The mistake the politicians made (although Clare Martin was an honourable exception) was to conclude that this very long-standing “emergency” demanded that the white politicians and bureaucrats urgently devise and impose their own “expert” punitive, paternalistic policy solutions on those recalcitrant, irresponsible black fellas who wouldn’t even protect their own children from the thugs and paedophiles in their midst.
Turnbull was right to reject The Voice but he has made an absolute hash of the rest of the recognition issue and has left the field open for Shorten to make merry havoc. It is an old saw but true that there are no votes in Aboriginal policy but Shorten can now pick up and run with the many "other issues" that are still on the table.
At a media conference, an angry Keating attacked the Eva Valley statement and Mick Dodson in particular for a critical speech Dodson had made in Geneva a few weeks earlier. He at the same time praised Sol Bellear and Noel Pearson for their 'supportive comments': Gary Foley, 2001.
Leading the LNP cheer squad has been Pearson and his mates, who control various Cairns-based organisations including the Cape York Institute and the Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation. Prominent among them are Noel's brother Gerhardt Pearson and Cape York Land Council chairman Richie Ahmat. They say the new law will prevent the development of indigenous agricultural and other development projects.
Darwin lawyer Matt Punch takes a close look at the proposed new section 116A of the Australian Constitution and reckons both the progressives and conservatives have got it wrong.
The Northern Territory is the only jurisdiction in Australia that does not have a needs-based school staff-funding model. This is despite the fact that it invested time and resources from 2007, over multiple years, to fund a unit dedicated to revising the staffing formula to include needs based weightings.
Giles: Dave [Tollner] chose to abstain from the meeting. He's gonna to take some time off. Journalist: When you say he is going to "take some time off" has he quit? Giles: No, no. Dave's gonna take some time off. I think we all know that the life and the role as a public figure and in a political environment, particularly holding some of the portfolios that Dave did. You do get tired after a while and quite clearly Dave wants a rest and he's gonna have a rest.
In Kununurra for example, 14 teacher support positions are to be lost in 2014 across the two schools. Now, rather than aspiring to be teachers, maybe they can look forward to careers as truancy officers.
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."
Earlier this year Warren Mundine told The Australian that Aboriginal people were sick of being 'bullshitted to.' This time next week Mundine may be the most powerful blackfella in the country. Is Mundine's vision one of 'elegance & simplicity' or just more bullshit?