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.

Recent Comments by Russell Guy

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.


Greens on Pine Gap: Move towards non-aligned foreign policy
The Greens, once declared an “alternative” political party, inherited the structural social and cultural goalposts, but they keep trying to kick goals through them.
Kinselas’s, one of Sydney’s long established pubs, was recently sold through the Sunsuper-backed Australian Pub Fund for $22m.
It was purchased in 2010 for $10m, but it’s been said that it would have gone for $40m had the NSW government’s lock-out laws not been enacted.
Senator Di Natale obviously supports other supply-reduction measures, but dealing with the structural wealth of Super funds and their investment in the alcohol industry is a bit more difficult than continuing to bang the party political donation route to government corruption.
It would be nice if politicians who eschew liberal social policy when it suits them, could tackle financial regulation through institutionalised investment in the alcohol industry.


They must be joking!
@ Charlie Carter. Sense is subjective. Some people laugh when others don’t and vice versa. Cheers.


They must be joking!
From reading these comments over a number of years, there are a lot of disgruntled people who have moved to Alice Springs in recent times, who appear to want the place to conform to their aspirations.
They talk about “remote” and “communities” in the abstract.
They have no idea of Mbantua.
They want what they think life should offer, according to what they read in the glossy inserts or la dolce vita on television.
When the lights go out and it’s time to cook dinner on an open fire, what then, ye dreaming?


What the open letter didn’t say
End-of-day performances by the many local musicians, occurring in the Mall is a great idea for so many obvious reasons.
I did this numerous times in the 1980s with musos and it’s not that difficult with a small PA system.
It creates paid work and gives a sense of cultural belonging that cannot really be created by other art forms.
Music speaks all languages. We had occasional problems with intoxicated persons, but violence was extremely rare.
I urge the council to look at this again, especially where inner-city gentrification is forcing musicians out and replacing “live” entertainment with grog shanties. Goodness, people might start dancing again.


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