@ Bruce Francais: Yes Bruce, it is done to death …

Comment on How many Welcomes to Country is too many? by David.

@ 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.

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?


US military base in Darwin: what risk to NT?
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.


Fracking duel at 50 paces
What does the Origin spokesperson mean “Our Native Title Holders”?
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.


St Francis House: Excellence sought and achieved
Hats off to all those great Aboriginal achievers and a great series of stories about them. Just to quote the story on the front page article of the Truth newspaper in this story Abos. Find Fairy Godfather.
That front page story in the Truth newspaper back then, goes on to state: “Half caste offenders grows week by week in the police courts of the Commonwealth, a silver haired Adelaide clergyman is quietly going ahead with an experiment that shines like a beacon in the story of Aboriginal welfare”.
And the proof is, it was a great success. Today we are seeing similar sorts of problems with youth that in most cases, are incarcerated in youth detention, be it the infamous Don Dale, or one of the overcrowded centres in the NT.
Some are sent to Youth Diversion, the best the government can do.
Why not do a better job of the diversion, send those away who show promise like the boys who became great men in these series of stories, to get a good education, become productive citizens to help advance Aboriginal people’s place in society and of everyone in general.
It is the governments of today that are failing youth and the whole of society, just turning out repeat offenders, not great men and women that they should become. The proof and evidence is there, we’ve read about it all.


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