Jason (Posted March 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm): As a …

Comment on How the new counting system may give us a more diverse town council by Bob Durnan.

Jason (Posted March 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm): As a youth worker in Tennant and Alice, you can’t be very observant. You seem to be asleep in some fantasy world. The prohibition about which you complain does not exists. Nobody is proposing that it should be imposed in either of these towns. Russell Guy is not proposing prohibition.
PAAC has made clear for ten years that it is opposed to prohibition.
You also claim that rehabilitation “is the only way”. Therefore you are dismissing all regulation of alcohol, all measures designed to prevent excessive alcohol abuse, and all harm minimization mechanisms related to drinking alcohol, without providing any rational reasons.
You refuse to recognise the value of, and need for, sensible regulation of alcohol, to fit the needs of the particular community. In so doing, you are also refusing to recognise all the problems excessive alcohol consumption causes for the children of alcohol abusers, their partners and the rest of the community – tax payers, road users, hospital staff, police, ambulance workers, council cleaners and many others. You are simply an irresponsible (and anonymous) propagandist for other irresponsible interests, particularly some of the other candidates for the town council election.

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Harold, three of the mayor’s opponents (Brown, Melky and Habib-Bitar) are on record as opposing the supermarkets’ decisions to withdraw cheap cask and cleanskin wines, sherries, and fortifieds from their shelves, and/or want to restore the early opening of takeaway sales for all products. The mayor may not be on record advocating more regulation, but at least he hasn’t been party to the dangerous retrograde nonsense that his opponents support. Who in their right mind would vote for less regulation of alcohol in Alice Springs? Nobody should support these candidates if they want to see a healthy future for Alice Springs.


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They have now made their frustrations known to the relevant authorities, who are able to step in.
My point is that your criticism should have been aimed at those responsible (the traditional owners in question), not at the CLC as an organisation, as the staff are trying to do their job and get something done about the situation.
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Or else they are the responsibility of the particular Land Trust trustees on whose land they are located.
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