@1 That you would seek me out in such a …

Comment on Bleak tunnel vision in new book on Alice Springs by Steve Brown.

@1 That you would seek me out in such a benign place as a book review simply to vent your spleen in my direction, Ian, fills me with absolute delight! Politics is all about having the right enemies and knowing that you are more than likely one of them gives me great confidence that I am, and have been all along “on the right track”. As they say in the vernacular Ian “have a look at the scoreboard”! The people have spoken, judgement has been made! [You are a] a person who not only stood by and allowed the destruction rained on our community, but shouted from the rooftops “There is nothing wrong”, “Your talking down the Town”. The community has passed its judgement and you and your argument came out on the wrong side of it. Just a little advice, it might be time to sit and reflect a little on how Labor got it so terribly wrong, put the barbs away for a while until there’s something worth saying.

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Bleak tunnel vision in new book on Alice Springs
The continuing community agony for Alice is that our story is always being told by blow-ins with an agenda of one kind or another. It’s time our story was told by some author who loves and understands Alice and all her foibles, the vast richness, the expanse of the surrounding country which brings its own brand of extremes in toughness, colour and beauty that observers with eyes and minds open see reflected in the human lives that make their home here.”Sure there is ugly”, but always softened by astounding beauty. Time you wrote the Story of Alice, Kieran, can’t think of anyone with a better grasp, a better handle on our story. Louis Armstrong’s ” What a Wonderful World” just come on the radio. Sort of sums us up I reckon.


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Much less drunken violence an early Christmas present
Once again the police on bottle shops has proved to be the “Only effective measure”!
But then again, we already knew that didn’t we?
However giving way to pressure from PAAC the NT Government went right ahead introducing completely ineffective, [now proven] bureaucratic measures such as the Banned Drinkers Register and a floor price on alcohol, then allowed police to walk away from the bottle shops for most of the term of this Government!
As a direct result, once again subjecting our community to all the drunken bedlam that we had previously resolved by, putting police on the bottle shops.
And now Dr Boffa and Co would like credit for the reintroduction of police to bottle shops, and the resulting downturn in general mayhem!
Really, from where I sit, those who orchestrated that amount of cruel social experiments on our community should be getting not thanks, but their backsides kicked because clearly they should be held responsible for the past two years of mayhem!
And rather than congratulating themselves on finally returning us to what amounts to the status quo ante, the situation before they interfered, they should hang their heads in shame!
Thank you so very much.


1 Territory too fixed on opposition to fracking: Lambley
Unfortunately for us Territorians Terry and Robyn don’t represent answers, a way forward for Territorians.
They do in fact represent the leftovers of the failed Mills / Giles Government who escaped the judgement of the people by jumping ship, turning their backs on their own Government, distancing themselves from the infighting, claiming victim hood, bla bla bla, while in fact they themselves were amongst the very worst worst offenders!
Examples: The massive 30% jump in energy prices completely.
Another Mills infliction is the Last Resort Home Insurance Scheme which has just about destroyed the Home Building Industry.
The withdrawal of nearly all youth funding and putting nothing back in the desperately needed space. Bad decisions like these didn’t come from CLP policy! They came from Terry and Robyn.
Now, instead of making themselves useful holding government to account as independents, they attack the CLP opposition, of two!
Why? Not because they are looking after the interests of Territorians, that’s for certain.
It’s because they envy the extra funding that goes to the Opposition – their argument, so that they “can be more effective”!
How’s that? By replacing a party Opposition of Two, with two sworn independents.
Yeh, but they’re willing to forgo the independent stuff to form another, perfectly believable party so they can!
Looks like the ego driven infighting that destroyed our last government; looks like the rats that jumped overboard found each other and surprise, surprise, the resulting interaction produces exactly the same outcome!
The last thing the Territory needs is another party headed by a megalomaniac intent on personal glory!
The last CLP government wasn’t ripped apart because people disagreed about direction. It was ripped apart by egotistical wankers who believe they should be leaders!
A huge amount of the damage done to the party was by one Terry Millis attempting to hold on to, then to regain his leadership without the slightest regard for the damage done to the lives of Territorians in the process.


