First Aboriginal to become ALP federal MP

Aboriginal Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris is to become Labor’s first indigenous federal MP

Aboriginal Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris is to become Labor’s first indigenous federal MP. She is set to replace veteran senator Trish Crossin as the ALP Northern Territory senator.

Despite weeks of negotiations, Senator Crossin was only informed on Monday night that she would lose her number one position on the ALP senate ticket. Under normal circumstances the state (or territory) branch of the ALP would decide any such change with a vote. In this case Julia Gillard has decided that the ALP National Executive will take over the process, thus effectively disempowering the NT branch. The executive will oversee the preselection and nominations process. If anyone other than Nova Peris is nominated, then the candidates will be voted on by the 21 members of the executive, ensuring Ms Peris’s victory. The executive does not include any representation from the Northern Territory.

Ms Gillard is taking an important step historically, but many people have questioned the process and likened what she has done to Ms Crossin with what she and her supporters did, on a larger scale, to Kevin Rudd.

The former NT Labor Chief Minister Paul Henderson is in support of Ms Peris and her decision to stand, but said that the NT party should have had a say in the preselection. “We have the rules of the party and the rules are that people do have a vote.”

Opinion – Australians are racist

It seems like we get so bogged down by the minutiae of politics and political correctness in this country that, no matter how many discussions we have, or how many votes we take, nothing changes. So I applaud Julia Gillard for saying enough, and for actually doing something with the power we the people have given her. This change has been too long coming and if we wait for an indigenous Australian to naturally rise through the ranks of politics, we will be waiting a very long time.

And I say that not because I believe Aboriginal people are any less capable of becoming good politicians than anyone else living in Australia, but because I think that secretly (and not so secretly) the majority of Australians are a little bit racist. I also think many of us try to hide it by being politically correct to the point of ridiculousness.

But it seems as though what is happening with Nova Peris is a weird form of reverse racism. Ms Peris is an Aboriginal woman, and many people are rightly afraid that saying anything negative about her could get them spotlighted by the media as a racist. Think about it the other way around: if a long-standing Aboriginal senator was unceremoniously dumped and replaced by an untried Caucasian newcomer, racial equality groups would be screaming bloody murder.

The process by which Ms Peris is being fast tracked to the senate is not in consistent with either the long-established pre-selection process or our sense of a ‘fair go’ but, simply because the candidate is Aboriginal, many seem to be uncomfortable criticising Julia Gillard’s action.

What do you think? Is this a great step forward in Australian political history or should Trish Crossin be claiming unfair dismissal on the grounds of (reverse) racism? After all, if she was Aboriginal, it is difficult to image that Ms Crossin would have been asked to step down.





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    Frog
    23rd Jan 2013
    11:43am
    I think it is wonderful that Nova Peris is to become an ALP Senator. I couldn't give to hoots about the nay sayers whether they be political or social and the racists can crawl back into the hole in the ground like the trogladytes they are.
    Frog
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:17pm
    looks like just another opportunity to bash Julia and generally moan that things are not the way every individual desires. BTW Nova Peris is not just "a personality" look up Wiki and become informed. I am delighted to have a Senator like her.
    Reppie
    23rd Jan 2013
    11:45am
    I'm not so sure about Aussies being racist. I tend to think we pick on and make fun of everyone equally! Who would we be without out endless Irish jokes, having a shot at the Kiwi's over their sheep! We even send ourselves up, along with those who we send up of course. It is just a part of being a true blue Aussie I reckon!!

