I think it’s fair to say that of the four …

Comment on Mayor’s challengers take shots at one another by Russell Guy.

I think it’s fair to say that of the four Mayoral challengers, Mr Brown, Mr Melky and Mr Bitar stand opposed to a take-away alcohol sales restriction as an emergency means of restricting excessive alcohol consumption (twice the national average) and its impact on anti-social behavior in Alice Springs.
A weekly regime, subject to a twelve month trial evaluation, would limit supply and regulate responsible drinking by focusing on pub / club environments, rather than the current irresponsible take-away source, thereby freeing police resources for other areas of crime – but what about you, Mr Douglas?
Your vision, as stated in Alice Springs News Online advertising is that “council must confront the town’s social issues.” How and what exactly? Would you support present restrictions to remain in place, and a take-away restriction similar to that described above?
In the interests of voter clarification, and the benefits such a regime would bring to the escalating imprisonment, health and economic costs of alcohol abuse to ratepayers and taxpayers, I would be most grateful for your answers to these questions.

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Mayor’s challengers take shots at one another
Eli Melky, finally, after a month of total silence, comes to this public forum displaying his Master of Spin credential. His apology is noted, but his “Change for the Better” policies are disastrous.
The effects of his policy advocacy are failing Territory-wide and Nationally on every indicator, imprisonment, health and economics. A vote for the Melky change will result in higher taxation and fees. Restriction of supply by implementation of an emergency take-away alcohol sales regime, subject to a tweleve month trial evaluation, is the first change Alice needs if it is to show any social improvement.
Eli Melky is a prosperity by law and order salesman, who would rather attack the failings of the Mayor than argue the detail of his so-called “change for the better” policy. Spin, silence and failure to answer reasonable questions on notice, are nothing new in politics and neither are Mr Melky’s darkly constructed policies. They are old, tried and have failed to arrest the death count.
Don’t waste your vote. There are plenty of others, including newcomers who support a take-away alcohol sales restriction as a primary means of regulating responsible consumption and restoring some order to the social chaos.

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Town still upset with Stuart statue, say researchers
I’ve not come across the term “creative arts therapist” before, but as a writer, it suggests that artists and in this case, the sculptor need therapy in order to heal, not just ourselves, but the culture within which we live.
I’ve heard of cultural amnesia, but not cultural healing, although, perhaps, this is what the Reconciliation movement has been attempting and, I guess, those in the aftermath of war, once the dust clears and what’s left is assayed.
This seems to be a definition of what is meant here.
Ironically, an “appreciation of arid landscape” noted by the analysts, came about because of the Stuart Highway and without the statue which has the “town upset”, this exhibition may not have happened.
In this paradox, difference is celebrated, but given that all difference is equal, some people don’t appear to mind. Perhaps, they have cultural amnesia or some other malaise.

Hermannsburg historic precinct gets cash injection
With thanks to the pioneering Lutheran Missionaries whose venture of faith during the 1880s was a hard slog and is well-recorded.
Their Christian concern for the Arrernte underpins our tourist industry at a time when such religious freedom as allowed their Mission Station to implement employment and educational training programs are not considered significant by a large portion of our population, including the majority of politicians.

Emirates jetliner dumps fuel on Central Australia
I believe the Galaxy is short field take off / landing as opposed to the Airbus / Boeing Emirates type which may make the comparison inequitable.
Just saying and stand correcting, but the Alice is well known as an emergency field for long-haul flights, so weight is an issue. Since the port of departure is some hours north, fuel load could still have been critical.

Outback Way to get more bitumen
There goes the neighbourhood.

NT-SA agreement hardly historic
Paul Keating, in his 1992 Redfern Speech, framed by speechwriter Don Watson, author of the somewhat dryly punitive opus, The Bush, also claimed a historic mandate, announcing success for Reconciliation “within the next decade.”
It’s in the nature of politics to claim credit for doing something, mostly spending tax revenue and living in hope that it won’t run out.
In my opinion, the “historic” issue is just a beat up or a sop.
Pass me another piece of Bicenttennial birthday cake, please.

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