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The Northern Territory news Sat 17 Nov 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 17 Nov 2012

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28 NT NEWS. Saturday, November 17, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au Public Forum on Justice Law Reform You are invited to a public forum on the NT Governments Justice Law Reform Program. AFA Forum Room, Ground Floor, William Forster Chambers, 26 Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin 12pm till 2pm, Thursday 22 November 2012 The forum will cover proposed new NT legislation: new one punch offence adult computer games law of evidence assaulting workers in the work place minimum sentences for certain assaults increase to victims of crime levy prisoners (serious sex offenders). It will also cover a range of civil law issues such as unit titles, vendor disclosure and caravans. For more information and to register your interest, contact Robert Bradshaw on 8935 7668 or at policy.agd@nt.gov.au To view the consultation paper visit www.nt.gov.au/justice DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND JUSTICE www.nt.gov.au/justice 7am till 7pm 7 DAYS www.beatbadenergy.com.au 7am till 7pm 7 DAYS 1800 BEAT BAD (08) 8947 1841 Beat Bad Energy Nt Elec Lic c2792 Qld Elec Lic 73782 Offi cial Supplier We can fi x that forever FREE Home Energy Assessment that could save you thousands! We can fi x that forever POWER BILLS RISING? UP TO 30%... SATURDAY EXTRA l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au It was a long walk from island to find a home Netta, Alice and Jessie join the young actors for filming the documentary back in the bush FromPage 27 Im glad thatwe set an example.We never complained about anything They reached Gunbalanya, but after waiting, they received a message the government trucks that were to pick them up were bogged 60 miles away (97km). They had to walk again. Netta remembers the trek as an adventure. She remembers the kids comb ing the countryside for bush tucker. Their trick was to watch what the birds ate. I just ate anything I could get my hands on, she said. Occasionally their food experiments did not go to plan including the day Netta fell for some lovely-looking fruit. Cheeky grapes we called it. You see it, lovely and purple, and you just run for it. Your face swells up and you have it for two days, and have purple marks on your lips. It took 44 days all up, once the group managed to board a train at Pine Creek, to get to Sydney passing through Alice Springs, Adelaide, and Melbourne. Netta said Sister Somervilles parents were there to meet them at the train platform. The Sister gathered as many kids as she could in her arms and said to them: Mum and dad, meet my family. That made me cry, Netta said. It wouldnt be until four years later the group was able to return, by boat, to the island. Netta doesnt sound bitter when speaking of her childhood, in her living room, talking to a stranger. Shes asked how a kid begins to deal with being stolen from family: It was really . . . She pauses, then says: You didnt notice it, because you had a lot of children with you and we all thought we were brothers and sisters and the missionaries showed us love and affection. People sometimes seize on such stories that it wasnt all misery for a stolen child. Maybe in cele bration of the human spirit. Maybe to try shake some guilt. Its too simple a picture. There is no doubt Netta and Alice Briston and Jessie Lyons, the other two in the documentary are tough ladies, reared in a time when people just got on with it and didnt complain. But the documentary makers spent time with the three women, enough time for them to open up. There are small windows in to their trauma. Memories of being taken. Memories of watching other kids, newly stolen, brought in. The knowledge that, if not for the love of the missionaries, they could have been abandoned on Croker. The trauma that comes with finding family again. You know when we go back to our own homestead, which we think is our place, they dont really want to know us, because, you know, the older people have died and theyve never heard of us, Netta says in the documentary, covering her face. But the overwhelming message she wants to get across, one she returns to frequently, is gratitude and love. I would like to thank the church for all what theyve done for us and thank them for helping us go through education. A lot of our girls and boys became really good nurses and Sisters, and lecturers at universities, she said. Theres a line she says in the documentary that sums her up. Im glad that we set an example. We never complained about anything. We never said poor fella me and that. We said that we had to go on with life. And our children, most of them have followed in our footsteps.

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