Thanks, Alex. Good to hear from you. Frank Hardy …

Comment on The Greens Senator and that four-letter-word: Work. by Russell Guy.

Thanks, Alex. Good to hear from you. Frank Hardy wrote “Power Without Glory” – a Freudian slip. Thanks for pointing it out and apologies to Donald Horne. The satirical nature of his title is often lost in the fire storm of modern journalism, including reports about climate change.

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The Greens Senator and that four-letter-word: Work.
Are we entering a new period of economic theory too?
It’s reported several times during the past six months that the share of households considered net taxpayers – those whose income tax payments out-weigh what they receive in social security – is tipped to fall below 50% in the near future and has fallen 5% over the past 12 months.
Who gets to cut this diminishing pie is currently before the Senate of which The Human Headline is encouraging us to “bring it on!”
But unfortunately, he’s referring to more PC legislation.
Maybe, I should not have done that sociology degree. Is time running out for Hardy’s “The Lucky Country” or do we have to have a recession to announce the end of the Age of Entitlement?
Does that include the end of politician’s life-time perks?
I hear a lot of people talking about stuff hitting The Fan, that proverbial staple of Aussie vernacular and a nice title to a post-modern novel, but who would read it anyway, unless it was absurdist enough to interest those whose off-grid power array failed to provide the real thing on TV?
Is it just a virus they’re suffering or is Keating finally going to make it as a prophet with his Banana Republic, and who cares as Alice Cooper says in his future US Presidential campaign manifesto?
Confusion, contradiction and hypocrisy, all the attributes are there for the picking.
Maybe Prof. Rolf Gerritsen could comment?


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Congress call: Put full-time police back at bottle-shops
@ Surprised. Posted 6/2/18. 7:40AM. Re your comment about costs related to harmful levels of alcohol consumption within NT communities:
“You know, they fail to take into account that currently we pay $50m in the Territory in relation to alcohol sales in taxes. That money unfortunately goes straight to the Commonwealth so there is some arguments there how the Territory Government gets that money back” (Des Crowe, CEO. NT branch of the Australian Hotels Association. ABC 6/2/18, responding to the NT Police Association call for industry responsibility).
This appears to be a game of “pass the buck” with Liquor Inspectors and “new technology” attached to the BDR as a “way forward.”
Smoking in public places is banned and the health warnings that now appear on tobacco products have helped create a greater awareness of the issues related to the peer enforcement of smoking, but the tobacco industry didn’t go quietly.
Perhaps, the alcohol industry needs to admit responsibility and leadership by comparing the costs to public health for its products, but that would affect the corporate bottom line.
The $50m in taxes is miniscule in comparison to the billions spent on alcohol-related health issues that taxpayers subsidise on an annual basis.
That money could well be spent elsewhere.
It’s not an economic issue, but one of leadership in community values and political will.


Congress call: Put full-time police back at bottle-shops
@ Laurence, posted February 3, 2018. 6:17pm: Re your comment about a “radical rethink”.
Leaving aside the suite of measures so far employed to address the harmful levels of alcohol consumption in the NT and notwithstanding the absence of a floor price, there is something in what you say.
Stewardship is an old fashioned word for community values.
In the 1920s, Rev. John Flynn, who knew something about the health of people in the bush, wrote that we would have to render an account one day.


Congress call: Put full-time police back at bottle-shops
There is a groundswell of awareness about the use of methamphetamine (Ice) at a community level throughout Australia.
Most people seem to have direct or anecdotal experience of families being tragically affected, but if it was better understood that ‘for every person who uses methamphetamine in a year there are 85 drinking alcohol;for every person addicted to methamphetamine there are 20 addicted to alcohol;for every ambulance call-out for methamphetamine problems there are 25 for alcohol;for every methamphetamine presentation to an Emergency Department there are 30 for alcohol;for every amphetamine-related death there are 65 alcohol deaths’ (source: Emeritus Professor Ian Webster, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education newsletter 2/2/18), the alcohol problem confronting communities in the NT might be considered more seriously.


THE TROLL by Blair McFarland
Thanks for this, Blair. As Monty Python would have it, say no more.


Town still upset with Stuart statue, say researchers
I’ve not come across the term “creative arts therapist” before, but as a writer, it suggests that artists and in this case, the sculptor need therapy in order to heal, not just ourselves, but the culture within which we live.
I’ve heard of cultural amnesia, but not cultural healing, although, perhaps, this is what the Reconciliation movement has been attempting and, I guess, those in the aftermath of war, once the dust clears and what’s left is assayed.
This seems to be a definition of what is meant here.
Ironically, an “appreciation of arid landscape” noted by the analysts, came about because of the Stuart Highway and without the statue which has the “town upset”, this exhibition may not have happened.
In this paradox, difference is celebrated, but given that all difference is equal, some people don’t appear to mind. Perhaps, they have cultural amnesia or some other malaise.


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