    As for Nova, well if she does a good job, and Julia's motives are for real, then I wish her luck. Not so keen on the way she went about ousting yet another pollie (it reeks of Kevin Rudd's ousting). Maybe she needs some lessons in how to do what, before our great country goes to the dogs much more than it is and has already.
    Troubadour
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:15pm
    Fine to have another Aboriginal candidate that's all good, whatever the party BUT please do it in the right way, and not with what smacks of deceit and hints of the way Kevin was ousted. The people should be the ones to make the choice in the correct way, and the sitting candidate given a fair go and let the voter decide - did not that used to be the Aussie way!
    tamsy
    23rd Jan 2013
    11:52am
    try "FIRST FEMALE aboriginal"!!!!! Neville Bonner gets the "gong" for the first aboriginal!!
    Rachel Tyler Jones
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:08pm
    Good catch tamsy, but Nova Peris is actually the first aboriginal person to become a federal MP for the Labor Party, male or female. Neville Bonner was involved with the Liberals and as an independant.
    Solange
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:12pm
    The headline is correct. Neville Bonner was a Liberal not ALP so you can retract some of those exclamation marks.
    Aloysius
    24th Jan 2013
    1:38pm
    Nova Peris is not a member of the Labor Party.
    AmandaR
    25th Jan 2013
    12:50am
    She became a member on Wednesday I believe.
    battiejl
    23rd Jan 2013
    11:55am
    Talk about reverse racism – the soon we get rid of Gillard the better. How about one rule for ALL and give us all a level playing field.
    fox
    23rd Jan 2013
    11:56am
    It is a pity that the first Aboriginal Woman to be in the Senate has been placed in this position in such a way. I think it would have been a greater achievement if she had achieved the honour on her own merit.
    Solange
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:20pm
    Originally Neville Bonner was not elected but selected by the Liberals to fill a casual vacancy. He later went on to win 'on his own merits' at several subsequent elections. Let's hope Nova Peris does the same. We all start in different ways: it is how we finish that matters.
    Watto
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:01pm
    I have always believed that one must EARN what you get in this world . Guess that's the teachings of my long departed father. Can't see how this lady has earned this spot in the system.
    However, I wish her well......can't say the same for Gillard .
    Bes
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:06pm
    This says it ALL really. No politicians need to WORK for Australia to ensure that the country is run efficiently!
    ALL you have to be, to make decisions on behalf of ALL of us, is to be a personality!
    Serve a few years and then walk away and we'll pay you for the rest of your life.
    We desperately NEED people who have proven ability to make decisions for the greater good of Australia.
    Not a token of bestowing an important position, at the cost of another, just to make the numbers up!
    We did not vote for Julia, her own party voted her into power.
    So with this in mind, it looks likes democracy and proven merit is thrown out the window and politicians get to choose politicians.
    Nothing against Nova Peris at all, but after the woeful efforts of a rock star, it makes one wonder when Anthony Mundine will take his place in the Senate?
    Kohleria
    23rd Jan 2013
    1:27pm
    I think Bes it may be a good idea to understand our electoral process.
    "We" do not vote for the office of Prime Minister and yes, her own party did vote her into power. That is our process and is the same if a Coalition party is in government..
    "We" did vote for Julia Gillard in as much the people of here electorate voted for her and again that is our process.
    aussieagate
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:07pm
    I would question Ms Gillard's motives in this selection. She doesn't seem to care whose toes she treads on to gain more popularity. I feel sorry for her in a way, but then the ultimate win is hers after she loses the next election.

    23rd Jan 2013
    12:14pm
