There is something very fishy going on here. A week …

Comment on Memo Club suspends trading, goes into voluntary administration. Town & Country to close tomorrow. by Bob Durnan.

There is something very fishy going on here. A week or two back the pokies were purring and the beer taps bubbling at the Memo Club. Up the road the Town and Country proprietor was proudly planning an upgrade of his business to include a sophisticated late night bar. Now, suddenly, three days before a watershed town council election in which the proud proprietor is standing for Council, there is such a crisis that he is suddenly and dramatically withdrawing his application to upgrade, putting his plans “on hold”, boarding up the T&aC and surrounding the place with razor wire. All very dramatic, and undoubtedly entirely coincidental.
Apparently we will find out the fate of both these ventures not long after the election. It will be extremely interesting to see if everything is still so calamitous that either or both these establishments have to bite the dust.

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Memo Club suspends trading, goes into voluntary administration. Town & Country to close tomorrow.
Sorry John Barnes (@Posted March 22, 2012 at 8:11 am):
You are correct that I am not up to date with the Memo Club’s financial situation (although I am a Memo member). But you are incorrect about my motives for pointing out the extraordinary political convenience (for the law’n’order panic candidates, including not least Geoff Booth) of the coincidence of these two licensees suddenly deciding to announce their threatened closures three days before the election. I am not an apologist for or adviser to the NT Government, nor I am employed by them since I resigned from their employ almost six years ago. In fact, I have been a consistent critic of their policies since then, particularly as they relate to lack of adequate policing, housing, infrastructure and education efforts in bush communities, insufficient affordable accommodation in Alice Springs, and their lack of adequate child welfare action and alcohol regulation (such as a floor price based on the price of beer, and days free from take-away alcohol sales) in Central Australia as a whole. However they have introduced the “Enough is Enough” policies, including the banned drinkers register and SMART Court and the Alcohol Tribunal, and expanded alcohol and drug treatment programs, and for these moves they deserve much credit.
Credit must be given where credit is due, and questionable behaviour needs to be questioned wherever it occurs too.


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Alex, on June 22, 2017 at 11:44 am you said, and I quote: “If your PART-TIME advocacy programme co-ordinator did her job after this child’s court appearance in March, then he wouldn’t have appeared in court again in May.”
So you cast an aspersion on her. It is entirely unwarranted.
Don’t wriggle out, apologise.


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