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Issue 38

LETTERS: Young gun fires at turf club; farmer at the PM

Steve Brown, your article
gets the gong from me and many of my fellow land holders. We all 
have to lobby our local members and the public in general that to close
down produce producing properties any where in Australia is going
against the philosophy of Australia being a food bowl. The present PM
thinks we should develop other industries to take us forward but I
assure you that whatever we do, everyone still has to eat.
Tony Sanderson


Ok we all love young guns, it’s a day for the boys
and girls of Alice Springs to evolve into ladies and gentleman with our
frocks and suits, but 40 dollars a ticket that’s outrageous.  It
wasn’t that long ago it was only 15 dollars a ticket and everyone went,
now barely anyone wants to go! It’s a great day for the community to
band together and socialize.
When the price went from 15 to 20 dollars a ticket the number of people
who went dropped. Turf club what are you doing?? The demographic “young”
guns is aimed at can’t afford to spend money there, if they used most
their money to get in the gate
Drop the price back to 20 dollars and you will be amazed how many people come along
Ashley Ogden

Alice Springs

Hot debate in council over youth curfew, public stays away

barometer of popular support did not augur well for Alderman Eli
Melky's youth curfew motion: the public gallery at last night's council
meeting was half empty. A few people from the youth sector had turned up
and Acting Commander Michael White from the NT Police was also there.
But the 1000 plus signatories of the petition circulated by Alds Melky
and Samih Habib Bitar, who seconded his motion, had stayed away in
droves. Perhaps its defeat had been accepted as a fait accompli.
Nonetheless, the issues were hotly debated by aldermen. Pictured:
Young opponent of a curfew, Gavin Henderson, who organised a petition
against the proposal, with supporters, counsellor and independent
candidate for Greatorex at the next NT election, Phil Walcott, and
Alderman Sandy Taylor, chair of council's Corporate and Community
Services committee.  KIERAN FINNANE reports.

'Hunted like dogs' by Intervention

Last night's Q&A on the ABC was hugely useful for understanding
the popular national debate about Aboriginal issues: Its perverse
uselessness, to be precise.

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks (pictured) commented on the
Federal Intervention, costing millions of dollars, in the wake of the
chilling "Children are Sacred" report into abuse and neglect. She
recalls that army, police and bureaucrats arrived in her home town of
Utopia and proceeded to "hunt us like dogs".

Moderator Tony Jones did not ask for an explanation nor elaboration.

It was a notable addition to Mrs Kunoth-Monks vocabulary: Last week she accused Australia of "ethnic cleansing".

Was the Darwin audience outraged? No way. It applauded. Profusely. Photo: Mrs Kunoth-Monks makes a point during the show, flanked by NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson (left) and moderator Tony Jones. COMMENT by ERWIN CHLANDA.

Alice takes the NT lead for violent drunks but at least there are fewer of them than last year

Recorded assaults in Alice Springs
are down 13.2% for the period July to September this year, relative to
the same period last year.

This is better than the NT wide figure (down 9.1%) but not as good as
the decreases achieved in the Top End. In Darwin the assaults dropped
by 15.9%; Palmerston, 16.5%; Katherine, 19.2%.

Alice's drop is off a very high base relative to these centres. There
were 401 recorded assaults in Alice for the period last year, scarcely
lower than the total for Darwin (414), a city with three times the

This year Darwin experienced 348 in the period, and Alice, exactly the same number.

The NT Government, releasing the preliminary data today, is linking
the decreases to the introduction of the Banned Drinkers Register.

Looking at the regional breakdown of people on the register, Alice
Springs towers above the rest, with a total of 208 on the register at
the end of September, compared to 98 in Darwin; 63 in Palmerston;
Katherine, 73. – Kieran Finnane

Comment: Ethnic cleansing … what next?



