A very well measured article that requires close attention. …

Comment on Is it time for a First Nations university? by James.

A very well measured article that requires close attention.
The amalgamation of Charles Darwin University and the Batchelor Institute into a First Nations University is a worthy, necessary and logical outcome for Indigenous Australia.
Minister Wyatt needs to give this project high priority and develop a proactive programme that will be closely watched by many people.

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10,000 international student target ‘unrealistic’
Dr Kelly seems to have made some very relevant comments in relation to the future of Charles Darwin University.
How realistically attractive is CDU to overseas students?
The Northern Territory economy is going to rely on far more than student numbers at CDU to become viable and developmental.
The Chief Minister has to stop grasping at straws and exaggerating outcomes to assure voters that the disastrous economy is going to move into the black.
It will take the Federal government to bring back balance to the Northern Territory economy.
Thanks Mark Smith for yet another lucid article.

Higgins to step down as Opposition Leader
What a rollicking circus Northern Territory politics is!
How can any of these politicians reasonably ask anyone to vote for them?
No-one offers any plausible answers to solve the serious social and health issues facing the Northern Territory let alone the grinding debt!

2020 poll: Can Territory Alliance be a political force?
A loose alliance of independents would have to seriously consider policies associated with objective costings if it hoped to win enough seats to govern in the 2020 Northern Territory election.
The serious issue of proactive economic development for the NT has to be a priority.
Specific, carefully thought out plans have to be offered to the electorate, which at present is very disillusioned.
General promises and allied criticism of other parties doesn’t offer anything of substance.
Part of that is a positive future for Aboriginal youth in the NT spelt out in detailed terms.
Loss of traditional culture makes it difficult for Aboriginal people to develop and identify with society in general.
Stories, myths, legends and spirituality are central to every culture and when they are lost then this impacts negatively.
When a society loses its culture then it will implode.
All politicians and would-be politicians in the coming NT election should study carefully Mark Smith’s dutifully considered article.

Unfinished business
It seems the CLP at this juncture doesn’t have any clearly thought through policies for this year’s election.
People need assurances that public issues need to be addressed and properly funded. The financial situation of the Northern Territory is an economic disaster with no-one proffering any viable solution.
Economic viability can only come from Canberra and given that the NT has only two Federal seats then the interest and commitment from Prime Minister Morrison will be low priority.
A truly clever leader needs to devise a series of plans that will publicly embarrass Canberra in a way that forces them to properly finance the needs of the Northern Territory.
Morrison is a kneejerk Prime Minister who will act quickly if caught out as happened to him with the bushfire situation.
This is a political game which Northern Territory politicians would do well to consider. This is comment on comment.

Hermannsburg Mission: questions of survival
One would have to say that in general the Lutheran missionaries who first came to Hermannsburg in 1877, given the era, were enlightened.
There were things done to suppress Aranda culture, which were perceived to some extent to be contrary to Christian teaching rightly or wrongly.
However, the Lutherans appreciated many aspects of traditional Aboriginal culture, especially the language.
Language is often said to be the core of any culture.
It was this attention to language by the Lutherans that contributed to the Aranda language not being lost.
In fact in the 1950s T G H Strehlow with the assistance of Aboriginal elders translated the Bible into Aranda.
As well the Lutherans encouraged the preservation of traditional crafts which has lasted.
When pastoralists wanted to acquire Hermannsburg land they were opposed by Pastor F W Albrect who saw such a presence as damaging to the mission and to Aboriginal culture.

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