    I am confused how in a supposed democracy someone can be ensured a place in the the Senate even if they do not win the majority of votes and in fact could have very few votes but the Labour executive can over-ride the voters choice, presuming the Labour Party win that particular seat otherwise they have no control of selection if a different party win the majority vote.
    suzie
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:20pm
    There is no such thing as "reverse racism", it's just "racism. This could also have the tag of "tokenism".
    KSS
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:20pm
    Perhaps as long as writers persist in writing 'Aboriginal' with a lower case initial letter as in the opinion piece above 5 times, whilst the single use of 'Caucasian' and three uses of 'Australian' all attract a capital initial letter, we need this kind of affirmative action to deliver respect.
    Rachel Tyler Jones
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:46pm
    Hi KSS,
    I too noticed that Microsoft Word was correcting 'Caucasian' to include a capital C, but not 'aboriginal' to a capital A. I have checked the most recent edition of the Macquarie Dictionary, and it calls for the same wonky capitalisation. I'm not sure why this is (if there are any linguists around perhaps they could explain?) but while it may not feel politically correct the article is still grammatically correct. Thanks for bringing it up!
    Anonymous
    23rd Jan 2013
    1:32pm
    I thought maybe it is because the preferred term used in government departments and by the people themselves is Indigenous and that is capitalized in all references while Aboriginal is not.
    Jude
    23rd Jan 2013
    1:43pm
    I'm not a linguist but I understand the word aborigine or aboriginal refers to the earliest inhabitants of a particular place (anywhere in the world), and lower case 'a' is used. Australian Aborigines refers specifically to the race of aboriginal people in Australia and thus the capital A.
    Rachel Tyler Jones
    23rd Jan 2013
    2:11pm
    Thanks KSS, vivity and Jude for the feedback. Nova Peris refers to herself as an Aboriginal woman, so I have left the word choice the same, but have edited the article so that all instances have a captial A. It's great to get a discussion like this going, so your words are much appreciated.
    marg
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:22pm
    Nova Peris is a wonderful person, strong and proud. I question Julia Gillard's reasoning however, probably a political ploy?
    I worry that Nova Peris will be hounded by the media to such an extent she will be flummoxed by media questions on parliamentary matters of which she has no strong background/history/knowledge thus make answering very difficult.
    patriciaknewitall
    26th Jan 2013
    11:04am
    I am unsure of Nova's background apart from sport, that on it's own brings strong discipline, but you are correct she will be hounded, the dirt has already started, but one would expect that she has the ability to hold her own, unfortuately she is being used, there is a process that should have been followed,
    Sylvia
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:22pm
    I agree with Fox, Because someone is a singer or sportsperson,newsreader ect! doesn't make them a good statesman/woman, If the lady wants to go into politics then surely she should at least be voted in by Australians, Gilliard is not a prime minister, she is a dictator, and please note I am not racist!!
    Sylvia
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:25pm
    PS I also think Ms Crossin should claim unfair dismisal, another stabbed in the back.
    Jude
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:28pm
    A female Aboriginal senator- sounds good in the statistics but regardless of who the person is ....being an Aboriginal or whatever we now call non-Aboriginals, being a sportsperson, being a pop singer etc. etc. doesn't mean that person will make a good politician. Are there any qualifications for becoming a politician? For other government positions there is a set of selection criteria, why not for politicians and especially for a prime minister. After all they are actually our employees. Nothing against Nova Peris, I admired her as a hockey player but know nothing else about her.
    justme
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:30pm
    Having traveled widely over many years I don't believe we're any more racist than anyone else.
    BUT we do detest unacceptable behavior.
    AND if certain people grab the headlines for unacceptable behavior - so be it.
    You don't see many Aussies holding a gun to them making them misbehave.

