If you imagine that I sat in my home deep …

Comment on Cr Brown adapts Port Augusta solution to Alice Springs, calls for closer look at youth centre proposal by Steve Brown.

If you imagine that I sat in my home deep in thought staring at the ceiling to come up with the solutions I offer, you would be extremely wide off the mark. I have spent my life, now 58 years, living and working amongst the peoples of Central Australia, men and women. I have played an extremely active part in the increased participation of Aboriginal Centralians in the politics of the Country Liberals. I have a long association with both Alison and Bess and many other lesser known Aboriginal men and women.
In my everyday job as an electrician I enter many housing homes in the town, in the camps and on the communities.
I know first hand what the issues are from a lifetime of talk, friendships and observation. I haven’t reached any of the conclusions I offer lightly or on my own, I am simply putting into words the combined thoughts of many active minds.
Centralians who know without any doubt, we’ve been going the wrong way. Centralians who have reached the realization that things have to change drastically, that the gushing destructive paternalism of the past, the mindsets of victim hood and dependency have to be flushed from the system.
The absolute first part of this process is to recognise each and every individual’s right to firstly make their own life choices, and secondly, to take responsibility for those choices. We begin by removing any existing rules that make a distinction based in some way on race, including those ridiculous rules on alcohol.
Put away the argument that Aboriginal people need to have special provisions made for them, because they are “disempowered”! They are “disempowered”, because we have been making decisions for them! For instance, a comment above suggests women in camps need protection from alcohol because women in camps are supposedly “disempowered”.
I can absolutely tell you that that hasn’t been my experience, in fact I would consider the Aboriginal ladies of our community to be a darn sight tougher and more empowered than most in the rest of the community.
So in the slow steps to town harmony, step back a little, examine your own role and learn to respect Aboriginal people’s right to run their own lives, make their own mistakes as equals and if you really believe something needs doing i.e. as in protection from alcohol, do it for the whole community, or don’t do it at all.

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Cr Brown adapts Port Augusta solution to Alice Springs, calls for closer look at youth centre proposal
@ Liegh I am not proposing an open slather approach at all. I am advocating an approach that doesn’t presume the entire community is irresponsible! I am advocating an approach that allows a law abiding citizen the luxury of having a drink in his or her own home should they so choose, as an equal citizen, and just like an equal citizen should they choose to misbehave behave unlawfully, I propose that they are clobbered by the law just as you and I would be.
As for the women, well men an women are also equal creatures and as such responsible for their own behaviour, not that of anyone else, bar the kids of course. I would expect that an Aboriginal Lady in a Town Camp would be afforded the same level of safety and security as everyone else in every other part of town. If this is so she of course should have no more cause for anxiety than anyone else in the community. On top of that I would expect that people in the Town Camps will experience an enormous boon with the lessening of confrontation and anger over these idiotic alcohol restrictions that have seen them singled out and treated as lesser citizens. The sooner they end the better for all!


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Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: the nays have it 
@ Concerned Arrernte Man: If you were indeed a concerned Arrernte “man” you would use your real name, like a man, so that we locals know what your word is worth.
What I suspect is that you aren’t local at all. We are trying to put our town together not rip it apart, your intention is clearly the opposite.
Anzac Hill was sincerely and solemnly dedicated by TOs many years ago to the purpose which it serves respectfully to this day.
It was and remains a joint community effort, if indeed you are a Arrernte man you would do well to respect and to learn from the decisions of your elders.


‘Dangerous, alarming’ property tax strongly opposed by council
Yeh Evelyn I used those words so as not to go into a long winded conversation about the technicalities of Drilling for Gas as it has nothing to do with the conversation at hand… However I am extremely well aware of the dangers or otherwise of Drilling. I have drilled water bores myself and I have family in the exploration business who own their own Rigs. Horizontal Drilling has been in use for a long time it has been developed simply to save costs because you don’t have to drill as many vertical penetrations through the water bearing Aquifers as such it is actually a much safer less expensive method of extraction. Further to this my comment around safety of some forms of Fracking refers to Coal Seam Gas which I substantially oppose.


Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: the nays have it 
It is important when dealing with issues that stir emotions and threaten to deepen the divides in our community that we remember and respect that we are One Nation called Australia. That we are a Democracy! We regard all our citizens as equals! In a democracy decisions fall in favour of the Majority, regardless of race, gender or religion.

Separate recognition is not respect! It is a continuation of, a deepening of, the Politics of Apartheid and Victimhood.
Nothing, but greater and greater division will come of it!
No good ever comes from Apartheid.
Only the institutionalised acceptance of lower standards and less expectation, for those on the wrong side of it.
Previously as a Councillor and Political Candidate I was approached time and time again by locals of Aboriginal background, Aussies who are sick to death of division who just want to get on with their lives just like the rest of us, stating that they do not want to see separate flags flying on Anzac Hill because that sends the message that they aren’t accepted as Australians.
I am also aware of Councillor DeBrenni and other efforts to consult widely on this front, checking the views of many locals Aboriginal and non-alike, making sure that their views are expressed clearly in Council.
Many local families don’t wish others to know their views as in a small town it can lead to family infighting as we have witnessed firsthand with a small group of locals attacking views expressed by Councillor Price. They rely heavily on their Elected Representatives to put forward their view and to stand up for them.
This whole flag flying issue was instigated by Labor MLA Chansey Paech its only intent to create disruption dissent and division its only intent to divert attention from his failure to stand up for our Community while once again it comes apart under a Labor Government.
The ladies who approached Council did so with a letter about respect reconciliation and working together. There was no mention whatsoever of flying flags, nor was it mentioned by Catherine Satour when presenting the letter. From events later in the evening it came to the fore that the letter was actually apart of an attack on Councillor Price because of her expressed views on the very things that should also be of great concern to these ladies.


‘Dangerous, alarming’ property tax strongly opposed by council
Evelyn, So easy to make throw away green propaganda statements without taking any responsibility for dealing with the consequences.
Firstly under many circumstances Fracking is perfectly safe!
We’ve been Fracking Conventional and Tight Gas wells for some fifty years. There is an established industry already operating in the Territory and many reliant on it, including for that matter nearly all the Territory’s power supplies!
Further if we stand in the way and don’t further develop our Gas Supplies as the rest of the country expects us to, there is a price to pay!
We are going to receive less GST!
After all why should the rest of Aus. who already have Fracking, support what you believe at their expense?
In response to this issue you are suggesting that we ask struggling Territorians to pay another level of Tax similar to a second lot of rates every year.
This, in a shrinking economy!
We are already struggling with affordability, Land Taxes will translate into higher rents and Higher costs all round.
I don’t think Territorians can or want to afford that. Especially given that much of the country already receives revenue from “Fracking”, which surprisingly enough, is why their eyebrows are somewhat raised in our direction.
So we might want to give it all a lot more thought than cheap throw away lines. Not that I’m saying Fracking is the only answer to our revenue issue, it certainly isn’t. We have a shrinking economy because it is being strangled by our Government suffocating any industry that offers potential growth and strangling the life from existing business. The real answer is actually to strangle Government and return to a private enterprise driven economy.


‘Dangerous, alarming’ property tax strongly opposed by council
The amounts I’ve heard quoted for the initial land tax are far in excess of $300 but even if they weren’t initially they pretty soon would be.
The Territory has a revenue problem alright. Why? For one reason only!
We have taken money supplied by other Australians to both develop the North to a point where it can take advantage of the simply enormous economic opportunity that surrounds it, and to improve the plight of our Aboriginal population via similar means.
Instead of that we have taken the massive extra funding we receive over and above other States and Territories and we’ve built a giant, cumbersome, enterprise stifling, parasitic bureaucracy!
This is to a point where any Federal attempt to fund development is like throwing the proverbial at a blanket – very very little gets to its intended destination.
The answer to our revenue issue isn’t more business and entrepreneurial activity stifling tax!
The answer is less tax.
Much, much smaller Government along with a huge cultural shift in the attitude of our capital that thinks it is OK to milk of funds and use them to provide lavish recreational facilities and lifestyle for the those that live in the capital while regions struggling with basic infrastructure can’t get their developments off the ground.
Yeh, we’ve got a problem alright!
The sooner the Feds enforce their enquiry into funding the sooner we will be able to do something about it.


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