@Russell. Your generalisation that art is a salve to welfare …

Comment on Indigenous marathon – the chosen few by Jason.

@Russell. Your generalisation that art is a salve to welfare dependency is simply untrue and I’m not sure whether you are standing by your claim or not.
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Rover Thomas, Ronnie Tjampitjnpa etc were nurtured by taxpayer-subsidised, community-based art centres providing all their material and artistic guidance and the artists earned millions tax free.
They all remained on welfare benefits.

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Indigenous marathon – the chosen few
Russell, you say you are problem solving but first you have to acknowledge the problems.
The big problem is that to do justice to all Aboriginal people and placate the rest of society, especially the groups doing it very hard, funding must be provided to address genuine need.
And where self sufficiency is possible it should be mandated.
There are so many examples where a lack of needs assessment provides benefits that do a great deal of damage to Aboriginal people and their access to funds in the future.
One is high income earners remaining on welfare payments and being provided with houses etc.
Another, closer to home, is that all Congress staff and their families getting free medical and dental care.
Take a doctor on a massive salary relative to most of us having free dental care provided for her partner and kids at tax payer expense.
This is irrespective of race.
This sort of thing is doing harm and as the recession noose tightens around our national budget there could be a backlash.


Indigenous marathon – the chosen few
Russel Guy: Art as a salve to welfare dependency? I don’t think so.
Aboriginal artists are almost universal on government benefits irrespective of their incomes.
Even those on high incomes are still on the dole, they periodically get a new or upgraded house, free medical care, kids private education paid for etc etc.


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COVID-19 news: Quarantine requirement ignored
Isolating communities is showing some success.
I have had many queries from remote community friends asking when the road will be open.
Most are accepting that they should stay in their communities.
Community clinics are working hard to inform residents.
Is disobeying the self isolation requirement for returning residents going to undo the good work?


Territory Alliance looking beyond COVID-19
Here we are facing an unprecedented pandemic that will certainly take many lives in Aboriginal communities and the Territory Alliance focus is post COVID-19?
It is not as if Gunner is doing so well he doesn’t need an opposition.
To the contrary he is not handling the crisis well.
Is testing happening in the community?
Are there enough ICU beds in the hospital?
How many respirators are available?
Forget the distant future Terry Mills.
There is a tragedy about to unfold here and you need to speak up about it.


COVID-19 news: Quarantine requirement ignored
@ Psuedo Guru: Community clinics are providing hand sanitisers.
I had a message this morning saying that after a group of mourners had finished shaking hands the clinic nurse made them all clean their hands.


COVID-19 infected is Harts Range police officer
While the officer and his wife should not have been persecuted it is understandable that community members wanted to know if he harboured the virus.
They would have been terrified that he could infect their own families.
The fear and apprehension that Commissioner Chalker complains of was well justified.
Commissioner Chalker must shoulder some of the responsibility for the breakdown of the relationship between the community and the police.


COVID-19 infected is Harts Range police officer
Lock down the community and test all residents?
Too late for a lockdown.
And here in the Territory only sick people are tested.


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