Last week I was in Coober Pedy and the local …

Comment on Feds announce road funding by Rolf Gerritsen.

Last week I was in Coober Pedy and the local paper (bought while re-fuelling) stated that the Feds and SA were putting $18.5m into roads in the APY lands. I wonder if the Feds put more into that than they have to Lingiari, virtually the whole of the Northern Territory?

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Bob is right on the money here.

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Very good review. Envious!

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I have read all those comments. Most informative, especially Alex (who has a memory of elephantine proportions!). I want to reiterate my central point. This is about money. Per Gary Foley, while money is allocated on the basis of identity, equality loses.

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