In his attempts to “gather the general gist,” Harold Albatross …

Comment on Leaked letter casts light on town council pool fiasco by Russell Guy.

In his attempts to “gather the general gist,” Harold Albatross declares his penchant for grandstanding, yet again.
His disingenuous reply to my Advocate letter (6/3/12 on 9/3/12) regarding proposals for a take-away alcohol sales free regime, stated “I think we can infer that he supports an alcohol-free day.”
Apart from his supercilious attitude towards the importance of such a measure and its benefits to the community, he implied that I advocated prohibition, which I do not, describing what I had to say about the moral bankruptcy of free-market legislation in this case as “jibberish” (sic).
He concluded by saying that “we do have something in common,” but if he cares to read my comment “The Devil’s Big Day Out,” he may find that he’s out on a limb on that one too.
Now he comes out saying that he “didn’t read all of Rawnsley’s response,” but he still has an opinion which he believes is informed.
As I’ve said previously, we need more like you, John. Your explanations regarding good governance are informed by considered experience and are much appreciated. Please continue to give us the benefit of it.

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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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