I don’t know about police, ambos, meter readers and pollies, …

Comment on Send in the taskforce: councillor by Hal Duell.

I don’t know about police, ambos, meter readers and pollies, but I do remember the CEO of the Alice Springs Town Council reading out a letter from Tangentyere in a Council public meeting granting the Town Council the right to enter town camps in order to deal with unregistered dogs.
This was a couple of years ago after cases of people being at least partially eaten by camp dogs had made the local news.
I reckon the police, ambos and other emergency services do have the legal right to enter town camps. The question is, are they safe when doing so?

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Send in the taskforce: councillor
Although they are not yet up on Council’s website, an e-mail assures me the Port Augusta papers will be tabled at tonight’s ordinary meeting.
There is a good chance the documents will be found later today at: http://www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/meeting/list/2012/20120625_CNCL
Both the papers and the debate might prove interesting.
There will also be discussion on two notices of motion referred from the committee meetings earlier this month. One deals with an increase in penalty rates for infringement of public places by-laws, and the other looks at the future management of our parks.


Send in the taskforce: councillor
In last Friday’s local newspaper, mention was made of a report coming back to Council dealing with the Port Augusta initiative. This report may be included in the papers for Council’s next public meeting on Monday, 25 June.
A question: Does Port Augusta have town camps as we know them here in Alice?


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Kids in the justice system: The stark numbers
“But nobody seems to be able to work out why.”
Could it be because so many of the offenders are raised in overtly racist households where they are taught from when infants that all things Indigenous are superior to all things mainstream? For the child, the first casualty of this would be schooling and a respect for the possibilities that schooling offers.
And then when they get a bit older and come hard up against the unavoidable absurdity of what they have been taught, and realise that they are not only uneducated and ignorant but likely to remain uneducated and ignorant, anger and resentment give rise to a lashing out and a pathetic if understandable attempt to cry the victim?
“You owe me.” No, lad or lass, we don’t owe you, but your parents and early childhood mentors surely do.


Transport Hall fiasco may revive pressure groups
Last Saturday my wife and I went to a matinee showing at the Alice Cinema.
On exiting the cinema, our two hour free parking limit had expired so we went into Alice Plaza to pay the fare.
On coming out we were met with a ring of aggressive youths bristling with attitude whose gauntlet we were forced to run to gain access to our parked car.
Steve has it right. We are getting back to those days of Claire Martin levels of social dysfunction in Alice.
And from what I have seen, Darwin simply couldn’t care less.


Jacinta Price reneges on council undertaking
There was talk at one time that Nigel Scullion was getting tired of being a Senator, and that Jacinta was in line to take on that job. Something happen?
Anyway, now she says she wants to take on Snowdon in Lingiari? Good luck with that. Warren has done nothing for thirty years except win an election every three years. He’s good at it.
The $100,000 price tag for a by-election is an own goal. There are ways around it, if the Minister in charge of local government would care to consider them. Such as, offer the job to the last excluded candidate polling at least 3% of the primary vote at the previous election.


Town council’s unanimous ‘no’ to fracking
Further to my first post, if the Alice Springs Town Council could combine with the MacDonnell Shire, Barkly Shire and the Central Desert Shire to present a united anti-fracking stand, their combined voices might carry a bit more weight.
I don’t know what the other shires stand on this issue is. Have they debated it? Anyone?


Let’s have an Australia Day when we are ready for it
Maybe I should start going to Council meetings again, if for no other reason than to enjoy the fireworks.
Reading the preceding comments, I am once again convinced that the whole Facebook phenomenon is a truly nasty piece of gear.
Why anyone would go there, would pay it the slightest bit of attention, is beyond me.


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