    Labor has a great track record of picking start recruits.
    More often than not it has left the candidate a lesser person in the public eye.
    smithjj
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:38pm
    Nova Peris seems a nice person and I wish her well. She is a contrast to the scheming, cynical Gillard who will pander to any minority group she thinks will bring her votes. I cannot feel sorry for Trish Crossin since she has served the ALP long enough to know that getting knifed by the party hierarchy is normal if they see your usefulness at an end. Reward for good service and loyalty is not part of ALP culture, I doubt, really, if it is part of any political culture.
    JA
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:48pm
    I think most Australians are not racist. And what is happening here has nothing to do with racism. All it is, is that this Prime Minister again is trying all the tricks in her book to hold on to stay in government. Good luck and I only hope we are all wise enough to vote her and her disfuncional ministers out of office.
    wscifers
    23rd Jan 2013
    12:58pm
    If being a prominent sportsperson is a suitable qualification for political office, and being indigenous adds lustre to this qualification, I feel that Anthony Mundine has been unjustly passed over for selection. Last year, Bob Carr was chosen to fill a Senate vacancy over the local aboriginal contender Warren Mundine. Was this selection based on the fact that Bob Carr is white and would this be seen as a racist decision? Or does the fear of name-calling indicate a tactic designed to silence dissent and ensure that only the "Party Line" of opinion be tolerated in the public arena?
    Reppie
    23rd Jan 2013
    1:00pm
    Cringing at the thought of Mundine ever being involved in politics here!!
    biddi
    23rd Jan 2013
    1:07pm
    Clever article. Thankyou, Rachel. Just another political move to pave the way for the
    Fed. election and secure more Aboriginal votes. I'd rather have Gillard than KRUDD any day. But preferably neither. As for Ms Crossin : bit of deja vu there.
    Mary
    23rd Jan 2013
    1:09pm
    Really believe it is a way to get the Aboriginal vote - never mind that many years of loyal service had to be disregarded to get the edge. Would have been nice if Nova was at least a member of the ALP before she was chosen - (remember Peter Garrett) . I wish her well as she appears to be an excellent ambassador - pity it was done in this manner -
    Pass the Ductape
    23rd Jan 2013
    1:22pm
    Yes racism. Political correctness describes it as having ' a prejudice against all people who belong to another race'.
    I for one, can laugh wholeheartedly at a so-called 'politically incorrect' racist joke, (dependent upon the humorous content) however according to the above definition, does that makes me a racist?
    I also regard many of the Aboriginal, Maori, Pakistani, Irish and English people I know as real friends - and there isn't much that I haven’t done or wouldn't do to help them whenever they’ve landed or likely to land, in some kind of trouble - so I’m not sure how that fits in with racism.
    But for those who might think that laughing at racist jokes is offensive and therefore, one must be a racist if they do - consider the action of a close Aboriginal friend of mine, who, after attending an aboriginal concert with myself, described the lead singer/actor (who was also Aboriginal) as - (her words, not mine) - "A hopeless bugger with less Abo blood in him than me!"....... I found that remark extremely funny. Does that make both of us racists?
    I agree with Rachel - perhaps if we consider the political correct version of racism, we must considered everyone to be a little racist - but damned if my friends or myself are going to let it come become us....... We all have too much fun laughing at each other and so far, none have suffered any ill effects from doing so.
    Anonymous
    23rd Jan 2013
    1:40pm
    Agree Ductape, maybe sometimes PC correctness at all times is causing racism rather than helping alleviating it.
    Michael
    23rd Jan 2013
    1:38pm
    Nicely put, Ductape. I think there is a very, very low percentage of Australians that are racist and I have no time for such people.
    Michael
    23rd Jan 2013
    1:41pm
    I think the position should be occupied by the person voted into the same, whatever their race.
    student
    28th Jan 2013
    2:53pm
    Oh Michael, Michael, Michael ... type the word 'Muslim' or 'boat-people' here and you will see the racism :) I have two g/sons with Aborigine blood and a son-in-law and a g/son who are Pakistani (Muslims)... AND I am descended from the Irish!! Great mixture here :) Christianity, Dream Time and Muslim :) My feathers still get ruffled on certain issues :)
    Young Simmo
    28th Jan 2013
    2:59pm
    student, you could have said all that with a couple of words, "fruit Salad Family" :)
    Young Simmo
    23rd Jan 2013
    1:46pm
    Kicking out a faithful servant who has delivered 15 years of top service, then making it at a cake walk for somebody without any experience sounds to me the sort of thing cheat would do. I hope Trish Crossin puts her hand up as an independent and thrashes the Lab Party into oblivion. Surely this has to be racism against a white lady, or does racism only go in one direction?
    sybilla
    23rd Jan 2013
    4:28pm
    Couldn't agree more - well said Young Simmo
    Pass the Ductape
    23rd Jan 2013
    5:31pm
    Only Juliar operating true to form Young Simmo - only true to form....
    Fizgig
    23rd Jan 2013
    1:55pm
    I feel for Ms Crossin who now will be out of a job come the next elections. Not because the electorate voted her out, but because Gillard chose to leave her off the ballot.

