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

Comment on The answers to our grog problem will be a home brew, says Lambley by Russell Guy.

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

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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