@ Ms Roullet. Thank you for pointing this out. However, …

Comment on Court placing itself above the community? by John Bell.

@ Ms Roullet. Thank you for pointing this out.
However, I did read the article. It was reasonable to draw the inference from the quote you cited that you agreed with it, as you made no qualifying comment.
I accept that you appear to disagree with the quote in your personal opinion. In fact, whether or not you did appear to agree with it, my comment stands in any forum of discussion, regardless of the ethnic or cultural background of anyone who put forward that quote as their opinion.

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Court placing itself above the community?
I have difficulty with Ms Evelyne Roullet’s stereotypical categorisation of “successful (i.e. white) people redefining what it is to be Indigenous.
This is a harsh and unkind cultural judgment of people who happen to live and work with Aboriginal people.
As a white city boy from a struggling suburb of WW2 young veteran battler families, I and many young white city lads and lasses from similar urban backgrounds went to Alice from the 1960s onwards to work in Aboriginal communities.
Many of us were successful in our careers. However, we lived ordinary non-judgmental lives; we never ever considered ourselves to be “redefining what it is to be Indigenous”.
That is a condescending mindset when in fact we simply tried to come to grips with vast cultural differences in our day to day life.
Most white people who have lived for many years in Alice take Aboriginal people simply as they find them.
In my experience, stereotyping advantage and disadvantage according to race is a lazy mental discipline favoured by Left wing academics; it does a grave disservice to the ordinary people of both cultures.


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Arrernte Mary and Jesus watch over Alice’s Catholics
Returning to Alice every year in the first week of May throughout the late 70s, through the 80s and 90s to 2002, I made it a ritual journey to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart church, to sit up the back late in the afternoon, contemplating.
The late arvo sunset would stream through the stained glass windows, casting amber, red, green shadows down across the pews.
Looking up at the stained glass figures in the silence, contemplating, was serene, peaceful and beautiful.
It never failed, every year. It was a great feeling.
So I’m looking forward to getting back to the Alice once more to sit and contemplate Mrs Wallace’s painting Urtakwerte Atywerrenge Anthurre / Very Sacred Heart.
Thank you, Kathleen. Just wonderful.


Labor, CLP discuss preference swaps: Scott McConnell
@ Stewart Hyway: At Federation there was only one organised major party in the Federal Parliament the Labour Party (later changed in 1913 to the American spelling Labor by its American leader King O’Malley).
The rest of the Parliament consisted of individuals who were never going to have any clout getting legislation passed if Labour was against it.
So after a few years they organised little groups with similar interests, developing gradually to parties with clout.
If we stop voting for the major parties, then two things are sure to happen: We will return initially to an early post-Federation of a parliament of not even one party, and MPs will be running around aimlessly pushing their own individual agenda items.
Nothing getting done.
Then, when it becomes obvious that things are a chookhouse mess, the brighter MPs will put their heads together … and hey presto! Parties are formed once more!
Human nature never changes mate. There is nothing new under the sun … especially in the power mindset of our pollies.


Politicking or community: What to do about youth crime?
@ Ted Egan. I note your comment “The Arranta Elders must be invited to call the shots”.
I accept your long history of very special involvement in the Aboriginal community.
In view of the reality of the current difficult tribal population mix in Alice, how do you propose this invitation should be extended?
By whom?
And how can the Arranta people call the shots in the practical day to day governance of the town?
Do you have a plan to be implemented? I am interested in your views.


Climate: Spreading the word across generations
Has Alice Rotary committed to any specific action as a direct consequence of the students’ presentation?
Are there any plans for a further similar representation at a Rotary dinner or function?


Politicking or community: What to do about youth crime?
@ Ted Egan: Ted, I note with interest your reference to the “Bob Beadman towns” proposed so many years ago.
I first met Bob when I went to work for the National Aboriginal Sports Foundation in Canberra in 1981.
Bob was in Aboriginal Affairs. Bob showed a genuine interest in our work to promote sport for Aboriginal youth.
In 1982 when the NASF held the first ever presentation of Aboriginal national youth sport awards on Channel 7’s Sunday World of Sport in Melbourne on February 14, 1982, Bob was the first to ring us and congratulate Brian Dixon, Syd Jackson and the board.
Then in 1992 Bob was an ATSIC manager who gave evidence in the Castan human rights tribunal case. Bob has certainly been around in Aboriginal youth affairs.


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