Thanks Kieran, great article and great pictures. Will keep an …

Comment on A close encounter with the past by Ian Sharp.

Thanks Kieran, great article and great pictures. Will keep an eye out for the book. Puzzled by the comments though, we are a weird lot. PS: Tholstrup, what is it you are thinking we did to Vietnam returned soldiers? “Bad welfare”?

Recent Comments by Ian Sharp

Aggravated assault in Alice hospital
@ Surprised! “It has been allowed to become sensitive. People are way too sensitive these days.”
It has become sensitive to some because people have deliberately used it to cause offence, likening coloured people to monkeys.
Heard it myself used in that ways by teenagers in Alice schools. As for people being too sensitive, well that’s a matter of opinion.
Perhaps people are less prepared to put up and shut up these days.
On a whole range of things. Like domestic violence, widely accepted when I was a kid, cops did not take it seriously.
Or groping in the workplace.
Or using words like nigger or coon, people call that out these days.
Toowoomba’s Nigger Brown stand, no longer? Golliwogs? Too sensitive? Perhaps.
Or social progress. Depends on the context, and how it was taken, not how it was intended.
IMHO Alice Springs is a place where it is unhelpful to be insensitive if we want things to improve over time.


Aggravated assault in Alice hospital
@ Surprised. It’s often meant as a racial slur. Even if not meant, it is how it is taken that counts.
Certainly has caused some hurt and complaint in places, check it out on the web. Monkey chants are widely used by some East European soccer fans against black players in visiting team.
Monkey references used by some in a derogatory sense against coloured people in many societies. In the context that “Liberal” used it, it could easily cause offence.
Some would call this political correctness, others would call it common decency.
Your comments re behaviours were fair enough, you just didn’t get what Ninta was referring to as racism.
You two were talking about different things. Hope this helps.


Aggravated assault in Alice hospital
@ Surprised. I am surprised you missed Ninti’s point. Read Liberal’s comment again … in full. Get it now?


Hermannsburg Mission: questions of survival
Thank you Ted Egan, and Erwin for publishing. Without The Alice News we would miss out on so much.


Big role for tiny Boulia in Outback Way project
Back in the 1980s Boulia gave some insight into what The Alice was before WW2, a small outback rail head, surrounded by cattle stations … not completely the same, no mountains, no Aboriginal missions … but still a time machine for those interested.


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