The Greens, once declared an “alternative” political party, inherited the …

Comment on Greens on Pine Gap: Move towards non-aligned foreign policy by Russell Guy.

The Greens, once declared an “alternative” political party, inherited the structural social and cultural goalposts, but they keep trying to kick goals through them.
Kinselas’s, one of Sydney’s long established pubs, was recently sold through the Sunsuper-backed Australian Pub Fund for $22m.
It was purchased in 2010 for $10m, but it’s been said that it would have gone for $40m had the NSW government’s lock-out laws not been enacted.
Senator Di Natale obviously supports other supply-reduction measures, but dealing with the structural wealth of Super funds and their investment in the alcohol industry is a bit more difficult than continuing to bang the party political donation route to government corruption.
It would be nice if politicians who eschew liberal social policy when it suits them, could tackle financial regulation through institutionalised investment in the alcohol industry.

Recent Comments by Russell Guy

NT-SA agreement hardly historic
Paul Keating, in his 1992 Redfern Speech, framed by speechwriter Don Watson, author of the somewhat dryly punitive opus, The Bush, also claimed a historic mandate, announcing success for Reconciliation “within the next decade.”
It’s in the nature of politics to claim credit for doing something, mostly spending tax revenue and living in hope that it won’t run out.
In my opinion, the “historic” issue is just a beat up or a sop.
Pass me another piece of Bicenttennial birthday cake, please.

They must be joking!
@ Charlie Carter. Sense is subjective. Some people laugh when others don’t and vice versa. Cheers.

They must be joking!
From reading these comments over a number of years, there are a lot of disgruntled people who have moved to Alice Springs in recent times, who appear to want the place to conform to their aspirations.
They talk about “remote” and “communities” in the abstract.
They have no idea of Mbantua.
They want what they think life should offer, according to what they read in the glossy inserts or la dolce vita on television.
When the lights go out and it’s time to cook dinner on an open fire, what then, ye dreaming?

What the open letter didn’t say
End-of-day performances by the many local musicians, occurring in the Mall is a great idea for so many obvious reasons.
I did this numerous times in the 1980s with musos and it’s not that difficult with a small PA system.
It creates paid work and gives a sense of cultural belonging that cannot really be created by other art forms.
Music speaks all languages. We had occasional problems with intoxicated persons, but violence was extremely rare.
I urge the council to look at this again, especially where inner-city gentrification is forcing musicians out and replacing “live” entertainment with grog shanties. Goodness, people might start dancing again.

Incompetent Labor Government deserves $2b cut: 1Territory
Sorry, Braedon, mis-read your letter. I thought I read “remote” communities.
My comment was meant to highlight the fact that remote communities impact NT towns (I include Darwin) due to excess levels of alcohol consumption and vice versa.
The point being that by increasing alcohol consumption, which is presumably why Dan Murphy’s want to open, otherwise why bother, unless their discounts are deeper than the existing competition. How low can you go?
We already have the highest rate of national consumption, so by increasing it, we add the cost to the budget. Health is only one strand – there’s policing, correctional, community well-being and funding deprivation from more useful aims.
If, as you say, the BDR/TBL, floor price supply reduction instruments are useless in reducing alcohol consumption, but useful to police in reducing domestic violence, then it appears that you have no solution, except jobs for alcohol outlet construction.
Economically, it seems contradictory and unsustainable, so maybe the Federal Government is sending a message. Cheers.

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