At the risk of sounding like a broken record, take-away …

Comment on Challenger for mayoral contest? by Hal Duell.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, take-away free days are a must in Alice if we are to see an improvement in the unacceptable level of public and private drunkenness. It’s on the same principal as time outs for children. Sometimes kids need a little bit of space and time to think about what they are doing. Habitual drinkers need the same to dry out.
My nominations remain Sundays, Tuesdays and (not or) Thursdays.
It’s demeaning to our intelligence to think we cannot shop ahead, and as for tourists, they mostly drink in clubs and pubs. Those driving through can wait, that is if they haven’t gotten the word and stocked up.
It true that this is ultimately a matter for the NT Government and the Liquor Licensing Commission, but they are influenced by Council, the Chamber of Commerce and other bodies in Alice. We could get on top of this. We just lack the will.
I too worry about the vacant shops. Sometimes lately I worry that Wilcannia is not that far away!
And Eli, believe me you do not have to wait until 11:30 to be intimidated by drunks in front of Council Chambers. When I leave as you disappear into Confidential, I keep my eyes down and walk straight to my car. By 9:30 it is often well on.

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Ministers lash out at council over gallery
I appeal to the NT government, especially to Ministers Gunner and Wakefield, to reconsider their approach to building the proposed National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.
I doubt if many residents, and certainly not a majority, would be opposed to the gallery being built here. But why do you need to destroy what we have (an old high school, a central oval and a debt-free and functioning civic centre) to do that?
It’s not like we’re short of space down here.
It’s a bit unfair to ask council to solve your location problem when to date both of your proposals have presented it with a solution impossible to sell to the residents. And remember, councillors also face the coming elections.
Indigenous suggestions range from the Desert Park to the Desert Knowledge precinct.
It’s not negotiating if you reject in advance any suggestions other than your own.
And a note to council: The NT Government has clearly stated through Minister Wakefield that these discussions can be held in open. Time for you to stop hiding from us. Let’s hear what you have to say.

Locally produced hemp could replace plastic
This is a very good initiative. Congratulations to the Gunner government.
Hemp is a not only a better fibre than cotton, but growing it uses less water and fewer chemicals. What not to like?
Again, congratulations to the Gunner government.

Gunner goofs: No council ‘decisions’ on gallery site
Perhaps one of the more astonishing features of this continuing saga is the overweening arrogance of Alice’s current group of councillors.
They somehow think they have the right to dispose of our civic centre.
They forget they were elected to look after our assets, not use them as bargaining chips in some shady back-room deal.
Commercial-in-confidence is such a scam. Come on councillors – I challenge any of you to grow a pair.

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It can be done. Read this.

US military base in Darwin: what risk to NT?
The Opium Wars are over. China won. And all this “containment” and forward posturing is more like dogs barking in the night while the caravan moves on.
Poor Oz! Hanging like a pendulum between London and Washington with (just) the Kiwis for company. That means Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. What can go wrong?

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