Alison’s decision to join the CLP compromises her independence. She …

Comment on Anderson joins Country Liberals, will target shires, growth towns, commercial development, ‘separatism’ in education by Phil Walcott.

Alison’s decision to join the CLP compromises her independence. She will now be subject to ‘party politics and positions’. Still, I guess she can always ‘sack’ the CLP like she did the ALP when, in her estimation, they failed to deliver to her constituency. Alison has voted with the CLP in divisions on the parliamentary floor for two years since she left the ALP so nothing changes. It’s 12:12 with Gerry Wood holding the trump card. ‘King Brown Country’, Russell Skelton’s book is an interesting read! It’ll be an interesting journey up until the next Legislative Assembly elections scheduled for 25th August next year. Que sera, sera!!!

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Anderson joins Country Liberals, will target shires, growth towns, commercial development, ‘separatism’ in education
@Formerly of Alice Springs. Thanks for that … let’s bring on the truth!!! Truth is often disguised as perception. I’d be interested to read other people’s versions.


Anderson joins Country Liberals, will target shires, growth towns, commercial development, ‘separatism’ in education
Thanks for the comment, Kathy.
I was simply making a statement about the book being an interesting read (a term I also used about the lead up to the next election). No implications were being levelled. If that’s the position you came to, that’s your valid opinion. People who choose to read Skelton’s work will draw their own independent conclusions.
I found the Author’s Note (pp. 217-8) to be a equally “interesting”. Each person named in the book who are still alive will have their own story and “take” on its description on the history of Papunya over the past 50 years … as will Alison.
Asking questions of elected (and those of us that seek to be) Members of the Legislative Assembly is part of the political process.
I’m equally interested in Alison’s position now with regard to the Angela Pamela uranium proposal that has her party’s support – one which she riled against as an Independent.
Me … IndependeNT … absolutely!
Thanks again, Kathy.


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