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I haven’t checked this post in awhile and didn’t realise the gun was still an issue.
In its defence, I would point out that on the one hand it is historically accurate, and that on the other it makes a tripod – a stable construction for an object as big and heavy as the Stuart statue.
I’m with those who see no more of an issue in it than with the Anmatjere Man’s spear, another tripod.
The statue itself is a monumental work. Let’s get it up.
And from memory, didn’t Howard move on guns after Port Arthur, a demented tragedy of US dimensions that gave him the political capital to make his historic move. I have often thought that Howard did two things which I could agree with – at the beginning of his reign he moved on guns and at the end he brought in the Intervention.

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Home at last?
Bob (Posted August 27, 2012 at 11:02 am),
There are few aspects of our modern life that I abhor more than the ever present and growing gun culture. It taints our life from the assassination orders documented as coming from the Obama White House to Mexican drug cartels to random acts in alleyways and on street corners. Look at the Middle East! Mozambique has a Kalashnikov of its flag. Video games seem to be all about killing.
As depressing as all that is, I think it’s drawing a long bow to equate the Stuart statue with any of it.
I do agree with you that the statue would be better placed elsewhere, and to that end I hope the Heritage Minister does not allow it onto Stuart Park. A far better place for it, in my opinion, would be on top of the rocky hill that separates the car park from the lawns at the Old Telegraph Station. If put there facing north it would be in its correct historical setting, and a background of blue sky would suit it well.
Every tourist that visits Alice is directed to the Telegraph Station. They could walk up the hill and read a bit about our history.
But I’m not holding my breath. I think it will probably go in Stuart Park on Stuart Terrace in a town that was originally named Stuart.
I only hope Council has budgeted for maintenance. Paint bombs might be the least of it.


Home at last?
Because of the poorly managed politics that interfered with the process, we have all been denied the pleasure of seeing another Mark Egan sculpture in Alice Springs.
I reckon it’s OK wherever they put it, as long as it finally goes somewhere.


Recent Comments by Hal Duell

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!


Torrent of toxic Facebook posts after Mall melee
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.


Some creatures in The Centre used to be big
So glad the Ducks of Doom feature. As soon as I get back to Alice I will visit.


At last, public will get a say on Anzac Oval: Town Council
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.


Aboriginal-led ‘from the bottom up’: cultural centre
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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