Councillor Eli Melky revealed a certain ignorance of Australian history at last night's council meeting, suggesting that appeals be made to the Governor-General to help Alice Springs deal with its “crime wave”. Since 1975, the year of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s dismissal, the intervention of the G-G in our politics and governance has been a sore point for many Australians. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Among the bitterness and ego of contemporary politics, finding a way to engage us, make us laugh, and focus on important issues through that prism, even the NT Intervention. John Clarke (pictured) was able to do it at least once a week and over a very long period. By MARK J SMITH.
The ongoing loss of community control, pressure to sign over land, humiliating and discriminatory income management, increased removal of children from families, excessive policing and over-incarceration mark 12 years of the Northern Territory Intervention, writes Georgina Gartland. Professor Jon Altman, of the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University, is pictured.
A new volume of memoir and reflection on his art by Rod Moss has been published this week by UQP. Titled tellingly One Thousand Cuts, it bleeds grief, as violence, disease and death ravages his circle of Arrernte friends and at times leaves Moss reeling. The country becomes his “safety net” into which he leans to find joy and consolation. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.
At right: And dark was the night, 2009. A few days later the candle-bearer would stab his young wife, whom Moss shows here with their young son, 11 times.
I am responding to comments from Des Rogers, Deputy Chief Executive of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress about the Little Children are still Sacred report. I was shocked to hear his comments. I think it is deplorable that he has said the Federal Intervention demonised men, writes Alison Anderson, Minister for Children and Families.
How much accurate and relevant information is needed to start a protest campaign? The ratio is in indirect proportion to the distance from what is being protested about: The further you are away from the action, the less you need to know – and get away with it. At least that's what is suggested by the "Six years of the NT Intervention is six years too long" campaign by the St Vincent de Paul Society, ACOSS and the National Welfare Rights Network (NWRN). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
At the launch of her new novel, From Alice with Love, Jo Dutton spoke of fiction’s power to change the way we think. By this measure, the achievement of her book is to tell an emotionally textured story of lives lived in and near Alice Springs. If it changes the way we think, it’s by getting in under the usual glosses of the social landscape of The Centre and letting love propel her story, love between particular people, black and white, living in recent times, and love of the country. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.
MODIFIED 11.05am, July 1, 2013. See note at the end of FULL STORY.
Bob Durnan (pictured) is a community development worker with over three decades of experience in working with Aboriginal people in town camps and remote communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland. He looks forward to where we would hope to be when the sun sets on the current 10-year second phase of the Federal Intervention into Indigenous affairs in the Territory.
Those of us – of all ethnic backgrounds – who seriously look forward to still residing in the Northern Territory 10 years from now need to start getting our acts together if we want a tolerable social and climatic environment to enjoy in our dotage.
Apart from the grim fact that we must hope Australia doesn’t get dragged down into a world-wide economic quagmire – the new depression – and endure the suffering that would accompany the further disappearance of finance and trade, jobs and commerce, we have to still deal with our own unfolding local social catastrophe.
To help us do this dealing, we also must hope our nation’s strong streak of mean-mindedness and lack of empathy is diminished, at least a bit, as we badly need to continue receiving generous helpings of the GST gravy if we are to have any chance of achieving a safe, well-educated, healthy, productive and integrated society in the NT.
Equally we must hope that measures to abate global warming are implemented rapidly, despite their impacts on trade and finance. It’s hot enough in Central Australia as it already is.
If Australia’s national wellbeing survives these and other possible threats (the usual – war, terrorism, and their pressures for increased population shifts) then we could reasonably expect our national government to build on its already large investment in the Northern Territory Emergency Response, and see some Stronger Futures evolve in the NT; but as you may sense, I think it’s a bit of a long shot.