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

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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