If Abbott had been in power last Friday he would have in all likelihood made a better response than the equivocation from our current leaders. Neither Turnbull or Shorten have the wit, interest or political savvy to get a treaty—or the other proposals in the Uluru Statement—past their respective right wings, who as my colleague Bernard Keane stressed in Crikey yesterday will—with their fellow-travellers—be more than willing to employ dishonesty and deceit to push back on any proposal for a treaty.
The Council comprised Dr H C (‘Nugget’) Coombs as chairman, who would retire as the first Governor of the Reserve Bank to take up the appointment; Professor W E H (Bill) Stanner, a renowned anthropologist who had worked in the Daly/Wadeye region; and Barrie Dexter, an officer of the Department of External (now Foreign) Affairs.
Gerry Wood: "People in the NT would like to know what the truth is, they want to see a system of elections that is not tainted, they want to see a government bringing out policies that are not favoured or tainted by whether someone is a donor to the party."
Julie Owens MP: "I don’t believe that you can call it charity work if the taxpayer is paying your salary to do it - let alone if you make a profit out of it on the back of $350 in travelling allowance a day."
Warren Mundine on the role of the military in Aboriginal communities: "Actually the military does have a place … In the tsunami of Indonesia, you know at Sumatra and the Indian Ocean. And I said the military has got to train for emergency services and war situations."
Do we need more evangelical cheerleading and yelling about "catching the cheats" from politicians and supporters of a confected "war on doping" or some commonsense and critical reflection that makes athletes part of the solution - not all of the the problem?
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 think that this is a long-term strategy but that what is inevitable is that we will see the end of prohibition policies. They are unsustainable. There is a global trend now to re-examine the policy of prohibition of drugs. It has been an abject failure. I think it will happen in Australia. It will be an incremental change and it'll happen over the next decade. But it is inevitable.
Right now it seems that the meaning of “philanthropic”, in South Australia corporate and government circles at least, is a work in progress.