Janet Brown continues to amaze and amuse. …

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Janet Brown continues to amaze and amuse.

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How can we all be winners?
Janet’s post makes me think of Kant and his categorical imperative – a moral and respectable person having laid down a principle would carry that through: so if a CLP candidate for Lingiari in a Federal election had their poster flutes made in Darwin for them by CLP HQ, and Warren had his made here in the Alice….? Janet would be bound to vote for Warren, and thus for a price on carbon, for the mining tax, for all the other ALP policies she abhors? She certainly is giving a lot of weight to where a candidate’s election materials were printed.
I would respect her moral stance, but I would have different priorities myself. I think policies and person skills in working with others positively would be higher in my mind when considering who to vote for.

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I think there are tight restrictions imposed by international treaties that make this difficult. Also a problem in the US as detailed in a 2014 article which outlines some of the hurdles.

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Well said Alex Nelson, Russell and Blair are great additions to the Liquor Commission.

Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: the nays have it 
The hill has been Untyeyetwelye to the Arrernte people for thousands of years. According to Peter Donovan (who wrote ‘Alice Springs, its history and the people who made it’ for the Town Council, published 1988) in the early days of European settlement the townspeople called it ‘View Hill’, and later ‘Stott Hill’. The RSL was granted ‘rights’ to the hill in 1934 by government, not by the Traditional Owners. The RSL then named it ‘Anzac Hill’.

Of course this was done at a time when Aboriginal people were unwelcome in the town, they were shunted down to ‘The Gap’, or confined to missions. Surely we have moved on since then? Is it so hard to envisage that the hill could serve both as war memorial and a symbol of the changed relations between our Indigenous people and our European settlers? It is more than strange that the capital city of The Centre, the heartland of the desert peoples, does not fly the Aboriginal Flag from the hill the overlooks our town.

Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: the nays have it 
Crikey, what a whacky decision. Makes Alice look just like how many people in our country perceive it. And makes the Council look like drongoes. But I live in hope, been re-watching ‘Grassroots’ lately, the Mayor always meant well, but became known as Col ‘U-turn’ Dunkley as ‘circumstances changed’ Let’s hope circumstances change here too. Hopefully not everyone positioning for preselection for higher office.

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