A timely test of land rights
There is interest in the conflicting land rights policies of two key candidates for the next federal election in the electorate of Lingiari (“Price to run for Coalition in next federal election”, 8/2). The non-indigenous Canberra-born sitting member Warren Snowdon supports the long established land rights administration model of land councils and royalties.
His indigenous Central Australian-born opponent Jacinta Nampijinpa Price believes the whole system of lands rights and land council control should be reviewed in the interests of a better indigenous economic model. It is a sign of a healthy political environment where Aboriginal peo- ple are now questioning an established system of land rights set up by activists and do-gooders that was based on ideology rather than on economic good sense.
Practical alternatives to an outmoded and idealistic view of land rights are long overdue and essential from within the indigenous community itself if the cycle of poverty and social dysfunction is to be broken. John Bell, Heidelberg Heights, Vic