CONTROVERSIAL Territory cabinet minister Marion Scrymgour has backed away from her criticisms last week of the Howard Government’s intervention in Aboriginal communities following meetings with Chief Minister Clare Martin and federal Labor MP Warren Snowden. No she hasn’t “In hindsight, (it was) the emotional roller-coaster I was on, and I’m not going to blame anybody
I watched Noel Pearson on Lateline the other night and was so impressed with his compassion for his own people and his straight talking that I’ve include the transcript on the left with a view to leaving it there for some time. Do yourself a favour and read it.
The Howard/Brough plan to actually do something about the abysmal Indigenous problems has certainly taken Rudd’s union problems off the front page and the blog world is awash with opinions and attacks. The Left are screaming and as usual are very strong on criticism but offer no answers of their own. PATERNAL…A WEDGE…TAMPA 2007…BANDAIDS…TOP-DOWN IMPOSED
ALCOHOL and pornography will be banned in indigenous communities in the Northern Territory as part of a dramatic response to widespread child abuse, which was today labelled a “national emergency”. My first response – good! Second response – my, aren’t the lefties going to scream – good! They’ve had their go, now some hard work
THE jury hearing the trial of police officer Chris Hurley – charged over a death in custody on Palm island have found him not guilty. No witnesses to the event and no apparent or obvious dereliction…..what else could they do? A political event that raised false hopes among the uneducated at Palm Island and has
ABORIGINAL children should be forced to learn English so they can escape lives of poverty on remote and economically unviable communities. Where have we gone wrong that an MP has to make this more than obvious statement? Years ago I was lamenting the lack of english in Indigenous communities. My observations from my LTD04 Tour
Undoubtedly there are questions to be answered in the Palm Island tragedy and after reading Christine Clements findings some of these questions relate to police procedures but I think the debate is getting out of hand as the beying for Senior Sergeant Hurley’s blood gets louder and louder. For out-of-staters Hurley is the senior policeman
CUSTOMARY law will no longer be used as an excuse for sexual abuse and violence in indigenous communities under an agreement struck at yesterday’s talks. Now there’s a statement for the books but as expected the usual subjects show how out of touch they are with the country. Stanhope, the ACT leader waves the flag
Professor Jon Altman, from the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at ANU Australian National University wants our brothers to stick to hunter gatherer career choices. But the crucial issue that neither Johns nor Storry address is that of curricula. Too much emphasis is being placed in the current debate on providing opportunity for indigenous
THE Aboriginal teenager facing the first charges under Western Australia’s new race-hate laws claims she spoke back to a white woman only after being racially abused herself. The 15-year-old girl could face up to six months’ detention for allegedly calling 19-year-old Mellissa Blackney a “white slut” during a confrontation in the mining town of Kalgoorlie.