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Comment on Besieged businessman stands for zero tolerance but also calls for more ‘joy and laughter’ by Steve Brown.

Sorry all, I’ve been too busy to keep up with the comments section, would have thought you may have noted that I always sign my full name on comments because as Jan says, there are quite a lot of Steves in the world. To the other Steve, my apologies for not correcting the misunderstanding earlier.
I have not been joining the alcohol debate of late simply as I have been to busy. I have written an exhaustive amount on the subject already, a great deal of which would be in the archives of this publication.
My argument is long and complicated but there is an underlying principle to it all. You cannot hand a person their freedom, their “equal rights” to make their own life choices, then simply take away those “rights” when they make choices you don’t like! There has been far too much paternal interference in Aboriginal lives, far too much use of the Law in an attempt to force decisions society wants, as opposed to the individual’s choice, and nowhere nearly enough influence used, through health, pastoral care, counselling and rehabilitation services to shine the light on another choice, nowhere near enough effort spent on creating better pathways, improving lives creating expectations of something more fulling than boozing you life away.
At the moment if you’re an Aboriginal person you can purchase alcohol as a legal product, legally within the prescribed hours whenever you choose yet we make it really difficult for them to consume their legally purchased product legally. Their attempts to do so often end in the humiliating disrespectful pouring of their legally purchased product at their feet. This results in very real anger and desire to “pay back”! It also causes ever deepening divisions in our society as it only ever appears to be white hands in their faces.
I am not arguing for a free for all on alcohol. I don’t like to see our streets full of drunks, I don’t like to see the wasted lives, the battered and homeless kids. I am horrified by the endless misery and want to bring it to an end as quickly as that can be achieved. What I am saying is that we have gone the wrong way! The present approach is a disaster of horrifying proportions. We’ve created enormous anger, separation and a never ending desire to consume alcohol and bash our heads in retaliation.
We’ve succeeded in criminalizing half the population, with people being quite angry enough to do whatever it takes to acquire what they want when they want. My argument is to stop making sanctimonious decisions on others’ behalf, get out of their faces, allow them to make their own choices, take the heat, the anger out of the situation. Let’s return to the situation we had years ago, we still had a lot of drunks but they were happy drunks who said “good aye brus” when passing you on the streets.
Let’s recognise and respect everybody’s individual rights, their equality! Let’s make a start on the long slow process of teaching people a better way, because we care about their individual well-being not just the prettiness of our streets. We can begin this climb to sanity by normalising alcohol availability, getting rid of restrictions that divide or cause bingeing, make available areas where people can legally consume their alcohol and police those areas heavily for bad behaviour, immediately remove any drunk from our streets, otherwise leave them be. Pretty soon you’ll see the heat recede from the streets and we can concentrate our energies on the bigger goals.

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Besieged businessman stands for zero tolerance but also calls for more ‘joy and laughter’
Bob your comment can only described as completely ridiculous. It’s time that you understood a few home truths about your own contribution to what we see happening around us. Now Bob I’m a bloke on the outside of the policy makers, on the outside of our extremely inept government. I’m a bloke that with the backing of a very large group of locals is yelling in the ear of those organisations that are responsible for the policy decision that have taken us so far down the path of destruction. I am yelling in their collective ear WE ARE GOING THE WRONG WAY! You on the other hand Bob have boasted of your 30 year association with these policies and their implementation you are sitting their on your proverbial backside ridiculing those who have the actual audacity to do something. “Action” Bob!
Imagine that “doing something”! Now I am going to suggest that you personally do just that! I’m going to suggest that you take the time to look around you, take a walk speak to the mums an dads who are trying to make their lives here, talk to the people in the camps ask them if they feel safe, ask our businesses how it’s all going.
You get my drift Bob? Their answers will leave you in absolutely no doubt that the last 30 years of policy administration in the centre has been a complete and utter devastating, disgusting, failure! A failure that has wrought horror, misery, dislocation, division, neglect, homelessness, lawlessness on our community. It has cost and wasted countless lives! Yet people such as yourself have the sheer bloody audacity to and offer “further advice” on where we should be going, without a single glance behind you! You get it yet Bob?? You and yours are directly responsible for that mess! You’ve had 30 years of opportunity, “look what you’ve done”! Do us all a favour, Bob. Stop trying, put your feet up and give someone else a go!


