This is a great result to see the regulator stepping …

Comment on Rules for outback work travel may catch some out by Local 1.

This is a great result to see the regulator stepping up and putting businesses on notice that they cannot send workers out bush without taking all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their workers.
One would hope they change their mind about letting Fair Work deal with the worker’s dismissal as there are certainly laws under the OH and S legislation that can punish firms that sack a worker for raising a safety concern. The NT has an atrocious record and it’s about time that a proactive approach was done.

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Real young people, not the faceless offender
Under the watchful eye of an Elder, knowing they will get clobbered in they step too far out of line, these kids are away from the distractions of the city lights and peer pressure with no fear of consequence.

Here they show their full potential, and are being moulded in culturally acceptable behaviours. They are not subject to drunken relatives, parents too pissed to care, and the risk of either abuse or negligence is zero.

They love their Aboriginality and their cultural connections. This nurturing, guidance and lack of temptation may be the answer we are looking for, Rainer, now how can we implement it?

Maybe it shows that it is really not the kids at all, maybe the trick is to have parents or kin step up and provide this to these kids, and work out how to balance this with the need for learning the Western ways in addition to, not instead of their own culture. Can this be legislated?

Like it or not, it will take both if they are to survive as proud Aboriginal people and productive members of society.

Also remember that even though you cannot (or maybe do not want to) believe that they fit the profile of the “malicious, spiteful, undisciplined youth you hear some Alice Springs residents bemoan as the culprits behind break-ins”, they either are or have the potential to be one and the same, given the right circumstances.
Those differences in the circumstances, I believe, are in the first sentence of this comment. Not trying to be negative, just trying a bit of “truth telling” as I personally see it.

A well written and insightful article.

Well done.


Newmont gold mine: Aboriginal jobs, still trying
Very interesting comments on the update, Erwin.
Could we surmise from that statement that because the royalties are paid to the ABA, or the land councils, no income tax is paid?
It is a well known fact that royalty money is then distributed to various family groups.
It would be good to see the legalese if the definition of “distributed” is different to that of sharing.
If everybody is given an amount (even as low as $50) would that satisfy the test of it being used for the whole community?
It is well known the secrecy and exemptions that apply to the accounts of Aboriginal organisations.
Unfortunately with the generalist statement provided to you, is is unlikely we will ever get a straight answer.


Aggravated assault in Alice hospital
@ Ian and Ninti: I read it too and thought if anything, it may have been the reference to “Aboriginal people”, but then realised that was not racist, as it was essential to the context of the story.
I never would have thought that the age old expression of “monkey see, monkey do” was your concern.
It is all very Orwellian when we have to fear the words or expressions we use will be twisted to be used against us, this time in that all powerful catch all “you’re racist”.
It has become a very convenient way for those wishing to criticise a person without having any other real argument.
Just call the other party “racist”, because they shut up for fear of being labelled as one.
Liberal just seemed to point out the truth, monkey in this case is simply a reference to copycat behaviour, something monkeys do, and people, black white or any other colour in between.


Crims terrorise Gillen, three cops attacked
“It is not acceptable to assault police …”
Could not agree more, however the courts seem to keep accepting it. Why not minimum 12 months mandatory sentence? Just imagine the bleating from CAALAS and NAAJA if that was talked about.


Newmont gold mine: Aboriginal jobs, still trying
I wonder how it would go if the royalties are distributed to each language group dependent on the percentage of employees from each group.
If anybody says they believe the current royalty system is benefiting anybody in these communities (apart from new cars), I would quote Darrell Kerrighan and “tell ’em they’re dreamin”.


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