The NT Government has extended special measures for a further …

Comment on Government alcohol policies a giant hangover by David.

The NT Government has extended special measures for a further three months in Tennant Creek to allow things to settle down and the Tennant Creek residents to decide on what the next step should be.
Why should it be left to the Tennant Creek community to decide the next step for them?
Alcohol issues and violence are a Territory wide problem that we are all well aware of, along with all forms of costs associated with it, not just in money terms alone.
And it’s not unique to Tennant Creek. The NT Government has the power to legislate like any government, so enact legislation that is uniform right across the NT to get on top of the alcohol scourge to control it with effect.
Quit kowtowing to the liquor industry and listening to inept advice of spin doctors.
In the end it’s down to government to act in the best interest, well being and safety of all Territory people, So stop piss farting around the edges and get to the guts of it.

Recent Comments by David

How many Welcomes to Country is too many?
@ Bruce Francais: Yes Bruce, it is done to death – political correctness overboard – particularly by government.
Government believe they are right up with it, acknowledging Aboriginal people with that charade while not properly delivering on programs to Aboriginal people still stuck with hangovers of the intervention that controls their income management and self determination.
In the end it begins to cheapen what it’s all about – like it can be bandied around any old time, not reserved for very real and important occasions of significance. Just plain stupid and insulting.


Fracking duel at 50 paces
What does the Origin spokesperson mean “Our Native Title Holders”?
Does Origin mean the ones they have in their pocket – a divide and conquer style approach helped by the NLC?
And NLC determines the rightful native title owners for Origin’s permit areas? Looks and sounds like it.


Intervention still the main concern
For the first time we have an Aboriginal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in Federal Parliament, Ken Wyatt.
Aboriginal Affairs needs to taken out of Prime Minister and Cabinet because the office of PM and C has essentially abandoned Aboriginal people.
A new structure was mentioned with the promotion of Ken Wyatt to the portfolio of Aboriginal Affairs.
What shape that may take, if at all, or what powers are vested in it, remains to be seen.
Usually after appointment a new minister for Aboriginal affairs gets around the country to meet people the minister is responsible for. That has as yet not occurred with the new minister.


St Francis House: Excellence sought and achieved
Hats off to all those great Aboriginal achievers and a great series of stories about them. Just to quote the story on the front page article of the Truth newspaper in this story Abos. Find Fairy Godfather.
That front page story in the Truth newspaper back then, goes on to state: “Half caste offenders grows week by week in the police courts of the Commonwealth, a silver haired Adelaide clergyman is quietly going ahead with an experiment that shines like a beacon in the story of Aboriginal welfare”.
And the proof is, it was a great success. Today we are seeing similar sorts of problems with youth that in most cases, are incarcerated in youth detention, be it the infamous Don Dale, or one of the overcrowded centres in the NT.
Some are sent to Youth Diversion, the best the government can do.
Why not do a better job of the diversion, send those away who show promise like the boys who became great men in these series of stories, to get a good education, become productive citizens to help advance Aboriginal people’s place in society and of everyone in general.
It is the governments of today that are failing youth and the whole of society, just turning out repeat offenders, not great men and women that they should become. The proof and evidence is there, we’ve read about it all.


After The Apology
Ann and Frank, yes, they are just words and actions speak louder than words and they have, in the opposite way, with the abandonment of Aboriginal people and an ever widening of the Gap.
The Uluru Statement was rejected with no apologies.
Aboriginal people have been made voiceless.
Aboriginal affairs has been centralised back in Canberra with people having no care, clue or understanding, its reinventing of the wheel stuff again while Aboriginal people sink lower into crime and other behaviours.


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