Voice to Parliament: Scandinavia can do it, why not Australia?
Excuse me for asking what might appear to be an absurd question, but where in the hell do you suppose everybody else on earth, who isn’t identified as being a first people, come from?
Further: Given that our DNA clearly demonstrates we are all related and interrelated many times over how is it possible for any of us to be more first than another, and just how far back do you trace a claim to be first, in some particular place?
We know with absolute certainty that those claiming to be first locally have replaced others who clearly would have thought they were first, well except for the one they replaced, and so on and on it goes … making the whole concept of first peoples another tragic joke in the history of struggle for equality.
It results in further isolation, greater community division, and will tragically overtime worsen outcomes for those isolated.
I believe the “First Peoples” concept is in reality just another backwards paternalistic step part of a tragic community illness called Apartheid.
So the question must be asked, why would the United Nations after setting out the case for equality of all human beings then set about arguing a case for some to be more equal than others, judgement made on the basis of their race?
Unless the true intent of the UN is to create division, for that most certainly will be the outcome.


Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Eli: Was that meant to be a clever political barb? LOL, you missed the mark by just a bit. I chose not to run for council, no regrets, and I have no ego driven feelings of political relevance one way or another.
What motivates me is anger! Anger at the sheer bloody mayhem, dysfunction and loss of opportunity that has become the norm in the Territory, brought about by the quality of people we have been electing to fulfil the very responsible roles of guiding the Territory’s future.
Instead of electing calm, mature candidates with a level of local knowledge and practical commonsense knowhow, we, and at council level, a corrupted system, have tended to elect personalities, based on their media profiles [and] very little local knowledge and often motivated not so much by the needs of Territorians as by career interests and in some cases utterly shameless self promotion.
Recently you and Jimmy [Cocking] have been tearfully suggesting foul play, that you are victims, being shut down and silenced. Yet you won’t speak publicly to back up those statements. Why Not?
You have been charged while acting in a role that is owned by the public.
They are entitled to an explanation!
There is no legal reason why you cannot do so! If you believe the public’s interests are being impinged it is “in the public interest” to have a full explanation.
So, from where I sit, Eli, it appears you won’t go there because open disclosure may not support your publicly declared statements about bullying, victimhood and a denial of free speech.


Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
I had no intention of wasting precious energy on old ground but since you went there Eli, I will too.
However what I am not going to waste my time trying to explain to you or your mate who posted earlier why the electoral system is undemocratic.
You sat through the same lectures I did on the subject if you’d listened you would already understand.
To the code of conduct stuff, Jimmy made a complaint via a letter to council asking that I be charged for a breech of the code.
I was summoned by the CEO just like yourself Eli, in that meeting.
I informed the CEO that I did not recognise the Code of Conduct, that I would not apologise to Jimmy for calling him and Enviro Nazi in an comment to the Alice Springs News Online because the term was in general usage at the time. It still is, and I thought it applicable to Jimmy’s politics. I still do, and further that I thought the Code was undemocratic and a threat to free speech.
I assured the CEO that I would challenge it all the way to the top and that I was perfectly willing to face the local government authority to do so, and that in fact I was looking forward to the opportunity having received support for challenging the Code of conduct all the way to the top of the NT Government at the time, because they also saw it as an attempt to hinder my right to free speech.
The CEO informed me that he would take it to open council.
I did not object as I was more than happy to face the music, in the full glare of the public’s gaze. It was put to council. I restated my case and that I would not apologise to council [which] including yourself, Eli, chose not to further the complaint.
More’s the pity.
I would have enjoyed the fight because that what it would have been, because Eli, I was unafraid of defending my actions in public and I was most certainly prepared to resign from council as a matter of principle over the issue.
The question remains, how come you and Jimmy haven’t done the same?
Could it be that the charges laid against you might give the public a little more understanding of just who the bully in the pack is?
That’s how it looks from my point of view.
Come on Eli, fess up, let’s deal with this story in the open!


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