    This just makes my skin crawl. I actually feel sorry for Nova. She will spend her time in the senate having to prove everyday why she is there. It will be a hard slog for her. I know what it is like to be the token female - lots of hard work to prove yourself everyday, just to be recognised that you can actually do the job! Never any recognition that you might actually be good at it.

    I really dislike the way that Gillard has done this. It is not racism. It is actually tokenism and appealing to the minorities. Gillard has her token now that ticks so many boxes! A woman, an aboriginal, an athlete, a single mother and a widow. Man how many policies will Gillard be able to "wheel her in front of the cameras" for? Best part is when the other parties attack the policies they can come back with the racist and/or sexist defence, instead of No its just bad policy!

    Every week Gillard does or says something that makes the Labour Party look bad. Bring on the next election so the party can hear our disapproval of how the run the show.
    pamelafro
    23rd Jan 2013
    2:11pm
    She isn't elected yet!! As I understand it, she is standing as candidate - so no chicken to be counted yet!
    jeanb
    23rd Jan 2013
    2:29pm
    The N.T. Labour Party already had an Aboriginal nominee for the Senate seat in Marion Srymgour, who had been a member of our Legislative Assembly and had acted as Deputy Cheif Minister and would surely be a more noteworthy Senator than Nova.
    nannyogg
    23rd Jan 2013
    11:05pm
    I agree jeanb. Why, just because she has made a contribution in sport should Nova Peris get preference over another Aboriginal nominee who has already had political experience, and made a significant contribution to Northern Territory government?
    This approach smacks of trying to stay in power by pushing others out. Roll on the next election, and we will see if Julia and crew are right.
    elcidmaximus8
    23rd Jan 2013
    3:28pm
    So much for democratic process in the Labor Party, the rank & file have no say.
    The party recently had a survey were this was suppose to be rectified.
    I won't be voting for Labor with Gilliard as leader!
    Frodo
    23rd Jan 2013
    4:02pm
    Oh come on...it's election year and there just had to be an Aboriginal in Parliament. Ms Gillard must think we are all silly and can't see what she is doing. I feel sorry for Nova Peris she is being used by the PM. for her own ends
    Pass the Ductape
    23rd Jan 2013
    5:44pm
    I think Juliar must have taken too much notice of another politician who abused their power in a similar fashion Frodo. Remember the once premier - Joh Bjelke-Petersen and the Senator Sheilds episode?
    Pass the Ductape
    23rd Jan 2013
    5:48pm
    Sorry about that - it should have been Senator Feild not Sheild!! My bad!
    robnlee
    23rd Jan 2013
    4:39pm
    I think this says more about Gillard than about Nova. Gillard thinks "How can I be in the news, how can I make a headline, how can I be patronising but maybe fool people into thinking it's democratic, how can I stick it into Rudd a bit more, how can I hang on to power at whatever cost to values, ideals and due process" . How can people support a woman like that.
    oldgreenguy
    23rd Jan 2013
    5:16pm
    The Labor Party gets it wrong again!
    Why didn’t Julia endorse Marion Scrymgour, an experienced, card carrying ALP member, well known already and successful in the NT who would be able to make a full contribution to the Parliament from the first day she took her seat. Even had she failed in the local preselection, standing against Senator Crossin, the time to act would have been after the locals had had a say.
    I was disgusted that I had wade through 39 comments before Marion Scrymgour’s name was first mentioned.
    I also have doubts about your writer’s objectivity in the whole article. I may reconsider my subscription if articles aren’t a bit more objective!

    Euripides had it right about 400 BC “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”
    student
    24th Jan 2013
    11:35am
    have you even considered that maybe, just maybe, Indigenous Australians may welcome an Indigenous Australian representing them in Parliament?? Maybe they will get what THEY need not what the Caucasian Australians want them to have. I see this as a step forward to helping the Aborigine people. Obviously Nova Peris is seen as the most qualified person to help ... not the most qualified politician!!
    Young Simmo
    23rd Jan 2013
    5:19pm
    oldgreenguy, please don't cancell your subscription, the other 100,000 of us will have nothing to look forward to.
    Troika
    23rd Jan 2013
    6:42pm
    How do the people who elected Trish Crossin feel about this state of affairs. Has anyone asked them? Still don't understand how a person who is not a labour person just gets in like that.

    23rd Jan 2013
    7:31pm
    I compare the to-days labour party with the nazies, nobody ever stood in front of hitler, You never see anybody stand in front of julia, all were/are afraid of being knived in the back, just ask mr.Rudd.
    student
    24th Jan 2013
    11:36am
    hogwash.
    Michael
    23rd Jan 2013
    11:34pm
    So what happened to the original question----Are Australians racist? Looks like politics has taken over again!
    student
    24th Jan 2013
    9:10am
    It can not be denied there is racism in Australia (and from Australian born Aussies). I have had many discussions re: racism and minority ethnic groups and Indigenous Australians in tutorials and racism is alive and well in younger 'educated' Australians. I was even asked, in one tutorial, why I defended 'them' ...

    There are good and bad in every race, Aussies included. I have two g/sons of mixed race, Aussie and Indigenous Australian. I find the Indigenous Australians (that I know) a very soft gentle people. Strong but soft.

    Are we racist?? I have to say from my experiences, the majority of Aussies have a racist streak in them. I agree with the posting below except for the remark:

