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

She lived where life is what you make it
Lovely tribute to a wonderful woman who led an amazing life. Legacies matter.


The turning point: Marshall Perron’s rise to power
That’s great, Alex.
I always enjoy your historical perspectives especially around NT political history.
Your contributions to the National Trust and Heritage Council are also very welcomed.
Looking forward to your next instalment.


Because of eight grandmothers we can
Great to see this proud group of grandmothers continuing to contribute to the conversations and actions with regard to this predicament. They ask some very pertinent questions and can offer some solid resolutions.
Issues around various organisations in government and NGO sectors as to how funds are distributed and spent continue to plague what should for all intents and purposes be a no-brainer solution.
Differing groups and organisations competing for fund allocation instead of working together in joint operations contributes to the on-going elephant in the room. Congress’s ($45 million most recent annual allocation as reported by ASN) focus on health needs to strategically combine with Tangentyere’s (most recent allocation of $22 million) focus on housing.
Both are inextricably linked. In collaboration with Land Council and Centrecorp contributions, combining resources could produce lasting positive outcomes and employment opportunities for the lives of so many people. Education continues as an all-pervasive factor that significantly contributes to this scenario.
Having now lived in Alice Springs for almost 25 years, it’s been a sorry social reality to observe the conditions of many Aboriginal and other people deteriorate intergenerationally over that period.
Questions posed by the grandmother’s group as to how and where money is invested need answers. Whilst the annual reports of various organisations reveal where money is expended and invested, why are we not seeing better outcomes delivered and strengthened? Agencies competing for funding buckets instead of working together more cohesively and comprehensively may be an answer we’re all looking for.
Congratulations to those who have the courage to call out what is so blatantly obvious. Wishing the grandmother group every continuing success as they work together to promote solutions and provide mentoring for their children and grandchildren in these significant areas. May it long continue.


Flag on the Hill: When No became Yes
Delighted to have been able to attend this very moving occasion for the people of Alice Springs and Central Australia. What binds us together, makes us stronger.
Congratulations to those enlightened elected members (former and current) of Alice Springs Town Council whose passion and vision finally became a reality today. I remember the first time I visited Anzac Hill (almost 25 years ago) and asked the question: “Where is the Aboriginal flag”?
Technical issues aside, it finally flew proudly against the backdrop of our great town and a crisp blue winter sky.
May it continue to fly proudly on ceremonial occasions long into the future. Who knows … the enlightened elected members may some day agree that it should fly permanently for us all to be proud of.
A vote of thanks to Tangentyere Council for the lift up “The Hill”. Much appreciated.


Jack Frost great beanie salesman
Thanks for the coverage, Erwin.
It was an on-going pleasure to be part of such a vibrant team of volunteers who worked so tirelessly to create yet another fantastic festival.
We’d like to thank the thousands of locals and visitors who took time out to visit the festival (many on more than one occasion)to engage in the community spirit it inspires and celebrate the essence of Beanie magic.
We look forward to our 23rd birthday event in June next year.


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