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Comment on Will we say sorry to the Abandoned Generation in 10 years? by John Bell.

@ An Alice extended-family member. Thank you for perhaps one of the most thoughtful and compassionate comments that I have ever had the good fortune to read on the saddest of all social issues – the dysfunction and tragic breakdown of family – whether in the Aboriginal or wider community. Your comment is now pinned to my cerebral noticeboard for future reference and citing.

Recent Comments by John Bell

Council: push to declare climate emergency backfires
So. Let me get this straight. 14 Climate Change Emergency activists get up on the mike with questions in thousands of words and even in song. But when it came to debating what the emergency actually was or actually entailed, they had done a runner from the gallery? So the heated air of words sort of evaporated into thin air and left answers blowing in the wind, so to speak? What did it all achieve? Anything at all? But it sounds like a good time was had by all. A good night out in the Alice. And that’s the main thing, hey?


Youth crime: compassion alone is no solution
Erwin’s article is straight-shooting and a fair comment.
Basically he is saying that this lawyer, in failing to address the serious offences that landed teenagers in detention in the first place, is misrepresenting the balance between compassion and responsibility for ones own actions.
The word “compassion” is a political currency fast being devalued by its loudest advocates.
Our politicians latched onto it in the late 1960s – early 1970s at a time when the public social conscience was being made aware of Aboriginal and TI disadvantage.
A wonderful and positive thing in the beginning.
But the Toyota Dreaming days that accompanied it also brought an overbearing virtue signalling class of intolerant Humanistas, mainly from Down South.
So many young people became imbued with a sense of self-righteous entitlement that now far outstrips their sense of responsibility.
To even speak about this imbalance risks being labelled with the “R” word (racist) or the “C” word (coconut).
The balance must be restored in public debate. By advocate lawyers especially.


Cold morning, warm hearts at the Old Timers Fete
To Mary and Sue and staff and all the wonderful people who make the Old Timers a beautiful place.
You have a great big loving heart and a good soul.
The world is a better place for your caring.


Is it time for a First Nations university?
The idea of a First Nation University begs the question – why?
What is it about indigenous academic study that demands that it be taught in a specialised (read: insular) learning and teaching environment?
And is the concept of First Nation heritage up for debate, or is it a closed shop that does not allow the special privilege of First Nation lineage to be debated?
I would have no particular objection to it as a non-First Nation human who would not be eligible to enrol anyway. But what exactly would be its purpose? Just a thought.


Council may take up slack of the NT government
Advocating council to step in to take a role in the NT government’s debt problem is a double-edged sword.
The danger is that the role of “small government” by local council increasingly blurs the demarcation of powers between elected Parliamentarians whose role is to legislate, and elected councillors whose role is delivery of essential services eg roads maintenance, collection of rates and rubbish collection.
Local councils everywhere are stepping stones for wannabe State and Territory pollies. Local council charter is not meant to be political.


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