Perhaps the single biggest change to the continuing alcohol-fueled dynamic …

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

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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Port Augusta’s Mayor: When softly-softly diplomacy isn’t enough to get a town out of the morass
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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Could it be because so many of the offenders are raised in overtly racist households where they are taught from when infants that all things Indigenous are superior to all things mainstream? For the child, the first casualty of this would be schooling and a respect for the possibilities that schooling offers.
And then when they get a bit older and come hard up against the unavoidable absurdity of what they have been taught, and realise that they are not only uneducated and ignorant but likely to remain uneducated and ignorant, anger and resentment give rise to a lashing out and a pathetic if understandable attempt to cry the victim?
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On exiting the cinema, our two hour free parking limit had expired so we went into Alice Plaza to pay the fare.
On coming out we were met with a ring of aggressive youths bristling with attitude whose gauntlet we were forced to run to gain access to our parked car.
Steve has it right. We are getting back to those days of Claire Martin levels of social dysfunction in Alice.
And from what I have seen, Darwin simply couldn’t care less.


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There was talk at one time that Nigel Scullion was getting tired of being a Senator, and that Jacinta was in line to take on that job. Something happen?
Anyway, now she says she wants to take on Snowdon in Lingiari? Good luck with that. Warren has done nothing for thirty years except win an election every three years. He’s good at it.
The $100,000 price tag for a by-election is an own goal. There are ways around it, if the Minister in charge of local government would care to consider them. Such as, offer the job to the last excluded candidate polling at least 3% of the primary vote at the previous election.


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I don’t know what the other shires stand on this issue is. Have they debated it? Anyone?


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Reading the preceding comments, I am once again convinced that the whole Facebook phenomenon is a truly nasty piece of gear.
Why anyone would go there, would pay it the slightest bit of attention, is beyond me.


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