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Comment on War on booze abuse in jungle of jargon and acronyms by Surprised!.

Graham, the Alice Springs News knows my identity. They have a stringent policy to protect their sources. This is probably in place because some may take offense, if they knew the identity of authors, but they do need to verify the people who contribute to the paper.
Anyway from your comment, I am assuming that you agree that pollies are not required to have BRAINS, as you didn’t comment on it!
Furthermore, I am not paid by the taxpayers as the pollies are. I am not is a position where I am directly or indirectly in control of millions of TAXPAYER dollars.
I am however, fully accountable to the people who pay me and also to those I represent, whether or not I receive remuneration.
Pollies should also be held accountable for past and present decisions and in this case, so should the directors and former directors of CAAAPU.
Let’s all stop being emotional and add some real content for discussion, albeit robust at times.
One liners are usually not particularly helpful or informative.

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War on booze abuse in jungle of jargon and acronyms
I have several times suggested that we need pollies with guts. Stupidly, I neglected to add BRAINS!
Yet another moronic decision by the Government. What will it cost to transport these people to BRADAAG, let alone the impact on any family support for the clients and other logistical issues.
The Directors at CAAAPU let (forced?) a great CEO to go, instead of upholding their OBLIGATION to set the Strategic Direction for the organisation.
The question is why would anyone put so much passion into getting an organisation back on track out of special administration and build it up, only to leave about 12 months later. It doesn’t make sense!
If the directors, current and former, should be ashamed of themselves and if they have a conscience, they will sleep very poorly for a long time for allowing this to happen. 24 People out of a job due to Director mismanagement!
Why aren’t the directors and in particular the chair Michael Liddle, held accountable?
Furthermore, didn’t the Federal government use “jobs, jobs, jobs” in some campaign?
Oh yeah I forgot, the Territory government has a different agenda.

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Government lied on liquor, says Lambley, demands poll
I’m unsure how and why we allow pollies to continually break election promises. There should be a law against it. Something like the trade practices “goods not as described” or “goods not fit for purpose”.
But someone continually votes for these people.
So, don’t vote and pay the fine like I do, with accompanying letter of course to the Electoral Commission, start an independent party or stop complaining.
Until these pollies are held accountable, we may as well be holding a gun to our own heads.

We failed a young child: Dale Wakefield
Unfortunately professionalism is rare in the government and their agencies, particularly in Tennant Creek.
To me, professionalism starts with personal presentation.
You only need to have a look at the way a lot of the workers dress and present themselves.
You would not know if the are government employees or just passers by so it’s hard to take them seriously or professionally.
Once upon a time, government employees dressed in uniforms, not just wrinkled shirts with logos and joggers. Uniform, is more than dress, so a uniformed approach to issues will also demonstrate professionalism.
On a more important note, Ms Wakefield says some positive things, including the “hows”, but in true political style, she fails to commit to the “when”.
Perhaps the development of a 10 point plan (in consultation with the community) may be beneficial.
It would be good to know what happens if they fail to deliver, but hopefully that may be reflected in the next election outcome.

Mayor: town needs ‘full lockdown’ on bottle shops
I agree Evelyne, 100%.
To Local bloke, in reality a person should be able to purchase what ever is legal.
Grog shop accountability should cease at the responsible sale of alcohol, so no serving drunks.
Do you intend to make smoke shops accountable for smoking related diseases too?
This is a government policy issue, that has somehow been turned around into blaming the retailers and the innocents of the population.

Government alcohol policies a giant hangover
Whilst I agree with the sentiment, it’s not actually a grog shops issue. The fact that the product they sell is being grossly abused and is causing pain, is due to non-existent or weak government policy.
Blaming the grog shops, would be similar to blaming the supermarket smoke shops, for people who die from smoking relate diseases.
The real issue is that the government has no idea what to do and in typical style, implementing knee jerk reactions.
They continually fail to see what the real long term effects are and because they are not going to be accountable, they don’t really give a rats arse about the longevity of Alice Springs and surrounds.
What we need is Gunner to grow some balls and forget about the popularity contest and be a Chief Minister for the benefit of all people living and visiting the Territory.
In reality, the Big Five (Town Council, Chamber of Commerce, Congress, Tourism Central Australia, Arid Lands Environment Centre) should call a meeting with Gunner, sit him down and tell him what to do. Perhaps Congress could show some interest and do something for the benefit of WHOLE community and justify some of the $30m we so graciously give them.

Chansey Paech to Jacinta Price: ‘Finger pointing must stop’
Whilst I agree with you Suzanne, how the hell do these people get voted in?
Perhaps we need to be a bit more discerning when we go to the polls.

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