@ Fred the Philistine: “Alice is a very dirty town.” …

Comment on Local government: A lot of action beyond the 3Rs by John Bell.

@ Fred the Philistine: “Alice is a very dirty town.” Easily solved, on the face of it. The obvious solution is to make council cleaning services a major priority. Hire more street sweeping machines, sanitation workers, public toilet attendants, commit major budget funds. Go the whole nine yards.
But the wider issue that stares everyone in the face, and was apparent to me as a city kid when I stepped off the Fokker at Alice Airport in 1967, is the public health and hygiene issue arising from the cultural divide in the traditional Aboriginal community.
A tricky situation. A tricky sensitive situation to which there seems no ready made solution.

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Local government: A lot of action beyond the 3Rs
“What role does the Council play?” is a vital question that needs to be addressed urgently by the Australian community in the most over-governed nation per head of population on planet earth.
With councillors around Australua zipping off on “professional development” trips to China hand in hand with State politicians, councils have become platforms to launch political careers and to pursue social engineering agendas way beyond the letter and spirit of council charter.
Our daily lives are being micro managed by
Looney Tune councils down here in Mexico a la Darebin, Moreland and Yarra, preaching social engineering philosophies that are moralistic, intrusive and extreme nanny state.
I hope the good people on the Alice Council resist the the heady drug of self-appointed greatness and power beyond their charter and stay true to the ideals of first class delivery of roads rates and rubbish collection that aren’t glamorous but serve the town best and keep the people happy and safe.


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Fiscal emergency: Get rid of Ministers, says Opposition
Since Federation the bureacracy has gradually increased its influence on the Parliament, in a way that our Federation founding legislators never envisaged in their wildest dreams.
The NT experience is no different from the other States and Territories.
The staffers and their extension the departments are like poison ivy, climbing and choking the Parliament.
Prune them back and the good pollies will breathe and blossom, making their own decisions.


Alice has hottest day on record
Evelyne, you send a timely message of optimism to Alicians for 2019. It is most welcome, I am sure, to the townspeople as the Deniers v Alarmists heat up in the Great Climate Change Debate. My money is on the Deniers.


Alice has hottest day on record
Uh! Oh! Climate Change! Head for the hills!


Suddenly everyone is talking about 1Territory
@ Evelyne Roullet: Let’s face it. Bob Collins had a significant self interest in making that comment as a pollie representing the NT.
Was Bob and his fellow pollies’ failure to see things going downhill, even all those years ago, perhaps part of the long-entrenched problem that led to the sorry state of affairs now?


Suddenly everyone is talking about 1Territory
@Bob Beadman. That is a comment worth thought. But that was a long time ago – in a different world. Agree with you that Canberra is La La Land. However, the local pollies have had plenty of opportinities, only to blow it big time. In today’s environment, Territory administration surely can be effectively controlled by locals delivering vital services to give Territorians a good quality of life, do you think?


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