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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National Aboriginal gallery: Town Council’s action clear as mud
I took the Victoria Hotel tour in Goondiwindi recently, led by an eighty year old local who said that much of the old town had been knocked down by “multinationals” who didn’t care about its heritage.
“They just threw the old tin on the back of a truck and took it to the tip,” he said.
I stayed at the Victoria around 1990 as a break from the swag. It was a grand old building with a main street verandah in the Australian tradition, but fell into disrepair until a few years ago when the Council colluded with a local to bring it back.
Because of the memories, I took the tour, but the town hardly resembled the way it was 30 years ago. Kinda lost its soul. Grows cotton now for export to China mostly, where they make the clothes and ship ém back.
It’s easy to understand how multinationals and mall makers can knock heritage down, but not so easy when your own government does it.
There’s a plaque on a rock near Anzac Oval dedicated to George Wilkinson who managed Wallis Fogarty’s store in Alice in the early days.
If you look carefully, you can see lots of heritage around there.
Beats me why the NAAG can’t be build somewhere else.
The CBD is chockers as it is, whether functioning or not. This is a country town like Goondiwindi, not Las Vegas, yet.
It’s easy to lose a town’s soul, if you’re not careful.


Nanny state: Tennant alcohol restrictions for Alice?
The NT Government released a press release on September 3 announcing that it was inquiring into takeaway liquor licensing regulations in the Alice Springs region after conducting an inquiry in the Barkly.
Reducing harmful levels of alcohol consumption in the NT is not “going to send people packing”.
On the contrary, I suggest that it will increase the quality of life for everyone.
The problem is easy access to alcohol and takeaway has been the biggest culprit for decades.
There is no silver bullet: The BDR and a Floor Price are part of the goal of reducing the amount of excessive alcohol consumed and the cost to the public across many portfolios, including tourism, which suggests that a figure of 99% responsible consumers is inflated.
If 1% of the population can do so much damage, and it is a generational trauma, then the status quo needs changing.
Lulling people into complacency and allowing the alcohol industry to self-regulate while alcohol-related trauma continues is irresponsible.
A nanny state would do nothing about it.
Intervention is necessary.


SA budget allocation may put paid to Alice gallery: Higgins
@ Albert Diano: Thanks for your engagement, Albert.
I encouraged “Local Centralian” to engage with Alex Nelson’s post because Alex is making a similar point to yours.
I have made the point that nurturing and encouraging (financially) the jewels of community museums and other galleries in Alice is part of establishing a stable tourist economy, with benefits for the CBD and visitation accommodation alternatives for the growing Baby Boomer domestic market, versus the high end air fares on which the government’s proposal is based.
I suggest that more cross-engagement with thematic posting would be useful in debating the points made, with thanks to the Editor for his patronage.


Gallery: national reference group appointed
@ Local1. It’s called a thematic funding window or bucket of money in the vernacular.
In Mexico, photographic exhibitions are combined with music. How revolutionary! Should be exported to the colonies.


Gallery: national reference group appointed
“In my mind and in my car, we can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far …” (Video Killed the Radio Star – The Buggles. 1979).


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