Tag Archives: aborigines

Cops at bottle shops: expensive bluff?

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How much does the Point of Sale Intervention – cops at bottleshops – rely on bluff? Is it working? Or is whatever gain it  produces offset by the harm done to our community by the racial profiling of which there is ample anecdotal evidence. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Employment breakthrough by local Coles

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An intensive and clever promotion last year by the Coles supermarket in Alice Springs created a critical mass in Aboriginal employment. And a follow-up this year resulted in the proportion of Indigenous personnel working there well exceeding that of the town’s population. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Jenny Standley (right) helping Mary Bayly from Napperby Station load her bush order. FULL STORY »

Black money

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Race will determine where the money will go following three NT Government decisions announced this week. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA. Pictured are Ministers Dale Wakefield (at left) and Ken Vowles (at right). FULL STORY »

How much of our relationship with Aborigines is hypocrisy?

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Seeing settlements such as Finke or Hermannsburg, not to mention Alice Springs after dark, and then listening to the hymns of how Australia looks after its First Nation people, gives one some contradictory feelings, to say at least, writes tourist Jakub Baranski, from Warsaw, Poland. He is pictured with Renata Baranska at The Rock.

See extensive readers’ commentary since Mr Baranski’s letter was first published. FULL STORY »

Coles Aboriginal employment promotion hits the spot

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43 people attend information sessions during the week after a lively promotion of careers for Aborigines last Saturday. Clontarf’s Aloysius Hayes (pictured) gave a hand with the BBQ. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Snooping bureaucrats, clinics for Aborigines only

Local woman who fought for freedom in Europe and Africa asks why do we still have apartheid in Australia. FULL STORY »

Delayed report castigates government over town camps

2531 Hidden Valley 2 SM“Governance structures [for Aboriginal town camps] are characterised by confusion and uncertainty. The leasing structure makes day to day management difficult. There is no one agency or organisation that provides direction, support and funding.  This means little support to assisting residents to pursue development opportunities in a coordinated fashion.” Housing Minister Gerry McCarthy releases a scathing report after sitting on it for nearly one year. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Man in a hurry, surrounded by people who were not

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Tracker (pictured) was ahead of most of his contemporaries. He left behind ideas which they are still struggling to catch up with. ERWIN CHLANDA reviews sections of the book Tracker by Alexis Wright. FULL STORY »

Tourism, cattle, mining, oil, gas: The world’s your oyster, Stuart.

2482 Aboriginal stockman SM2483 Scott McConnell SM“It is an asset that Indigenous people, predominantly men, still aspire to work in the pastoral industry,” says Scott McConnell (at right). He decidedly takes a glass-half-full view of economic developments in his sprawling electorate of Stuart during a conversation with editor ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

The Greens Senator and that four-letter-word: Work.

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Is the solution for the Territory’s problems Guaranteed Adequate Income? ERWIN CHLANDA speaks with Greens Senator Rachel Siewert about it and other ideas her party has for Central Australia. PICTURED are Senator Siewert in Alice Springs, with Vince Forrester and Dalton Dupuy (Greens candidates for Namatjira and Braitling, respectively). FULL STORY »