Bad communication leads to bad Governance

Richard Trudgen talks with Maratja Dhamarrandji sometime after Maratja suffered from a stroke.

During Maratja time learning to speak again he had listened to the latest podcasts on Northern Land Council, which had sparked many questions for Maratja. He discussed with a lack of good communication is not very helpful for Yolŋu. They are being kept like mushrooms in the dark. When Balanda have to make decisions they have all the information in front of them so they can think about it properly make good decisions. For Yolŋu to be involved in beneficial programs there has to be a good flow of information.

If government wants to see good decision-making on Yolŋu communities, Yolŋu need a good flow of information.

The confusion between Balanda Law and Yolŋu Law, is causing conflict within communities between younger generations and the old people.

There are 3 stories in this podcast. Please see time stamps below-

  • Being kept in the dark like mushrooms – 00:00
  • Legal confusion creating anarchy for Yolngu – 13:17
  • Yolŋu lost between legal systems don’t know where to stand – 24:19