With all the benefits of the old Intervention, benefits such …

Comment on Ryan re-elected Mayor, Brown heads councillor line-up by Hal Duell.

With all the benefits of the old Intervention, benefits such as welfare management, an increase in remote policing, better schools and healthier stores, one unfortunate blow-back has been the increase in urban drift. And while some of those urban drifters did came for the schools and clinics, many came because the increase in remote policing cut off their sly grog.
Alice Springs has coped more than its fair share of that blow-back. Mayors from Katherine to Port Augusta scare their constituents with the possibility of becoming another town like Alice.
With a new Town Council and Federal Ministers Macklin and Snowdon willing to commit funding for ten years in the Stronger Futures legislation, perhaps now we can address our negative image, and build a future that reverses it.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

Anger with out-of-control kids: council needs to step up
One common trait among all the Aboriginal kids running amok in this town is that they are all, to a boy/to a girl, racist.
It’s not just Whitey copping the abuse, altho it is largely Whitey running the programs (early intervention, school lunch, etc.) trying to keep these kids from being flogged and [abused] and generally passed around before they reach puberty.
Rather it’s anyone not deemed to be Aboriginal. Hang around the front door of the supermarket in the Coles Complex and listen to the language these kids direct to the African security guards. Come inside and listen to the language directed to the largely Asian night staff.
And what are the Aboriginal organisations in Alice doing about it? Too easy – nothing.
You don’t and won’t hear the same timbre of comments coming from European kids, from Asian kids, from African kids. For openers, they are too well mannered. Also, it’s because they and their parents are too busy studying and working to build a life that works in this multifaceted society of ours.
In short, all but the Aboriginals are too busy living to put up with the losing proposition of being forever on the outside looking in while blaming that amorphous “other” for their woes. Is it really too much to ask that they pull their socks up? Everyone else has.


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.


Despite clear leads, no-one was punished for making this mess
It can be done. Read this.


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