During the Hawke years considerable discussion of a treaty occurred. …

Comment on Ted Egan: Forget splitting hairs, counting drops of blood. by Peter Wilkins.

During the Hawke years considerable discussion of a treaty occurred. Hawke would not use this term and referred to it constantly as a compact.
I believe one of the reasons were that a treaty would bring any such agreement into international law and open it to interference and jurisdiction by the United Nations, Amnesty International and other global organisations.

Recent Comments by Peter Wilkins

Discussions are nice but actions are needed
There is that threatening Greenspeak again. Sentences punctuated by “most urgent, critical, consequences, chaos, chaotic, terrifying, ferocity” etc.
Lessons from the Great Exaggerator, Bob Brown. (Directly responsible for some of the power problems we are having due to his crusade leading to the blocking of the Franklin Dam in Tasmania.)
Wind and Solar will never solve the problem, as you admit in your article. We need coal fired and nuclear base power, supplemented maybe by solar and wind to salve the common conscience.

Leaving town: Centre, its creatures will miss Kaye Kessing
Best wishes and good luck for your future, Kaye.

Chin up, says tourism pioneer: Go and sell it
Lovely to hear Keith is still going strong and full of energy. There are some great tourism pioneers named here from when the natural beauty of the centre an its rugged inhabitants were recognised and promoted.
Keith was a giant among organisers at the time.
I remember him coming to see me at one time to develop a map of the town to provide for tourists as there was none at the time. Later we developed a monthly travel magazine, Territory Travellers Tales, which was well supported by Keith and then Tourist Commissioner Eric Poole.
The elements are still there but the focus has shifted.
I will never forget the first time I visited Ayers Rock and stayed in one of the original motels. The drive to Glen Helen on a loose surface road calling in to the spectacular gorges and chasms along the way.
Thanks for the memories, Keith.

Alice councillor tells nation’s media about Aboriginal brutality
Wise words Ted Egan.

Indigenous marathon – the chosen few
More concerning is the explosive growth of persons of indigenous origin.
At the 1967 referendum there were some 67,000 persons recognised as Aboriginal.
People of Aboriginal descent have increased from 352,970 in 2006 to 548,370 (ABS Census). An overall increase of around 64% in a decade.
Of these, over half were counted in New South Wales and Queensland. In the Northern Territory the indigenous proportion of the population was nearly 27%.

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