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This post has become a surreal mindscape of collected reflections, where points made are made again and again as if pitched into an echo machine. Nothing comes back, except the past.

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Grog stats may be useless as they do not include online and mail orders
Two points from news reports of this week.
“According to the last Census, rents in Alice Springs were nearly 9 per cent higher than the national average.” And this one, from a certain Real Estate agency’s advertising of a very modest, brick, two-unit complex “investment property” that can “reel in up to $830/week in rent.”
When businesses in town encourage disproportionate return on accommodation, is it any wonder that we see disadvantaged members of the community acting with a lack of concern for themselves and others?
House prices doubled in less than ten years from 2002 in Alice. One of the main reasons why politicians don’t want to act on sensible measures to restrict the economically unsustainable alcohol epidemic in the NT, is because it’s electorally unpopular and supposedly “hurts” those businesses who are acting “responsibly” in peddling alcohol.
How the Police Commissioner is going to win against greed, or how the replacement CDEP promgram on new job creation for remote Australians is going to work while income remains not means tested, providing the means for sly and legal grog merchants to make a motza is, I happily admit, beyond me.
Living in, or wishing to return to the political past, is a marginal excuse for dealing with the present and in terms of the future, it reminds me of that old saying, “we get the government we deserve”.
After thirty odd years, and three months of sustained research and posting into this issue, I am coming to the view that, as the Police Commissioner has requested time to make a difference, though appreciating his input, nothing is going to halt the grog and its contribution to the social malaise consuming Australia.


Grog stats may be useless as they do not include online and mail orders
Not bad. Two out of three without the courage of their convictions and the third finds it “all too hard” to buy his grog in Alice. One wonders how he’d go trying to do something difficult, like turn down the tap. Perhaps, it’s time we all retired to Port Augusta.


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Congress call: Put full-time police back at bottle-shops
@ Surprised. Posted 6/2/18. 7:40AM. Re your comment about costs related to harmful levels of alcohol consumption within NT communities:
“You know, they fail to take into account that currently we pay $50m in the Territory in relation to alcohol sales in taxes. That money unfortunately goes straight to the Commonwealth so there is some arguments there how the Territory Government gets that money back” (Des Crowe, CEO. NT branch of the Australian Hotels Association. ABC 6/2/18, responding to the NT Police Association call for industry responsibility).
This appears to be a game of “pass the buck” with Liquor Inspectors and “new technology” attached to the BDR as a “way forward.”
Smoking in public places is banned and the health warnings that now appear on tobacco products have helped create a greater awareness of the issues related to the peer enforcement of smoking, but the tobacco industry didn’t go quietly.
Perhaps, the alcohol industry needs to admit responsibility and leadership by comparing the costs to public health for its products, but that would affect the corporate bottom line.
The $50m in taxes is miniscule in comparison to the billions spent on alcohol-related health issues that taxpayers subsidise on an annual basis.
That money could well be spent elsewhere.
It’s not an economic issue, but one of leadership in community values and political will.


Congress call: Put full-time police back at bottle-shops
@ Laurence, posted February 3, 2018. 6:17pm: Re your comment about a “radical rethink”.
Leaving aside the suite of measures so far employed to address the harmful levels of alcohol consumption in the NT and notwithstanding the absence of a floor price, there is something in what you say.
Stewardship is an old fashioned word for community values.
In the 1920s, Rev. John Flynn, who knew something about the health of people in the bush, wrote that we would have to render an account one day.


Congress call: Put full-time police back at bottle-shops
There is a groundswell of awareness about the use of methamphetamine (Ice) at a community level throughout Australia.
Most people seem to have direct or anecdotal experience of families being tragically affected, but if it was better understood that ‘for every person who uses methamphetamine in a year there are 85 drinking alcohol;for every person addicted to methamphetamine there are 20 addicted to alcohol;for every ambulance call-out for methamphetamine problems there are 25 for alcohol;for every methamphetamine presentation to an Emergency Department there are 30 for alcohol;for every amphetamine-related death there are 65 alcohol deaths’ (source: Emeritus Professor Ian Webster, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education newsletter 2/2/18), the alcohol problem confronting communities in the NT might be considered more seriously.


THE TROLL by Blair McFarland
Thanks for this, Blair. As Monty Python would have it, say no more.


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.


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