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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Thank you, Russell, for sharing your family’s history. Your grandfather showed great foresight in first getting out of Germany and, later, moving to Australia.
Back to the present, and while I repeat that the Nobel Peace Prize being given to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons came as a most welcome bolt out of the blue, I can see one big problem in trying to implement its agenda.
Looking at the world today, the hot wars are being waged against countries without nuclear capabilities. These are mostly across the Middle East and in north and sub-saharan Africa. No one is seriously contemplating starting a hot war against countries with a nuclear deterrent, whether they be the big three of Russia, China and the USA or the second tier countries of England, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel, blustering and posturing notwithstanding.
Looked at in this light, having nuclear weapons makes good sense. Would that it were not so, but, unfortunately, it is.


Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
@Steve Brown
Posted October 17, 2017 at 6:28 pm
No argument with what you say about the war in the Pacific, but try as I might, I cannot place that theatre between Japan and Germany.
I can, however, place Mao’s Eighth Route Army there, but if we are to look at that it would mean opening a whole new chapter into who did what in WWII.
As to stability, the Korean war waged from 1950 to the present day has not brought stability, the war in Vietnam did not bring stability, the current kerfuffle in the South China Sea is not bringing stability and the annual Talisman Sabre is not bringing stability.
However, Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 did open a road to stability, but that was an exercise in diplomacy, not sabre rattling.


Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
An interesting comment below that the only thing standing between Russell’s father and the Japanese was the strength and commitment of the USA.
It might be more accurate to say that the only thing standing between Russell’s father and the Japanese was the Soviet army.
The Wehrmacht was broken at the battle of Stalingrad (today’s Volgograd), not on the beaches of Normandy, an inconvenient truth, but the truth nonetheless.


Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
Being in my own way an optimist, when Trump was elected President of the US I had hopes that he really would get out of foreign wars, make nice with Russia and rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. Instead he seems to be locked into waging yet more wars, demonising Russia and destroying infrastructure (and how many lives and hopes and dreams?) in other lands.
Foolish me!
But there may still be a silver lining to the cloud of Trump’s presidency. All over the world people are waking up to the real and present danger of anyone, let alone an unstable person, having nuclear codes at his command.
And he is hardly alone in the unstable stakes. Can anyone really find reason to hope when looking at the antics of Kim in North Korea or Netanyahu in Israel?
The recent Nobel Peace Prize came as a bolt out of the blue. Hopefully it will not be an isolated and forgotten moment of sanity in a world with an increasingly desperate need of sanity.


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