The Government used to seek some basic information during the …

Comment on Builders incensed over Indigenous rules for govt. jobs by Observer.

The Government used to seek some basic information during the tender stage. However, this information was simply part of the much maligned “Local Development” category. As such, there was no real requirement to over bloat the tender response with employees and contractors sensitive information or to identify every single indigenous person in the entire supply chain of the job.
Since the Governments monetisation of “recognising” as Indigenous it has become a matter of corporate necessity and also an individual’s benefit to “tick the box.”
As such, any person willing to claim recognising as indigenous is now fervently fed into the system. Of course, the Government in their supreme contempt and electioneering of Indigenous people, have refused to provide any information in regards to how their sensitive information is being used, maintained, distributed or a whole raft of other legal requirements.
I would challenge the Government to advise how many of the “576” indigenous people have consented to their sensitive information being collected.
So what we have, statistically, is a bench mark “40” which has no time constraint of data gathering or detail of how long a job existed and is based upon data that was actually never truly collected.
This is then compared to the new and improved figure of “576”, again with no indication if these are short term, temporary, one off jobs (perhaps even a single day), which is based upon every man and his dog, from every level of the construction supply chain, trying to get a piece of the pie.
These fabricated numbers should come as no surprise to anyone when you consider the figures this government has previously spilled out such as the 13,000 “spectators” at the Red Centre NATS, the magnificently falling crime figures, our extra police or the massive (unproven) gas reserves that promises to make us all rich.
Ladies and Gentlemen; bask in all the glory of how the Government shows stewardship of the public purse – disdain, dodgy statistics, politicising Indigenous issues and taking a wrecking ball to a pillar of the Northern Territory’s economy and social fabric.

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If a person is unable to call a spade a spade (the police have released multiple photos of multiple offenders) then how exactly can we expect to accurately implement the myriad of discriminatory Government policies and laws under the guise of affirmative action?
Here’s a tip for 2017: Improve your job prospects and help your children have an equal opportunity of a government or trade job / apprenticeship. Tick the indigenous box.
As the comment below indicates, if it is racist to presume an Indigenous person to be Indigenous, the same overly PC attitude applies to presuming a white person is not Indigenous.
2017 – tick the box, break the system!


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The galvanized finish is indeed the end product. No painting or anything further to come.
I have always been uncomfortable with the notion that a sacred tree can have a price tag attached to it. However in this instance, I suspect the TOs (and the general population) would have been better of having a tree or two removed or cut back to allow the construction of a discreet, flood proofed footpath rather than the eyesore which has now been constructed.
A few other notes of interest: The project was designed in Darwin, according to a local structural steel worker the boardwalks were apparently manufactured interstate (good local support to our local steel fabricators) and it appears as if the boardwalks failed to avoid the sacred trees, requiring a costly rework. How much did this cost the taxpayer? $70,000? $90,000? A request to the appropriate department would provide this information.


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Steve, you have just gone and destroyed the CLP’s last chance of appealing to rednecks and revenge seeking cowboys.
Who is left to vote for the CLP now?
Certainly not the business community. They are fed up with the dodgy procurement practices, looking after “mates” and discriminatory tendering policies (this, you have gone awfully quite on.)
Dare I say, the only chance that the CLP will even exist come September, is if Giles is dis-endorsed now, the party admits he was a big mistake that should have been dealt with earlier and to stand people of integrity, consistency and critical thinking.
Of course the CLP will still not win, but it is better to start the renewal under your own steam than at the wrath of the electorate.


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Your use of the term “indigenous” in referring to Sudanese people is ridiculous.
Aboriginal, African, European, we are all equally indigenous and endemic to the planet.


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