I know that asylum seekers arriving in Australia on leaky …

Comment on Great ideas for the town. Now will someone please make them reality? by Hal Duell.

I know that asylum seekers arriving in Australia on leaky boats get mostly a bad press.
The reasons why they come include political refugees fleeing persecution, environmental refugees fleeing a changing world environment and economic refugees seeking a shot at the good life that they hope to find here.
These hopefuls are often denigrated as queue jumpers, and their different home cultures are often a source of ill-considered fear.
But what seldom, if ever, gets said about them is that they are lazy or lack motivation. Very few, probably none, come to Australia hoping to live a life on the dole.
Every group that has recently made Alice home has contributed to the economic and cultural life of our town. I can think of no reason why the “boat people” wouldn’t join that list.
Perhaps changing the Malaysian solution for the Centralian solution has merit.

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Jacinta was always on a hiding to nothing. Her own perceived sense of entitlement didn’t help her cause, but she was up against Snowdon who arguably doesn’t do much between elections, but once every three years he does win elections, and he wins them well.
The question now is, will Jacinta return to Council?

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There are a lot of empty shop fronts in Alice right now. Perhaps we could have a pop-up Council. That might work.

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Erwin, a minor point, but when these large birds were first discovered a few years ago, they were referred to in the local press as the Ducks of Doom. Much better than Big Bird.

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Thanks for the story, Erwin.
You’ve detailed a journey into the bureaucratic maze of “it’s not mine / I didn’t do it”.
Talk about kicking a can down the road!
I also like your suggestion that the NT government sack half its public servants and compel the remainder to do their jobs.
That’s another can ready to be kicked down the road.

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Are you saying, Eugene’s mate, that the dead animals should be left as a community health hazard while CLC asks for someone’s permission to heap them up for burning or for burial?
Or perhaps that’s not CLC’s job or problem, but then it never is, is it?

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