Dear Erwin, Kieran and family, I offer my support to …

Comment on Alice Springs News loses defamation case by Albert Diano.

Dear Erwin, Kieran and family,
I offer my support to you for standing up for what you believe in, “freedom of speech”. Your paper has done many good things for Alice Springs. In this case, the Law does not protect the affected local families, home buyers, clients of collapsed building companies. The cause of why the home buyers suffered significant financial losses and anguish will never be revealed.
Unfortunately our system works only for the rich, who can dictate the terms, and the poor who rely on social services. If you are in between you have a long fight ahead.

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Hail stones usually don’t come that big
Alex: Just thought I mention, local Aboriginal painter Nelson Panaka always said that the weather for Alice Area comes in a ten year cycle.
If you check the records back in 1969 you will find Alice Suffered a big hail storm just like the one that just hit. I remember Anzac hill and Todd Street being covered with hail the size golf balls.


SA says Feds should intervene in pipeline decision
In my view I believe SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis is only interested in raising revenue for the benefit of South Australian Government. He should be more disappointed for the people of the SA who already pay higher gas prices.


Mercilessly enforcing rules against drunks, thieves, deadbeats
Dear Steve,
Just like you I grew up when Central Australia was hard tough place to live. I managed to sit on the river beds with Nelson Panaka, Benjamin Landra and listen to the Aboriginal way of life and watched them paint using water colours, along with many other things I was thought.
Your comments refer to Aboriginal people who have suffered a devastating impact of Alcoholism and drugs affecting the society around Alice Springs. The contents of your comments, appear to reflect your own weakness and personal issues which are racist motivated. Your comments in my view don’t help resolving the problem, but make things much worse.
Author, humanitarian Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, and I quote: “The planet has hit a barrier which prevents any widespread social progress — drugs and other biochemical substances. These can put people into a condition which not only prohibits and destroys physical health but which can prevent any stable advancement in mental or spiritual well-being.”
I suggest you read the statement of Ron Hubbard and try to engage the NT Government to make major changes, and focus on solving the problem of alcoholism in around Alice Springs.
Perhaps then we may see some action to help the people affected, without wasting tax payers money. Try to commence a better help education program for all people of the NT, and not focus the attention on writing comments, which are concealed with racism, and offer no solution to the problem of Alcohol, in around the Alice Springs community.


Tell the government what you want, Alison Anderson
In reply to Steve’s comments messages in the Alice Springs and other articles, comments about Central Australia. According to all these comments Alice Springs, has been exposed to a slowing NT economy more than any other State in Australia since 1980.
I believe you have it all wrong for blaming Alison Anderson for disruption of Parliament and for the economic problems everyone in Central Australia is facing, considering the modest downgrade that probably has affected the local community in the Alice Springs region and a trend the NT Government is following. It has a problem with its administration of Government funds and has shown that it is lacking skills of managing the NT Budget so that all citizens of the NT will prosper.
That’s why the Australian Government is not willing to provide NT Government a working capital to succeed e.g. sealing dirt roads to local communities and tourist areas, use our oil and gas to benefit the NT, in areas with a low population especially in the Central Australian region.
The Reserve Bank has cut rates 8 times since 2011, from 4.75% to 2.5%. But it’s not working for the NT as cost of living has risen. Now the RBA is running out of firepower. Even after billions of dollars have been unleashed, thanks to lower borrowing costs, the NT economy is still stalling. Even with low interest rates the NT government is not attracting investors, is not creating work opportunity and not creating new growth in the Alice Springs Central Australian region.
Why the NT government is out of options: Both Liberal and Labor have papered over the growing problems in the NT economy via deficit spending and fooled the mainstream.
Investors are not coming to the NT because it is too expensive, high fuel cost and high taxes are doing exactly the opposite of what they should be doing right now. Don’t be misled and don’t blame Alison Anderson for this Steve. In my view you should hail her a hero for standing up for all citizens and blame the Australian Governments, Labor and Liberal, for not continuing the growth of the NT they way they should.


Mbantua Festival funds not acquitted – government
I write because I disagree with Dave Price article posted March 14,2014.
I have had the privilege to grow up with Neville Perkins. I don’t normally write about something but I believe in this article it is unfair for certain section of the community to create an atmosphere of uncertainty of whether “Public funds for the Mbantua Festival have not been properly acquitted”.
My relationship with Neville is from childhood, my musical mind and playing musical instruments has been the impetus of the relationship, but our friendship existed because of a level of trust and respect.
Unfortunately our society has let down and betrayed the Aboriginal people in Australia they have suffered a lot of pain, hurt and confusion.
It certainly is emotionally upsetting and draining to them when accusations are made. Some Aboriginal people never recover from that and it ultimately leads to the breakdown of their life and commutations with others.
Others hang in there and work it through over a long period of time with the little help of government assistance. Rebuilding the trust in a relationship with Aboriginal people after being accused of not properly acquitted funds can be a daunting prospect, and would need a commitment to the a better relationship with Aboriginal people from all of us in Alice Springs and the Aboriginal people themselves.
I know Neville is one of the Aboriginal people who would have worked so hard with the kids to help them achieve something in their life. Neville is experienced in this field and I am sure the public funds for the Mbantua Festival were properly managed, for the benefit of the Aboriginal people.
I hope he continues to get government support to help the Aboriginal people in Alice Springs in the future.


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