The Country Hour is a weekday program on the ABC which covers rural issues across the Northern Territory.
Today on the program, Lingiari candidates Tina MacFarlane (CLP) and Warren Snowdon (Labor) were interviewed about rural issues including:
· beef roads funding
· farming policy eg. backpacker tax/visa arrangements
· water development
Country Hour host Matt Brann and I am keen to know if you have any strong views about the rural issue that aired on today's program. Do you have anything to add to the discussion? You can listen here:
If you would like to contribute to the discussion feel free to email me your thoughts by tomorrow afternoon. (Dot points are fine – I realise you are particularly busy this week).
We want autonomous Indigenous areas negotiated with the Federal government that will allow us to raise our own taxes from economic activities on our own lands.
Roads are useful but also increase anti-social issues for all Territorians, as it results in generally improved access for anybody - drug runners included. Road development needs to be developed along with self-management of Indigenous areas, which means recognition of Indigenous justice systems.
Current farming industries exclude Indigenous Territorians. We have been natural farmers for millennia and we successfully traded internationally from this industry making significant income. To return to this sustainable style of living requires self-management and self-governance of our lands.
Water development. The water from our lands is our water. We should decide how this is used, and according to our own law. With pastoral lands adjacent to our own matters need to be worked out in partnership with farmers needs. I do not support free water hand-outs to mining companies. Food comes first.
Fracking. I am against fracking because it seems excessively unnatural and will adversely affect Indigenous Territorians with greater occupation of Indigenous spaces, and if things go wrong they will affect our natural farming techniques in a major way. It is also an affront to our sovereignty in regard to deals already being negotiated in our seas without our permission.
This all may sound strong to non-indigenous voters but the current systems do not include Indigenous Territorians. The government is setting us on a path of greater and greater economic, justice, education and health dependency. The start of social progress and development is decision-making control - self-governance. This is why I am standing for treaties for Indigenous Territorians.
In 150 words or less, tell your constituents why they should vote for you in the federal election?
A vote for me is a vote for treaties with Indigenous territorians. It is vote for an Indigenous person speaking up for Indigenous people.
Over the last decade Labor and Country Liberals have destroyed so many aspects of our people’s self-determination. They have cut bilingual education, taken over our community councils, they have reduced support for homelands, and while we have land we cannot make economic use of that land. Labor and Country Liberal governments have sent more police and done less to recognise our own Indigenous systems of justice. Parents and Elders are afraid to discipline their children, DVOs break up marriages and the courts just lock everyone up! The Australian and Territory governments have introduced arbitrary rule and we want the rule of law returned. That means recognition of Indigenous law systems.
I support Indigenous community controlled schooling, where Indigenous methods of education are accepted and English is taught through the mother tongue. I support homelands as part of the solution to economic development and housing relief. I support the strengthening, and unification of our people to deal with our issues in our own way.
This is Yinigiya's suggested order of preferencing. It is based on candidates support for treaty, and self-determination, self-management and self governance Indigenous policy. Anti-fracking candidates were also favoured.