I attended a council meeting last year and left thinking …

Comment on Last meeting of 11th Council descends into chaos by Ian Sharp.

I attended a council meeting last year and left thinking why would any reasonable person put themselves through that. On many issues it seemed that the Council was divided, with a majority opposed by the same three Alderman. Alderman Habib’s behaviour was simply rude and his arguments illogical. Alderman Melky was articulate, determined, and persistent despite not having the numbers. He just went on and on. And became illogical and muddled. Alderman Stuart argued his case strongly but with less rancour.
At no stage did he resort to the “you are in favour of harm to children if you do not agree with a curfew” line. I left the meeting with more respect for him than I had before. I also left with a strong sense that Damien Ryan and the other aldermen deserve a medal.
For Council to work effectively there needs to be greater rationality, tolerance, respect … and less grandstanding and self-indulgent behaviour.
Interesting article in last Friday’s Advocate by Rolf Gerritson (sorry Erwin). Worth a read.
[ED – No worries, Ian. We love competition.]

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Trust a geographer to have a look at a map! And the stats. Good analysis Steff.
And her point is right, government schools are a good place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous kids to mix in. It worked for our kids at Sadadeen Primary and Anzac Hill High.
Trevor Read is a top bloke, did great work at ASHS years ago, but had climbed Jim Hackers Greasy Pole.
He is now the head departmental honcho in the Alice and is spruiking the official line, Sir Humphrey style, trying to steer us away from the obvious. But what can be done?
Would rezoning be likely to cause a shift from public to private, rather than rebalance the student mix? A great opportunity for some creative thinking here.
In my mind this is a bigger issue for the Alice than Anzac Oval.
Get together Steff and Trev, two good smart people, help Alice schools get back on track. For the good of all.

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