50 years of restrictions of one kind or another should …

Comment on Nose-diving CBD: it happened on the 11th Council’s watch by Steve Brown.

50 years of restrictions of one kind or another should be enough time enough evidence for any reasonably intelligent human being to realize, “that they do not work”! They simply create anger, division and isolation at ever increasing levels as we tighten the screws. Just look back at the escalation in crime levels over the past six years of ever tighter restrictions, they have escalated every quarter by up to 80% given that that is compounding the overall increase is simply staggering.
Those arguing for further restrictions point to miserly supposed drops of a few percent in consumption as being an indication that restrictions are working all the time conveniently forgetting to point out the effect of declining population and visitor numbers on those percentages, let alone the effect of online shopping which is mentioned in the press constantly by retailers as being in the order of 30% but apparently according to the evangelists pushing further restrictions, doesn’t have any but a very minor effect on alcohol purchases.
Well I say baloney to that and Baloney to the anti alcohol lobby your time is up! You are totally discredited! Your measures haven’t bought about any change to the levels of Alcohol consumption and you have created for this town an unmitigated disaster! You have poisoned and destroyed many lives you have taken our town to the brink of collapse, many residents to the edge of complete despair.
The time has come for this Town to put the endless divisive restrictions aside and to introduce a new sensible “Living With Alcohol Policy”. This Policy will see the introduction of sensibly licensed and controlled clubs on communities the lifting of all restrictive measures that lead to the criminalization of many who are coerced into being providers. The reintroduction of sensible seven day a week trading hours that will see binge drinking pressures reduced. The removal of restrictions that prevent people from consuming alcohol in their own homes, the provision of legal public drinking areas appropriately serviced and policed the removal of degrading insulting laws that allow the pouring out of alcohol.
At the same time we will toughen up penalties for drunk and disorderly behaviour immediately removing to the detox shelter for at least an eight hour period any person found to be to be drinking or intoxicated in Public Areas The introduction of a Mandatory rehabilitation centre that will see those arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour or alcohol related domestic and driving offences committed for a length of time related to the seriousness and number of offences. The introduction of these measures and the removal of paternal race based measures will bring an end to much of the anger, the division, and the isolation that has bought about so much of our retaliatory crime and will start Alice on the long road to recovery.

Recent Comments by Steve Brown

Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
Oddly enough Domeninco, from around 1984 I’ve noted an escalating deterioration of our town’s earlier strengths and character.
Those of us who are amongst the town’s earliest families, the builders of the Alice and other towns in the Territory, understood what it took to create healthy, well balanced, economically viable, communities.
Unfortunately the vibrancy once driven by a very healthy private sector has long since given way to petty bureaucracy and welfareism along with all the blow in petty politic of envy and ignorance those sectors brought with them.
Replacing vibrancy, hope and belief with a petty mentality of obstructionism and envy, glaring down, standing in the way of, anything that might create, dare I say, the dirty words economic progress!
This attempt to save an ugly, rotten old, asbestos riddled building of no architectural merit is just another example of that moronic stifling mentality.
Crime and corruption about which these people winge constantly, flourishes in places that don’t offer hope and progress!
Sloth and disillusionment flourish in places of bureaucratic overload and petty envious obstructionism!
To clean our town up, to get it moving, to offer hope, we need to deal with those things!
We simply must learn to walk right on bye the wingers, specially the blow-in wingers, and to get right on with building our town, a place of enormous potential if only it is given enough air to breathe.


Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
There is absolutely nothing architecturally noteworthy about this crappy old building, just because a particular person visited, walked past, looked at or went to this school doesn’t make it a place that must be preserved!
It would hang like a millstone around the community’s collective necks for perpetuity.
This building has been sitting there rotting for years yet you suddenly find a deep underlying passion and love for it when another use for its location is found?
I cry BS on this claim!
You are simply being obstructionist! As per usual I might add!
Keeping old completely un-noteworthy buildings in premier positions simply creates an enormously expensive ulcerating rot in the central locations of town, forcing us to extend our CBD over a wider and wider area destroying along with that expansion any chance of creating a thriving central CBD.
So while there certainly are buildings that are noteworthy and worth preserving despite this fact ie Flynn Church and Adelaide House etc.
Much less noteworthy building such as this old school must give way to the new!


Private forecaster tips massive rains for Alice
Heavy rains will certainly be welcome, no doubt about it Ed, but 30 to 50mm is a long way short of what’s required to produce floods like the one pictured.
That kind of flood requires closer to 200mm over a fairly short period of time … wouldn’t that be nice?


Big crowd at local School Strike 4 Climate Action
@ Evelyn: While I agree with the general intent of your comment it is important to note for the interested children’s education, that neither their action nor any taken by this nation will have the slightest effect on the world climate! Even if we could completely halt all of our carbon production tomorrow, it would not make the slightest difference to climate change.
So by all means kids work towards a cleaner environment, cleaner air and cleaner oceans, but don’t be taken for a ride by those who seek to create irrational fears about your own beautiful world, through politically motivated, fear mongering garbage, about climate change.
It is a natural part of our world and always will be!
The thing we really do need to need fear and guard against, are the mindless efforts of indoctrinated climate fanatics who seek through their ignorance and city bred real world isolation, to do something irrational about planetary warming.
It would benefit everyone to keep in mind that a warming climate is a more productive climate, while on the other hand a cooling climate very quickly becomes a threat to all life on earth, through starvation!
Let’s hope we get to sit somewhere in between. In the meantime there is one very real threat we should all fight and guard against, the life threatening efforts of climate science to artificially interfere with our climate. One stupid mistake and “Winter really will be coming”!


‘Arrogant’ government fails to answer 20 questions
Didn’t Robyn spruik long and loud the benefits of having an Independent Member for Araluen?
Now she is completely bound up in petty squabbling about more resources.
And not one single question to Government about things that affect the rest of us.
While the Territory goes to hell in a hand basket!
No pressure on Government at all!
Talk about ineffective.
You are payed a dam good wage plus expenses. Write your own speeches and for the Territory’s sake, get on with the job.
[ED – Mr Brown was the CLP candidate for Araluen.]


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