@ Steve Thorne,Posted January 11, 2016 at 8:35 am In reply …

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@ Steve Thorne,Posted January 11, 2016 at 8:35 am
In reply to two points made in your comment, it’s Desert Park, not Desert Knowledge, that I suggest would be a better venue. I am sure buses would be scheduled to take those staying in budget accommodation.
And you say: “Whatever happens, the project should be one which empowers Centralians to express themselves and showcase their creativity.”
This is exactly my point about jettisoning the national in favor of the regional. A truly national centre would be showcasing the national indigenous storyline, as opposed to allowing Centralians to express themselves.
So I ask this: If big-buck funding is needed to get this cultural centre up and running, will it be founded to allow Centralians to express themselves, or will it be founded to tell a national story?

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@ Russell Guy, Posted January 13, 2016 at 11:26am.
Thanks for the input.
If we are looking at a local / regional cultural centre as opposed to a national one, then I still suggest the city carpark between Hartley St and Todd Mall is not the place for it. I would much prefer to see the middle section opened up as a continuation of the mall, as stated in my article.
And what part will Araluen play in any new development? Don’t we already have a local / regional centre right there? Perhaps it would make more sense to work with what we have, especially as any new development will cost big bucks, and this year the Feds didn’t even include the NT in their distribution of trees.
The Melanka site? Is that still even possible? I agree that it could adequately house a regional centre, but is it available?
My understanding is that this area is privately owned and will eventually be developed as the Melanka Towers.
I do, however, note that we have been around that particular block more than a few times in recent years, so far with no result.


Cultural centre – think big!
@ Steve and Fred: If it’s already been built then I guess all the recent yadda yadda about a new national centre here in Alice is just that, yadda yadda.


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Thank you, Russell, for sharing your family’s history. Your grandfather showed great foresight in first getting out of Germany and, later, moving to Australia.
Back to the present, and while I repeat that the Nobel Peace Prize being given to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons came as a most welcome bolt out of the blue, I can see one big problem in trying to implement its agenda.
Looking at the world today, the hot wars are being waged against countries without nuclear capabilities. These are mostly across the Middle East and in north and sub-saharan Africa. No one is seriously contemplating starting a hot war against countries with a nuclear deterrent, whether they be the big three of Russia, China and the USA or the second tier countries of England, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel, blustering and posturing notwithstanding.
Looked at in this light, having nuclear weapons makes good sense. Would that it were not so, but, unfortunately, it is.


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@Steve Brown
Posted October 17, 2017 at 6:28 pm
No argument with what you say about the war in the Pacific, but try as I might, I cannot place that theatre between Japan and Germany.
I can, however, place Mao’s Eighth Route Army there, but if we are to look at that it would mean opening a whole new chapter into who did what in WWII.
As to stability, the Korean war waged from 1950 to the present day has not brought stability, the war in Vietnam did not bring stability, the current kerfuffle in the South China Sea is not bringing stability and the annual Talisman Sabre is not bringing stability.
However, Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 did open a road to stability, but that was an exercise in diplomacy, not sabre rattling.


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An interesting comment below that the only thing standing between Russell’s father and the Japanese was the strength and commitment of the USA.
It might be more accurate to say that the only thing standing between Russell’s father and the Japanese was the Soviet army.
The Wehrmacht was broken at the battle of Stalingrad (today’s Volgograd), not on the beaches of Normandy, an inconvenient truth, but the truth nonetheless.


Pine Gap and the Nobel prize the Oz government ignores
Being in my own way an optimist, when Trump was elected President of the US I had hopes that he really would get out of foreign wars, make nice with Russia and rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. Instead he seems to be locked into waging yet more wars, demonising Russia and destroying infrastructure (and how many lives and hopes and dreams?) in other lands.
Foolish me!
But there may still be a silver lining to the cloud of Trump’s presidency. All over the world people are waking up to the real and present danger of anyone, let alone an unstable person, having nuclear codes at his command.
And he is hardly alone in the unstable stakes. Can anyone really find reason to hope when looking at the antics of Kim in North Korea or Netanyahu in Israel?
The recent Nobel Peace Prize came as a bolt out of the blue. Hopefully it will not be an isolated and forgotten moment of sanity in a world with an increasingly desperate need of sanity.


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