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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Just saying and stand correcting, but the Alice is well known as an emergency field for long-haul flights, so weight is an issue. Since the port of departure is some hours north, fuel load could still have been critical.


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@ Charlie Carter. Sense is subjective. Some people laugh when others don’t and vice versa. Cheers.


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