Steve @2. The questions you raise are in the context of …

Comment on Alice Springs’ ebbing iconic charisma by Russell Guy.

Steve @2.

The questions you raise are in the context of Australian society’s increasing hostage to drug and alcohol-related dependency. Consider the following statistics from Inside Story, an Australian online news source (3/4/12).
Australia spends $11.5b p.a. on Law and Order. Of 15,000 people taken into custody in NSW in 2007-08, almost 2/3rds were affected by drugs and alcohol when they committed their most serious offences.
The reforming NSW Attorney General has stated that “most people who commit crimes do so precisely because of their backgrounds, including dysfunctional family life and poor education opportunities”.
Law and Order auctions (based on appeasing voters with a tough stance) are about being tough on crime. But they’re not cutting crime. Attempts to cut Aboriginal imprisonment rates have failed completely. Such rates are now higher than they were when the Hawke government set up the Royal Commission into Deaths in Custody in the 1980s.
In relation to alcohol, an answer to your questions is in the micro-management of increasing restriction until responsible levels of self-harm and expense are achieved. Robyn Lambley (RN 3/4/12) said that CLP NT policy is to wind-back these restrictions. Their basic policy is more access to alcohol, while Commander Murphy of Southern Area NT Police Command said on the same program, that NTG “Enough is Enough” restrictions are having a positive effect.
Whom do you believe? Why would the CLP and Alice Springs Town Councillors want to increase supply instead of restrictions aimed at bringing this epidemic of crime and abuse under control, so that the questions you raise can be addressed?

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NT-SA agreement hardly historic
Paul Keating, in his 1992 Redfern Speech, framed by speechwriter Don Watson, author of the somewhat dryly punitive opus, The Bush, also claimed a historic mandate, announcing success for Reconciliation “within the next decade.”
It’s in the nature of politics to claim credit for doing something, mostly spending tax revenue and living in hope that it won’t run out.
In my opinion, the “historic” issue is just a beat up or a sop.
Pass me another piece of Bicenttennial birthday cake, please.


Greens on Pine Gap: Move towards non-aligned foreign policy
The Greens, once declared an “alternative” political party, inherited the structural social and cultural goalposts, but they keep trying to kick goals through them.
Kinselas’s, one of Sydney’s long established pubs, was recently sold through the Sunsuper-backed Australian Pub Fund for $22m.
It was purchased in 2010 for $10m, but it’s been said that it would have gone for $40m had the NSW government’s lock-out laws not been enacted.
Senator Di Natale obviously supports other supply-reduction measures, but dealing with the structural wealth of Super funds and their investment in the alcohol industry is a bit more difficult than continuing to bang the party political donation route to government corruption.
It would be nice if politicians who eschew liberal social policy when it suits them, could tackle financial regulation through institutionalised investment in the alcohol industry.


They must be joking!
@ Charlie Carter. Sense is subjective. Some people laugh when others don’t and vice versa. Cheers.


They must be joking!
From reading these comments over a number of years, there are a lot of disgruntled people who have moved to Alice Springs in recent times, who appear to want the place to conform to their aspirations.
They talk about “remote” and “communities” in the abstract.
They have no idea of Mbantua.
They want what they think life should offer, according to what they read in the glossy inserts or la dolce vita on television.
When the lights go out and it’s time to cook dinner on an open fire, what then, ye dreaming?


What the open letter didn’t say
End-of-day performances by the many local musicians, occurring in the Mall is a great idea for so many obvious reasons.
I did this numerous times in the 1980s with musos and it’s not that difficult with a small PA system.
It creates paid work and gives a sense of cultural belonging that cannot really be created by other art forms.
Music speaks all languages. We had occasional problems with intoxicated persons, but violence was extremely rare.
I urge the council to look at this again, especially where inner-city gentrification is forcing musicians out and replacing “live” entertainment with grog shanties. Goodness, people might start dancing again.


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