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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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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