I have worked with Gman in a professional capacity a …

Comment on Shock resignation as radio station ‘Aboriginalises’ by Ray.

I have worked with Gman in a professional capacity a few times, and that’s what he is, professional.
A shame when an organisation like CAAMA fails to realise that a person’s worth lies what they do, not the coulour of their skin.
His name was known throughout Aboriginal communities of Australia, and they all, regardless of their skin, or country, or language, had one thing in common, their respect for Gerry.
People across the CAAMA radio network had no idea what his ethnicity was, all they knew was that he was a voice full of enthusiasm, who empowered many of their own countrymen to embrace and master a technology that brought them closer together, and allowed them to share culture, music, stories and fun.
How many Aboriginal people got their start on radio thanks to this man’s wisdom, patience and direction. Great work Gman. Keep on Rockin, my friend!
CAAMA, you have just widened the gap. Shame.

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The stubby, the bottle and the floor price
Interesting figures Eleanor, ar they NT or National?
What is the source of the figures?
If they are the national figures are you saying that 33% of the fatalities are caused by 3% of the population, or that 33% of the fatalities are indigenous and non-indigenous combined, and represent a cause other than alcohol.
Are the stats you are quoting caused by alcohol alone or was it merely a contributing factor? The other two major factors are speed and no seat belts.
If you are quoting the NT figures have you factored in pedestrians being killed on the road (sadly, predominantly Indigenous), overcrowding in a vehicle or tourists falling victim to fatigue, not being used to our uniquely long distances and animals on the road?
Evidence shows that people will pay whatever they need to to get grog, particularly in remote communities where police are still making regular arrests and a bottle of Bundy will sell for well over $100.
You will see an increase in property break-ins and a switch to spirits, with more bang for buck.
Unfortunately for people who are not restricted by a budget, and get large amounts of money on royalty days without equating effort to reward, the floor price may make a small difference, but will just be another addition to the cost of living out here (like fuel costing $1.75 a litre) that will make residing in the NT unviable.
Unfortunately the key to the Territory succeeding primarily rests with increasing our population. While we pander to minority groups and the expense of contributing members of society, that will never happen.

Alice in thrall of week-long sports extravaganza
I think the Games has progressed very well under the guidance of Jim Lawrie and his team.
I have a relative here competing in netball for the first time from WA.
She has been blown away by the event, the vibe in the town, the facilities we have to offer, and the sheer fun it is.
We have done the touristy thing and put some money back into the town, hoping all the businesses in town are enjoying he benefit these visitors.
What a wonderful event to have.
Thanks to Dawn and Darrell, all the ambassadors, the volunteers and the NT Government for your support for our town.

Alcohol floor price may breach Australian Constitution
Hal, substitute the word “any attempt” for “every attempt” and you may get a clearer understanding of people’s concerns.
This is not a one off. Showing ID, banning longnecks, banning casks, the silly one asking where you intended to drink, police outside bottle shops, restricted trading hours.
The problem is every solution affects everybody, yet the core group still drink, steal, bash and humbug. Unfortunately what is the answer? This is always the question.

Alcohol floor price may breach Australian Constitution
Interesting observation Erwin. I normally drink XXX Summer bright and before this silly floor price came in, picked it up for about $46 per carton of 24 stubbies, preferring not to pay the RRP of $55 – $56.
I bought a carton on Sunday night after work and was shocked when I was told that it had gone up to $62. (Gapview). I then settled on a similar alcohol content beer of Iron Jack, which is usually on sale for about $48, that has gone up to $52.
I was led to believe that beer was not the drink of choice for the alcoholics around town, and there would be virtually no difference to a carton of beer.
An increase from $55 to $62 (RRP) 11% is not exactly a negligible increase.
I will need to see what it gets discounted to, so as to get an accurate difference in the discounted rate.
Many social drinkers who did not drink the cheap stuff were probably happy to give it a go if it made a difference, but like reduction in trading hours, showing of ID, a ban on longnecks and all the other restrictions, this idea probably has bugger all chance of working.
Maybe having to show a current payslip might solve the issue, but once again that will affect the tourists, and the pensioners and anybody else that can drink responsibly.
Unfortunately with the price of alcohol, speed and ice may become the drug of choice.
Easy to get, cheap to buy, and made with instructions freely available on the net.
Evelyn, I was told by a workmate yesterday that a workmate has had his wine club membership cancelled because their prices would not comply with these new laws.
Seems the Alice and NT may well lose more normal, hard working, responsible people who contribute to society, leaving to live in any other state where life can continue at normal levels, without everybody being punished for the actions of the few, by a government beholden to the loony left whose grip on the trees is becoming tighter every day.

Ice Age in Alice
Russell, my use of the term mob is a common NT reference to a group of people, mainly Indigenous, who refer to themselves as this mob, that mob, or our mob.
Insinuating that I used the term in a derogatory fashion in reference to your group, (PAAC?) was a collective noun, nothing sinister.
I do not write anonymously, my name is Ray, however as I have explained countless times before, I prefer not to use my surname due to my employers policy on social media posts.
Interesting that you also use a collective noun, inferring that people who enjoy a drink are alcoholics.
You fail to mention that I was not alone in my opposition to the proposed grog ban, the Liquor Commission was the one that overturned it due to no evidence.
An example was used that there was no ban on the sale of full strength grog at the Red Centre NATS.
What alcohol related issues came about from that? None? I’ve just spent a week in Queensland, and amazingly there seemed to be a number of bottle shops within a fairly small radius, with takeaway sales from 10am. Amazingly, no floor price, no real obvious issues.
We don’t have a problem with alcohol, we have a problem with dickheads.
My original issue with your comments still stand, that the demographic who are comming to the games are not the ones that cause the issues in town, and being subjected to the extraordinary banning of many popular types of drinks available at similar types of events around the country had the potential to cause irreversible damage to the reputation of a wonderful event by targeting the entirely wrong audience.
The damage caused would have far outweighed any perceived benifit. Many tourists I have observed and spoken to are incredulous at the current restrictions and laws we already have.

Pseudo: I originally meant to comment on your post (until I felt compelled to reply to Rusell first), by saying that luckily the police do have legal protection if they need to use firearms, as the protection is triggered by the level of threat, not the underlying cause.
If there is a life threatening risk to the officer or another person, section 28 and 29 of the Criminal Code Act (NT) applies and provides a defense for any shooting incident.
Although I do agree, the scourge of ice is a very scary prospect for all people, including front line service personnel, including police, doctors, ambos and hospital staff.
Not forgetting the parents at wits end trying to save their kids who get hooked on this garbage drug.
Thoughts and prayers are with them all.
Sadly it is cheaper and easier to get than grog on remote communities, and is fast becoming the drug of choice over ganja.

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