    "... As far as the political stunt issue goes - What's new? JG does it time and again. ..."
    Aloysius
    24th Jan 2013
    1:49pm
    Every country (and most people) has (have) racist views but it doesn't mean that you treat people differently. Of course we prefer our own culture but that doesn't mean that we are not open to improvements. Have a look at Asian countries if you wish to see racism in action (eg Japan). Have a look at the countries that made up the old Yugoslavia if you want to see racial enmity. etc, etc
    DC
    24th Jan 2013
    12:20am
    Australians are no more nor less "racist" than anyone else. This dribble about racism really gets me. EVERYBODY has some racism in him/herself no matter whether one is black green blue white red or yellow and regardless of culture education etc etc.
    The only problem is that nobody admits to it, most not even to oneself.
    "Me? Racist? God no!!!"
    As far as the political stunt issue goes - What's new? JG does it time and again.
    Young Simmo
    24th Jan 2013
    12:31am
    After watching tonight's news, I reckon Trish Crossin has a mass of support and the next few days are going to be interesting. I reckon Kevin Rudd is rubbing his hands together. The blood nut has gone against the Aussie "Fair Go" thing, maybe once too often.
    Radish
    24th Jan 2013
    8:38am
    She is not yet a Senator...she has to be voted in. And I doubt that will happen. People dont like the way this was done and I dont think she is the right person for the job at all!
    A person should be voted in on their merits not on their colour or race, in my opinon!
    JJ
    24th Jan 2013
    12:03pm
    It does seem to me to be a vote-catching initiative on Julia's part. Nothing against Nova Peris, but I wasn't impressed by the way the well-respected sitting member was treated. As advised by one respondent, I will look up Nova on Wikipedia to see what her qualifications are!
    Aloysius
    24th Jan 2013
    2:18pm
    It is a political stunt and a racist one. A non-racist attitude would require everyone to be treated equally and selection to be on merit. If any "minority" group is to be given special attention then that is a form of racism or unfair advantage. There should be equal opportunity for all. If a minority group must be represented than shouldn't all minority groups have the same entitlement. Shouldn't Julia Gillard nominate people from each race that is represented on the electoral roll and then consider all the other groups that consider themselves disadvantaged? Perhaps we should increase the size of the Parlament to ensure every group is represented proportionally. Better still, let everyone on the electoral roll have a seat and all the parliamentary perks.

    24th Jan 2013
    5:15pm
    She should keep right out of it altogether it is for the local branch to decide who stands for the Senate not for the lower house as an MP as leading question states. And picking an indigenous celebrity is patronising Aboriginals once again by the left and they are fed up with it.
    She is too arrogant to see that people need to be able to choose their own locals whom they know and whom the voters can bond with.

    As for going again for a 'celebrity' well hasn't worked out too well in the past for Labor has it nor rescued their vote when down.

    Lead balloon comes to mind and as usual too arrogant for her own good.
    Radish
    24th Jan 2013
    5:28pm
    I wonder if she will even last to the election. Does anyone remember Mal Meninga also an Aborignal man (former rugby league player in Qld) who was going to enter politics in 2001...this is how long he lasted.....28 seconds. He came on TV to announce his intentions and he could not continue the interview. He lasted 28 seconds.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt--SGmIKIQ

    24th Jan 2013
    6:27pm
    the answer, by STUDENT, to my observation and criticism of the way the Aboriginal Lady was shoehorned into Senate by the prime minister, on purpose I do not use capitols, shows the intelligence of members of the labor party, to replace a senate member of 15 year standing, with an excellent service record in regard to Aboriginal Matters, by a person, who's greatest achievement was a gold medal, which was a great team achievement, but bypassing great and talented Aborigine such as Warren Mundine or Bess Price, she will be another Peter Garrett, stupid grin and no input, our kids education has gone down the gurgle since he was given that position.
    "student" stay with your convictions, a life on the dole awaits you, probable that is all you want.
    student
    28th Jan 2013
    3:09pm
    Oh heemskerk99, I belong to NO political Party and I am offended by the rest of your words aimed at me. I am not a 20year old, I am a mature aged widow furthering my education (at University level) Today I spent about 2 hours in Harvard and Yale universities (Open Universities) researching for this semester which starts very soon. I am studying Philosophy of Business and Professional Ethics this semester .... anything else I need to tell you?? Oh, now you can call me a dole bludger because I am a student.

    24th Jan 2013
    6:33pm
    sorry for the mistake, capitols should read capitals, Peter Garrett is getting to me.
    motaleon
    24th Jan 2013
    8:31pm
    This is just another disgusting ploy by Labor to harvest votes.They latch onto a public figure, using his/her public popularity to get him/her into parliament - never mind if they have any political nous or not - and use rubber stamp parliamentary voting to shackle the whole community. Apart from breast feeding her infant in parliameny, we heard nothing more from that Labor candidate. And look at the mess we have had to suffer at the hands of Peter Garret! They seem to have ovelooked Kathy Freeman!
    motaleon
    24th Jan 2013
    9:20pm
    Trish Commin is a victim of what passes as democracy. It used to be defined as the rule of the majority with consideration of the minority; but that seems to be reversed - and by members of the majority! The Right-to-lifers, the Civil Libertarians, the Greens and the do-gooders of all descriptions have created an ethos of political correctness that will ultimately destroy democracy. One of the minority groups will not be so tolerant and politically correct one day and totalitarianism will supplant it.
    if the gallant men of WW1 and WW2 who paid the supreme sacrifice could rejoin us now to look the place over, they would turn their faces to the wall and ask themselves " Was it worth it?"
    wally
    24th Jan 2013
    9:36pm
    Is it Julia Gillard "calling the shots" in the Labor Party or is she doing the bidding of the "faceless folk" of the Labor Party caucus? Who is behind the elimination of Kevin 07 and the elevation of Bob Carr and Nova Peris? Those who know are silent. All of this appears to be a quest to boost Julia Gillard's popularity before the coming 2013 election. Maybe we will see a Prime Ministerial wedding prior to the election to boost Julia's popularity! After all, it works for the Royals, and just think of the jump in sales for the ladies magazines!
    Radish
    25th Jan 2013
    7:34am
    Ms Gillard's appearance had a bit of a "tweaking" over the Xmas break and I would not be at all surprised if we go to an earlier election than one expects. The decks are being cleared I would suspect.

