For five years before the Whitlam Government came to power …

Comment on ‘Proper’ drinking: elusive goal but how hard have we tried? by John Bell.

For five years before the Whitlam Government came to power I was privileged to travel to Central Australian remote communities on a very regular basis overseeing payment of the Training Allowance Scheme.
I saw the state of communities pre-Toyota Dreaming then during and post-Toyota Dreaming.
The impossible flood of money after 1973 accompanied by the activist human rights push with self management ensured that the scourge of grog-related social dysfunction ran rampant, uncontrollable.
Beautiful Christian communities such as Santa Teresa and Hermannsburg Ntaria were then deluged hopelessly in the wonderful New Age era. Nothing changes, however.
Money and grog destroys. More money gets more grog destroys utterly.
No commission, no inquiry will ever rid the community of this scourge until the so-called progress of this secular age is assessed honestly against the ideals of Christianity and its positive lifestyle influence on the everyday lives of Aboriginal people in those communities prior to the so-called Whitlam Enlightenment and its Rivers of Gold and Grog.

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Business group may establish ‘federal’ prison in The Centre
@ Carly. Your rather crass comment is perhaps better suited to the Twitteratti social comment medium, rather than in this respected cyber news medium?


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Strewth. A Federal prison in the Alice. The mind boggles. It could be filled immediately with Feddie ratbags and bushrangers for whom warrants are still outstanding from Traeger Park days of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
I can think of a few lads to be cell block chiefs. And then there are the Eover boys, the Pioneer lads, the Soupies … the place will be chockablock in an eyeblink.
They will have to throw away the keys.


Anonymous donation doesn’t fix conflict of interest for council
@ Local1: $300 for a Welcome to Country is chicken feed compared with the going rate down here in Melbourne Town Wiradjuri country. More than five and ten times that amount is usually the go, with competing elder groups jostling for position to get the gig. It tends to lose a bit of its oomph in this fiercely competitive monetary atmosphere.
Then you toss in the imposed mysticism of a La La Green White local council eg Darebin Council that adds to the mix, declaring non-Australia Day and banning all white ratepayers from a Smoking Ceremony in Council Chambers on 26 January to give the finger to Captain Cook.
All this from a moral-lecturing White Council that would not know a churinga from a chopstick – and it gets a bit much.
Ernie Dingo and Richard Wally must be sitting back in Suby, enjoying a nice quiet ale, grinning, saying to each other: “Our job is done here!”
I really like those two rascals. Richard was on our NASF Board in the 80s.
Mind you, they may sincerely believe they have done a great thing. Good luck to them.


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@ Whatacrock. Must admit, your comment on Chamberlain and appeasement of Hitler was drawing a rather obvious reference to council members trying to appease “make it all go away”.
Otherwise, why make the reference at all?
Another unfortunate comment relating to WW2 was made recently by a Member of Federal Parliament. Not necessary at all.
Now that this motion about political interference in council affairs has been passed, I imagine all future political involvement in council affairs will be a no-go zone. So Peace, bro.
This whole issue has been thrashed to death, don’t you think?.


Motion carried for former Prime Minister, Jacinta Price to pay for council party
@ Whatacrock. It is difficult to keep a straight face and enter into serious discussion with an unidentifiable Whatacrock comment writer who can draw comparisons between Alice Council naughty types and the world changing actions of British WW 2 leaders / appeasers.
Then again, we always did tend to think the world revolved around us Alicians when we were younger. Guess things never change.


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