In reply to Jason Newman (Posted May 21, 2012 at …

Comment on Centrelink holds key to alcohol and crime mayhem but gets no seat at the Police Commissioner’s round table by Bob Durnan.

In reply to Jason Newman (Posted May 21, 2012 at 8:14 am): You haven’t been paying attention in class again Jason.
There is no mandated “3 year Budget Cycle”. You’re getting confused with the normal Federal electoral cycle.
The Parliament (in August/September of 2007) committed to a 5 year budget for Mal Brough’s NTER rollout of programs. The expenditure was pretty well all legislated in binding laws which could only be rescinded by votes in both houses of Parliament. This funding (and legislation) ceases on June 30th this year.
Macklin’s legislation to continue funding for some of those programs (for up to 10 years in some cases), and replace others (with similar long term funding provisions), is currently before the Senate for a final vote, in the form of three bills collectively known as the Stronger Futures legislation. If passed, future governments will only be able to avoid continuation of funding for these programs by getting both houses to vote to amend (or abolish) them, in the same way that Brough’s legislation was entrenched well past the defeat of the Howard government.
The DEEWR / FAHCSIA Remote Jobs and Communities Program is a similar arrangement.
The same applies to a whole host of other legislation coming out of this year’s budget, as has been the case for many years. Governments have been increasingly committed to this type of long term planning for key projects which need time to carry out or make their impacts.
By the way, who are these academics that you reckon belong to PAAC? Must be secret new recruits whom I am yet to meet!
Cheers, Bob D

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Wrong again Matthew Langan (Posted August 26, 2019 at 6:44 pm).
It was actually “big knob socialist flogs” from the CLP who talked up and used government funds to build the Desert Park, the Araluen Arts Centre and the Strehlow Museum.
If you have complaints about those places and their costs to the public purse, go talk to the conservatives. Nothing to do with the Labor mob.
The CLP under both Adam Giles and Gary Higgins has indicated it would also support a new National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.

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Hal, (Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:29 am): Don’t be so disingenuous. It is obvious from the article that CLC staff have been trying very hard to get permission to act.
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.
I was at both Mulga Bore and Angula a little over a week ago, and found very few people at Mulga, and none at Angula.
There were no dead horses that I saw, or smell of dead horses, around the houses then at either place, but there may have been some elsewhere. Of course the carcasses should be disposed of, wherever they are; that is what the writer and the CLC are trying to achieve.

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