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

@ 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.

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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.


Jacinta Price: talking about Aboriginal people but not for them?
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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The task ahead is rebuilding
@ Charlie Carter: I know two families whose income has been severely hit by the Casino closure, two more who lost their jobs when gyms closed, another made part time at a local business. Unemployment is soaring throughout the nation and our town is no exception.
This is why Morrison has stepped in to support the newly unemployed.
As well, food prices are extraordinarily high which is another blow to the struggling.
But I don’t accept that Town Council employment should be supported by our very high rates.
No way! The Council should cut its cloth to the present circumstances just as the rest of us are doing.
The town has few residents from remote communities, no need to patrol the river, it is much quieter. Many ranger duties are not needed now.
$1.2m for Rangers. Is that about 15 positions?
Halve the numbers and save half a million.
Those stood down can get the government wage support.
The work gangs are out there as if nothing had changed, breaking the social distancing rules which is inevitable in a gang of workers.
Parks and Reserves $1.4m. Reduce to urgent works and save $1m.
Library $1.9m. Take away books will never work as the pandemic gathers pace.
Each book and every page would have to be cleaned to make sure it is safe.
Get a Kindle, Charlie.
Huge savings to the library budget.
I could go on and on.
Many millions could be saved and passed on to residents by way of a rate cut that will be welcomed by the growing ranks of the unemployed.


The task ahead is rebuilding
@ Charlie Carter: Unemployment and underemployment is growing in our town and there is no escaping to other places for employment.
The Feds are spending huge sums to ease the burden.
In this context “small government” is not bullshit if it contributes to the national effort to take pressure off struggling families and out of work casuals.
Would you like to increase the size of the Town Council and add to the rate burden?
Improved efficiencies and downsizing the Council to cut rates would be very timely.
The Council will not do this voluntarily, they will defer rate payments but not cut the rates.
This is a completely out of touch response.
A review of Council operations and staffing is needed.
The beneficiaries are likely to be most residents.
By the way, the NT has a record debt of around $7 billion, the interest on which is $1.2m per day.


COVID-19 calls for straight answers
Irresponsible of the NT Health Minister to say that the Territory is the safest place in Australia.
Testing about one Territorian in 100 is insufficient to draw that conclusion.
Nowhere is safe and health messages should not imply otherwise.


The task ahead is rebuilding
@ Pseudo Guru. Agree we need a grounded discussion.
Very hard to grow the economy but we can cut costs to give residents more money to spend locally.
Start with rates.
We have a bloated town council and sky high rates.
A public review of the Council’s operation and staffing is long overdue.
Is it meeting residents’ needs? (Note the out of touch response to the Coronavirus emergency with huge job losses).
Is it overstaffed?
Are the high rates justified?
Are there alternative models that deliver better service less expensively?


Aborigines may defy orders, come to Alice for food: CLC
Very few remote community residents travel to Alice Springs to shop for a healthy food basket.
Keeping the price of healthy food low on communities will not prevent people from coming to town.
There are fast food attractants in town, plus the availability of alcohol that draws remote residents to town.
But the healthy food basket is not one of them.


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