Look out, here he comes again! The man who …

Comment on Nose-diving CBD: it happened on the 11th Council’s watch by Russell Guy.

Look out, here he comes again! The man who for several weeks at the beginning of this campaign refused to believe in the value of what he called “idiotic” statistics, now in the full bloom of his Campaign Management induced wrath, is reduced to shoring up fizz bang logic by resorting to those terrible, but unsubstantiated numbers.
One need not try to read Steve Brown’s latest missive twice – once is enough. It should carry a health warning. Those contorted sentences are desperate to gain office. Twenty years in the wilderness of opposition can turn a strong man to drink.
He fires off bursts of bile, e.g., “Well I say baloney to that and Baloney to the anti-alcohol lobby your time is up! You are totally discredited!”
Nobody has ever said anything about “anti-alcohol.” It’s free-market regulation that the Brown Headquarters can’t understand, but I mustn’t forget to quote them on the aforementioned lobby having “taken our town to the brink of collapse, many residents to the edge of despair.” I like that one, but too much like daytime television to win the workers.
Delusions of grandeur, former Prime Ministers, Kings of Babylon and assorted lesser types say can lead to demented psychosis and when it sets in, apoplexy arrives and responsibility for one’s actions departs. It’s far worse than alcoholism and in that there’s some poetic justice.
We must win this Mayoral race, otherwise we’ll lose face and the town will cease to exist, but first let’s shove a few more adjectives in to those last few paragraphs, or better still see if we can cut them altogether, otherwise there’ll be nobody left alive to vote for us.

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Nose-diving CBD: it happened on the 11th Council’s watch
Alice Springs Town Council could offer an Award for Sustainable Housing Design as a practical step against merely talking about “hostel style accommodation” for a number of clients seeking accommodation in Alice. So could Desert Knowledge mob.
Land could be found and not necessarily resulting in the boring subdivision model, but some creativity applied to a village concept as exists in many of the other tourists towns of Australia.
There’s so much expertise in Alice, but at the end of the day, out comes another Chardy and it’s lock-up the blackfellas or move ’em all back to Yuendemu! What a joke!
While the excellent project driven CBD revitalisation project is overshadowed by anti-social behaviour, much of it alcohol-related, this same talk talk tack is applied to a lack of emergency implementation of a take-away alcohol restriction regime. Nero fiddles while Alice burns.
Turning down the grog tap has everything going for it from productivity gains, welfare reform, cost savings on every social indicator and a tourism shine.
It’s unbelievable that any sane person could oppose it, even more that those same people could not agree to ask the NT Liquor Commission to act. It’s not rocket science.


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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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