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4 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 20 APRIL 2018
I REFER to G.D Egan’s letter (“Liquor
Commission just doesn’t get it”, TDT
Mr Egan, you are the one that doesn’t get it.
I refer to your comment: “... I heard a person
make the statement; ‘this town exists on Ab-
original money’ it’s disappointing that these
racist comments still appear ...”
I am the person who made that statement and
if you believe that it is a racist comment then
YOU sadly don’t get it or have never walked
in the shoes of an Aboriginal person to know
what racism looks like.
I stand by this statement as anyone with
a brain can see that if it wasn’t for the Ab-
original people of this town, the government
departments and businesses would be non-
When the mines shut down in the late 90s
early 2000s and the miners left town there
were very few jobs left and it was the Ab-
original money - through government funded
services, royalty payments and welfare pay-
ments - that kept this town alive.
As for taxpayer’s money, you are inferring
that Aboriginal people are not taxpayers,
which is an absolute lie.
I have worked and paid taxes for the past 42
years and so have many, many more Aborigi-
nal people who have worked all their lives and
some who had their wages stolen from them,
while living in a country that still neglects
to accept that Aboriginal people’s land was
stolen and lies told by the first boat people
who invaded our country.
If you believe that this town would/could
exist on the non-Aboriginal population then
you need to get your head out of the sand and
look at reality.
Just look at it - the majority of the govern-
ment services (whether you like government
or not), non-government organisations and
businesses would be non-existent if it weren’t
for the Aboriginal population and the services
that they are funded to deliver.
The non-Aboriginal people would not have
the jobs that they have the luxury to hold if
not for the Aboriginal population of this town.
Some businesses and liquor outlets also
would not have big bulging bank accounts
if not for the monies of Aboriginal people
whether it be welfare payments or royalty
Aboriginal people spend their money in this
town as they don’t have the luxury of being
able to go to Alice Springs or Darwin to do
their shopping, or be able to do online shop-
ping and send their money out of the town
into the coffers of the rich.
These are the facts of the matter and, Mr
Egan, you should leave the black politics to
the people who know it best, i.e. Aboriginal
people, and you should go back to doing
what you do best and that is running around
spreading innuendos and mistruths to people
who feel the need to jump on the bandwagon
Rebecca Moore, Community member
and member of one of the oldest Aboriginal
families of this region.
Tennant Creek exists on
Aboriginal money, says local
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For Honour and Freedom
By ANDREW GUILD
Dedicated to our ANZAC soldiers who fought at Gallipoli (Turkey) and
on the Western Front (Europe) in the First World War.
We went over to Gallipoli to fight
We were all volunteers in our brigade;
Our men fought hard against the Turks,
— And fearsome fighters we made
The destruction and rank desolation
Went as far as the eye could see
But we endured the battlefield’s mire
For brave patriots then were we
It should be freely and fully admitted
That there were awful times for us all
But we knew there’d be a high price to pay
When we answered the Empire’s call
We joined for honour and freedom,
Marched to the tune of a stirring song,
And we fought hard for our country’s sake,
As our nation could do no wrong
Our people will never forget us,
Or our tragedies in barbed wire and mud,
For we created the Anzac legend —
But we had to write it with our blood
TO the good people of Tennant Creek, our race
meeting and future meetings are in doubt.
I, for one, don’t want to see the races go.
I ask the people of Tennant Creek to imagine back to
the time when there was nothing but virgin bush scrub
and a group of volunteers who worked from daylight to
dark to transform the area into a fantastic racing venue.
Some of the names that come to mind are Jack Ford,
Peter Clausen, Peter Hagan, Ian Hyde, Eddy the Pom
and many more.
Yes, we were colour-coded volunteers - red, green,
yellow or blue and white beer cans - it was, after all, a
lot of blood, sweat and beers.
Grants and such were like single ply toilet paper - you
had to be extremely careful how you used it and we
may have been a wee bit dodgy but we got it done and
left a great legacy.
We all know committee work is thankless but the races
are a big part of Tennant Creek’s social and sporting
So let’s not allow the race club and all the good times
and hard work that has been done on it over the years
be relegated to history, let’s make sure it survives to
make more memories.
If you’re up for it, talk to the man in the big hat and
let’s go racing.
— Brian Coleman, long-time Race Club volunteer.
Call to save
our race day
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