Thanks Maya. Good comments. I cannot believe that Anzac Oval …

Comment on Who put Anzac Oval on the agenda as site for art gallery? by Jonathan Pilbrow.

Thanks Maya. Good comments. I cannot believe that Anzac Oval is under consideration as an option. Why would we rob Peter to pay Paul?
Putting the Indigenous Art Gallery at the Desert Park will add to and enhance that space, without getting rid of an existing asset.
But to take away Anzac from the rugby and rugby league communities makes no sense; and even if some green space is retained it will never be the same.
If the NT Government is determined to house the Indigenous Art Gallery within or near to the CBD, surely there are some other options to explore – even if it costs more to gain access to land. What about the old Melanka site? Or the vacant land next to the Ghan, on the Stuart Highway (corner of Whittaker St).
And how about some real consultation with the community. Start out with a blank slate, not predetermined options – and consult the community, especially Arrernte people, about what might be the best place to house the gallery.

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Cr Auricht: All the way with USA on fate of Assange
I agree with Malcolm S about the need for us to stand up for one of our fellow citizens.
The outcome of this extradition hearing and then court proceedings – should they proceed – has significant implications for all of us, as Julian Assange, editor and publisher of Wikileaks, faces extradition to the USA to face 175 years imprisonment and possible execution for publishing news material that was in the public interest.
If publishers cannot publish material that is in the public interest, without fear of charges and imprisonment (and possibly death), then this affects all of us if we want to live in a country that allows for truth and transparency, no matter how uncomfortable it might be.
This has implications for the future of our country.
All individuals, organisations, community groups and councils and Governments have a stake in this.
All have a voice – and all should be allowed the right to exercise that voice.

Have a look at what’s being demolished
Thanks Mike for your photos and insightful comments. Thanks for being such a strong advocate for so many years. Let us hope that sanity prevails. Let’s renovate not eliminate.

Aboriginal flag to fly year round on Anzac Hill
Great news. Well done to all those who have worked hard to get us to this point.

Aboriginal soldier from Charlotte Waters killed in WWI
Thanks for your comments John and your mention of Alex’s two service medals is worth a detailed look. The story about how Alexander’s two service medals were consigned to his step-mother, Mary McKinnon in 1922, is a very interesting and sad one. There is an account of this given by Arianna Baldieri as part of the 2018 Northern Territory Chief Minister’s Anzac Spirit Study Tour.
Baldieri explains that “in his Will, McKinnon declares that “‘Cobb’ of Mount Dare via Charlotte Waters Northern Territory Aboriginal my mother all my goods and Chattels real and personal to and for her own use and benefit absolutely.”
“After hearing the news of his death in 1921, Mary wrote a letter to the Officer in Charge of Base Records asking for more information about his death and also mentioning that Alexander’s mother and father is dead. The thing that is strange about this letter is that Mary signs off with “A. McKinnon.”
“From then on, an investigation deciding which mother would rightfully claim the late McKinnon’s items, began. Why did Mary say that “Cobb” was dead when she applied for Gratuity? On the 24th of April 1922, a letter was written saying that if the gratuity was awarded to “Cobb” the amount would more likely be paid to the Protector of Aborigines, leaving “Cobb” with nothing. The letter also mentions that “the WAR MEDALS would not be valued by ‘Cobb,’ and would suggest that they be awarded [to the stepmother].”
“On the 17th of May 1922, it was decided that the medals would go to Mary and the gratuity to “Cobb.” Of course, though the gratuity went to the state. The only thing that Alice “Cobb” McKinnon received from her son was 2 books, pipe, 2 bag handles, 2 handkerchiefs, inkwell, purse, 2 straps, letters, cards, photos, testament and a wallet.”

Picnic Day is Hiroshima Day too
Tickets are quickly running out. Only a small handful left.
If you wish to hear Karina Lester speak at the Hiroshima Nagasaki Remembrance Dinner please book with Maya 0450474043 or and pay cash on the night.

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