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I've been wondering: should the government not ask for Aborigine advice and action in government by asking people like Noel Pearson and the Dodsons and many others to become Ministers or advisers to Aborigine Affairs? Would they do it? Is that already being done? If not, can we agitate to have it done? Sincerely, Erika Stahr, coordinator, Indo-China Refugee Association, 42 Mallawa St., Clayton S., 3169, Vic.
Posted by ekastahr2, Monday, 2 November 2009 8:53:45 AM
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No amount of advisers, whether they be black or white, will not solve anything.
Aboriginals living in camps want to live their traditional life style, but their is nowhere for them to do this.
They would be far happier living on lizards and kangaroo. But they have to settle for white mans tucker.
The elders hold back their young people, by not allowing integration.
It is very rare to see a real aboriginal in employment it is not in their coulture.
Advisers would have a hard job to come up with a solution, no mater what it was it would involve coultural change.
These people are traditional nomads.
They are imprisoned in camps.
The only time i have seen change is when the race has bred with white people. Then they live a normal life, as white people know it.
Posted by Desmond, Monday, 2 November 2009 3:20:02 PM
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ekastahr2 you ask

'should the government not ask for Aborigine advice and action in government by asking people like Noel Pearson and the Dodsons '

the answer is obviously yes but you will find that opinion among the aboriginal leadership is by far from united. Even the 2 men you mention have vastly different outlooks on many issues. At some point in time the Government of all Australians ( of which aboriginals make of a very small number) must have the guts to put in place policies that will give the next generation a chance. You can be sure Mr Rudd's Government have not got the guts. They are more into spin and listening to spin than most. Mal Brough was a man who cared and still does. Unfortunately those in the Labour party who care are not being heard. Maybe they are frightened that some idiot in the UN will black mark them (no racial slur intended)
Posted by runner, Monday, 2 November 2009 3:23:50 PM
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Lets not forget these people are tribal.
Thats why there is differing views.
Your are never going to come to a solution, asking the aboriginal people.
The outcome has got to be separation from the elders for their own good.
That point won't go over to well.
It's hard to come up with any answers without being labeled a racist.
Posted by Desmond, Monday, 2 November 2009 3:42:42 PM
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It will make no difference by putting Noel Pearson or Dodson or any other in as advisors because the Aboriginal communities are far from being one set of people
We have different rules and ideas from nation to nation and tribe to tribe
The big problem with the Aboriginal is that past Governments took most of thier advice from the Wik nation which had different ideas to the other Nations ie Kamillaroi for one
Runner, "They are more into spin and listening to spin than most. Mal Brough was a man who cared and still does" Mal Brough had no more interest than any other politician
Mal Brough was contacted by my Local Member in relation to my case and did nothing he wasn't even prepared to accept the "Bringing Them Home" recommendations
Until ALL the people of this land unite as one instead of this Aboriginal.White,Immigrant separation then nothing is going to work
Thanks For Your time
From Dave
Posted by dwg, Tuesday, 3 November 2009 7:32:39 AM
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who let Desmond escape from the brig ... haha!

Erika, at the crest of a global paradigm shift from patriarchy to
equal rights custodians of the world's longest living culture have
proposed a congress comprised of equal numbers of women and men.
http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2009/80_09.html

With a minimum of fuss Australia's indigenous peoples announced a forerunner
to an equal rights republic.

Coupled with collective bargaining between womenís and menís legislatures,
Australia is poised to deliver.
Posted by whistler, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 10:17:52 AM
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