Garden vandalism

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11-Oct-2019 05:24 PM

Democrat

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I was shocked by the cover image of this week's Norfolk Online, showing the almost total destruction of the once-flourishing gardens of the historic World Heritage houses on Quality Row. The remaining wasteland of exotic kikuyu grass is a poor reflection on the imposed offshore regime and its crass destruction of Norfolk Island's heritage and tourism assets. Is there no limit to the depredations that pompous Canberra bureaucrats and ignorant politicians will continue to inflict on Norfolk Island?

In sorrow,

Peter Maywald


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29-Jan-2020 10:16 AM

The Signifier...

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RE. "Is there no limit to the depredations that pompous Canberra bureaucrats and ignorant politicians will continue to inflict on Norfolk Island?"

Apparently NOT ... the very Honourable, Mr Maywald.

During the benighted 1960's .... the mandate of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization was egregiously &  flagrantly subverted, by the non-compliance of Administering Powers- SUCH AS THE COMMONWEALTH(sic)  OF AUSTRALIA - whIch‘persistently refused to acknowledge that various territories- SUCH AS THE BRITISH CROWN COLONY OF  NORFOLK ISLAND -  are within the scope of Chapter XI of the U. N. Charter’ (Mittelman 1976: 46).

The fateful, Day of Reckoning - is now imminent.....

vide.  https://sites.google.com/site/epicpetardhoist/

The 'Nimmo Report' of 1976, revisited ... in this, the Third [ yup...THIRD ] International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism (2011-2020)


Is there no limit to the depredations that pompous Canberra bureaucrats and ignorant politicians will continue to inflict on Norfolk Island?
Is there no limit to the depredations that pompous Canberra bureaucrats and ignorant politicians will continue to inflict on Norfolk Island?During the 1960s the business of the Special Committee was complicated by the non-compliance of administering powers who ‘persistently refused to acknowledge that various territories are within the scope of Chapter XI of the U. N. Charter’ (Mittelman 1976: 46). In discussing the Pacific Islands, Banivanua-Mar (2016: 223) makes the important point that some Indigenous peoples are locked out of discussions on decolonization through their integration into the national state as self-governing territories.

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29-Jan-2020 11:26 AM

Democrat

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Thanks to The Signifier for a recent post pointing out the duplicity of the federal government in its unconscionable treatment of the Norfolk Island community. Their hypocrisy is shown by the manner in which they handled the Cocos (Keeling) Islands colony, which was transferred to Australia by Britain in 1955. 

The federal government sought United Nations advice before appointing its first administrator to the Islands in 1977. In 1978, the federal government purchased all of the land in the islands from the Clunies-Ross family, with the exception of their imposing residence OceaniaHouse and its five hectare grounds, which had been colloquially known as The Palace or The Residence by locals. The family even hosted a garden party there for Queen Elizabeth II in 1954.

 

Unlike its unconscionable treatment of Norfolk Islanders, the federal government agreed to a United Nations plebiscite of locals on their wishes for future governance arrangements, which was eventually held in April 1984. 88% of eligible residents voted for full integration with Australia, probably largely influenced by promises of health and welfare services. 8% supported free association and almost 4% wanted full independence.

 

This result means that Cocos (Keeling) Islands are now a fully integrated part of the West Island, while the other “Indian Ocean Territory” – Christmas Island – effectively remains a colony ruled from Canberra, as does Norfolk Island.

Yet Canberra has made a wide range of false claims to the United Nations and steadfastly refuses to allow a genuine act of self-determination for Norfolk Island. Maybe there are too many overpaid plum jobs in NI for ignorant bureaucrats and hopes of a lucrative  "vice regal" appointment to Kingston from mediocre failed politicians? 

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