I wonder if this latest request to pry information from …

Comment on CLC members want forensic probe into their organisation by Hal Duell.

I wonder if this latest request to pry information from the uber-secrecy of the Land Councils is simply a desire to access their own recent history.
We are flooded with stories from ancient times, dream-time and the like, but what about what has happened over the last 50 and 60 years? About that time span we all know precious little. What little we do know, to the extent that it has entered the public domain, is all but non-existent.
And that recent history lies, to a great extent, in the vaults of the different land councils.
What are you hiding, and why are you so concerned that it be made public?

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CLC members want forensic probe into their organisation
I agree with Alex Nelson when he says that there badly requires to be an official inquiry probing the Central Land Council, Centrecorp and its various affiliates and subsidiaries, and I also agree that this will likely blow out to be the NT’s equivalent of the Fitzgerald Inquiry of Queensland in the late 1980s.
The CLC has its favourites out on the communities, and those favourites have their favourites in terms of access to Toyotas, housing and jobs that bring an actual salary.
Start pulling a thread from that jumper, and the whole garment stands a good chance of unraveling.
A lot of people will stand to be disrobed, and none of us relish the idea of standing naked in front of our peers.
So expect to be fought tooth and nail when trying to initiate an independent inquiry.


CLC members want forensic probe into their organisation
Could it be that the Northern Land Council and the Central Land Council are lineal descendants of the old Aborigines Protection Board(s) that operated in NSW, West Australia, Queensland and South Australia?
You know the drill: We know what’s best for you, so do as we say and we will provide the rations.
Just a thought, but they do seem to exert a similar level of control.


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I appeal to the NT government, especially to Ministers Gunner and Wakefield, to reconsider their approach to building the proposed National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.
I doubt if many residents, and certainly not a majority, would be opposed to the gallery being built here. But why do you need to destroy what we have (an old high school, a central oval and a debt-free and functioning civic centre) to do that?
It’s not like we’re short of space down here.
It’s a bit unfair to ask council to solve your location problem when to date both of your proposals have presented it with a solution impossible to sell to the residents. And remember, councillors also face the coming elections.
Indigenous suggestions range from the Desert Park to the Desert Knowledge precinct.
It’s not negotiating if you reject in advance any suggestions other than your own.
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