The way I read your post, Dave, leaves me admitting …

Comment on Will we better understand the ‘Recognise’ referendum than we did the 1967 one? by Russell Guy.

The way I read your post, Dave, leaves me admitting my own inadequate grasp of citizenship.
Did the fact that five unelected judges in the USA, who recently mandated same-sex marriage, have anything to do with the fact that the USA has a bill of rights, while Australia does not?
Your comment about unelected “but very powerful elites” seems more related to freedom of speech, something which our democracy prizes, within reason, e.g., incitement to hatred, but freedom of religious belief is challenged under the same-sex redefinition of marriage by private member’s bills proposed for Australia as it is after the USA decision and UK deliberations have revealed.
How does a society preserve that tradition?
Is the jury in or still out in Australia?
I agree with your comments regarding disadvantage and the merit principle. I also remember Bill Hayden saying and memory forces me to paraphrase: “Democracy is fraught, but compared to anarchy, I’ll take it.”
He might as well have said that it’s fraught with contradiction, something which has all of us blindsided at times, so yes, caution is advised when it comes to changing the Constitution.
I believe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are convening further meetings nation-wide to assess the situation and that is a good thing.
Perhaps, it’s why no date has yet been set for the Referendum.
How we deal with each other’s contradictions distinguishes a democracy and ourselves, both as a society and as a people under law. I would have to say that this is the nub.

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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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