That the voters in Alice Springs have had enough of …

Comment on Port Augusta’s Mayor: When softly-softly diplomacy isn’t enough to get a town out of the morass by Hal Duell.

That the voters in Alice Springs have had enough of a softly softly status quo should be evident to anyone following the recent election returns. Three of the top four primary vote winners come from Action for Alice. The Greens have the fourth spot, and theirs is a captive market.
So where to from here? I suggest it comes down to a chain of command with the Alice Springs Town Council (ASTC) having the chair. ASTC does not go cap in hand to Lhere Artepe, Lhere Artepe comes to ASTC. The same goes with Tangentyere Council, Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, Central Land Council and all the other semi-autonomous bodies that we have legislated into existence over the past three decades.
They have morphed into monsters with their own agendas, and too often they consider themselves superior to our three tiers of democratically elected governments. Just as in Port Augusta, someone needs to restore some order and common sense, and local government is clearly the right place to make a start.
So no more nonsense, no more cultural cringe, no more politically correct emasculation. And here is an idea to start things off. Instead of beginning Council meetings with an acknowledgment of the Traditional Owners of Alice Springs, why not begin with an acknowledgment of the actual owners of the building in which we meet and the land on which it stands – all the residents of Alice Springs and their democratically elected representatives, the Alice Springs Town Council.

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Port Augusta’s Mayor: When softly-softly diplomacy isn’t enough to get a town out of the morass
Perhaps the single biggest change to the continuing alcohol-fueled dynamic swirling around Alice Springs was mentioned in today’s news.
Apparently one of the new initiatives in the Federal Stronger Futures legislation is support for 20 remote communities in the NT to develop alcohol management plans.
If so, the potentially positive impact on the urban centres strung along the Stuart Highway will be huge. I don’t know what impact this will have on the 20 remote communities, but if handled well, there is no reason it can’t be equally positive.
We live with alcohol, so let’s do that.
I would still like to see a closing of the bottle shops on one day a week simply for the civic relief it would bring. I also wonder if restoring the sale of cask wine might not reduce the broken glass on our roads. Some mornings it can look like a ski field out there.


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Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
@Steve Brown
Posted October 17, 2017 at 6:28 pm
No argument with what you say about the war in the Pacific, but try as I might, I cannot place that theatre between Japan and Germany.
I can, however, place Mao’s Eighth Route Army there, but if we are to look at that it would mean opening a whole new chapter into who did what in WWII.
As to stability, the Korean war waged from 1950 to the present day has not brought stability, the war in Vietnam did not bring stability, the current kerfuffle in the South China Sea is not bringing stability and the annual Talisman Sabre is not bringing stability.
However, Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 did open a road to stability, but that was an exercise in diplomacy, not sabre rattling.


Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
An interesting comment below that the only thing standing between Russell’s father and the Japanese was the strength and commitment of the USA.
It might be more accurate to say that the only thing standing between Russell’s father and the Japanese was the Soviet army.
The Wehrmacht was broken at the battle of Stalingrad (today’s Volgograd), not on the beaches of Normandy, an inconvenient truth, but the truth nonetheless.


Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
Being in my own way an optimist, when Trump was elected President of the US I had hopes that he really would get out of foreign wars, make nice with Russia and rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. Instead he seems to be locked into waging yet more wars, demonising Russia and destroying infrastructure (and how many lives and hopes and dreams?) in other lands.
Foolish me!
But there may still be a silver lining to the cloud of Trump’s presidency. All over the world people are waking up to the real and present danger of anyone, let alone an unstable person, having nuclear codes at his command.
And he is hardly alone in the unstable stakes. Can anyone really find reason to hope when looking at the antics of Kim in North Korea or Netanyahu in Israel?
The recent Nobel Peace Prize came as a bolt out of the blue. Hopefully it will not be an isolated and forgotten moment of sanity in a world with an increasingly desperate need of sanity.


Master plan for town, reconciliation plan for Australia Day
@ Alex Nelson, Posted October 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm.
Once again thank you for sharing your knowledge of the chronology of today’s Alice Springs.


Master plan for town, reconciliation plan for Australia Day
And they’ve hit the ground running. Two good motions. Well done!


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