Apparently, the office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) …

Comment on WA communities profit from camels, not here by Toby.

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.

Toby Also Commented

WA communities profit from camels, not here
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.


Recent Comments by Toby

‘Voter apathy greatest threat to Territory democracy’
A string of Territory governments themselves have posed a threat to democracy, not Aboriginal people from the bush by not voting.
There are backstabbing and all sorts of power plays, shafting and dumping left right and centre including that of people who were voted into government by Aboriginal people to represent them.
All that does not instil any measure of confidence or trust in government, particularly with people from the bush who are aware that monies that should go to bush programs, are funnelled into all sorts of projects in Darwin.
So this is probably why people of the bush don’t care to vote anymore.


‘Gunner the Betrayer’
Could Gunner be telling porkies as well as being a sellout?
Fracking has been given the green light by Gunner’s mob despite uttering noises to the contrary.
Gunner says he knows nothing about US plans to establish a naval base near Darwin and upgrade of Tindal airbase for US purposes.
Can we expect an about face on that too?


US military base in Darwin: what risk to NT?
The media reports about the $300m push by the US Navy to construct a naval base in Darwin.
This is a concern because at what point did the people of Darwin, the NT and in fact Australia, ask for or were consulted about the US defence deployment, and now construction of US military defence facilities in the Top End with talk of a further $70m for US upgrades to Tindal Airforce base?
And how is it – as reported – that the US Congress can be working on a Draft Congressional Bill in their defence legislation for the Secretary of the Navy to acquire property for military construction outside the US such as in the NT?
All the Australian Defence Department can reportedly say about it is: “Too early to comment on the US military plans for the NT.”
What?
The US can legislate on matters to do with our country and the Australian government just allows it to happen?
Matters of alliance can be reasonably understood, but to allow the US to legislate on matters to do with our country is going a bit too far.


How many Welcomes to Country is too many?
@ Bruce Francais: Yes Bruce, it is done to death – political correctness overboard – particularly by government.
Government believe they are right up with it, acknowledging Aboriginal people with that charade while not properly delivering on programs to Aboriginal people still stuck with hangovers of the intervention that controls their income management and self determination.
In the end it begins to cheapen what it’s all about – like it can be bandied around any old time, not reserved for very real and important occasions of significance. Just plain stupid and insulting.


Fracking duel at 50 paces
What does the Origin spokesperson mean “Our Native Title Holders”?
Does Origin mean the ones they have in their pocket – a divide and conquer style approach helped by the NLC?
And NLC determines the rightful native title owners for Origin’s permit areas? Looks and sounds like it.


Be Sociable, Share!

A new way to support our journalism

We do not have a paywall. If you support our independent journalism you can make a financial contribution by clicking the red button below. This will help us cover expenses and sustain the news service we’ve been providing since 1994, in a locally owned and operated medium.

Erwin Chlanda, Editor