I think I am correct in asserting that NT Aboriginal …

Comment on ‘Voter apathy greatest threat to Territory democracy’ by Ted Egan.

I think I am correct in asserting that NT Aboriginal people, once denied the vote, were given the right to enrol in the 1960s – well before the 67 referendum – and, once enrolled, voting for them was compulsory, as is the general rule in Australia. They are not compelled to enrol, so if they are not on the rolls that’s their fault
All enrolled voters are compelled to vote, even if they want to submit an informal vote.
My mother always voted informally: “Don’t encourage them,” she would say. That was her statement to the pollies: “You don’t impress me.”
I don’t advocate informal voting and to informal voters I say: “Don’t complain about the government: it’s put there by voters. You had your chance.”
If registered voters do not vote, even informally, they incur a fine.
So I would suggest to the Electoral Commission they take steps to impose those fines next time round. It should be a good earner?
People carry on about discrimination, but the voting power of the people is what determines our political outcomes.

Recent Comments by Ted Egan

Kaytetye woman Jean Pepperill in final year of medicine
This is what it’s all about. Congratulations.

Fracking well ‘unstable’
Until you know all the answers, don’t go there.
Ground water is the basis of survival in inland Australia, especially the Great Artesian Basin.
Yes, at least a moratorium to enable us to avert a real and imminent disaster.

Party full throttle in battle against fracking
Life is largely about “positioning” – how do we locate them in the phone book etc.
So a cleverer party name is essential. A catchy acronym should follow: whether you like them or not, ALP and CLP have a head start.
The cumbersome acronym re sexuality is a good example of how not to do it.
BF******** invites dodgy play on words.
I think the platform of “ban fracking and restore law an order” will be popular.

A living connection with the past
A beautiful reminiscence, Jose.
We are all so proud of you and the pioneering deeds of you and your family.
Our heritage is so unique.
As the father of kids who did School of the Air in its early days I know and appreciate what a formidable education system teachers like Tom Kissell implemented for our bush kids.
I can still see Tom riding his bike around town, as did Charlie Rye, waving to all and sundry. They were better days.

Claire Hockridge found dead
The important fact is that Aboriginal women are so much better than men at tracking.
Let’s get a team of say ten old women around 60 years of age to be assembled, registered and on a list ready for the next “dirt road” situation.
They would need to verify that they do not drink alcohol or take drugs and start to implement the training of a team of younger women. This sort of incident will not be the last.

Be Sociable, Share!

A new way to support our journalism

We do not have a paywall. If you support our independent journalism you can make a financial contribution by clicking the red button below. This will help us cover expenses and sustain the news service we’ve been providing since 1994, in a locally owned and operated medium.

Erwin Chlanda, Editor