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It will be interesting to see if Cr Brown’s Port Augusta-style council coordinating officer can get to work counting the existing rehab beds in Alice.
Peter Styles, NT opposition spokesperson on Alcohol Policy, cites 13,000 persons taken into protective custody in 2001, but 94,000 in 2008/09.
Although, many would be repeat offenders, the numbers versus the beds and the obvious need for more, means that policy and costings need to be publicly declared ASAP and prior to the election, but rehab without restrictions on alcohol supply will be a permanent game of chasing your tail.
I hope Steve Brown’s law and order obsession takes note. We need action, not reaction and solutions, not politics, inclusion not exclusion. The call for PAAC to be “gone” and his stand against public debate is lamentable.

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Council debate happening in closed meetings
Steve, I have never questioned your commitment to law and order and I have stated that “nobody would ever question” it.
I am, however, questioning your total rejection of the need for alcohol supply restrictions in cooperation with a law and order approach. Particularly, in relation to the chances for successful rehab in a seven day per week supply schedule. This is a hard one, but it took forty years to make it. It’s not going to be easy to break it.
I thought that my post below made this clear. You declare that you will take on board any “useful” contributions from the public, while at the same time saying that you want PAAC “gone” and are opposed to public debate.
I would welcome clarification on these seemingly contradictory statements. Your stated urgency implies that rehab policy needs to be formulated. Saying that there’s not enough hours in the day while denying input from members of the public who can usefully contribute is odd.


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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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