Bob your comment can only described as completely ridiculous. It’s …

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

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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Besieged businessman stands for zero tolerance but also calls for more ‘joy and laughter’
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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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.


‘Dangerous, alarming’ property tax strongly opposed by council
Yeh Evelyn I used those words so as not to go into a long winded conversation about the technicalities of Drilling for Gas as it has nothing to do with the conversation at hand… However I am extremely well aware of the dangers or otherwise of Drilling. I have drilled water bores myself and I have family in the exploration business who own their own Rigs. Horizontal Drilling has been in use for a long time it has been developed simply to save costs because you don’t have to drill as many vertical penetrations through the water bearing Aquifers as such it is actually a much safer less expensive method of extraction. Further to this my comment around safety of some forms of Fracking refers to Coal Seam Gas which I substantially oppose.


Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: the nays have it 
It is important when dealing with issues that stir emotions and threaten to deepen the divides in our community that we remember and respect that we are One Nation called Australia. That we are a Democracy! We regard all our citizens as equals! In a democracy decisions fall in favour of the Majority, regardless of race, gender or religion.

Separate recognition is not respect! It is a continuation of, a deepening of, the Politics of Apartheid and Victimhood.
Nothing, but greater and greater division will come of it!
No good ever comes from Apartheid.
Only the institutionalised acceptance of lower standards and less expectation, for those on the wrong side of it.
Previously as a Councillor and Political Candidate I was approached time and time again by locals of Aboriginal background, Aussies who are sick to death of division who just want to get on with their lives just like the rest of us, stating that they do not want to see separate flags flying on Anzac Hill because that sends the message that they aren’t accepted as Australians.
I am also aware of Councillor DeBrenni and other efforts to consult widely on this front, checking the views of many locals Aboriginal and non-alike, making sure that their views are expressed clearly in Council.
Many local families don’t wish others to know their views as in a small town it can lead to family infighting as we have witnessed firsthand with a small group of locals attacking views expressed by Councillor Price. They rely heavily on their Elected Representatives to put forward their view and to stand up for them.
This whole flag flying issue was instigated by Labor MLA Chansey Paech its only intent to create disruption dissent and division its only intent to divert attention from his failure to stand up for our Community while once again it comes apart under a Labor Government.
The ladies who approached Council did so with a letter about respect reconciliation and working together. There was no mention whatsoever of flying flags, nor was it mentioned by Catherine Satour when presenting the letter. From events later in the evening it came to the fore that the letter was actually apart of an attack on Councillor Price because of her expressed views on the very things that should also be of great concern to these ladies.


‘Dangerous, alarming’ property tax strongly opposed by council
Evelyn, So easy to make throw away green propaganda statements without taking any responsibility for dealing with the consequences.
Firstly under many circumstances Fracking is perfectly safe!
We’ve been Fracking Conventional and Tight Gas wells for some fifty years. There is an established industry already operating in the Territory and many reliant on it, including for that matter nearly all the Territory’s power supplies!
Further if we stand in the way and don’t further develop our Gas Supplies as the rest of the country expects us to, there is a price to pay!
We are going to receive less GST!
After all why should the rest of Aus. who already have Fracking, support what you believe at their expense?
In response to this issue you are suggesting that we ask struggling Territorians to pay another level of Tax similar to a second lot of rates every year.
This, in a shrinking economy!
We are already struggling with affordability, Land Taxes will translate into higher rents and Higher costs all round.
I don’t think Territorians can or want to afford that. Especially given that much of the country already receives revenue from “Fracking”, which surprisingly enough, is why their eyebrows are somewhat raised in our direction.
So we might want to give it all a lot more thought than cheap throw away lines. Not that I’m saying Fracking is the only answer to our revenue issue, it certainly isn’t. We have a shrinking economy because it is being strangled by our Government suffocating any industry that offers potential growth and strangling the life from existing business. The real answer is actually to strangle Government and return to a private enterprise driven economy.


‘Dangerous, alarming’ property tax strongly opposed by council
The amounts I’ve heard quoted for the initial land tax are far in excess of $300 but even if they weren’t initially they pretty soon would be.
The Territory has a revenue problem alright. Why? For one reason only!
We have taken money supplied by other Australians to both develop the North to a point where it can take advantage of the simply enormous economic opportunity that surrounds it, and to improve the plight of our Aboriginal population via similar means.
Instead of that we have taken the massive extra funding we receive over and above other States and Territories and we’ve built a giant, cumbersome, enterprise stifling, parasitic bureaucracy!
This is to a point where any Federal attempt to fund development is like throwing the proverbial at a blanket – very very little gets to its intended destination.
The answer to our revenue issue isn’t more business and entrepreneurial activity stifling tax!
The answer is less tax.
Much, much smaller Government along with a huge cultural shift in the attitude of our capital that thinks it is OK to milk of funds and use them to provide lavish recreational facilities and lifestyle for the those that live in the capital while regions struggling with basic infrastructure can’t get their developments off the ground.
Yeh, we’ve got a problem alright!
The sooner the Feds enforce their enquiry into funding the sooner we will be able to do something about it.


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