The instant expert proffering solutions after a one-day visit has long been a figure in the debate about Aboriginal "problems".
But Indian man Salil Shetty, Secretary-General of Amnesty International, of which one has much higher expectations, doing a double act with
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, provided a new low point last week.
Her confident, dignified demeanor and tireless advocacy, as well as her profile as the actress who played Jedda in that celebrated movie, make Ms Kunoth-Monks (at left) a sought-after spokeswoman on Aboriginal causes.
Her inclusion in the panel of tomorrow's Q&A panel on ABC TV is unsurprising.
Trouble is, what she has to say, on too many occasions doesn't bear close scrutiny.
How does she muster the impertinence of saying, quoted by AAP, that Australia is practising ethnic cleansing?
While the taxpayer is forking out $1b on Aboriginal housing in the NT, as we speak, Ms Kunoth-Monks suggests her country's treatment of Aborigines is akin to Serb forces slaying more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslim boys in Srebrenica.
And Mr Shetty chimes in in agreement.
The claim that "around 500 homeland communities are being left to wither as the Government starves them of essential services" is all his own work. Yes, 500.
What he and Ms Kunoth-Monks trotted out was the usual tripe. Lucky for them the media run by people in the state capitals 2000 kms away can't get enough of it.
As our current report and readers' comments show, the outstation movement is a complex issue, after years of debate still undecided, but revolving largely around this question: If a small group of people want to settle in some remote place of their own land, what extent of services – if any – should the taxpayer be providing? In every case a school? A hospital? A police station? Sealed roads?
How many of these outstations have been built, equipped, trashed and abandoned?
Ms Kunoth-Monks' home region of Utopia has had a thriving art industry for a couple of decades.
Where did all that money go?
Nearby TiTree is one of The Centre's most prospective areas for horticulture.
It had and still has major vineyards and other plantations. There is plenty of water and cheap backloading freight to Adelaide.
How many of the unemployed in Ms Kunoth-Monks' communities have worked or are working in these enterprises, constantly hampered by having to bring in labour from interstate, whilst being surrounded by hundreds on the dole?
How many plantations have been started by Ms Kunoth-Monks and the other local elders?
How many cattle are they running in this prime beef producing area?
How many of the men are continuing the proud tradition of Aboriginal stockmen – as workers on surrounding cattle stations, or in their own
enterprises, on the vast stretches of land given to them under landrights?
How come Aboriginal-owned cattle stations in Ms Kunoth-Monks' neighborhood are leased out to white pastoralists?
Where is the citrus plantation that's been on the drawing board at Utopia for the best part of two decades?
Let's see what Q&A makes of all this.

Peer (Pir) Mohammed: camel entrepreneur between continents



Tall Tales but True – a series courtesy the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs.


Like many of the "Afghan” camel men who came to Australia Peer
Mohammed (Mahomet) claims to have fought for the British Army with the
Amir’s contingent during the Boer War.

Peer (at right) left a wife and children behind in
Peshawar, now Pakistan, and married again in Australia. He never saw his
Afghan family again.

He was originally a goldsmith and jeweler before coming to Australia
where he later married Ruby Stuart, the daughter of an Englishman and an
indigenous woman.
Peer Mohammed worked as a camel driver and importer and is recorded as having sold camels to Baricot in Afghanistan in 1902.

In 1882 he bought a string of laden camels through the MacDonnell
Ranges into the tiny settlement of Stuart (now Alice Springs). This was
just a decade after the opening of the Overland Telegraph Line and he
recalled the completed line of wooden poles.

After returning to India for a period he came back to Alice Springs
with his camel team again in 1885 and was shocked to find that
white-ants and fires had taken their toll and the poles were being
replaced by iron ones.

Peer returned to India in 1905 but by 1910 was living at West Camel
Camp in Broken Hill, working as a camel driver for Basha Gul.

He returned to India again and in 1911 was resolutely refused re-entry into Australia; but he came back anyway.

He then operated a small mine at Sliding Rock in the Flinders Ranges,
SA, but this was not as lucrative as he’d anticipated and he turned his
attention back to driving camel teams.

Once motorised transport started to make inroads into servicing the
freight needs of the cattle stations throughout the outback Peer
Mohammed found work carrying railway sleepers for the east-west railways
before finally retiring.
Peer Mohammed died in Port Augusta in 1940 and is reported to have been destitute.

His son Gul (Gool) Muhammed also worked as a cameleer. Gul married
Miriam Khan from Marree and went on to become one of the last cameleers
to operate in the Alice Springs area.

Gul’s son, Sallay (Saleh) married an Australian woman, Iris, and went
on to form a trucking company in Central Australia with his sons John
and Noor.

In 1979 Saleh (at right) delivered four racing camels to King Khalid of Saudi Arabia as a gift from the Australian Government.

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