Well said Bronwyn Dealdi. The cabbie is the meat in …

Comment on Alleged grog running cabbie may lose car; passenger who bought grog fined $120. by Hal Duell.

Well said Bronwyn Dealdi. The cabbie is the meat in the sandwich here, and if the reports are true, he may lose his job, his cab (and who will pay for that) and his livelihood. If he didn’t buy the grog himself and sell it on at a profit, wasn’t he just taking some customers home with their legally purchased alcohol?
And what is with this dry town camp rule anyway? Aren’t we (1) trying to integrate those areas into Alice proper and (2) trying to reduce public drinking? After all we did make Alice a “dry town”, so it’s hardly surprising that those wanting a drink seek to do so within their own homes. And if the argument is made that the camps are not home to every visitor, is it time to consider making them gated communities.
Can you imagine the howls if that happens, or if, say, the Old Eastside were declared dry, or if the bottle shop on the Northside were to close? There’s far too much displacement going on. Deny people the right to drink at home, whether that’s a remote community or a town camp, and they do it sitting on a park bench or along the railway corridor.
Which isn’t to say we don’t need to turn down the tap. We do. But alcohol is a legal product, and when people buy it, they expect to drink it, not see it poured out onto the ground.
As well as displacement, there is some serious denial going on.

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The gallery drama: Will there be a happy ending?
There is something profoundly sad about taking the idea of a National Indigenous Art Gallery and using it to increase the sale of trashy, probably China-sourced tourist baubles (and short-blacks).
There is emerging an impression that this whole issue has degenerated into an exercise in political clickbait. Not real pretty at all!


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Mr Gunner would do well to remember that the last NT Chief Minister to lose control of the streets in Alice was Martin, and the Intervention followed. Turnbull might have a smoother smile, but he is cast in the same mold.
And Where’s Warren will again wring his hands and cry shame, but the only shame is that he is still there. Go Jacinta! I don’t know if you will be any more effective, but remember this: You cannot do worse.
Also, consider this: There has recently been a national Angst over all the kids in detention in the NT being Indigenous, but then think how many priors each of those kids had to have had before they finally earned detention.
CM Gunner’s answer to the collapse of Alice seems to be to ignore the clearly stated preference of the majority regarding the art gallery and to work with them, but to instead indulge in a swinging big-dick moment. He wants to get real while there is still an Alice to get real over.
And the TOs and their families and friends? To be honest, I think they are scared of their own children. Or perhaps they are scared of each other.
Either way, they sure as hell aren’t doing anything.


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It will be interesting to see if the results of Council’s survey are similar to those published today by our local print newspaper.
Over a two week period it conducted an online poll asking residents of Alice what they thought of plans to use Anzac Oval for an art gallery. The results are unambiguous: From a total of 988 votes, 32.4% said it was a good idea and 67.6% said it wasn’t.
As for the old high school, over to you, Alex Nelson.


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A National Indigenous Cultural Centre is arguably so much more important, nationally, locally, and indigenously(?), than another art gallery. I imagine it would include an important and pertinent section on the birth and development of the Central Australian art movement. This last point alone would obviate the need for a National Indigenous Art Gallery, especially given that all major cities and most of the smaller ones already have their own collection of Indigenous art.
As an aside, do we really imagine that the cities, both large and small, will strip out their own collections to further a gallery in Alice Springs? Will the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory be sending its rare and priceless collection south to Alice? Of course they won’t.
And for a National Indigenous Cultural Centre to be led and directed by local Indigenous voices, in consultation with other Indigenous voices from around Australia, is only right. Their culture, their land, their choice. Hopefully Gunner and Co will, this time, listen and learn.


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