Yesterday my local MP, the Independent Peter Andren, was the only member of the House of Representatives to oppose the government’s NT child abuse legislation which is really about overturning landrights and returning to the “Aboriginal protection” days of the past. Peter Andren’s seat of Calare will be abolished at the next Federal Election. The spoils of the electoral redistribution will favour Liberal and Labor. Kerry Bartlett, the Liberal Member for Macquarie, has set up a glass-fronted office in William Street, waiting brazenly to take the prize. There is a young woman behind the counter, seen from the footpath. I haven’t seen anyone actually go in there, which is something.