This is great stuff. A positive response to a bleak …

Comment on Raising the bar: the art of keeping your shop safe by John Bell.

This is great stuff. A positive response to a bleak community social issue. My family suburb of West Heidelberg here in Mexico has a long history of alcohol and drug related home break-ins and shop robberies. Our closed shops in the Olympic Village and The Mall have long resembled late night downtown Beirut. Grim, slammed shut barricades. Is there a competition in Alice for the most artistic and attractive shutters and fences? If so, it would be great to get pics of the entries and prize-winners published in Alice News Online. I would immediately trot them off to Cr Craig Langdon, our local Banyule Council ward member, for promotion in our area. Perhaps a Hands Across the Border Project for sister towns?

Recent Comments by John Bell

Genocide in Australia – unthinkable?
This book review is a tribute to Dick Kimber’s meticulous fairness and integrity. While Professor Tatz presents contentious ideas and propositions, Dick Kimber is a scholar of impeccable honesty who treats every study – and every person – with due consideration and dignity.

Rampaging kids: Dale Wakefield drops the ball
Rampaging kids in the Alice. Rampaging gangs of teenagers “of African appearance” across parts of Melbourne.
The latest incidents down here in Mexico are getting pretty frightening. Trashing houses, wielding machetes, dragging old people from their beds and forcing them to hand over valuables.
A lenient juvenile justice system here is soft peddling on repeat offenders who re-offend while on bail in the hope they will be rehabilitated. A constant philosophical battle between advocates of zero tolerance and youth compassion. Hardline or handouts?
Until the debate is resolved, most middle of the road ordinary punters lock their doors and zip their lips for fear of being accused of racism or lacking in cultural diversity tolerance.
It is not a happy situation in the welfare suburbs of Melbourne … or the Alice … for potential victims of growing violence, or indeed for the parents of the young hooligans who are not too many steps away from criminal adulthood. Who has the answer?

Man in a hurry, surrounded by people who were not
“This an-idea-a-minute activist could call on friends in high and low places to get things going. Keeping them going was another story.”
Yes. That sums up the character that was Tracker, first known as Brucey on the footy field at Traeger in the 1970s.
In and out of the play on game day. Did some useful things. Quiet for extended periods of play. As in footy, as in life, like the vast majority of us sports types from the Boomer generation.

It’s not money that makes the NT political world go round
“There are no single donations of comparable size to the ALP; its funds were made up of multiple smaller donations.”
By coincidence, today’s The Herald Sun in Melbourne carried the news that the United Firefighters Union “campaigned aggressively” for the Labor party at the last election and is now the beneficiary of “tens of millions of taxpayers’ money” in a lavish new enterprise bargaining agreement approved by the Andrews government.
This tends to reflect the historical differences between the traditional funding bases of the two major political parties that can be traced almost back to Federation.
Labor has always had a solid funding base in the union movement, whereas the Libs, originally a get-together of independent members of Parliament, have had to rely on disparate donors.
This has helped fuel the development of the “Workers v the Bosses” mantra in Aussie political ideology.
China billionaires are now further blurring lines of demarcation between the two middle class parties by backing both horses for Chinese state interests. As the old folk song goes “The times they are a-changin”!

International flights to Alice would lower fares
It is a wonder that Chinese state-backed business interests have not got in on the act.
After all, they actually now own a couple of small regional airports in WA, I understand.

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