I find myself happily agreeing with Janet Brown about putting …

Comment on Dylan Voller’s mistreatment started in Alice Springs by Ian Sharp.

I find myself happily agreeing with Janet Brown about putting away the big stick with these kids, it just doesn’t work.
This was pointed out years ago by John McCarthy (thanks for the reminder Alex Nelson), who, incidentally, is the father of our new Senator, Malarndirri.
Let’s hope the Royal Commission leads to a new approach, one that is resourced appropriately. This will require Federal Government leadership, I think, to provide the funding required, and to overcome the squeals from the likes of Peter Bassett (a self proclaimed leftard spotter) and the anonymous Original Centralian (aka Cowardly Custard).
For too long the ill-informed views of their ilk have been given undue weight in our small pond.
As for ministerial responsibilty? More of it I say, that’s how the Westminster system is supposed to work, make ministers accountable, keep them on their toes, oversighting their departments properly.
Tough, but it will make ministers and their departments better in the long run.

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It’s remote, desolate and worth billions
There is also a project envisaged for Lake Mackay near the WA border. Geoscience Australia has some background info on potash.


Step closer for rare earth mine employing up to 370
Good news all round. Good for the Centre, good for Australia and good for the world.
China has a stranglehold on these rare earth minerals at present and this will make the global market more competitive. Hope it goes ahead.


Warm, candid telling of a long-lived life
Thanks Rod, will make it my business to read this book after your review.
And I too want to give a plug for The Red Kangaroo Bookshop as well.
In Alice recently with my daughter, we had morning coffee at Red Dog, printed off some geology notes at the Library (thank you Lily Hampton), what a great facility that is now!
Into the Gem Cave, still some rocks and minerals for sale, got a nice piece of azurite, then onto the bookshop.
Picked up a copy of Lorraine Day’s Gidgee and Dust as we were off to Ross River for a few days.
I was pleased to see to see Dick Kimber’s Man from Arltunga was in stock, and one of Bryan Bowman’s little books. What a treasure this bookshop is!
Then up to the Megafauna Museum, wow! A real must see. Very impressed. A very productive and enjoyable morning.


Al Strangeways wins Portrait of a Senior Territorian
Congratulations Al! Good on you. (Might need you to touch up my portrait, a bit less hair, a few more wrinkles.)


Classroom cops back – but only in one Alice school
There were school cops at ASHS and Anzac in the 80s and 90s, also at Centralian for a while. The success depended on the cops’ willingness to muck in, most were good, some excellent.
A positive influence in the schools. No need for guns though, crikey, we are not America yet.


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