There is another option. In the 1980s in the early …

Comment on 1 Territory too fixed on opposition to fracking: Lambley by John Bell.

There is another option. In the 1980s in the early years of ACT self government, Dennis Stevenson formed the Abolish Self Government party.
If enough members were elected to form a quorum, the pary would voluntarily dissolve the Legislative Assembly and return the ACT to the former territory administration.
The former administration ran the territory brilliantly, providing first class road rubbish and rates services.
Of course, the major parties, whose members had all been hangers-on office staff on Capital Hill but were now big shot politicians and Ministers for this and that, and the Canberra media, ganged up on poor old Stevo, ostracised him as only vicious self-seeking pollies and media can do, so he lasted only one term.
But heck, a lot of people voted for him.

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1 Territory too fixed on opposition to fracking: Lambley
@ Alex Nelson: Your view of the optimism of the McMahon era is appreciated. I went to Alice in 1967 within weeks of Harold Holt’s referendum.
I was there when Whitlam came to power.
There came a different type of optimism that brought with it massive influx of “sit down money”, grog, drugs, a huge human rights push (RDA of 1975) and a push for self-government that grew.
Federal politics radically changed – was reversed – from Holt to McMahon to Whitlam. The “progressive” tide of money and anti-discrimination was unstoppable.
The NT has always been shaped by Federal politics.
Whatever optimism there was once under conservative government, changing politics created serious social issues, demanding responsible self-government in these terribly uncertain times.
Federal or outside interference cannot be trusted.
Historical facts cannot be revisited to change what is in place today.


1 Territory too fixed on opposition to fracking: Lambley
@ Alex Nelson. I believe that the geographical isolation of remote NT communities is a deciding factor in supporting a self government structure with its base in the capital city of Darwin.
It promotes a spirit of community inclusiveness with access to accountable elected decision makers who are homegrown, rather than under the control of interstate forces.
For example, the fast developing NT economy needs local Territory policy.
Another example is the need to understand the inclusion difficulties of isolated communities with different cultural backgrounds. I would not trust control of these areas of community concern to “offshore” states.


1 Territory too fixed on opposition to fracking: Lambley
@ Alex Nelson: Let’s face it. Self government creates more chiefs per number of mug punters.
It is a lucrative salary and power drug that attracts would-be chiefs like bees to the honey pot.
I lived for years in Canberra. More ministers than you can point a stick at. For a concentrated population of 250,000 to 300,000 in a small region that has every advantage and service you could ever imagine in a centre that houses our Federal Parliament.
Their pomposity and self-importance is laughable. At least the NT, with its population spread out over huge geographical and logistical issues, has a case.


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@ Ann Hatzimihail: You have nailed it! “Sad world we live in, so structured and strictured.”
You describe perfectly the new Nanny State everywhere rising now in Australian society.
And the irony is that those who are putting this Nanny State in place are railing against what they say are the old structures and strictures.


Remove religious exemption, says COGSO
Tabby. As you are no doubt aware, Henry Parkes banned religion from public schools before Federation. Made it secular without any democratic vote.
Christian and Jewish religion influence in kids’ lives has always been marginalised by the state, so they had to start and fund their own schools as well as pay public school upkeep taxes for 60 years until Bob Menzies gave them a fair go.
Christian and Jewish schools do not target or bully or expel gay kids who choose to go there. But they do wish to have protected their right to teach Christian and Jewish beliefs.
Christian and Jewish schools copped it in the neck from anti-religious state education authorities for many years but continue to provide a wonderful support service to supplement the government school system.
Be fair, Tabby. We don’t target gay kids. We accept them as equal souls in the eye of God. I am 72 and I was always taught that in Catholic schools.
It is the state secular system that has marginalised us including my Jewish friends.
By the way, what is your position on Muslim schools? Dare to tackle that one publicly?


Happy Birthday, Auntie, and good luck for the next 70.
Brashy is a legend. Gave great air time to the promotion of the Santa Teresa Fun Run 21 Feb 2010 that made the Indigenous Marathon Project a goer.
Brashy even came out and competed on the day. A respectable run performance too. A great positive radio voice for the Alice. Happy birthday Brashy. You don’t look 70!


80% of seniors want “return to legalised assisted dying”
@InterestedDarwinObserver. I reapect your view. However, I believe your view on assisted suicide is a “glass half empty” view of pessimism on the human condition.
All I can say to you is this. I have visited palliative care centres and have spoken to dedicated staff and patients of all ages.
I can say from my own experience that the joy of life is vibrant there.
Such a positive caring atmosphere it rubs off on everyone. It is a “glass half full” view that encapsulates the essence of the human spirit.
It rubs off on auffering people and gives them strength to continue against all the odds. You should try a visit sometime, mate.
The Alice has fantastic palliative care givers.


80% of seniors want “return to legalised assisted dying”
Ms Shearer “80%” of older Territorians would “welcome assisted suicide?”. Four out of five Senior Territorians? Is there a list of their names I wonder.
I bet the magnificent older Alician ladies and blokes who have been at the forefront of palliative care in the Red Centre for many years would not be on that list.
Perhaps if Dr Richard Lim is still with us he should be interviewed and asked that question


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