Aboriginal people will either forever remain on welfare or forever …

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Aboriginal people will either forever remain on welfare or forever be “trainees” or both while others control their destiny. 30 years involved in Aboriginal affairs, a good number of those working for a Federal government department for quite a number of years on government funded training and employment programs, we believed we were making headway way back in the 1980s and through the 1990s (remember self determination?) where emphasis was on employment.
Yet today, we still see “training programs” for Aboriginal people no real jobs though. Continual training of Aboriginal people is an industry for everyone else. There are big bucks in it.
Unfortunately some people have now become conditioned to others doing almost everything for them that many have become idle.
Land councils fit in just nicely there as it serves their purposes well.

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WA communities profit from camels, not here
Apparently, the office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) is being quietly downscaled. That is the office that was established following the Intervention, to do a better job than ATSIC did in its days.
Well, the PM&C is a failed experiment too. Indigenous affairs with the Turnbull government it appears, is not a priority.
In the scheme of things, it is relegated to down the back somewhere.
States and Territories to take over. Anything established to do with Indigenous affairs, is always an experiment.


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Three people missing since Saturday
The article posted by anonymous tells a different story.
If there are such links the vehicle and people may not have left Alice Springs at all. Hope that is not the case and all are safe and well somewhere.


Councillors: do we need Federal intervention on ‘crime wave’?
Alex Nelson’s comments are true. These issues have been around more or less forever.
Political parties keep banging the law and order drum for their own gain.
Terry Mills with his newly formed political party is doing it again without demonstrating how that party will achieve law and order without going on the usual and predictable path all political parties and governments take.
If a large number of people consisting of Aboriginal elders, leaders and influential people in the community can come together to protest, why can’t negotiations occur with these same people who were quite publicly prominent, to establish a body representing key Aboriginal elder groups, Aboriginal organisations, key government decision makers, non government agencies, police and Alice Springs Town Council, to work to seek bipartisan solutions dealing with youth crime and other anti social and criminal issues.
Establish an agreed Memorandum of Understanding on how all parties should work together. Do it without political involvement or power plays. Try something outside the box.


‘Cop will be labelled for the rest of his life as a blackfeller killer’
In most crime situations police often seek and rely on help from the public to help catch an offender or to help resolve a criminal case.
Yet it seems too often though, when the public seek information from police about situations such as what has occurred, police clam up.
All that does is cause innuendo, speculation and sensational media reporting that does not go down too well for police.
Police say the police officer was attacked with an edged weapon. An edged weapon could be anything but a knife. The significance is, a young man was shot dead, shot three times, yet the main focus is on the weapon used to attack the police officer.
The fact remains the police office was attacked. The weapon could have been anything. Should it be that the circumstances of the attack would matter more? And yes, I’m no keyboard lawyer. Just wondering like everyone else.


Rock climb closure: total government control of media
Statements from Sammy Wilson are pre-packaged by Parks Australia you say – bit like politicians have their speech pre-package wouldn’t you say, except that can’t apply to a black person it appears.
White people have taken over the whole planet and stuffed it up good and proper and yet you still want more.
Your greed holds no bounds nor respect for other cultures and in this case, the oldest on the planet that you have made no effort to understand.
Has to be all your way.
As you would say to a black person (Aboriginal) get over it, the sky is not falling in.


Politicking or community: What to do about youth crime?
I lay blame directly at the feet of government(s) with the constant shifting policy goal posts that are aimed at and affect Aboriginal people.
Aboriginal people are becoming a captive people to the system and whoever else gains out of that situation politically and otherwise.
Essentially Aboriginal people are powerless, especially those from the bush communities.
The younger generation are no longer respecting traditional means of control.
They have access to all modern technological means of communication, mobile phones, Facebook, the lot.
Like many younger generation kids, this has opened up a whole new world to access besides the good, also the worst aspects of white and other societies they emulate.
We are seeing a break down in cultural control over the younger generation of Aboriginal people because, in part, of that intrusion.
To talk about Aboriginal people doing a decent day’s work is a joke when there are hardly any jobs to be had.
There used to be the Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) that at least provided some employment, better than none, and community development for people back on country that Aboriginal people had some control of.
Again, government meddling did away with CDEP to introduce money management programs and the rubbish punitive Community Development Program (CDP) in place that only the providers get rich out of, and many younger generations finding difficult to comply with.
With hours on the phone to Centrelink many decide to opt out, adding further pressure on families, communities and society and perhaps in some instances, leading to criminal activity.
Money management and such government controlled and implemented programs before being applied to the wider population, are tested by government on Aboriginal people, in many respects the most disadvantaged.


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