Stylo Station is a modest cattle property near Mataranka in the NT's so-called "never-never" country. Why it is of such interest and controversy is all part of an unfolding tale, with many parts yet to come. Here is the latest ...
A report of the sale of a large freehold cattle station in the NT to the country's largest grower of sandalwood is denied by the station owners but questions remain over the future of the station's controversial water allocation.
"Warlpiri people are not slaves, yet many in ‘mainstream’ society persist in claiming some sort of ‘ownership’ of Aborigines. They arrogantly have opinions as to what Aborigines should or shouldn’t do, and believe they have some sort of right in deciding what is best for them. Warlpiri have no power over their destiny. No say in their future. No say in how they should run their lives." Frank Baarda, Yuendumu 2010
John Liddle: Like most Aboriginal males in Central Australia I am sick of going to funerals and seeing our courts, jails, health clinics and hospital filled with brothers and sisters who have been involved in family violence. It is time that Aboriginal males stood up both morally and culturally, taking positive action and a zero tolerance approach to stop the excessive violence in families, communities and towns, a crisis that is having a devastating effect on community members of all ages and genders, especially the children.
As the NT News reported on 13 August 2010 that: "The CLP knew about the case before choosing him as the candidate for Lingiari...Mr Abbott yesterday denied he had pleaded guilty, but court records show that he did...He denied the original domestic violence order was taken out against him because of violence or threats of violence against the woman...Mr Abbott said he was a victim of biased legislation that nearly always favoured women in domestic violence cases. 'It does just cut one way in favour of women,' he said."
The Northern Myth: Mr Tony Abbott said in relation to your call for Mr Leo Abbott's disendorsement that: "That's ultimately a matter for the Territory Country Liberal party, but I want to say that there's absolutely - or there should be - absolutely no place in the Parliament for people who are involved in domestic violence." Was that the right call? Terry Mills: Absolutely. Tony Abbott said that it was a “no-brainer.” He phoned me and he couldn’t believe that the [CLP] management committee would have made such a decision, and I completely agree with him, completely agree with him.
Mr Richard Teo, A/President of the CLP: "There was no violence whatsoever. There are a lot of people out there who would like to sink the man. He [Abbott] is one of the best indigenous persons that have come out into the open to openly look for a position in government which we need more people like that for. There are a lot of jealous people out there who would like to sink the man. And we are a fair-go party, we give everyone a chance to prove themselves."
Hell, if "friends" were votes, Warren H would be streeting his opposition right now. His personal Facebook page has 387 "friends, his recently created Green's candidate Facebook page has 190 people that "like" it, there is a Wikipedia-based "Community" Facebook page that has 33 "friends" and his MySpace site has a whopping 1,709 "friends" With friends like that who needs voters!
Bess Price, prospective Country Liberal Party candidate for the Federal electorate of Lingiari: "Well, I’ve always voted Labor…but I believe…but I believe Territorians deserve and demand better leadership…and a better future…"