Well done, Kieran. A comprehensive review of an excellent book, …

Comment on Before and after that famous handful of sand by Ted Egan.

Well done, Kieran. A comprehensive review of an excellent book, a must for anybody who wishes to come to terms with complicated First Australian issues. Charlie Ward’s book is as significant a literary milestone as his father’s The Australian Legend – and that’s a big call!
Aboriginal groups like the Gurindji can’t effect rehabilitation on their own, but they seem to be doomed to levels of support from kartiya that are often self-centred and counter-productive. The one single positive outcome is that the Gurindji are still in contact with their land, unlike so many other groups, who were dumped as fringe dwellers around Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek. Hopefully, they will eventually forge a lifestyle for their members, based on the old and wonderful vision of those great Australians, Vincent Lingiari and his team.

Recent Comments by Ted Egan

Say no to no go, urge anti-frackers
Readers are invited to Google the map of the Great Artesian Basin and contemplate the outcome of fracking.
Fracking anywhere, at this stage of lack of knowledge, is nothing short of lunacy.
I hope it will be the major issue in the next NT election.


Ted Egan: Forget splitting hairs, counting drops of blood.
To Rose Jones
You ask: If you have a royal ancestor, are you necessarily superior?
No, and I am not asserting that First Australians are in any way superior: but they are primus inter pares, first among equals, if they can establish (necessary) genetic links to Australia dating beyond 1787.
The Queen gets recognition because of her family tree.
All persons have rights to property and other inheritances.
We base everything in life on inheritance: we draw up wills to enable our descendants to maintain the same rights to property that we accumulated.
All I am asking for is accurate history to be established in this country.


Town Council: protect Alice water from fracking
Fracking is lunacy. If you don’t know all the answers to all the questions, leave well enough alone.


St Francis House: Excellence sought and achieved
What a wonderful reminiscence this has been. What achievers!
Congratulations to all parties concerned.
I have been honoured by involvement with many of the lads in various capacities and they are all a credit to our First Australians.


Council: fob off, rejection, and secret moves
I find this hard to believe. The council is housed in the only buildings of “heritage consequence” erected in post war Alice Springs and now it is proposed to pull those buildings down and create something that will probably have the same aesthetic quality as the monstrous Supreme Court. Bring back Andrew McPhee and let’s talk sense again in this town.
And let’s for a change listen to the First Australians, whose acknowledged leaders say yes to either an Aboriginal Art Gallery or (better in my opinion) a Cultural Centre, BUT for traditional reasons, build it south of The Gap.


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