    As an aside; Joe Hockey is looking good since losing 20 kgs via lap banding. So all are lining up to look their best it would appear.
    LiveItUp
    25th Jan 2013
    4:24pm
    The sooner we have a Federal Election the better...so bring it on Julia and good bye.

    I've had enough of high profile people in politics. What we need is ordinary people who will run this country for the people of this country not some overseas oil or mining company that pays diddly swat for the privileage. Come on Julia how much have we collected from the Mining Resource Tax? Zilch?

    Take North Coast of NSW a huge majority of us do not want a gas mining industry because bascially we don't need or want gas. So why should we put our beautiful area, our health, air and water at risk because some mining company has successfully lobbied our Government to let them in. So heed my warning gas mining companies you do not have a social licence to operate in our area so keep out.

    So what has this to do with politics? Heaps. We need people in politics that work for us the people and what we want not for what they legislate that we must have. These potential politicians should not be high profile but ordinary people with an affinity for what the people need and want.
    corbarb
    25th Jan 2013
    4:55pm
    just racism in reverse.Can Gillard do anything right?
    student
    28th Jan 2013
    3:14pm
    racism in reverse??? So, instead of demeaning someone, praise is heaped on them ??
    Radish
    25th Jan 2013
    5:16pm
    I understand from doing a bit of online reading that other members in Parliament are now wondering if they will be safe themselves; especially those who support KRUDD.
    Rosebud
    25th Jan 2013
    6:50pm
    Well I feel Nova is just as much at fault as Miss Gillard by agreeing to take this position in such an underhanded manner, especially when she did not even belong to the Labor Party, so hopefully it will be to her and Miss Gillard's detriment for trying to have such delusions of grandeur by disregarding the normal democratic processes to satisfy their own egocentric selves.
    Rosebud
    patriciaknewitall
    26th Jan 2013
    10:56am
    there ae no delusions of grandeur if you choose to run for public office, from the moment to step up, you will be cut down, the process was wrong, The Prime Minister's dealings with this are wrong, but there is no grandeur in public service anymore, its a power brokers game and they will use anyone I feel sorry for Nova AND her family, it didnt take long for the dirt to fly

    25th Jan 2013
    7:05pm
    What happened to Democratically elected ? I could not give a tinkers toss whether someone is black white or brindle but I do care whether the person is really the correct, not the RIGHT, the correct person for the job and elected by the people for the people and I mean ALL the people.
    To give a senator of long standing the big A for "politically correct" or should I say "politically expedient" purpose strikes at the very soul of our Government.

    Promotion by merit in the field that you are promoted too has always been my thoughts on this issue.

    No disrespect intended but Julia would put Dracula in charge of the blood bank to score points.
    Abe
    25th Jan 2013
    7:27pm
    Radish....Please don't be such a petty-minded cretin. His name is K. Rudd, or Kevin Rudd. You really show a sick mind by harping on like you do !!
    student
    28th Jan 2013
    3:17pm
    I agree Abe. These names are not smart or funny. They belittle the writers of such language.
    patriciaknewitall
    26th Jan 2013
    10:52am
    It isn't racism, it isn't the person, it's the abuse of process ... again!!!!
    Rosebud
    26th Jan 2013
    12:24pm
    Can anyone please tell me which, IF ANY, of all the Aboriginal's in politics and those who are, and have been tirelessly working and striving for the rights and welfare of their people at present AND for the past umpteen years, who have come out and cheered and applauded the appointment of Nova by Miss Gillard to represent THEM, above THOSE, working on the ground day to day with insight, knowledge and a lot more hands on experience. ?

