@ Graeme Hockey: We campaigned for years to have our …

Comment on Lock down Aboriginal lands but get the rest back to work by Frank Baarda.

@ Graeme Hockey: We campaigned for years to have our NO Pornography NO Alcohol sign at the entrance to Yuendumu removed. It only took a couple of days for it to be taken down after we painted it over with: “If you want porn, go to Canberra.”
After reading your letter I’ve come to realise the error of our ways.
I do however take issue with you implying that in the NT our leader is not showing leadership. Perhaps you didn’t notice, but the Territory Day fireworks cancellation surely shows true genius, as did the previous Government’s leasing of the Port of Darwin. Sorry Graeme, I must disagree with you, the NT is fortunate to be led by intellectual giants.
Your inspiring letter has made me see the light, the NT’s road to recovery is palpably obvious.
First move has to be the reopening of the golf course, which can be done without fear of hordes of “these people” swarming onto the course as appropriate signs could be erected to deter “them”.
Then definitely, indefinite lock down of 50% of the land in which the 30% live is called for.
Go one further, build walls.
A wall and sign led economic recovery could be the NT’s equivalent of the Hoover Dam or the Snowy Mountain Scheme.

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NT to become just one Federal seat of Parliament
Maybe a public debate (winner takes the nomination) would be more meaningful than a toss of a coin.
But then meaningfulness is not a dominant feature of Australian politics.


Council resignations and surprising alliances
What’s in a name?
In Kalgoorlie the police station is in Brookman Street. The brothels were in Hay Street.
They are both the same street.
In Yuendumu we have Conniston Street. They have mis-spelt Coniston which is best known for a 1928 massacre.
Some years ago Yuendumu was going to change a number of street names. Conniston St, was going to be renamed Gough Whitlam Avenue. It never happened. On the way to the Place Names Committee office there were countless insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles.
I live in Quandong Street. The nearest Quandong tree is in the Olive Pink botanical gardens. Maybe I should campaign to have my street changed to Mulga Street.
@ Germaine: Can you please explain how this is about Aboriginal money?
I’m told Alice Springs has a No Name Street.
Problem solved.


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Back in highschool we learned about “significant numbers”.
Am I being pedantic when I assert that the numbers after the decimal point are somewhat meaningless?
“Motor vehicle theft down 23.84%.” Wouldn’t the actual number of motor vehicles stolen give a clearer picture?
Reminds me of something I read in a little book called “Innumeracy”: “33.33% of doctors prefer aspirin to paracetamol. They couldn’t convince Bruce otherwise.”


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Whatever your opinion on this complex matter, I suggest you Google “ABC Numbulwar taser” and spend 12 minutes looking at the video of a man being arrested.


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Did you all see Scot Morrison announce [a similar] scheme?
Coincidentally in the Eden-Monaro electorate.
He and his mob were then told to get off the lawn by the homeowner. Priceless!


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