@Steve Brown Hopefully Terry Mills will prove to be smarter than …

Comment on Convincing win for Country Liberals: ALP likely to lose its only seat in The Centre by Hal Duell.

@Steve Brown
Hopefully Terry Mills will prove to be smarter than thinking that in our democratic system the 51% is allowed to shoot the 49%. He needs all of us.
And so do I, and so do you.
It’s a wonderfully diverse place, Alice. Let’s keep it that way.

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Convincing win for Country Liberals: ALP likely to lose its only seat in The Centre
@Steve Brown
Thanks for that clarification. No worries.
And for the record, is the Alice Springs News Online simply the best local opinion forum, or what!

Convincing win for Country Liberals: ALP likely to lose its only seat in The Centre
Steve Brown
For the record, I reckon Henderson’s government got what it deserved.
Now it’s Mill’s turn, and I am, for now, completely behind him and his new team. I am not saying they should walk in the shoes of their predecessors. In fact I hope they don’t. But I am hoping they do all they can to take all of us with them.
I agree with you that the hard work is far from over. On my way home this evening I noticed a car had been set alight in the Gap Hotel’s parking lot. I will not be taking my fence down.
And please don’t call me a “Laborite”. You have no idea of how I voted.

Convincing win for Country Liberals: ALP likely to lose its only seat in The Centre
One of the most interesting side-shows to watch in the coming electoral cycle is how Terry Mills and the CLP handle Alison Anderson and Bess Price.
But whatever decisions are now taken, it will take all of us working together to keep Alice Springs on its refreshingly corrected path. People are going out at night. They’re smiling on the streets again. It is so welcome!
Hopefully our diverse elected representatives will now get over their use of divisive terms like loopy-left and righteous-right. For the vast majority of us who inhabit the middle ground, neither is helpful. Both are juvenile. Time to raise our vocab and our game.
It is a new chance. Let’s make the most of it.

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