LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sir – I thought when the Intervention came in it was supposed to find a solution to the plight of the Indigenous people in the communities such as training, education, employment and housing problems.
Now with non-Indigenous managers and employees, we seem to have gone back 200 plus years as the days of the Aboriginal Protection Board. I visited many communities throughout the Territory before the Intervention came in and was greeted by a smiling Indigenous people. Now it is a non-Indigenous person and his family. Appalling.
During road and housing work, a large number of non-Indigenous contractors are operating graders, backhoes, bulldozers and trucks followed by Indigenous workers on foot picking up rubbish.
What happen to training? Is it degrading and disgusting? I hear a lot of talk around town about “why the blacks are coming to town and staying on the fringes”? I will tell you why: There is no bloody work or training for them which were promised. Fulfill those promises and they will go back to country.
The night patrol managers and zone managers in the shires are just “jobs for the boys”, ex- policeman and security guards. They are not needed, $104,000 a year with a car and they very rarely seen to visit or know their workers’ names, skin names or if they have family problems.
We have educated black people coming home looking for work, to do good for the community, but finding it hard just to get an interview or be short listed. You may notice on the vacancy advert these words, “Aboriginal and Islanders are encouraged to apply”. Well they do and get nowhere, which is frustrating and discouraging.
So called “Aboriginal agencies” are run by non-Aboriginals just don’t want to employ Aboriginal people. What is going on, is it a white Australia policy? If these managers cared, then the morale would be high and workers would be lining up for work.
In four communities there are no night patrols, so where is the funding going? The night patrollers are on the forefront every night but lately the organisation is in disarray, nobody wants to work for managers who don’t care or check if the equipment is working.
If you train the locals to be managers and coordinators, you will have less sniffers, domestic violence, drug and alcohol in the communities. They are proud people and do care but going back 200 plus years won’t work. Nobody wants to go backwards or it is backward thinking on your behalf (Government).
I think this is a Government strategy, don’t give them work, training and let the houses fall down, blackfella move into towns and Government close down the communities and let the mining companies move in. There were some let down on the 99 year leases, so what better way to get the people out.
Look, work with us and we will work with you, it will be a win win for both sides.
Jobs the answer to plight in the bush
LETTER TO THE EDITOR