1. So many outstations like the one on the Garden Station are deserted after hundreds of thousands of dollars were invested in houses, generators, bores, com towers and more.

  2. I think you will find that they are not so much concerned with people’s welfare but intent on amassing sufficient $s to acquire as much land (Australia) as possible now and in the future.
    As judicious people know, having the land is the absolute power to control your destiny, regardless of whether you make use of it or not!

  3. Graeme Smith, stay strong young man, believe in yourself; we need strong young leaders like yourself, and others like Michael Liddle, and Jacinta Price, talking absolute good sense, to work together, asking the hard questions, lobbying governments, and peak Aboriginal bodies to get the task done.
    We the Government, should not be continually putting our hand in our pocket, using our hard earned taxes, when there is billions in royalty buckets. $ for $ agreements can work for all parties, for everyone’s benefit, not just a select few.
    Tracker by Alexis Wright: It’s a great read, and a good insight into blackfella politics. There is no mistake about Troika, they knew how to work quietly, lobby governments and get things done.
    Keep up the good fight all you good young people. Now we have enough dollars as an Aboriginal nation, and with more smart young Aboriginal people like yourselves coming along, we can truly have real self determination. We can truly have hope. We can truly have faith.
    The old adage still rings true: United we stand, divided we fall!
    We can do it, not as individuals, but together! It is time for change!

  4. The outstation at The Gardens is just the tip of a very large iceberg.
    Try Pannels Well near Arltunga where the remains of a CDU sponsored garden and advertised as such is no more, as is a sophisticated telecommunications system and a very expensive water tank.
    Try Mt. Barkley near Willowra and another near Orratipra and Argadargada to see where the money has gone.
    I am told there are many more.
    These are two that I have seen personally.
    Social philosophy does not fill bellies, but it does empty pockets for the rest of us for little apparent benefit.
    The point was badly made by a TV programme last year involving Ray Martin bringing a group of city people to Arnhemland, where the resident of a house claimed that she needed a new house because she had let the walls of the kitchen accumulate grime, when all she needed, like the rest of us, was bucket of hot soapy water and a scrubbing brush.

  5. @ Trevor: The wrecking and fixing and wrecking again cycle on communities has supported local businesses for decades.
    Without it the trade related businesses in town would have to halve their workforces and cut their apprentices.
    Are our pockets really emptied for no benefit?

  6. @ Jason @ Trevor: Well, that’s a pretty sad way of interpreting the ongoing reality in communities. I’d prefer to think that the tradies could be used to increase the stock of well-cared for housing. It’s surely needed. Now that would be a win-win!

  7. @ Sandra Taylor. Reading Sandy’s comment calling for unity and moving forward together, I cannot help but be impressed by this remarkable lady.
    Having been privileged to know Sandy as a friend for many years, I have followed her track record of community service with admiration.
    Sandy has always been a compassionate supporter of the underdog and anyone in need, with a conciliatory common sense approach to socially divisive issues. A voice of calm and wisdom, especially with troubled young people. Sandy and a number of other longtime local ladies of Alice are to be admired greatly.
    They are the Quiet Alicians whose voices should be listened to in the best interest of a happy united Alice community.


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