Quite an inspiring article. A change from the usual mix …

Comment on What would John Clarke have said? by James.

Quite an inspiring article. A change from the usual mix of socio-political gruel. Well done Mark and well done Erwin for publishing.

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Alice Springs boys first Indigenous players for Port Adelaide
Great story Erwin. Well chosen. There will be much interest locally in this account.
It just shows how well Aboriginal people can achieve given the right set of circumstances.
Much still needs to be done to create successful outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

Listen to the people, say Marli Banks and Brian Jeffries
Father Jeffries makes some salient points in relation to Indigenous education and how governments need to respond. Grief and loss of culture, which often means loss of language are big issues for Indigenous Australians.
Father Jeffries is correct when he talks about a need for fostering ‘self-esteem.’ Many young Indigenous Australians still do not succeed in our education system and I am sure Father Jeffries is right when he says that governments need to encourage people who have a long term commitment to work with Indigenous children.
Anyone who examines the past in relation to Indigenous education will find that those who have been successful in providing opportunities for Indigenous children have usually worked with them and their families over a very long period of time.
Such people who come to mind are Pastor Carl Strehlow, Pastor F Albrecht, Sister Eileen Heath, Bishop Francis Gsell, Father Percy Smith, Father Ernest Gribble, Doctor Charles Duguid, Rev A J Dyer plus quite a number of others.
Father Jeffries is also correct when he indicates that a general lack of understanding within the general Australian community regarding how best to assist Indigenous educational development makes the task even more difficult.

Could this be the end of the CLP Opposition?
The Johnston by-election is a disastrous result for the CLP.
It isn’t much better for Territory Labor.
The next NT government is likely to be a minority Labor government supported by a variety of unreliable independents all with superficial policies.

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!

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