@ Russell. I take it you mixed up your verbs …

Comment on 1968, when revolution was everybody’s business by John Bell.

@ Russell. I take it you mixed up your verbs “were” and “weren’t”. You mean they were lost in it perhaps. The Beatles in the pic were in hippy Love Is All You Need it drag of the humanist fairy tale revolution. Whether they were lost in it or not, they were definitely hard nosed enough to cash in on it and made big bucks out of it. They knew the lyrics that would sell, regardless of the any fairy tale. Half their luck.

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1968, when revolution was everybody’s business
@ Russell Guy. The single biggest factor that influenced the issues in those times in Central Australian remote Aborinibal communities that I saw was the sheer deluge of Commonwealth funding that saturated the landscape from 1973 onwards for political and idealistic reasons.
You had to see it to believe it.
The floodgates opened and they have never been checked.
The mix of government money and altruism is far too daunting for a vote-conscious pollie to challenge. For so many obvious reasons. Sad.


1968, when revolution was everybody’s business
Charlie Evelyne and Russell.
We all obviously lived through the 1967 era and we all drew on our own experiences to form our opinions of what effect the times had in shaping today’s society.
Depending where we were living at the time. I was very lucky to be a city boy fresh in Alice. Evelyne was in France. Corrosive elements of sex drugs and rock and roll came packaged with noble ideals of slogans human rights, liberty fraternity and equality in which each young generation tends to think of themselves as pioneering activists.
But let’s face it, the western democratic world has not advanced since then. Just have a look at Europe. But at least we will go out loving our favourite singers and songs – a permanent legacy of the times.


1968, when revolution was everybody’s business
@ Evelyne Roullet. Some great singers and songs came out of that era. Melanie and Peace Will Come a classic example. Nothing has changed in the 60 or so years since then. More drugs, more free sex, and now mindless techno rap music. No peace has come with that infernal racket mix. The place is going down hill. Thanks a lot, Scott McKenzie.


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How much of our relationship with Aborigines is hypocrisy?
Jakub Baranski. Thank you for your view on Aboriginal dugout canoes. It is historically interesting.
I have had an interest since my youth in Matthew Flinders’ amazing circumnavigation of Australia in a tiny boat.
Then in 2003 I visited Japan and stumbled across a small maritime museum on the coast 80 km north of Tokyo. I was astounded to see a huge 12th century map outline of the eastern Australian coastline from the tip of Cape Yorke down to approximately the border of present day Victoria.
The young with-it Japanese curator told me that local fishing boats went fishing all the way down the Australian coast for centuries before the emperors banned overseas sailing after the Divine Wind attempted invasion by the Chinese.
Suspended from the three storey ceiling was a replica of one of those original fishing boats. Tiny. My mind boggled.
It would be terrific education for an Australian maritime museum to display such boats from different peoples and countries during these eras.
It would give us a greater appreciation of the comparative maritime brilliance of the different cultures.


Leaving town: Centre, its creatures will miss Kaye Kessing
Kaye. A very kind and gentle lady whom I am very proud to call a friend since early 70s Melanka days.
The mural on the Coles wall from the Ghan window is my lasting memory of a brilliant talent.
The friend of the endangered species. Alice has been greatly enriched by a good lady.


If you can climb Mt Everest and in Yosemite, why not Uluru?
I have never been able to work out exactly why The Rock should not be climbed.
Is it a spiritual religious thing? Or is it simply because the custodians think it is a “respect” thing?
If the latter, is it because the custodians feel offended or is Uluru considered a living entity that feels offended?
I am fair dinkum when I ask this. Different people have different views. It is confusing.


Kids behind razor wire, rural land misuse, gallery fiasco & more
The emotive language of “razor wire” and “Alcatraz” and the dispute over location of youth detention centre is symptomatic of the “sharply”-divided public debate over how to stop young people from committing crimes against society.
How do we punish young people appropriately for causing hurt and damage and stress to their fellow citizens and at the same time deter them from from further offending and teach them to be good citizens?
The jury remains out. I suspect it will remain out for a long time to come the way things are going in these #MeToo times where the forces identity politics are lining up on all sides, Left and Right.


Alice in thrall of week-long sports extravaganza
@ Bob Taylor: Thank you for that, mate. You mention three great Alician names in sport – past, present and future: Rhonda, Dick and Emma.
Three wonderful ambassadors who have enriched and continue to grow Alice’s proud sporting heritage.


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