It’s the combination of the photograph in the third point …

Comment on 2022 AD – What we could hope for in Indigenous affairs, apart from the odd miracle by Hal Duell.

It’s the combination of the photograph in the third point and the text in the fourth that I find most hopeful.
The leadership thing is being addressed and nurtured through Desert Knowledge Australia’s Desert Leadership Program. With others, Alderman John Rawnsley has encouraged potential future leaders to step forward, to trust their luck and not be shy.
As a self-confessed local government tragic, I hope some of them will nominate in the coming Council elections. For the work and hours involved, the pay sucks and the exposure is daunting. It can also be a frustrating and intimidating task when, as is sometimes the case in local government, there is too much leading from the chair.
But the Alice Springs Town Council is the premier elected body in Alice, and the new single transferable vote proportional representation system (!) is designed to make the eight alderman positions more accessible to a wider variety of residents.
We need at least some young(ish) local voices on Council to help us all through the coming transformative years. We are still hunting the elusive formula that will bring the old town camps under the one municipal roof, and this is before we begin to look further afield.
We all know that necessary change is in the air, and that it can be for the better. Bob’s well considered ideas are as good a place to start as any.

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Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
An interesting comment below that the only thing standing between Russell’s father and the Japanese was the strength and commitment of the USA.
It might be more accurate to say that the only thing standing between Russell’s father and the Japanese was the Soviet army.
The Wehrmacht was broken at the battle of Stalingrad (today’s Volgograd), not on the beaches of Normandy, an inconvenient truth, but the truth nonetheless.


Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
Being in my own way an optimist, when Trump was elected President of the US I had hopes that he really would get out of foreign wars, make nice with Russia and rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. Instead he seems to be locked into waging yet more wars, demonising Russia and destroying infrastructure (and how many lives and hopes and dreams?) in other lands.
Foolish me!
But there may still be a silver lining to the cloud of Trump’s presidency. All over the world people are waking up to the real and present danger of anyone, let alone an unstable person, having nuclear codes at his command.
And he is hardly alone in the unstable stakes. Can anyone really find reason to hope when looking at the antics of Kim in North Korea or Netanyahu in Israel?
The recent Nobel Peace Prize came as a bolt out of the blue. Hopefully it will not be an isolated and forgotten moment of sanity in a world with an increasingly desperate need of sanity.


Master plan for town, reconciliation plan for Australia Day
@ Alex Nelson, Posted October 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm.
Once again thank you for sharing your knowledge of the chronology of today’s Alice Springs.


Master plan for town, reconciliation plan for Australia Day
And they’ve hit the ground running. Two good motions. Well done!


Hundreds of empty plastic wine bottles in Todd
Put the same 10 cent deposit / refund on plastic wine bottles as is on all other drink containers, and they would soon be collected.


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