Yeh, Editor, another load of one sided garbage from this …

Comment on Real Action in the wrong direction? by Steve Brown.

Yeh, Editor, another load of one sided garbage from this bloke who has a complete inability to see the whole picture “Living with Alcohol”.
Mankind has [used alcohol] for thousands of years. When alcohol is not abused, not overused, by purchasers of all colours as is the case with 95% of purchases made, then it is a perfectly healthy social relaxant that eases the day, many of its stresses, for many well adjusted healthy, long living, hard working people who like a little help winding down at the end of the day.
In this role it serves, fills, a big part in helping to maintain community mental health. Alcohol also has a wonderful culture of its own, built around wines, brewing, distilling, wine bars, beer halls, pubs, restaurants, vineyards. It is collecting and so much more that broadens and enriches many lives. It is a massive employer providing our community alone with hundreds of jobs. It also provides the community with endless hours of life enriching enjoyment and just plain “fun” as a social stimulant. Sure, there are those who sometimes overindulge – more fool them. Lessons are usually learnt, prices paid, then of course there are those who form an addiction, just like people do with cigarettes, poker machines, chocolate, MacDonald’s and other fast foods. But do we stop the whole community eating because of the overindulgence of a few? I don’t think so!
Our role is to assist those who need it to make some adjustments, take some responsibility, get some health care. That is our community responsibility. Not to join the ranks of Mr Guy’s Loopy Left Wowser Brigade that would remove all joy from life and leave the rest of us as miserable, frightened, misguided, followers of zealot propaganda that reflects more a failure to cope than anything in the real world.
This ongoing campaign around floor pricing is just plain “bullshit”! It wont help alcoholics, they’ll get their booze one way or another. What it will do is make life just a little bit harder, just a little bit tougher, for honest hard-working struggling families and our senior citizens. It will help create for many what Mr Guy, and the wowser brigade really want for the world, for it to be as miserable as themselves! And the drunks? They’ll just carry on regardless! This article in all truth is just another blatant bit of Loopy Left Anti CLP propaganda, not even thinly disguised as “comment”! In closing and on a more appropriate religiously worded request for Mr Guy “for Gods sake give it a rest”!

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There’s more to renewables than sunshine
Until now every drop of water that was ever on the earth has remained on the earth.
Wouldn’t it be the ultimate irony if quasi religious climate fanatics were eventually responsible for using up that water, turning it into hydrogen?
It would be even more ironical that we should consider that in one of the driest places on earth, where water is absolutely in its most valuable state as water.
We should all understand that there is no such thing as free energy. There is always a price and generally speaking it would be a pretty bloody smart idea to understand that price, monetary or otherwise, before we go racing off creating even more mammoth environmental issues for future generations.
For the present there are so many ifs around the Hydrogen idea that – dare I say it – it’s simply a pipe dream!
Also noted the quick duck for cover by Mr Duignan when the question about feed-in prices for home solar generators was raised.
Whose issue would that be then Mr Duignan? Wouldn’t that be the Territory Government and given that Territory Generation is in fact a quasi public service operation owned lock stock and barrel by Territory taxpayers, maybe a more responsible answer would be in keeping with that role.

Community solar: the devil is in the wires
Yes, and then there’s all the community facilities of which we are all joint owners! Places such schools, hospitals, police stations, street lighting, ecetera, the list is endless.
All of these facilities require power 24/7 as does welfare housing, hotels and motels, all connected to the rest of the grid.
Consumers on the remaining grid would, as they do now, have to pay their share of those costs, plus, the share of those in the community system.
This is already occurring of course, on a smaller scale, and the costs to the poor old hapless consumer who can’t afford to instal solar, are already escalating.
The only fair way to rectify this imbalance, which of course nobody wants to hear about, all studiously avoiding the subject, is for owners of solar systems to pay their share of those costs!
Another words, pay not only for their use of the grid, but for the existence of the grid.
Yes, even if they are operating a stand alone system.
This of course effects the whole viability of installing solar, dragging its payback time out by quite a bit.
However, if we are to honestly asses the true worth of solar to the community, then these costs really must be taken into account.
It’s time the rose coloured glasses came off, frank and honest assessments are made.
Governments parading solar as world changing advancement are often actually subsidising its installation while blithely ignoring the true and growing cost to community. Just face up to, and come up with, some fair and equable answers!
Now we seem to be adding lithium iron batteries to the mix, as if they are some kind of nice environmentally friendly answer to our storage problems, when to my eye, precisely the opposite is true.
I am an enthusiastic supporter of the idea of renewable power but it must be truly honestly viable, covering all the costs, and it absolutely must create less pollution than our present systems of generation or we are all fooling ourselves.

Ratepayer, do you want your money back?
Such an astoundingly naive proposal could only ever have originated with one Councillor Melky. As always grandstanding without the slightest thought given to the actual consequences of such a profoundly counter productive decision. Which if carried out to the letter would see a good deal of the windfall funds blown in the name of community consultation. Any attempt to refund it would incur even greater costs reducing any refund to a piddling amount producing no worthwhile outcome for the community, especially when you consider Council has on its books many unfunded, or even worse partially funded, or non completed projects that could have, and indeed should have, been funded partially or otherwise from these funds! Benefiting the Community and its economy as a whole.
More importantly, not wasting a huge amount of Council’s time and productivity messing about with a messy, unproductive, time wasting and resultantly expensive, refund. Further to that should Council do the sensible thing and allocate the funds to other projects, it will also provide Councillors with a very good argument against further rate rises next year.
Something I am quite certain, all Rate payers would be relieved to hear.
New councillors need to be across and take responsibility for their role as Body Corporate style managers of their Community’s assets and not to be so easily be duped into making what may seem on the face of it to be responsible decisions but which are in fact cheap political attention seeking ploys with no regard for what may well turn out to be far reaching consequence…
Take time to think it all the way through…
Before you act!

Bottle shop cops ‘security guards, paid for by the taxpayer’
From the moment the POSIs were implemented they have proved themselves to be the single most effective crime prevention measure the Territory has ever seen.
Now I don’t know about you Paul McCue but I would much rather have my family home and business all kept in one piece as opposed to paying out my hard earned to employ a police person who gets greater job satisfaction from aftermath policing!
A person who apparently has so little empathy for the public’s plight that they would actually ask for our support in that role but not in the preventative role!
Call it self interest if you like Mr McCue, but I like many other Territorians, through the voices of our politicians, are going to keep on insisting on the POSIs wherever they are needed.
If we have a police staffing issue employ more police – just as we have been promised on many occasions over the past dozen years.
Fill all of the roles the community requires, not just the roles that suite you!

Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
@ Hal: My reference is to Russell’s dad escaping the Germans and arriving in Australia.
Given that he escaped Germany during WW2, if he then set out for Australia he would have arrived during Australia’s greatest hour of peril, facing an imminent Japanese invasion.
Out of the frying pan almost into the fire, bar for the intervention of the USA.

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