Unless there is a huge change of mind in council, …

Comment on National Indigenous Art Gallery future in doubt: Gunner by Hal Duell.

Unless there is a huge change of mind in council, Anzac Oval will not be sold to the NT government.
Unless there is a correspondingly huge change of mind by the recently formed group of traditional owners, the choice of Anzac Oval for any part of the proposed art gallery will not gain their approval.
So in the face of united opposition, Gunner is now saying the proposed gallery may not go ahead. But then he didn’t have the money to build it anyway, so what gives.
I suspect he is circling the wagons up in Darwin.
Gunner is on thin ice. His brand has become toxic.
I wonder, actually I seriously doubt, if he is still Chief Minister this time next year.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Gallery: The Gunner spin goes on
The position of a National Aboriginal Art Gallery would sensibly be where tourists and visitors are, or can easily get to. That ain’t Alice.
The positioning of a National Aboriginal Cultural Centre is another matter. Here Alice should come into its own as being in the centre of Australia. All roads lead to Alice, past and present.
But there’s a problem.
For a cultural centre it is imperative that it have not just Aboriginal agency, but Aboriginal ownership. Full ownership.
And once they grasp that, governments tend to let the whole project slip over into the too-hard basket.


Help from fracking campaigner, or manipulating students?
This is one of the best news stories that has popped up on my screen in a long time.
My advice to the students would be to maintain your sense of outrage and to question the motives of all who are trying to co-opt that outrage, whether they be the pollies telling you to stay in school or the choir-masters leading your chants.
And be assured of this: The world you will grow into will not be the same as the world into which you were born.
Turbo capitalism and the ongoing rape of our planet will see to that.


Liberals and Labor: Tweedledum and Tweedledee on Pine Gap
With the current state of international affairs, laced as they are with loose bluster and rattle, including irresponsible nuclear chatter, the bullseye on Pine Gap becomes a thing of concern.
Let’s just hope if “they” do take it out, “they” use one of those low-yield, precision smart numbers and drop it on one of those golf balls.
But don’t knock Pine Gap. Ever wonder why Alice has, and will always have, a long strong airport runway?


96 trees chopped down to ‘duplicate’ highway
For whatever reason this work has attracted funding right now, it’s a good thing.
Think of it as another small step on the Outback Way.


Art gallery more than selling cappuccinos: Scott McConnell
I think SA has the gallery. But I like the idea of enlarging the Indigenous art and cultural trail to link like stories from all areas.
I can easily see an eventual cultural centre here, maybe one structured on a revolving hub-and-spoke model.
Alice Springs would benefit more from a completed Outback Way, which would feed into a National Indigenous Cultural Centre, than it would from a gallery.


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