I agree Ted and if the designer comes from interstate …

Comment on Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice by Evelyne Roullet.

I agree Ted and if the designer comes from interstate or overseas, he/she should demonstrate his/her knowledge of Aboriginal culture and the design should be based on the songlines which underpin the whole Aboriginal culture and tie all Aboriginal Australia together.

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Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice
@ Ray: “Saying it is a national Aboriginal centre demonstrates we still don’t get it.”
I put myself in the shoes of an oversea tourist, who wishing to learn, to understand this country. Australia is vaste and demands time and money if you want to visit all the “many countries” you speak off. Alice Springs could be the perfect centre for a unique experience.
Your statement:”The entrance to this centre should be the first point to explain to visitors that although Aboriginal people inhabit the entire continent, it is made up of hundreds of ‘countries’ and this particular centre celebrates and explains to visitors the uniqueness of the TOs, their descendants and visitors that make up this region.” This describes exactly my thoughts on the subject.
@ Steve: I do not speak like an academic, but as a longtime resident with many Aborigine friends sharing their feelings and knowledge. As a politician Steve, may be you should learn to refrain to debase people who have different point of view that yours, this is the first advice that an academic give to students learning how to debate.
I can debate with Ray, but not with you if you insult.

Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice
We cannot compare Indigenous of Australia with the inhabitants of Europe.
Songlines trace the journeys of ancestral spirits as they created the land, animals and lore.
Integral to Aboriginal spirituality, songlines are deeply tied to the Australian landscape and provide important knowledge, cultural values and wisdom to Indigenous people.
“They can be about creation stories, and they can be contemporary stories as well.
“It’s quite complex, but those land markers are very, very important, hence the importance of land claims and acknowledgement of traditional owners.”
Using songlines, Indigenous Australians have acquired an encyclopedic memory of the thousands of species of plants and animals across Australia.
“They wouldn’t have survived if they didn’t have all this practical knowledge and handed down generation after generation,” says Monash University researcher Lynne Kelly.
Europe has no songlines.
Songlines criss-cross not only the remotest parts of the continent as well as our seas, but also the cities and suburbs.

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Boyer Lectures aim to reignite recognition debate
Dear Maya, you are preaching to a converted. But here we are playing with definitions and that is why I asked the question: if this is not apartheid, what is it?
Which is the best word to explain why I cannot book into an Aboriginal clinic? You speak of schools. Have you tried to enrol a child?
All I asked is the right to go to a medical institution in my neighbourhood: Illness does not discriminate.
Equality of Access is the concept that all persons should have equal rights of access to anything they desire. This is stated on my citizenship certificate.

Interrogating council’s Climate Action Plan
@ Watchn: Some people already use their organic wastes for their garden/yards, but in my humble opinion it is a good idea needed to be studied and worked on to supply the households that by lack of knowledge or time cannot do it.
Collecting the methane would be a bonus. Do not talk methane, but biogas, produced when organic matter biodegrades under anaerobic conditions (that is, in the absence of oxygen).
This process produces a mixture of gases – primarily methane, some carbon dioxide and tiny portions of other gases such as hydrogen sulphide.
When the biogas is filtered to remove the hydrogen sulphide, the resulting mixture can be burned as an energy source for cooking, lighting, or heating water or space.
When compressed it can be used as fuel for vehicles.
On a commercial scale biogas can be used to generate electricity or even refined and fed into the gas grid.
Council is on the right path and should be complimented for this idea, a step forward.

Pine Gap: The link Alice has to Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds
Please stop blaming Pine Gap for everything. The Kurds have “no friends but the mountains,” they said a long time ago.
The Kurds, the fourth-largest ethnic group in Middle East region, have been campaigning for their own state since the late 1800s.
In the dismemberment of the Ottoman empire that followed World War I they saw their chance.
The boundaries of a possible Kurdistan were considered in the negotiations after the 1918 armistice, but after Turkey fought back, the French and British tore up those plans and divided Kurdish inhabited lands between Turkey, Iraq and Syria.
A short-lived Kurdish kingdom inside modern-day Iraq was crushed by 1924 with the assistance of the British. (Take note, the Brits like for Palestinians.)
Last week’s decision by the White House not to stand in the way of Turkish invasion builds on a bitter history of Kurds being embraced, then spurned by capricious American administrations going back to 1975.
Trump was not there.

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Ms Perkins, you said: “People have accused us of trying to create some kind of apartheid system … it’s the polar opposite of that.
“What we’re talking about is bringing the country together by recognising the history of the Indigenous people.”
With respect, let me tell you that, as a long time resident of Alice Springs, you are wrong because in the time of your father institutions for “Aborigines only” were non existent.
Can Aborigines go to hospital? Yes, good, but I live very close to a health clinic but was refused services because of my ethnicity.
As a tour guide I am often asked why there are hostels, schools etc for Aborigines only.
If this is not apartheid what is it?
Please explain but do not tell me that they do, what they want, because it’s their money.
“Bringing the country together” will only happen when we will have the same rights and the same choices.
By all means have Aboriginal institutions but open them to anyone who wishes their services.

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Ministers Dale Wakefield and Lauren Moss: Please copy and repeat 1000 times the following to make sure you have read, understood then apply the following.
Welcome to Labor’s National Platform:
Chapter 1: Labor’s Enduring Values 1. We pay respect to the traditional owners of this ancient continent, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We honour their continuing connection to country and their custodianship of the world’s oldest living culture.
Labor priorities open and accountable government:
15. In Government, Labor strengthened citizens’ rights of access to government material and documents.
16. Labor will continue to promote transparency and accountability by maintaining and promoting a transparent culture across Australian government agencies and will continue to support robust mechanisms for public interest disclosure, freedom of information and mechanisms for receiving, investigating and prosecuting complaints concerning alleged corruption in public office or administration.

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