Unity is a big word, when you have a town …

Comment on Fireworks expected over Deputy Mayor position by Russell Guy.

Unity is a big word, when you have a town divided over how to deal with its twice national average alcohol consumption. Unity, in these circumstances, is like that word “icon” – a meaningless thing, turfed out by a paradigm shift in modern values. Community? What is that in Alice Springs these days?
If what Brendan Heenan says is true about online ordering of interstate alcohol being “tonnes of the stuff, everyday” arriving in Alice, then Alice could very well be three times the national average grog consumption. Now, that’s a figure to be proud of, Brendan! However, it’s only an anecdotal statement, at this stage.
What it suggests is that those who are ordering, need a credit card, a computer / and or telephone. These do not fit the criteria of problem drinkers. It also suggests that those responsible for ordering this amount of grog are themselves hardly in a position to call the kettle black and when it comes to the $15b p.a. taxpayer funded cost of alcohol-abuse, problem drinkers themselves.
It seems that they don’t want to give up their addiction for the purposes of reducing the alcohol-related problems in the NT and rather it be “business as usual” so that tourists are not inconvenienced and locals, including their binge-drinking youth, and urban drifting blackfellas, can access grog seven days a week.
Regarding the latter, Alice Springs sets a very poor example by its seven day a week grog access and “anything goes” liberal attitude, but that gets into the moral issue and a secular State has long lost the plot on that one. Alice Springs Town Council unity, excuse me while I kiss the sky!

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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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