@Jack- “Aboriginal people will not adopt the self protection measures….”. …

Comment on Bush towns making their own Coronavirus plans is ‘nonsense’ by Frank Baarda.

@Jack- “Aboriginal people will not adopt the self protection measures….”. Who says so?
No one has shaken hands with me in Yuendumu in the last fortnight. Neither have we witnessed panic buying and opportunistic hoarding.
As for communities making decisions, we haven’t had a local council since 2008 and local leaders were disempowered long before then.

Recent Comments by Frank Baarda

Aborigines may defy orders, come to Alice for food: CLC
@ Harry Storch: Thanks Harry.
As someone who lives on a community I’m getting annoyed by all these comments that see us to be the biggest threat.
If the genie gets out of the bottle it won’t be coming from communities.


COVID lockdown: Nearby residents not informed
@ Dean Marsland: Who are they?


COVID-19 news: Alice Springs woman diagnosed
Hi. Again checked that ABC website which has the latest Australian virus statistics. Latest update 1:56PM today (Friday 27th).
It still has: “The NT does not report testing numbers.”
We are still the only jurisdiction that doesn’t.
Are they trying to hide something?
We have enough misinformation and false rumours floating about and the only way to suppress these is to tell the truth.
How many and who and where have tests been done in the NT?
And please put our editor (Erwin) out of his misery and tell him where he can find the Alice Springs testing station he’s been looking for.


COVID-19 news: Alice Springs woman diagnosed
The ABC have a very useful website which has the latest virus statistics.
Our beloved Territory distinguishes itself by being the only jurisdiction which doesn’t release figures re testing : “The NT does not report testing numbers.”
Reminds me a bit of our Federal Leaders who not all that long used the excuse that “we will not discuss on water matters” to keep us in the dark.
Also if it wasn’t so terribly serious one would have to laugh about the same leaders having failed to stop the boats.
Erwin, any luck in locating that Alice Springs testing station?
[Hi Frank. Not yet. Regards, Erwin.]


NT may face total COVID-19 lockdown
My favourite sentence in Bruce Pascoe’s book Dark Emu is:
“… then all of us must be alert to that greatest of all limitations to wisdom: The Assumption.”
All three comments that precede mine are replete with assumptions. Many of these assumptions, as a resident of Yuendumu, I consider to be wrong and offensive.


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