@ James T Smerk: It’s not just 25 year olds …

Comment on GST billions yet we’re still the basket case by NW.

@ James T Smerk: It’s not just 25 year olds in Sydney (but I get where you’re coming from).
There are plenty of mixed race people who have grown up in Darwin (often referred to disparagingly in remote areas as “urban blackfellas”) who have probably had nil or minimal exposure to traditional culture.
They have had the same opportunities and access to other services as other residents.
As a direct result of their own lifestyle choices, they now cry poor bugger me and exploit special measures employment in the NT Government, business loans, race-specific health services, and sporting teams based on their “colour”.
South Africa got widely canned for exactly that!
Meanwhile, those suffering genuine disadvantage get whatever dollars trickle down. The system is broken – assess and fund on real need, not skin colour or a sliver of ancestry.

NW Also Commented

GST billions yet we’re still the basket case
That’s one bloody big Basics Card!
When we elect people with no relevant experience, skills or knowledge skill to manage such a large budget why should we expect anything different?
Our political talent pool is officially a dried puddle.
It’s been a fun 40+ years but time to hand back the responsibility for running the Territory.
Get rid of (at least) one layer of pollies and departmental duplication.

Recent Comments by NW

Federal Budget ‘another big GST blow to the NT’
The NT Government is like the spoiled kid who gets everything given to them during the year whilst their siblings do all the work around home – then expect a massive Christmas present.
Or to put it more simply for the slow ones: If you don’t contribute to the pie, don’t whinge if your slice is small.

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Local1 – you summed it up perfectly. No-one wants to admit, learn or accept that their parents were unable or unwilling to provide care for them.
So it’s much easier (and preferable) for them to “believe” they were stolen. And now we have $ attached which increases the number of people and empire-building organisations wanting to perpetuate the stolen myth – but the issues around the current generation of neglected kids is a subject that many still choose to ignore.
Hiding behind the smokescreen of culture just gives people an easy way of avoiding honest discussion (and practical actions) to address the shocking reality.

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@ “Everyone wants a National Indigenous Art Gallery to be built in Alice Springs”: Hmmm … not quite everyone. A lot of people don’t even believe we need one at all. Maybe those who want it should put up the funds?

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Who owns (or benefits from) Inspire Strategic Solutions? This just gets more embarrassing (and expensive) every day.

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Quite ironic that we rely on handouts from the Feds (GST) which are significantly higher than other jurisdictions due to our Aboriginal and mixed race population – yet that same group of people is costing far more than what we receive.
And it is increasing at an unsustainable rate. Maybe we need to look at the duplication of services and programs based on race? Focus on genuine need absolutely (to use Manison and Fyles favourite word!) – but not services purely based on race.
If we focus on REAL need – those that are ACTUALLY disadvantaged – might have some chance of dragging themselves out of the squalor, depression and poverty that they are entrenched in. Or we can keep doing the same things and getting the same results.
Whatever happened to the ALP mantra of Fresh Ideas – Real Results?
Guess that was too hard. Sigh.

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