A great beginning to the new era on the NT …

Comment on Wakefield in inner cabinet. Paech, McConnell assistant ministers. by Phil Walcott.

A great beginning to the new era on the NT political landscape. I like how some portfolio areas are shared around various members … more opportunity for identified ambitions to be achieved.
Given that language is such a powerful force, I hope that Sandra Nelson MLA is able to change her portfolio name to Promotion of Family Harmony. It may sound trite, but if we put out there what we want, we give it more positive oxygen and energy.
May all members of the 13th Legislative Assembly lead well, listen to the people they represent and deliver the best they have to offer. I know personally of many talented people in that place (both re-elected and new) who are so very capable of delivering what is better.
From what emerged as a truly historic election with the ejection of a first (almost) term of a Chief Minister from his own seat where he previously held a sustainable majority, the ejection of a first-term government due to the toxic nature and behaviour of it’s bully-boy lead team and the fact that for the first time in NT political history since the Self Government Act (1976) which saw the first Parliament elected in 1978, the once proud CLP was decimated out of Central Australia.
May the new team lead well, guided by the people for the good of all Northern Territorians. We will be watching … it’s the Parliament of the people; not the Parliament of the parties. If the 13th Assembly is brave enough, they’ll challenge the status quo and deliver a truly transformative, historical future.
Phil Walcott
Alice Springs

Recent Comments by Phil Walcott

Starting young in multi-culturalism
Such an impressive program driven by devotion, compassion and integrity.
We most certainly are a rich tapestry of collective and inclusive community spirit as evidenced by the wonderful interactions that these kids embraced.
Congratulations to Suzanne and her team for providing these kids with some wonderful experiences. The stuff memories are of.


NT should become the Switzerland of the Southern Hemisphere
I can relate to your frustrations, Kelvin. Thanks for your insights and perceptions. From a personal position, I concur with your views regarding Delia Lawrie.
YES … unfortunately the lacklustre leadership from a number of the parliamentary and bureaucratic circles fail to project any long-term vision beyond election cycles into our Territory’s future. Devising plans isn’t enough. We need visions to underpin them. Singapore and China had visions … and look where they are now. They made “boundless possible” a reality rather than simply a mantra.
We can only hope that there are enough people within those ranks, and those from the commercial and industrial sectors, who are prepared to look at ways that we can collectively enhance the Northern Territory’s present and future.
We have the people, we have the capacity. Now all we need is the will to realise some remarkable opportunities.


Not us and them. Just us, says Cr Melky.
We need to remember that this town is not “black and white”. We are a vibrant multi-cultural commUNITY with over 35 different nationalities represented. Time for inclusion of those groups as well.


Council CEO Rex Mooney to retire in July next year
So many thanks for all of your great contributions, in partnership with others, to continue growing our terrific town, Rex.
You and Janet have been significant contributors to so many aspects of Alice Springs. Hoping your successor will demonstrate a similar passion for the role and the people.
Congratulations on a job well done and one that you’ll continue contributing to over the next several months.


Alice lesbian couple exercise their right to wed
Sincere congratulations to two very inspiring women. Thanks for the threads of ‘being’ you weave through the rich fabric that is our Alice Springs community.

Your significant contributions to both your public and professional lives is much honoured and respected.

Love well and long…

Phil XX


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