Tuesday, November 6, 2007

NT Invasion: Unfinished Business



If you missed Tracking the Intervention on Four Corners last night, make sure that you catch tonight’s replay at 11.35 tonight, use the VCR or see it online by clicking the image above. Matthew Carney visited Maningrida and Finke communities for the report. If you still think that the Northern
Territory intervention is about child abuse or empowering aboriginal people, you will be challenged by the evidence.

Whoever wins the election, there is unfinished business to redress what is going on.

The health checks have almost nothing to do with abuse and are duplicating resources such as the Health Clinic in Maningrida. Opportunities and money are being squandered in shameful ways.

The death of CDEP is forcing people off meaningful employment and back on to welfare and destroying programs that offer hope. Outside managers with unprecedented powers but questionable experience are taking over communities. Listen for the embarrassed pause when the new saviour in Maningrida is asked what experience he has in indigenous communities. Four months after the invasion and he can’t answer the simplest questions. Maningrida does not need more outsiders like Counicl CEO’s who think their communities are zoos.

An enormous amount needs to be done with (not to) communities to address the challenges they face. This is not the way to do it.

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6 comments:

Edge said...

Greetings Broome Comrades, a fantastic site you have going here. I will re visit regularly. All the best for the campaign.

A friend from the Ballarat East Branch of the ALP - home of the Eureka Stockade, birthplace of Australian Democracy.

Kevin Rennie said...

Edge

In the late 70's I was in Daylesford. Steve Bracks and I were conference delegates one year. My grandfather who was born in 1880 grew up in Ballarat.

PS Hope you've watched the videos.

Anonymous said...

It sounds as if some of the people in the Territory have many problems which need solving. Maybe we could ask pansophist Ms C Martin to apply her wide knowledge and expertise to the problem? Refugees in an ALP state; who would have thought that?

Before we witness the beatification of Steve Bracks we might pause a bit and consider this:

Forensic investigator George Rechnitzer didn’t think much of the infrastructure spending in Victoria especially around the Kerang area where the road crosses the rail line. George said: “…there's been really an abysmal lack of investment in my opinion in infrastructure safety."

Rechnitzer directs criticism at governments past as much as present, over 20 or 30 years. "What's happened is that even though the Government has increased spending, it's really at a pathetic level when you look at the tragic outcomes. We're talking about very inadequate funding….”

Kerang: 11 dead.
Premier of Victoria: Steve Bracks.

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