So from at least when Ella Simpson and her husband …

Comment on Alice Springs’ ebbing iconic charisma by Hal Duell.

So from at least when Ella Simpson and her husband were growing vegetables during WWII, the issue of grog has been a contributing factor in the disturbances caused by, and then the jailing of, indigenous Australians.
Nothing has changed.
Restriction after restriction has been put in place to try to stop impoverished indigenous Territorians from killing themselves while trashing NT urban centres. And let’s stop any vague and politically correct kidding of ourselves. In the main, that is whom the restrictions are targeting, whom they have always targeted.
So where to from here? During the recent local election, many argued the case for restrictions, and / or for better restrictions.
There were also various arguments, mine included, for some variation of a Thirsty Thursday(s).
The arguments for restrictions and closing the bottle shops have been soundly rejected by the electorate in Alice Springs. By my count, at least six of the nine voting members sitting on Council are not in favour of restrictions, nor of alcohol take-away free days. And they all said that during the campaigning.
We live in a democracy, the vote has been counted, and that would seem to be that, at least for now.
If we still want to limit the damage done by alcohol to those most susceptible to alcohol damage, and if we want to have towns worth living in, we will now have to find another way. And I suggest we get a wriggle on because the carnage in, and trashing of, our urban centres is continuing.
That’s the challenge.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Kids in the justice system: The stark numbers
“But nobody seems to be able to work out why.”
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?
“You owe me.” No, lad or lass, we don’t owe you, but your parents and early childhood mentors surely do.


Transport Hall fiasco may revive pressure groups
Last Saturday my wife and I went to a matinee showing at the Alice Cinema.
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.


Jacinta Price reneges on council undertaking
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.


Town council’s unanimous ‘no’ to fracking
Further to my first post, if the Alice Springs Town Council could combine with the MacDonnell Shire, Barkly Shire and the Central Desert Shire to present a united anti-fracking stand, their combined voices might carry a bit more weight.
I don’t know what the other shires stand on this issue is. Have they debated it? Anyone?


Let’s have an Australia Day when we are ready for it
Maybe I should start going to Council meetings again, if for no other reason than to enjoy the fireworks.
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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