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Jacinta Price ready to turn her back on the Town Council
Life, your goals, your communities demands, your commitments, are effected by the passage of events around you. They can and often do change from day to day, let alone from year to year.
Movement from Council to either State or Federal roles is and always has been a natural progression. Yes, it has a cost, that cost is the price of democracy!
After rising to prominence as an Councillor and activist Jacinta has been asked, even pressured by many around her, to take her obvious talent in advocacy and use it to better present the Territory’s cause in Canberra.
That decision, that civic duty asked of Jacinta is a decision reached in conference with many people.
It’s not a personnel whim, it is not a betrayal or a lie, for pity’s sake! It’s actually an extension of Jacinta’s commitment to the Alice, Central Australia and the Territory! It’s not a joy ride at our expense! It’s an enormous commitment made on our behalf.
How many of you who sit on your proverbials on the sidelines of everything and criticize, have any idea of the enormous work load, the upheaval, not only for Jacinta but her entire family this commitment represents?
Please don’t do the small town petty envy thing and pull down the local star, the rising talent.
We are better than that aren’t we? Recognise, as the party and her peers have, that Jacinta her talents, her family origins having a foot in both worlds represents a unique chance for change.
A chance of a better quality of life for may Territorians.
Get behind her and the revolution in attitudes she represents.
Jacinta is the hand in the face of the status quo, if we get behind her in sufficient numbers, with dedication and commitment, Jacinta and those around her present a rare chance for a big leap forward in who we are and how we live in the Territory.
Congratulations, Jacinta!


Jacinta Price: talking about Aboriginal people but not for them?
Jacinta is an elected representative by a huge majority, in a small population that is at least 30% Aboriginal.
So unless you think all Aboriginal people look like each other and all vote one way it is safe to assume a good percentage of her vote comes from Aboriginal people. My own experience as a person in contact with many people across the community is that Jacinta certainly does enjoy the support of many locals of all political persuasions and racial backgrounds.
Jacinta speaks for many like myself who voted for her and continue to support her.
I didn’t I turn up at the rally. Yep, quite frankly I was busy and forgot it was on.
Which brings me to the much lauded Arrernte Women Group, who as a born and bred Alicespringite, I feel inclined even obligated to support yet can’t quite get my head around this fact: After all this time, all the years of mayhem after all the calls to arms from the community re the abuse of children, yes, their very own relatives, they attack Jacinta Price! One of the very few who have had the guts to cop the hate and raise the issues around neglected and abused women and children.
Right across the nation many recognise that strength, Jacinta’s compassion and the validity of her arguments, follow her online comments you will quickly become aware of the strength of her following including many many people who identify as Aboriginal.
Jacinta’s message a cry for help for the lives of thousands of children, [yet] some appear willing to sacrifice everything, even the interests of the children to have a go at her, in a vile sickening often blatantly racist attack founded on envy and a self-serving parasitic need that thrives off keeping Aboriginal people in poverty.


Cr Melky alleges budget irregularity
Mmm, as usual Cr Melky fails to grasp even the most basic of budgeting principles. It is pretty much in line with his earlier confidence in predicting a budget surplus of around $12.6m last financial year, even promising to resign if he got it wrong.
I believe the surplus came in around $1.2m, some $11.4m less than predicted. I wonder what happened to the resignation. LOL
The half million Cr Melky is worried about will not appear on the next financial year’s list of expenses so council will not need to raise funds to cover it.
This should translate into a much lower or even no increase in the rates this time round, unless of course councillors who don’t understand what they are doing force additional cost onto the community.
Try working on that, Cr Melky, perhaps you could promise to resign again, if there’s an increase … just a thought.


Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: it’s not over yet
I’ve been reliably informed that the petition is not signed by a thousand locals but by persons from right across the globe. As such it makes a contemptuous mockery of local opinion and should be treated with the distain that it deserves.
Any petition must carry the names and the residential addresses of those who sign so that they may be verified.


Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: the nays have it 
@ Concerned Arrernte Man: If you were indeed a concerned Arrernte “man” you would use your real name, like a man, so that we locals know what your word is worth.
What I suspect is that you aren’t local at all. We are trying to put our town together not rip it apart, your intention is clearly the opposite.
Anzac Hill was sincerely and solemnly dedicated by TOs many years ago to the purpose which it serves respectfully to this day.
It was and remains a joint community effort, if indeed you are a Arrernte man you would do well to respect and to learn from the decisions of your elders.


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