From a distance, Mr Nelson’s reflections on the election stats …

Comment on Did Oz Day row in Victoria scare the horses in Alice? by John Bell.

From a distance, Mr Nelson’s reflections on the election stats appear objective, well balanced and interesting.
His personal view on how the diversity lobby could have been more successful seems logical and worthy of note for next time.
The problem as I see it for the diversity individuals is that because of their very diversity of ideals, and their lack of knowledge how a council operates from day to day they will have extreme difficulty getting their collective act together to focus on two or three leading candidates.
They will have to form a political platform, become a power bloc, as the Greens have done. Just as Damien and Jacinta et al have done.
It would seem from the election stats that Alice people generally liked what they saw in the existing power bloc. Getting things done.
And so Council life and getting things done in the best interests of the Council charter – and the Alice electorate – goes on.

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Did Oz Day row in Victoria scare the horses in Alice?
It looks like the Oz Day row down here in Mexico has done more than scare the horses in the Alice Council election.
I see in the news that the NT Chief Minister has taken the political bait and is now rabbiting on about banning Oz Day throughout the Territory – following the lead of our illustrious Green-Left local councils of “progressive vision” in the Big Smoke.
Scaring the horses now looks escalating to a stampede of water buffalo through the halls of the NT Parliament.

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@Rosalie Schultz. “If the Inquiry recommends a ban we’ll see energy transition – just like in SA and Victoria”
I doubt in reality you would want to experience the transition like down here in Vic and SA.
SA dangles perilously close to statewide blackouts relying on backup from a Vic power grid that is under incredible stress as Victorian households are paying the world’s highest power prices.
With no short term solution on the Labor Left Green SA and Vic government horizon.
Trust me on this one, it is a state of crisis for average punters down here in Mexico who have trouble making ends meet.
While the comfortably salaried soy latte-sipping Green control freak moralists of Lygon Street take in the morning sunshine at their trendy footpath cafes lecturing us “Suck it up,losers. We are doing this for your long term benefit”.
They say nothing when you ask them: Where are we going to get the money to pay our power bills right now? No answers forthcoming.

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@Surprised. Yes. It is well acted. By the usual suspects eg Bryan Brown et al. I find that film directors go overboard though, directors’ licence, and tend to pander to public sentiment of the modern day at the expense of historical accuracy, the truth, the reality. Rabbit Proof Fence was an appalling example, the hurtful portrayal of O.A. Neville who was in real life a good man who did his very best for those little girls with the highest duty of care. As good as it is, Sweet Country still nowhere near as good as Jedda and The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, my opinion only.

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@ Evelyne Roullet. Yes. Could not agree more.
Used to meet Mrs Higgins at the gate, every year, at the sports on Bangtail Muster Day and at the gate at Traeger Park, for 31 years.
Wonderful memories of a great lady who put her heart and soul into all the kids of Alice. The Youth Centre and the Gap Centre. Great places.

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@ Evelyne Roullet. I bet that the late Mrs Joan Higgins, a WW2 nurse who nursed the wounded in Alice, and whose Youth Centre sits under the shade of ANZAC Hill where so many town kids came together for sport, would be looking down and smiling on your beaut idea.

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@ An Alice extended-family member. Thank you for perhaps one of the most thoughtful and compassionate comments that I have ever had the good fortune to read on the saddest of all social issues – the dysfunction and tragic breakdown of family – whether in the Aboriginal or wider community. Your comment is now pinned to my cerebral noticeboard for future reference and citing.

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