@John I agree with you that we need structural reform to …

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@John
I agree with you that we need structural reform to empower the regions, but I wonder why you want to filter this reform through another State? To me this seems like a 19th century solution to a 21st century situation.
Why not go for a two tier system of government? I wonder if that wouldn’t suit Central Australia much better than to be forever a poor country cousin to the Top End.
Their focus is Asia. Ours is here.

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Last meeting of 11th Council descends into chaos
@John
If what you suggest is true, and I have no reason to doubt it, in four years time we in Alice will have our representation in Darwin reduced from 3 to 2.
I rest my case. We have to forge a way without Darwin or be forever content with the scraps.
We deserve better, and if we pull as a team, we can get better. I say go it alone. Central Australia is a truly unique part of Australia, and of the world. Let’s declare it so and do it proud.


Last meeting of 11th Council descends into chaos
Alderman Rawnsley was naïve to think Alderman Habib Bitar would apologise for his remarks. He also forgot the truism that the first person to mention the Nazis loses the argument. Sami lost it a fortnight ago; John gave it back to him last night.
And Aldermen Stewart and Melky – as seen from the gallery, by the manner of your jumping in you brought the Alice Springs Town Council into disrepute.
You were in the chair, Mayor Ryan. I know two in the attacking pack have declared against you in the Mayoral race, but still, you were in the chair.
That is my impression of how the open section of the last public meeting of the 11th Alice Springs Town Council descended into shame last night.
Alderman Sandy Taylor was the only person in the room to respond appropriately – she walked out.
It shames me that I didn’t. The fascination of watching a train wreck was just too great.


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