Something fishy going on. When the Intervention was imposed on Prescribed …

Comment on Macs stay closed while other COVID restrictions come down by Frank Baarda.

Something fishy going on.
When the Intervention was imposed on Prescribed Areas, recreational fishermen were exempted from the restrictions.
@ Litmus: I too saw the joyous press conference and noticed the Chief Minister emphasised with what I suppose he thought was a vote winning grin that Territorians could again go fishing.
I think you’re being a bit unfair though. It isn’t Nigel Scullion and Michael Gunner’s fault Central Australia has no fishing spots.

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Aboriginal participation needed to Close the Gap: Mundine
@ Alex Nelson: Frank Johnson had a bob each way. His predicted bigger gaols happened, big time.
Sometime between now and then one of the countless calls to encourage Indigenous business and participation was prompted by the declaration of “Growth Towns” also referred to as “Hub Towns”.
An NT politician declared this “new” government initiative would encourage outside investment.
By way of example he could see Vietnamese market gardeners setting up on communities. It didn’t happen.
Up the road Newmont’s annual gold production exceeds a billion dollars worth, yet I’m not aware of a single Warlpiri person working at the mine.
In Yuendumu local participation as a percentage of economic activity is lower than ever I can remember.
Warren Mundine’s press release reminds me of that line in the film The Castle: “Tell him he’s dreaming.”

Aboriginal participation needed to Close the Gap: Mundine
@ Charlie Carter, I have no doubt that when you were a little boy you clearly saw that the Emperor has no clothes.
Not sure if you know that Gary Foley dubbed Warren Mundine the “white sheep of the family”.
To Warren’s credit I saw him on television acknowledging that that was funny.

The militarised centre of Australia
When I first travelled up the Tanami Road nearly half a century ago I noticed 20 Km from the Alice Spring turnoff there was a plethora of signs declaring that trespassers would be prosecuted should they venture into the mulga scrub. This was one of the over the horizon experimental radar facilities. The main contractor if I remember correctly was AWA better known for bakelite encased wireless sets.
Soon thereafter the Central Australian sun did its job in fading the paint. For a few years travellers on the Tanami Road were to puzzle over a string of blank signs, until the signs were replaced by signs with more permanent paint. Permanent paint to match the permanent nature of military facilities.
Fascinating article Kieran, look forward to being illuminated by your book.

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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