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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Town still upset with Stuart statue, say researchers
I’ve not come across the term “creative arts therapist” before, but as a writer, it suggests that artists and in this case, the sculptor need therapy in order to heal, not just ourselves, but the culture within which we live.
I’ve heard of cultural amnesia, but not cultural healing, although, perhaps, this is what the Reconciliation movement has been attempting and, I guess, those in the aftermath of war, once the dust clears and what’s left is assayed.
This seems to be a definition of what is meant here.
Ironically, an “appreciation of arid landscape” noted by the analysts, came about because of the Stuart Highway and without the statue which has the “town upset”, this exhibition may not have happened.
In this paradox, difference is celebrated, but given that all difference is equal, some people don’t appear to mind. Perhaps, they have cultural amnesia or some other malaise.


Hermannsburg historic precinct gets cash injection
With thanks to the pioneering Lutheran Missionaries whose venture of faith during the 1880s was a hard slog and is well-recorded.
Their Christian concern for the Arrernte underpins our tourist industry at a time when such religious freedom as allowed their Mission Station to implement employment and educational training programs are not considered significant by a large portion of our population, including the majority of politicians.


Emirates jetliner dumps fuel on Central Australia
I believe the Galaxy is short field take off / landing as opposed to the Airbus / Boeing Emirates type which may make the comparison inequitable.
Just saying and stand correcting, but the Alice is well known as an emergency field for long-haul flights, so weight is an issue. Since the port of departure is some hours north, fuel load could still have been critical.


Outback Way to get more bitumen
There goes the neighbourhood.


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.


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