When you consider the neo-violence in the Australian cultural precincts …

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When you consider the neo-violence in the Australian cultural precincts of Mitchell Street Darwin, Todd St Alice Springs, coal mining towns of the Hunter, Kings Cross Sydney and Melbourne’s CBD, you have to wonder at the alcohol policies of politicians like Terry Mills and Campbell Newman.
Ordinary Territorians have told me that “Terry is a good bloke”, but he is living in the golden age of “can you hold one down” having a beer after work. These days, that cultural edict has morphed into having six beers or alco-pops, washed down with a bottle of wine or maybe two over dinner, at home or an eating house. Add the stray bottle of vodka into the mix and you wouldn’t be exaggerating.
All of the above involves men and women in the Aussie drinking culture normalised by policies currently being pursued by the governments of Queensland and the NT.
The point I make, that these leaders are living in the past, is backed by the fact that we are in a Multi-national Substance Abuse Supply War: a supply tsunami that carries violence to new statistical and brutal levels – found on too many streets throughout Australia, urban and increasingly outback as the mining industry expands into farming towns like Chinchilla.
Some of the worst violence and self-harm is found in the back streets of remote and not so remote Aboriginal communities, but these canaries are being dwarfed by the monsters brazenly parading through white Australia in broad daylight, sucking alcohol and nitrous oxide, caffeine laced energy drink cocktails.
It beggars belief that any thinking person can recommend that alcohol legislation be relaxed. Bring back Sir Les Patterson! There’s no difference between him and our cultural commissars in Darwin and Brisbane, except, perhaps, Sir Les is not afraid to let it all hang out.
Although, I have grave fears that Sir Les would be mugged by someone too young to realise that he is a parody of what they are becoming as a result of our Honourable political leaders’ dishonourable commitment to alcohol.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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