@Steve Brown Thanks for that clarification. No worries. And for the record, …

Comment on Convincing win for Country Liberals: ALP likely to lose its only seat in The Centre by Hal Duell.

@Steve Brown
Thanks for that clarification. No worries.
And for the record, is the Alice Springs News Online simply the best local opinion forum, or what!

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Convincing win for Country Liberals: ALP likely to lose its only seat in The Centre
Steve Brown
For the record, I reckon Henderson’s government got what it deserved.
Now it’s Mill’s turn, and I am, for now, completely behind him and his new team. I am not saying they should walk in the shoes of their predecessors. In fact I hope they don’t. But I am hoping they do all they can to take all of us with them.
I agree with you that the hard work is far from over. On my way home this evening I noticed a car had been set alight in the Gap Hotel’s parking lot. I will not be taking my fence down.
And please don’t call me a “Laborite”. You have no idea of how I voted.

Convincing win for Country Liberals: ALP likely to lose its only seat in The Centre
@Steve Brown
Hopefully Terry Mills will prove to be smarter than thinking that in our democratic system the 51% is allowed to shoot the 49%. He needs all of us.
And so do I, and so do you.
It’s a wonderfully diverse place, Alice. Let’s keep it that way.

Convincing win for Country Liberals: ALP likely to lose its only seat in The Centre
One of the most interesting side-shows to watch in the coming electoral cycle is how Terry Mills and the CLP handle Alison Anderson and Bess Price.
But whatever decisions are now taken, it will take all of us working together to keep Alice Springs on its refreshingly corrected path. People are going out at night. They’re smiling on the streets again. It is so welcome!
Hopefully our diverse elected representatives will now get over their use of divisive terms like loopy-left and righteous-right. For the vast majority of us who inhabit the middle ground, neither is helpful. Both are juvenile. Time to raise our vocab and our game.
It is a new chance. Let’s make the most of it.

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

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.

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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