When I first lobbed in the Alice in ’67 I …

Comment on NT closing borders to interstate arrivals by John Bell.

When I first lobbed in the Alice in ’67 I was told about the Berrimah Line but thought it was just local urban myth.
Then in ’68 I was sent to do a six week training course in Aboriginal Training Allowances in NTA Darwin.
Strewth. The Berrimah Line in full force.
The Darwin Snobs thought us Alicians and everyone south of Berrimah were something on the bottom of their thongs.
I imagine it is still alive and well. If so, I reckon they should set up border control 1km south of Berrimah.
Stop the contagion of Darwin virus. Just kidding.
Some of me best mates went to Darwin. Lost forever in the Big Smoke North of the Berrimah Line.

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@ Question. Are Wuhan Virus Berrimah Line jokes allowed? Or is that not politically correct?


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@ Dave: You make a very good point. The initial cover-up by WHO and China and then the constantly changing incoming information on the Wuhan Virus has caught everyone on the hop and is still creating controversy around the world.
This uncertainty has had a major impact on correct protocol, country to to country.
Who can really say, even now, what is the right protocol for any individual country? Take Taiwan, for example.
With a population very close to ours, they have minimal cases of illness – fewer than 300 currently. Their protocols allow their people to go about their normal business in shopping malls markets etc. with marvellous results.
Then there is Italy. A disaster zone. No doubt a victim of geography and EU open border policy.
Then there is Central Australia. In remote communities such as Atitjere. Among the world’s oldest community with all of our cultural health issues.
The right “protocol” is still very much a lottery stab by well intentioned authorities.


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Having read all the reports on this in the Alice Springs News and observing from down here in Melbourne, I am bemused by the criticism of this NT police officer and wife.
Down here every day I go for a walk and I see groups of cyclists on long training rides.
They meet at designated places and invariably end their ride at a takeaway coffee place, often in suburbs of inner Melbourne.
I also see groups of people every day on shopping trips to Northland shopping centre.
To criticise this police officer and his wife in these circumstances seems almost hypocritical to me.
All around the country, there are large confusing gaps with what communities are being told.
This police officer and his wife are copping unfair flak.
Especially when total lockdown has not been declared and community movement has no reliable monitoring.


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@ Pseudo Guru. Hillsong and Scientology people are in the same virus boat as everyone else, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnicity or religion.
It is not constructive or helpful to take potshots at these people in a a global crisis like this.
Could even be construed as unnecessarily narky.


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Just been talking on the phone to Aboriginal friends in Alice about the spread of the virus.
They say (1) while there are fewer people in town, there is no real indication of a coordinated effort to transport people back to their communities.
(2) Central Lands Council and Centrecorp are showing no leadership, while Tangentyere is trying, offering a bus service with petrol vouchers to help people to get from camps like the one out at the Yuendumu turn-off.
(3) Tribal people have no idea about washing hands and their movements cannot be monitored, making “self-isolation” a farce. They fear that unless there are immediate public signs of a coordinated town approach that everyone understands, there is a crisis waiting to happen.


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@ Pseudo Guru. Pseudo: I suggest that you have a tunnel vision view mate.
Christian churches in Australia have a long history of providing essential aid to the desperate and the needy, from earliest colonial days, long before state governments came to the party.
Church institutions and congregations have been putting their hands in their pockets to provide orgs such as the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Anglicare etc.
It is a quid pro quo situation where the states get a huge quid from these volunteer orgs who, if they vacated the welfare sector, would dump an impossible burden on state and fed governments.
The state and fed governments get the best deal, and they know it.


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