Economics is not my area of expertise, but a case …

Comment on Independent assessment of government funding still in future by Russell Guy.

Economics is not my area of expertise, but a case for stimulus based on the budgetary allocations of Aboriginal NGOs towards the Alice Springs economy might be made.
In other words, without it, the town would be almost entirely dependent on the six-monthly tourist season and fare accordingly.
It would revert to the small, arid land town of the 50s, faced with creating employment opportunities for the largely welfare-dependent workforce.
Whilst this stimulus nurtures many other aspects of the town’s economy, it still leaves toxic social problems such as alcohol-induced dysfunction. Many flagon castles have been built on it.
The imminent change of approach in Federal Government Indigenous Policy, that of working with, rather than doing things to, factors, at least on paper, more accountability, despite the non-redundancy issues you identify.
Translating that stimulus into employment opportunities in the complex social situation of present-day Alice Springs would have to be where the money is, or should be.
Manufacturing, rather than drawing down on taxpayer revenue, is one way of ending welfare dependency.
It would need to be capable of generating more than a handful of jobs and factory product could be identified and pursued by government and/or Chamber of Commerce.
With the so-called sunrise industries of renewable energy and digital electronics, perhaps visionaries might see a way of training for satellite technology used in bore management, for example, or research into invention that can sustain lives in this region.
Whilst this may be considered fanciful, it would be a better bet than maintaining welfare dependency.
I remember how Nikola Tesla, whilst walking in the bush, obtained the diagram-schematics that produced alternating current from observing a leaf caught in an eddy that suggested the rudiments for turbine-driven power.

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1968, when revolution was everybody’s business
@ Charlie Carter. Posted April 29, 2018 at 8:42 pm. The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album introduced hallucinogenic drug-use via the American exceptionalism of Dr Timothy O’Leary and the White Rabbit.
“Tune in, turn on, drop out.”
It was as much a part of the “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” ethic then as it is today, so your downplaying of The Beatles in relation to geopolitics, sex and drugs is myopic, rather than visionary.
I can’t believe that you were not exposed to love and peace, man. The peace symbol was extensively placarded in the activist marches, but I make the point that the flower fringe took up the moral relativism of the front line revolutionaries and many, including myself, had to register for National Conscription.
Some went to the front line to support the domino theory of the time.
Expanding territorial influence by communist states in Asia and Europe is more the issue today.
You didn’t mention the Vietnam War either, but I assume that your reference to Redgum, Chisel and Bogle is related.
I didn’t mention prohibition either, but we are left to deal with the liberal agenda of that period’s contribution to social legislation.
Prohibition doesn’t work, but alcohol supply reduction does and so do various forms of contraception for men as opposed to the Pill, which you did mention, so all this “I didn’t mention” stuff is tedious, rather than tendentious.
As I said in my earlier reply, I’m more interested in postmodern analysis of that legacy.
By way of having a reasonable debate, perhaps, you could explain how I’m misrepresenting your position?


1968, when revolution was everybody’s business
@ Charlie Carter Posted April 28, 2018 at 8:33 pm: Your story was full of interest, Charlie, as were the times which we both lived through, but as a postgraduate social scientist, I find postmodernism (deconstruction) in relation to social policy of greater interest.
I thought your reference to the “spirit of the times” equated with the Zeitgeist, which went on to establish the Abortion (on demand) Act of 1967 and left a legacy of seven days per week take away alcohol among its liberal attitude to social policy.
There are many negatives in scientific positivism and “rational thought”, which is not a criticism of your position, simply my observation.
I’m not trying to buy an argument as this period is very important to the “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” cosmos of contemporary lifestyle (the late 20th century as you wrote) and deserving of deconstruction.
You didn’t mention The Beatles, but the activism of the period was as much based on their songs as anything else (I was 16 and managing an R&B band), particularly beginning with the Love is All You Need (Sergeant Peppers) period around 1967.
Their earlier songs were romantic and existential and they had a global influence, perhaps, more subtle than a hard-nosed scientist might allow.
Maybe you’re not familiar with that (more Dylan/Zappa than pop), but with John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Give Peace A Chance release around 1970, the point that I make is that the “make love not war” mantra became self-evident in social statistics, especially in relation to the Abortion Act (1967) and militarily, we are no better off for it.
I contend that by collating love and peace, two key words in the activist agenda, The Beatles proved that they were lost in a peacenik paradise.
Having said that, John Lennon’s Working Class Hero, covered by Marianne Faithful, one-time Mick Jagger paramour, is among my favourite all-time songs.

@ John Bell, Posted April 28, 2018 at 8:51 pm: In my opinion, my meaning is clear. The Beatles were lost. Perhaps, this can be seen as a double negative by my use of the verb “weren’t”, but you determined it correctly.


1968, when revolution was everybody’s business
If there was any doubt that The Beatles weren’t lost in the Love is All You Need humanist fairy story by 1967, that photograph dispels it.


New abattoir for Alice? Some cattle men pushing for it.
@ Trevor Shiell: I’ve been following your posts for some time and they are so on the money that I almost feel depressed after reading your sustained critique of government apathy when it comes to your table of viable industry and opportunities missed.
What is it?
Are you so far ahead of your time that you are dismissed for being a prophet (we don’t do prophets much anymore) or is it that nobody, including MLAs can be bothered to debate you?
The almost total silence that greets your researched posts is a wonder in itself.
I wonder how you can keep posting in the face of such indifference, but, as has been noted in the Broken Window of Tolerance story on these pages, hope springs eternal.
It’s another wonder than nobody has bottled it and sold it in the Mall.


Youth crisis: broken window of tolerance
This is a clear distillation of much of what has been said in these pages for a number of years by many people trying to rationalise the progressive liberalism which has left a legacy of seven days per week takeaway alcohol.
Social engineering is a term used to describe social movements and their effect, but present alcohol reform is deconstructing modern social policy by trying to rationalise liberal supply and its pathology.
The Cultural Revolution that brought sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll to the post-war generation, many of whom became politicians, is as much implicated as anything else when it comes to determining the kind of values societies need to follow in a postmodern world.


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