Northern Territory

Jul 30, 2009

There’s no Alice town camps deal, not now and not likely

The truth is, the battle for the Alice Springs town camps is just beginning, despite Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin's latest deal.

Chris Graham

Tracker managing editor

Another day, another deal done with Aboriginal people while a gun is held to their head. I am, of course, referring to the news overnight that Jenny Macklin has signed a deal with the Alice Springs town camps which is supposed to deliver $138 million in housing and infrastructure upgrades in exchange for a 40-year lease over the land.

Except, of course, no deal has actually been done. All that’s really happened is a letter has been sent to Macklin from some of the town camp housing associations indicating they’ll accept a deal. So they’ve agreed to agree.

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2 thoughts on “There’s no Alice town camps deal, not now and not likely

  1. SBH

    Surely we could solve this problem by just taking their blankets away………………………?

  2. James Bennett

    I’m with you Chris

    Tell that bloody Macklin to keep her money. Your blokes can look after themselves.

    Mind you, they are in a bit of a pickle.

    I hate not being able to criticise from a position of ignorance but do these aboriginal organisations make any money other than what is given by the government ?
    I’m guessing from their tough negotiating position they have an alternate source of funds and a cunning plan to rule their world if only this damn intervention would stop.

    What’s that Chris ?

    The only plan is to lie down and scream ‘ Racist’s ‘ at the top of your voice !

    And that’s also the alternate plan!

    Mmmm .. Brilliant.

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