins…

As Pastor Martin Niemöller explains it:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Be Sociable, Share!

A new way to support our journalism

We do not have a paywall. If you support our independent journalism you can make a financial contribution by clicking the red button below. This will help us cover expenses and sustain the news service we’ve been providing since 1994, in a locally owned and operated medium.

Erwin Chlanda, Editor