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.

Recent Comments by Russell Guy

Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
@ Gavin Carpenter. Posted 21st August, 2018. 12:58PM: Yes, Tennant Creek is not Alice Springs and Nyinkka Nyunyu had staffing problems, but despite that cultural chestnut, it was case specific for the town, whereas I don’t think the current art gallery project proposed for Alice is.
Perhaps, because of its cultural and geographical uniqueness, Alice Springs is ungovernable except by a big stick and the Gunner Government feels (as did the Feds in denying them the right to legislate euthanasia) that they are on the right track with their approach.
Perhaps, they’re right.
It’s kind of weird that Nigel Scullion as Minister of Indigenous Affairs supported euthanasia, but getting back to economics, who funded Nyinkka Nyunyu and what do you mean by humungous?


Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
I remember when Nyinkka Nyunyu, the Warrumungu-owned art gallery / cafe / dancing space opened in Tennant Creek some years ago, just after I’d been living there, on and off, from the mid-80s to the mid-90s.
It was a cool place to hang out and buy art / artifacts / coffee / lunch, etc, but the non-rhetorical question I have is, how come Alice Springs doesn’t have its equivalent?
“Eugene’s Mate”, here’s an invitation to beguile us again.
And another thing, if the Gunner Government wants economic modelling, why can’t it commission figures from Nyinkka Nyunyu?
The TC building and space are adequate for the town and climate and it attracts tourist blog compliments.
There are a number of integrated community, climate-sensitive buildings in Outback small towns and centres, e.g. Muttaburra, without having an “iconic, once-in-a-lifetime” art mausoleum erected in Alice.
My third question is, how is it that Aboriginal organisations in Alice invest in supermarkets and car dealerships, yet they, to the best of my limited knowledge, haven’t said more than where they want the proposed art gallery / culture centre project(s)?
For some time, Territorians up and down the track have considered Alice to be a dysfunctional basket-case of a town.
“Once-in-a-lifetime” has just about passed its use-by-date.
Where is the vision?


Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
@ Hal Duell. Posted 20th August. 2:51am
If politics really is the art of the compromise, then you might expect some attention be paid to my post of August 17, below.
Not just because it’s mine – others have said much the same – but because it suggests that the government has the economy in mind by investing in Alice Springs’ commercial heart.
Such a Keynesian gesture must ultimately survive on market forces and this is not the Museum of Modern Art.
A compromise such as I have alluded to aims to limit considerable taxpayer exposure while creating employment opportunity. Add in Trevor Shiell’s Yirara-style hospitality / cafe arm and it’s cooking.
However, as you comment, there’s more at stake than the economy.
All I can see is another court house on Anzac Oval and not from the government that gave us the first one.
All hail confusion!


Gallery business case far from ‘well underway’
The government assessed the original proposal, but didn’t act on its recommendations, so now we have another in the making.
Long-term viability, based on artworks is a risky business. Art cannot be made to serve a purpose, especially one designed by a government committee.
A compromise by blending art with a culture centre at the old Melanka site would give an architect and curatorial staff a brief that just might result in something out of the box – interesting, informative, entertaining and meeting the economic criteria.
It could involve music and theatrical performance in a multi-level, living space.
The way this predictable project is going, it will end in expensive tears.


Lambley gets hype not dollars on gallery
The Gunner Government recently stumped up for a full-page advertisement (with the ACT) demanding “rights” to legislate euthanasia, but that Bill was defeated yesterday by Senators changing their minds after consultation with the medical profession.
One wonders if the Gunner Government consulted similarly, before spending the dollars.
Maybe, like the Greens who also supported the Bill, they expected doctors to fall in line or be outed according to conscience.
Meanwhile, we read the same political pork-barrelling dished out in accusations to Jacinta Price.
At least, we have equality.


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