According to the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) figures on …

Comment on Ryan re-elected Mayor, Brown heads councillor line-up by Bob Durnan.

According to the Northern Territory Electoral Commission (NTEC) figures on the web at, 10,072 first preference votes were judged to be formal in the counting of ballots cast for Alice Springs Mayor last Saturday 24th March.
Damien Ryan started off with 4,396 (43.7%) of these first preferences.
Ryan got over the line by winning the necessary quota when he got 5,570 of the 10,072 formal votes in the fourth round of preference allocation, giving him far more than the 5,037 votes needed for a winning quota in this contest.
Mayor Ryan thus scored 55.3% of the three person-preferred votes in the Alice Springs Mayoral race, with Steve Brown (on 3,979 votes, or 39.5%) having been his main remaining opponent in the count. Eli Melky at that stage had 523 votes left (5.2%).
If Melky’s remaining preferences had been distributed exhaustively, to give a two person-preferred result, Ryan’s winning margin would have been greater.
As Janet Brown has confirmed in a comment she made on Friday about another article on this site (see ), Mayor Ryan is very clearly the preferred choice of those registered electors who managed to cast valid votes in the Mayoral election.
Congratulations to Mayor Ryan, Alice Springs’ David who stood his ground against the very well-resourced Goliath that was the Action for Alice Gang of Four. He conducted a dignified campaign in the face of fiercely antagonistic and aggressive opponents, some of whom were often crudely insulting.
Many people were impressed by his steadfastness, and this probably helped secure the surprisingly large divergence of preferences away from the Gang of Four’s instructions to their followers about putting Ryan last on their ballots.
I am sure that the Mayor will try to heal the town’s wounds and work constructively with all sections of the community and levels of government in an effort to provide good municipal services and effective leadership, and strong advocacy for addressing the town’s deep-seated problems.
It is reassuring to see that a clear majority of voters prefer a calm sensible town leader who is willing to treat all others with respect and conduct himself with dignity. Let’s hope that all the other councillors find the capacity to enlarge those qualities within themselves and put aside dogmas and entertain the possibility that all of us have much more to learn about social inclusion than we can teach.

Recent Comments by Bob Durnan

Elferink and Gooda clash over underage marriage
Peter, Posted June 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm: some young girls may resist promised marriage more strongly these days, but I doubt whether some are in a position to do so.
It has been authoritatively reported by youth workers in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek in the last few years that rape of young women is rife in these towns.

I’m not kungka, I’m arelhe
Does anybody know if the hours when the Arrernte words teaching program is held at the Apmere angkentye-kenhe are available somewhere on the net, or anywhere else?
I thought I had seen it advertised for every Wednesday night at 6pm, but this doesn’t appear to be the case?
I have gone there at this time, found it closed, and no notice or info on the door.
Anybody wanna clarify here?

Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS
Alex, of course one part-time worker with CAALAS is not able to, in your words, “work closely with EVERY SINGLE young person going throughout Central Australian court system, their family, community, lawyer, school and other service-providers to provide the young person with the support they need to get back on track and stay out of trouble”.
That is exactly my point, and why it is wrong for you to lay the blame on that worker, as you did when you wrote “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.”
As I said earlier: That advocacy programme co-ordinator performed her job with great diligence and dedication, and cannot be held to blame for any alleged failure of duty of care, as the case load of such cases far exceeds the ability of one worker to cover even a small proportion of them. She was doing her job very well, covering as many of the cases as she could, but she wasn’t a magician. So your cheap jibe at her reputation is wrongly placed, and you should withdraw it.

Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS
Evelyne Roullet, Posted June 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm: Ralph was not talking about where or how the kid should be housed. He was referring to the bigger issue of the huge trauma in his life, caused by the alleged killing of his mother by his father. Kids who experience this level of trauma need intensive help and support, and we need to make sure that they get it, from wherever it may be best available.

Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS
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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