Be careful what you pray for. By proposing to strip away protection for Aboriginal people’s heritage across the board, and throughout the State, the Barnett Government appears to have unwittingly conjured up a strong, united and angry Aboriginal coalition which is now mobilising against the AHA amendments.
Police operations like Thumper in Katherine and other towns of the Top End do not stand unsupported. Thumping is now big business.
My friend Allanah MacTiernan yesterday said publicly what many people in the party think, and I am afraid I have to agree with her. Continue like this and the ALP is doomed. It is the time for serious decisions.
I was freelancing for rock'n'roll magazines and having the lazy time of my life. A visit from half a dozen traditional Aboriginal men from Australia's Top End was well into the realms of the unpredictable, but they were rock'n'roll and so was I and that seemed enough to seal the occasion. Nonetheless I began battening down the hatches and warned all my friends that I had some pretty unusual visitors coming to stay. This is how it happened according to my diary at the time.