I wish the ETU well with trying to sort this …

Comment on Electricity union predicts more blackouts by Alex Hope.

I wish the ETU well with trying to sort this one out! It does sound as though there is a commonality of interest with us electricity consumers.
The cloud cover problem is obviously a significant one for Alice Springs, with summer storms being a frequent event when there is peak electricity use for airconditioning.
One wonders if any consideration has been given to distributed battery storage to go with distributed electricity production? That could be domestic level batteries which can be controlled remotely, as in this South Australian trial:

South Australia launches biggest solar + storage trial to defray network costs

Is there anyone here who can give us some numbers for or against the idea?
It seems monumentally wasteful to be running a generator on gas for the sake of standby power.

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Fewer pokies, help for gambling addicts
I would hazard a guess that if we included all the consequences of gambling, from embezzlement and occasional incarceration at one end to child neglect and even the health consequences of poor diet in the gambler and family resulting from pokie addiction, that gambling in the NT is effectively a way of transferring cash from the poor to wealthy interstate shareholders.
The NT governemnt may be pleased with its taxation revenue, but undoubtedly racks up a lot of hard-to-measure costs on the other side of the ledger, which may well represent a net loss in dollar terms, let alone in social ones.
Can anybody point me to a credible analysis of the cost / benefit to the community of gambling in the NT?

Wakefield insists on Anzac Oval, ignores majority
Ms Wakefield does not appear to understand the meaning of “consultation”, which implies that a pending decision will be influenced by discussion with stakeholders, for example according to the Cambridge Dictionary on line: “The process of discussing something with someone in order to get their advice or opinion about it, e.g.: He made the decision in consultation with his parents and teachers.”
Trying to persuade people of the merits of a decision made a fait accomplit is not consultation. In this case one could call it marketing, or possibly even an attempt at bullying.

Private chats with govt heavy: mixed results
@ Local 1: I think you misunderstood Mr Cocking.
In the dog’s breakfast which the government glorifies as a consultation process, the opinions of the traditional owners seem to have been left out, along with many other local inhabitants.
I say seem to, because the decision making has been done without any document supporting it.
A proper consultation process would not only seek out the various stakeholder views, including those of the Arrernte people, but would then produce a document summarising them. The document would then set out the pros and cons for the various sites canvassed, the projected variance in costs for land purchase, headworks, relocation of existding facilities etc, and an explanation of why the favoured site was chosen.
With such information we could all have more informed opinions on the best location.
If this government has already committed $50m without any such analysis then god help us all as taxpayers!
And speaking of god, did the ALP not realise that sport is far and away the biggest religion in Alice Springs, with more devotees than all the other religions combined?
If a CBD site is insisted upon, why not compulsorily purchase the Catholic Church block and put the gallery there. I daresay there would be a lot less fuss.

Bailed juveniles next-door to you soon?
@ Surprised: My reading of the evidence is that the punitive strategies used in the last 20 years or so have not worked.
Locking up young people tends to institutionalise them rather than rehabilitate them and a large number of them progress to a life spent in and out of the court system and adult prisons.
This costs taxpayers an enormous amount, and also led to the inhumane treatment of young people highlighted in the recent Royal Commission.
Our prisons have been re-named as correctional centres but despite some valiant efforts such as the art program in Alice Springs which has done wonders for the self-esteem of the participants, the change is largely aspirational and there would seem to be more punishment than correction going on there.
There is a lot of evidence now from many countries that dollars spent on alternatives to incarceration save many more dollars later.
Of course not all of these young people can be rehabilitated, but both on moral and financial grounds it makes sense to reduce the numbers of people our society needs to lock up long-term.
The most important principle here is for governments to collect and use independent
evidence as the basis for making policy, rather than knee-jerk reactions which appeal to those voters who prefer to make up their minds on the basis of instinct and prejudice rather than rational appraisal of what works and what doesn’t.

Gunner re-opens the Rivers of Grog floodgates
Yes, having appropriate people stationed outside bottle shops does seem to make a difference.
Do these people need to be policepersons?
I don’t think so.
I understand there are already moves to have liquor inspectors or some other parapolice to do this job, analogous to the transport and public housing safety officers with limited but effective powers.
Let us hope it can happen sooner rather than later so that the real police can get back to real policing.

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