Jacinta carries the legacy of her mother. That includes cutting off …

Comment on Jacinta Price: talking about Aboriginal people but not for them? by Jones.

Jacinta carries the legacy of her mother.
That includes cutting off the water to the impoverished community of Whitegate.
On these pages Jacinta supported this appalling action.
At the time she was under the sway of Adam Giles and she took a side and many Aboriginal people have not forgiven her.
I was working in Willowra just before the last NT election and the backlash against Bess was overwhelming.
Nether Bess nor Jacinta work on the ground to win Aboriginal communities over and the more they claim to represent them the less they can legitimately make that claim.
Aboriginal people have a long history of being represented by others without their approval.
They don’t like it but rarely have the chance to speak out.
Unfortunately for her the next election is a rare opportunity.
Price to take on Snowden in Lingiari?
Forget it Jacinta, for all his faults Warren knows his place, knows who he can speak for and who he can’t.

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Jacinta Price: talking about Aboriginal people but not for them?
@ Melissa: “What are these kids (at risk) really getting from their communities anyway?”
One of the major criticisms of Bess and Jacinta is that they can’t see the positives of Aboriginal society.
They don’t acknowledge that while there are obvious problems the vast majority of Aboriginal children are growing up in a highly supportive kinship network.
That’s why Bess and Jacinta are often described as white fellas.


Jacinta Price: talking about Aboriginal people but not for them?
@ Steve: “Jacinta’s message a cry for help for the lives of thousands of children.”
Yep and Bess based her career on the same cry for help.
It’s a worthy stance to take, it tugs at the heartstrings and you can’t argue with it. But what are the solutions?
Bess didn’t have any and what are Jacinta’s?
Well, none.
After a while voters will get tired of having their heartstrings yanked and will demand a fix, at least some worthy ideas.
Without them the cry for help is just manipulation.


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