I didn’t bother to attend the showing of Pilger’s latest …

Comment on Pilger’s polemic fails Australia and Aborigines by Alex Nelson.

I didn’t bother to attend the showing of Pilger’s latest effort of misrepresenting Aboriginal issues and Australian history in general – in part, because I was working that night.
Pilger is a notable example of the kind of people who make their living and reputation on revising and rewriting history to suit their agendas – it’s markedly similar to the methodology of Big Brother’s regime of Insoc (“English Socialism”) in George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four”; and I hasten to add that historical revisionism is not exclusive to the far left of the political commentariat, as I know from a lifetime’s personal experience in Central Australia.
It’s perhaps relevant to note one such experience – in the year 2000 the Howard Government promoted a scheme through the Department of Social Security for a one-off payment for low income earners to compensate for the introduction of the GST, a grand total of $120 for the whole year. There were plenty of conditions attaching to this payment for proving eligibility – essentially, you or your partner couldn’t be in receipt of any other kind of payment or financial assistance. Consequently no Aboriginal person was eligible to take advantage of this payment for low income earners – in fact, the Department of Social Security in Alice Springs actually had no knowledge of this scheme despite it being advertised in the local press (it’s likely that the print media, ie. News Corp, was the main beneficiary of this government program via payment for advertising). Only one person in Alice Springs applied for and received that payment – and it’s possible he was the only person in the NT, and perhaps Australia, to do so. How do I know? Well, it’s because I’m that person.
But hey! – nobody wants to know about that – and all the circumstances leading up to that situation – because I’m not black!
I despise the hypocrisy of the commentariat, regardless of which side of the political spectrum they’re on.

Recent Comments by Alex Nelson

Gunner goofs: No council ‘decisions’ on gallery site
@ Some Guy (Posted August 19, 2019 at 10:43 am): No, I don’t “feel like this golden opportunity of a project to secure the future of Central Australia both in an economic and cultural sense on the world stage is slowly slipping through the fingers” because it was an illusion in the first place.
This isn’t the first occasion that a big project has been held out for us in The Centre offering some kind of economic Nirvana; we were told exactly the same kind of thing with the casino 40 years ago, and again with the development of the Alice Springs Desert Park in the mid 1990s.
Both of these facilities may be attractions but have never come close to fulfilling the visions originally held out to us as major game changers for the Centre’s economy.
With all due respect, I cannot see how a “National Aboriginal Art Gallery” will prove to be any different in the long run.

Another great river tree goes up in flames
@ Bob Taylor (Posted August 14, 2019 at 8:38 am): In this case grass wasn’t the problem, Bob, as even hard up against the trunk of the tree I noticed that none of it was burnt.
What seems to have happened was that a campfire was lit under one of the old exposed support roots of the tree and it was from this source that the flames spread into the trunk.
The roots in turn have been exposed by erosion exacerbated by the lowering of the river bed over a decade ago for flood mitigation.
The lowering of the river bed has also enabled campers to conceal themselves better from view. Unless the river bed is physically patrolled, no-one else knows they are there.

Invasive buffel grass soon part of international focus
The caption for the photo: “Dense infestation buffalo grass in land near the Alice Springs airport” brings back some memories. During my years at school in the 1970s, invariably when I spoke about buffel grass everyone thought I meant buffalo grass, a common variety of garden lawn. [ED– the autocorrect of ‘buffalo’ for ‘buffel’ has now been corrected, thanks Alex.]
As my home was at AZRI and then the new CSIRO field station next door, I was completely familiar with buffel grass during the time when its systematic introduction for dust control (especially for the Alice Springs Airport) and improved pasture was fully underway.
However, this was still the time when buffel grass was not yet dominant in the landscape so most people were unfamiliar with it.

Nuke power way to zero emissions, or a solar shortcut?
@ Ted Egan (Posted August 3, 2019 at 2:50 pm): Hello Ted, if you go to this link https://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/2013/07/11/when-gas-turns-to-hot-air/ and check out the CLP’s full page election advertisement from 1980, it’s just possible to make out that one of the energy options the NT Government was touting was “an experimental wind power generator for the Barkly Tablelands”.
The CLP was also giving consideration for nuclear power at that time, too.
Ah yes, we’re right into recycling!

NT at the bottom of the barrel
Ironic, I suggest, that the gas INPEX is exporting from the Territory actually doesn’t come from here. I hasten to add my comment is just an observation of the current situation, not an argument one way or the other about potential gas reserves in the NT.

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