A seismic move in voting patterns in the Northern Territory signals that the disastrous “progressive” policies on Aboriginal welfare introduced by Whitlam and maintained for years with bipartisan support have been rejected by significant numbers of the “beneficiaries”. Andrew Bolt has tracked the difference between the predicted result based on urban exit polls and the likely outcome. One of the flag-bearers of the change is the candidate for Arafura.
A staunch Catholic who proudly states he has worked his whole life, Mr Maralampuwi’s views are resonant with those articulated by other traditional leaders such as Noel Pearson, Galarrwuy Yunupingu and Lindsay Bookie. His decision to stand as a CLP candidate followed a long period of contemplation, in which he came to believe Labor policies he once supported were in fact “condescending”. “Labor has not taken Aboriginal people’s desire to work seriously” he says.
Reader Moz gives some credit to Tony Abbott who has made a point of getting his feet on the ground in the outback.
A lot of credit must go to Tony Abbott personally for the historic and shift of the aboriginal vote to the conservative side.Labor has shown to hold aboriginal development back after all the decades of so called help. Abbott instead actually lives the experience and can truly empathize with their plight.
A far cry from slush funds for trade union thugs.