In the kickoff to NAIDOC week one could be forgiven …

Comment on Advice on ‘insane’ air fares from blackfeller Bob Katter by John Bell.

In the kickoff to NAIDOC week one could be forgiven for expecting QandA to come up with Aboriginal and TI issues of substance. Unfortunately, the usual eye-glazing banal twitterations of the Luvvies of the Left.
And then out of nowhere Jacinta and the Intervention.
Down here in Mexico, the voices of those wonderfully brave women who have stood up to domestic violence and who have been calling for communities to take responsibility have been drowned out by trendier city-based activist issues of the moment.
I take my hat off to the Price family ladies who with the femmes of other Central Australian families who are courageous, independent and objective voices of reason in the emotive media when given half a chance.

Recent Comments by John Bell

High Court case may affect deals in Aboriginal land
“Can decisions about Aboriginal land be “delegated,” or do they need to be made by the “representative bodies”.
This question brings to mind the dissenting judgment of Brennan J in Wik. In dissenting from the majority that the Wik people had equal access rights, Brennan commented that leasehold tenancy cannot be “a bundle of rights”.
The question of delegating rights in NLC v Quall would seem to touch on the issues in Wik?


Yuendumu murder charge update
@ Libby O’Loughlin: A wonderful, empathetic comment, Libby. I think you have gone to the heart of things.
The automatic resorting to stereotyped adversarial positions of race and law and order dooms us all to lasting bitterness and anger.
That makes it a lose-lose situation for everyone. Two young men. In an awful situation. Both inexorably captured by identity politics and racial stereotyping. Very, very sad.


‘Cop will be labelled for the rest of his life as a blackfeller killer’
Making a split second decision in a volatile situation to “disarm” a violent knife-wielding attacker by “shooting him in the leg” with sharpshooter accuracy is the stuff of NCIS TV heroes.
Real life is much more difficult.
There is a question of police training to look at, of course.
However, a number of the commentators appear to be saying to be automatically assuming that it is incontestable – a man with a gun has no right to shoot a man coming at him with a knife.
I have read a number of forensic articles on the gun v knife / cop v attacker debate.
The articles, written by experienced investigators of police law enforcement situations, conclude that in many scenarios, the knife is just as deadly, if not more deadly, than the gun.
Would it be outside the coroner’s brief to look at this knife v gun issue?
Most of us who would automatically say a gun is deadlier have never been in a scary situation of a crazy coming at us with a knife. Just a thought.


Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
@ Charlie, Alex and Simon. Yes. I was referring to Charlie Perkins and Clyde Cameron.
I was in Canberra at the time. Being in the National Aboriginal Sports Foundation and Aboriginal Affairs and mixing with the mob on Capital Hill, and later ATSIC, and going to Alice with work, I could not help but get info and opinions and political views on the transfer by Hawkey.
Clyde did a deal with Charlie whereby Charlie would get control of the NASF in the negotiations for the handover of the of Rock. Interesting times. Amazing times.


Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
So. Charlie. Cross out coal. Cross out gas. Presumably cross out nuclear. Where to then?


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