    I feel, it is a discrimination against these workers and a sent message that they have been either regarded as not good enough or knowledgeable enough to hold such a VERY PRESUMED, SO CALLED, POSITION OF STATUS .

    SHAME on you Miss Gillard for being so EGOCENTRIC enough to decide you are able to dictate and overide all the Democraticic processes in our Constitution.

    Miss Gillard's character is certainly coming to the fore more and more and it certainly shows the ravenous SELF NEED FOR POWER, RECOGNITION and TO WIN at any cost, even above our rules for DEMOCRACY. This is a character I chose never to be associated to.
    ROSEBUD
    Radish
    26th Jan 2013
    12:40pm
    I am sure if the Moderator of this forum chooses he/she would delete my posts if offensive. Get a life!
    squizzy1205
    28th Jan 2013
    12:50pm
    Same old same old story with this prime mimister the only thing that she knows how to do is to lie and stab people in the back the sooner we get rid of this back stabbing Bi..... the better off we will be. I know that the alternative is not much better but we the people can vote him out to if he does not do the right thing by the people.
    Radish
    28th Jan 2013
    1:03pm
    The current PM leaves a lot to be desired. Power at all costs it would appear is the order of the day.
    retroy
    29th Jan 2013
    6:00pm
    When you select a candidate based on the colour of their skin or their ethnic background, and ignore all the other desired skills to properly represent the interests of all territorians it is simply RACISM.
    Ms Crossin has lost her position purely because she is white, so she has been victim of racial discrimination.
    I hope she takes legal action.
    MrsB
    31st Jan 2013
    12:15pm
    I feel sorry for them both, one taken out for no reason, and Nova put there as we all suspect for the indigenous vote and Julia hoping people think she is doing the right thing. She is not as far as I am concerned. Julia had plenty of time to do this AND she did this a week before the announcement of the next Federal election. Funny that!!!!
    Rosebud
    5th Feb 2013
    7:03pm
    This is an e-mail I have just received. Can anyone tell me if these facts stated about Nova in the e-mail below are true?

    If they are the reasoning behind appointing her is bewildering to say the least, and another ill thought through decision by the Prime Minister.
    ROSEBUD

    NOVA PERIS
    1. was not a member of the ALP
    2. has lived in Canberra for 15 years
    3. previously stated that she would like to get into politics in the NT (hoping someone would ask her), but both major parties ignored her
    4. did not know who the father of her first daughter was
    5. married the bloke who drew the short straw
    6. was known as greased lightning, but not for her sporting prowess
    7. was evicted by Cathy Freeman for trashing the house she had generously loaned her
    8. was picked up drunk in Darwin mall, having a punch-up with her then husband
    9. didn't turn up for a celebrity race the next day as she had a black eye
    10. was very unsportsmanlike towards team mates in the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games
    11. posed for a nude calendar
    12. sponsors Telstra and Novotel withdrew their sponsorships
    13. took fellow hockey team members on a fishing trip to Bathurst Island (Charters, exclusive lodge accommodation) and charged it to the NT Government
    14. is an arrogant bitch with expectations of living off the public purse.
    should fit into Julia's team pretty well...
    Young Simmo
    7th Feb 2013
    12:23am
    I loved your comment and I am not a nit picker, but can you please tell me and others I assume, how can you tell she had a black eye. Or was that a typo, and you meant a white eye.
    Rosebud
    7th Feb 2013
    6:50pm
    Simmo, I didn't comment. I also do not like to nit pick but if you had read the beginning of the article you would see I said "This is an e-mail which I received ....." so I said nothing.

    A Black Eye is a Black Eye and I wouldn't call Nova Black anyway......but I guess it comes down to the way you perceive different races of humanity.

    Anyway Simmo I am sure you were just jesting....I hope you were that is and I can see how SOME PEOPLE would think that was funny but certainly ridiculous.

    Rosebud
    Young Simmo
    7th Feb 2013
    7:20pm
    Yeh Rosebud, in fact my faithful wife reckons I am a stirrer, but how would she know after only 52 years, 6 months, 1 week, 3 days, 2 hours, 10 minutes and 5 seconds?
    Rosebud
    7th Feb 2013
    7:45pm
    Good on you Simmo, That is wonderful, Congratulations!!!! I was 45yrs with my sweetheart until he died 5yrs ago.
    Unfortunately the statistics show the marriages of todays era do not last anywhere that long unfortunately.
    ROSEBUD


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