The Darwin Festival has failed local visual artists. Spending money on a roving class of interstate creatives and acts is capital that gets drained out of the local culture making economy. There is no substantial quota for local engagement, there is no compulsion that local creatives get engaged and employed. The current festival model fails to connect with and engage the local culture makers. Even the influx of DF production crew in August are like carnies - here for the month then off again to fleece another community with their generic arts festival business model.
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.
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.
Terry Mills has travelled to Japan to find some gas for the NT and promote the NT economy. Will he still have a job when he gets back?
You can be sure that when disputes over this "deal" are broadcast over the media, the average white punter's perceptions after seeing Aboriginal people protesting against (what to them is a generous billion dollar gift from the government), this will only reinforce negative and resentful white attitudes, such as 'why are they being given all this money by the government and still not satisfied? They are greedy.'