@ Shannon Spalding. It’s unfortunate Mr Egan, a well respected …

Comment on Make September 8 Australia Day, anthem in Pitjantjatjara by David.

@ Shannon Spalding. It’s unfortunate Mr Egan, a well respected man amongst his peers, should buy into the Australia Day debate and argument using such terminology to describe people who identify as Aboriginal, as pale skinned First Australians who are unprepared to acknowledge in most cases, that a major percentage of their individual DNA score derives from the invaders.
In the modern world of DNA, many non-Aboriginal Australians would discover their DNA scores would show a mix of races in their own heritage, not pure white as many may consider themselves to be and identify to be, without dispute.
Pale skinned First Australians identify as Aboriginal, that is their inheritance and they identify as such so why dispute it? That should not continue to be determined by others.
That sort of thing happened in Mr Egan’s days as Native Affairs Officer who had enormous powers over Aboriginal people, where Aboriginal people of mixed heritage were classified as quadroon, quarter caste, half caste segregated from their full blood families.
These are the sorts of issues this country needs to come to terms with if this country is to move forward with a day that embraces all Australians regardless of their DNA make up.

Recent Comments by David

‘Gunner the Betrayer’
Could Gunner be telling porkies as well as being a sellout?
Fracking has been given the green light by Gunner’s mob despite uttering noises to the contrary.
Gunner says he knows nothing about US plans to establish a naval base near Darwin and upgrade of Tindal airbase for US purposes.
Can we expect an about face on that too?


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The media reports about the $300m push by the US Navy to construct a naval base in Darwin.
This is a concern because at what point did the people of Darwin, the NT and in fact Australia, ask for or were consulted about the US defence deployment, and now construction of US military defence facilities in the Top End with talk of a further $70m for US upgrades to Tindal Airforce base?
And how is it – as reported – that the US Congress can be working on a Draft Congressional Bill in their defence legislation for the Secretary of the Navy to acquire property for military construction outside the US such as in the NT?
All the Australian Defence Department can reportedly say about it is: “Too early to comment on the US military plans for the NT.”
What?
The US can legislate on matters to do with our country and the Australian government just allows it to happen?
Matters of alliance can be reasonably understood, but to allow the US to legislate on matters to do with our country is going a bit too far.


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@ 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
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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.


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