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.

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Seniors concessions praised, but questions about tiers
Fascinating to hear that seniors who were grandfathered will keep their concessions and receive $500.
Would be even more interesting to know what that means.
Exactly what did the grandfathers do to the seniors? Care to tell us, Sue Shearer?

Bottle shop cops ‘security guards, paid for by the taxpayer’
Neither Paul McCue nor James Smerk understands the role of the police at the TBLs / POSIs outside the takeaway grog outlets.
They are not there for the purpose of policing the outlets, nor for the purpose of proving security for the benefit of the outlets and their customers, although they do some of that incidentally in the course of their main duties.
The reason that police are there is to prevent the trafficking of alcohol by people who have no legitimate place to drink it, and who are intending to drink it in places where it is illegal to do so, such as Aboriginal lands where communities have asked the Liquor Commission to declare areas dry, or town camp leases which the Federal government has declared dry for the wellbeing of vulnerable residents.
These are the sole reasons that police are stationed outside the off-licence liquor outlets.

Booze report: What the government is likely to do.
In response to R Henry on Oct 20th, on who gets the extra markup money?
There is very little brand loyalty to the cheap brands of Chardonnay amongst our dedicated alcohol-drinking punters: They are after the cheapest hit of alcohol for their buck, regardless of its host liquid, not for their next taste of the rank Calabrian / Bortoli products.
Since the vast majority of shoppers generally shift their choice to better value for money when confronted with higher prices (and this happened when Clare Martin knocked the cheapest wines and sherries off the shelves in October 2006: there was a massive shift to beer), there is unlikely to be very much windfall profits via extra markup.
To the extent that there are any windfalls, they are unlikely to be anywhere near commensurate with the decrease in profits that are likely to occur because of the overall impacts of a number of the proposed reforms.
To see if I am correct, keep your ears open for the sounds of the interstate alcohol industry cartels – manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and their paid public relations reps squealing about the alleged injustice, unfairness and unworkability of these visionary evidence-based reforms.
It is going to be an interesting war, and the outcome will decide whether the NT has any future worth speaking about.

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?

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