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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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.

Greens on Pine Gap: Move towards non-aligned foreign policy
The Greens, once declared an “alternative” political party, inherited the structural social and cultural goalposts, but they keep trying to kick goals through them.
Kinselas’s, one of Sydney’s long established pubs, was recently sold through the Sunsuper-backed Australian Pub Fund for $22m.
It was purchased in 2010 for $10m, but it’s been said that it would have gone for $40m had the NSW government’s lock-out laws not been enacted.
Senator Di Natale obviously supports other supply-reduction measures, but dealing with the structural wealth of Super funds and their investment in the alcohol industry is a bit more difficult than continuing to bang the party political donation route to government corruption.
It would be nice if politicians who eschew liberal social policy when it suits them, could tackle financial regulation through institutionalised investment in the alcohol industry.

They must be joking!
@ Charlie Carter. Sense is subjective. Some people laugh when others don’t and vice versa. Cheers.

They must be joking!
From reading these comments over a number of years, there are a lot of disgruntled people who have moved to Alice Springs in recent times, who appear to want the place to conform to their aspirations.
They talk about “remote” and “communities” in the abstract.
They have no idea of Mbantua.
They want what they think life should offer, according to what they read in the glossy inserts or la dolce vita on television.
When the lights go out and it’s time to cook dinner on an open fire, what then, ye dreaming?

What the open letter didn’t say
End-of-day performances by the many local musicians, occurring in the Mall is a great idea for so many obvious reasons.
I did this numerous times in the 1980s with musos and it’s not that difficult with a small PA system.
It creates paid work and gives a sense of cultural belonging that cannot really be created by other art forms.
Music speaks all languages. We had occasional problems with intoxicated persons, but violence was extremely rare.
I urge the council to look at this again, especially where inner-city gentrification is forcing musicians out and replacing “live” entertainment with grog shanties. Goodness, people might start dancing again.

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