@ GC. I can look at incarceration and recidivism statistics …

Comment on Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue by Ralph Folds.

@ GC. I can look at incarceration and recidivism statistics and not see a corrupt system and a violent and racist police force that upholds it.
I see very sharp cultural differences.
Not drive your car to the funeral of a close relative because it is unregistered and your licence has been suspended?
Pay a fine when family need the money?
Nearly impossible!
Not drink when your relatives are drinking?
Very difficult.
Not carry out your duty to punish according to Aboriginal law?
etc etc.

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Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue
@GC. High rates of Aboriginal imprisonment are always explained in terms of poor education, poverty,inadequate housing, police violence etc.
There is rarely a mention of fundamental cultural differences playing a role even though they obviously do.
You say that if the system cannot accommodate those cultural differences, that is a form of violence.
But how you would address cultural differences in laws and their administration?
Until the past couple of decades this issue was dealt with by the absence of remote policing.
Communities had little police presence, eg one 2 man station at Papunya policed a large part of central Australia.
In the absence of policing, Aboriginal Law continued and communities worked their own problems out, not as whitefellas would, but to the satisfaction of most residents.
Few went to jail.
The Intervention saw police stations built in many communities and traditional punishment was nearly policed out of existence.
Not that payback has diminished but now it is administered by knives wielded by drunks and is sometimes lethal.
Imprisonment rates have soared to some of the highest in the world.
But how do you address this?
The concept of different laws has been firmly rejected.
Traditional punishment is not coming back.
Police have no legal authority to make exceptions even where they are dealing with an Aboriginal offender who is following his own moral precepts.
For the Aboriginal offender being arrested for driving to his grandfather’s funeral when his car is defected, unregistered and his driver’s licence suspended seems very unjust.

Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue
NT Aboriginal students taking a first year medical course to become doctors failed at twice the rate of non Aboriginal students.
A clear case of racism they loudly complained.
Every teacher of Aboriginal students in the Territory is accused of racist behaviour on a regular basis.
“You don’t like black people” is a common response to a teacher saying no.
The word racist has been debased and weaponised.
That’s a great pity because to avoid racism we all need to know what it is and be vigilant.

Black lives: generations pass; racism, custody deaths continue
The deaths in custody complaint falls somewhat flat in the NT because Aboriginal prisoners have less chance of passing away compared to the free cohort.
Group rather than individually housed prisoners are much less likely to self harm or suicide.
No drinking or smoking, regular meals and medical and dental checkups ensure good health.
Enforced exercise also contributes.
All diabetics take their meds compared with low compliance outside the prison.

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@ Greeny Council is an apprenticeship for those local government representatives who may wish to take the next step for their community?
Sadly you could be right which explains why our Territory MLAs are so bad.
They have learned in their apprenticeships that once you get into a position of influence you can forget whom you are representing and do what serves your own best interests.

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@ Alex thanks for that. But the fact that this cancer of divided loyalties has a long history doesn’t make it right.
The antics of the Council would not be tolerated in most other local Government jurisdictions.
Time for change and only ratepayers can do it.
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The council has been politicised with glaring conflicts of interest.
In my honest opinion Mayor Ryan is leading the way and setting the worst example of all.
Pathetic that the moral high grounders such as Cocking say nothing.
Marli Banks deplores the “really distasteful” focus on council by the government and aspiring MLAs.
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Do our conflicted aspiring MLAs care if out town loses major project funding?
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@ Nigel Adlam. By publishing your rather personal attack Erwin has shown his commitment to a free press.
Lots of good journalism here and some is exceptional.
“Trouble at the turn-off.”

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