Well, Ralph, it’s good to see some detail at last …

Comment on NT needs someone to ‘call things honestly’ says Havnen … by Annie Farrell.

Well, Ralph, it’s good to see some detail at last rather than all of that rhetorical high emotion! But your views are not necessarily singularly correct – worthy, of course, but highly contestable which is the very nature of this (and most other) policy fields. My current research is on ‘income management’ as it emerged from the ‘intervention’ and every policy critique ‘angle’, including the data, is highly fraught and strenuosly contested. Best we keep our wigs on and have the conversations rather than assert we have a monopoly on the truth of the matter even when we think we really, really do! Regards, Annie

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NT needs someone to ‘call things honestly’ says Havnen …
Ralph! Why not just contest the data that Ms Havnen has invoked (which the Ed. appears to be signalling you’ve misquoted anyway) rather than load it up with hubris and a certain tone and tenor? What’s your agenda in being unnecessarily a bit dank? I think I saw Ms Havnen post that she’s more than happy to be corrected about the data and appears to be engaging in a self-reflexive and civil manner. Unfortunately your less than civil tone and tenor is a bit of a blight on the otherwise reasonable responses of the other postees. Where on earth have you been honing your public domain conduct lately? Regards, Annie.


NT needs someone to ‘call things honestly’ says Havnen …
Ralph, again your use of dramatic language like “disturbing” and “disconnected from reality” is distinctly curious. I’m not in any way engaged with the data (the complete stats dud that I am) but am always surprised and disappointed by the overstuffed and, in this instance, empty and lazy language which endeavours to pose as critique or a form of rigour. Regards, Annie


NT needs someone to ‘call things honestly’ says Havnen …
Ralph Folds
Your rather overdetermined comment regarding ‘the disconnect between the ex Coordinator-General of Remote Services and the reality she is attempting to describe’? appears to be only somewhat formulated as a public domain comment and, unless you were rudely interrupted in the midst of this endeavour and accidentally pressed ‘post comment’, its lack of rigour suggests a lamentable and considerable whiff of hubris. Your use of unevidenced rhetoric to describe a ‘reality disconnect’ is certainly paradoxical to say the least!!! Annie Farrell


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