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The NT Intervention after one year

Here in Australia we are recalling the dramatic days of June to July 2007. The jury is out on just what the Northern Territory intervention has achieved so far, but it has to be said that those months were a watershed in Australia. Much that had been taken for granted changed, and a lot of apathy or complacency was challenged.

I responded at the time: Some thoughts on the events of June 2007; this page; July 2007 to October 2007 on Floating Life; Galarrwuy Yunipingu’s speech of 26 October 2007.

Last night on Lateline we had  Mal Brough discusses the NT intervention, Pat Anderson discusses the NT intervention concerns, and One year on, NT intervention remains controversial. The newspapers are full of it this morning. Mal Brough is Action Man and was an important catalyst for change, but I do think he gave himself away in that interview when he revealed his intimacy with The Bennelong Society — not that this is any surprise. Check the Bennelong Society’s lineage on that link. The sound of grinding axes…

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Divine right of Mugabes and other illusions

Well, now we have it. The man is barking mad.

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe says “only God” can remove him from office, as the opposition MDC considers pulling out of next week’s run-off election amid escalating violence.

“The MDC will never be allowed to rule this country – never ever,” Mr Mugabe told local business people in Bulawayo – Zimbabwe’s second largest city – referring to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

“Only God who appointed me will remove me, not the MDC, not the British.” — ABC News.

I can’t help but reflect on the sad history of good ideas gone wrong.
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