Steve Brown @ Sept 5 comments that “politics is all …

Comment on Bleak tunnel vision in new book on Alice Springs by Russell Guy.

Steve Brown @ Sept 5 comments that “politics is all about having the right enemies.” Enemies is not the word that I would use in a debate, such as we enjoy under democratic principles, but Steve has remained consistent in his pugnacious approach towards those who disagree with his arguments and that is what I have come to expect.
Being “on the right track”, he joins a long list of adventurers, e.g. Alexander the Great, Napoleon, etc. both of whom were absolutely certain that they were.
Just because “the people have spoken” doesn’t necessarily mean that their selective judgement should be correct or even wise, especially if politics is about having the right enemies. I think we can see this in action by the immediate dismantling of the Banned Drinkers Register (DR).
As for Steve Brown’s much used jive about “shouting from the rooftops”, the town hears him, but in terms of the health of the town, “the people” appeared somewhat deaf to the police and health professionals’ warning about alcohol management.
Under the CL, the NT now has a new lead on the rest of Australia. Alcohol management costs will increase from $642m p.a. to an estimated $750m ($300,000 per annum for each of the 2500 people currently on the BDR, as a residential, secure rehab prison inmate) and at a time of declining tax revenues, not that the alcohol industry is concerned. This does not include the construction of the facility.
It’s going to be interesting to watch how Mr Mills attempts to make it work, but then Steve Brown has spoken, so it must be right.

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Town still upset with Stuart statue, say researchers
I’ve not come across the term “creative arts therapist” before, but as a writer, it suggests that artists and in this case, the sculptor need therapy in order to heal, not just ourselves, but the culture within which we live.
I’ve heard of cultural amnesia, but not cultural healing, although, perhaps, this is what the Reconciliation movement has been attempting and, I guess, those in the aftermath of war, once the dust clears and what’s left is assayed.
This seems to be a definition of what is meant here.
Ironically, an “appreciation of arid landscape” noted by the analysts, came about because of the Stuart Highway and without the statue which has the “town upset”, this exhibition may not have happened.
In this paradox, difference is celebrated, but given that all difference is equal, some people don’t appear to mind. Perhaps, they have cultural amnesia or some other malaise.


Hermannsburg historic precinct gets cash injection
With thanks to the pioneering Lutheran Missionaries whose venture of faith during the 1880s was a hard slog and is well-recorded.
Their Christian concern for the Arrernte underpins our tourist industry at a time when such religious freedom as allowed their Mission Station to implement employment and educational training programs are not considered significant by a large portion of our population, including the majority of politicians.


Emirates jetliner dumps fuel on Central Australia
I believe the Galaxy is short field take off / landing as opposed to the Airbus / Boeing Emirates type which may make the comparison inequitable.
Just saying and stand correcting, but the Alice is well known as an emergency field for long-haul flights, so weight is an issue. Since the port of departure is some hours north, fuel load could still have been critical.


Outback Way to get more bitumen
There goes the neighbourhood.


NT-SA agreement hardly historic
Paul Keating, in his 1992 Redfern Speech, framed by speechwriter Don Watson, author of the somewhat dryly punitive opus, The Bush, also claimed a historic mandate, announcing success for Reconciliation “within the next decade.”
It’s in the nature of politics to claim credit for doing something, mostly spending tax revenue and living in hope that it won’t run out.
In my opinion, the “historic” issue is just a beat up or a sop.
Pass me another piece of Bicenttennial birthday cake, please.


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