I have to go with Leigh Childs here. Talk to …

Comment on Cr Brown adapts Port Augusta solution to Alice Springs, calls for closer look at youth centre proposal by Hal Duell.

I have to go with Leigh Childs here. Talk to the women. Ask them how they want to proceed. Consider welfare management – without the women out on the communities testifying to how much it has helped them provide for their families, it might have gotten the chop some time ago.
Ask Alison Anderson and Bess Price, and get ready to hear that request often over the coming four year electoral cycle.
And let’s never forget that, equal rights and women’s empowerment notwithstanding, very few women can effectively stand up to a drunken man in full rage. They go from being clowns to scary monsters in the blink of an eye.
It’s all well and good to say a man coming home from a hard day on the job is fully entitled to a quiet beer in his own home. No argument. Trouble is, that’s not what happens, and it’s naive to think it does.
All that said, I anticipate an easing of restrictions on the consumption of alcohol in the town camps. That pretty much has to happen if the camps are ever to evolve into suburbs of Alice.
So ease the restrictions, but at the same time – not later after waiting for evidence based statistics, but at the same time – put in women’s shelters and a 24/7 on-call support network.
One way to approach that last point would be to amalgamate the Alice Springs Town Council Rangers, Tangentyere’s Night Patrol and the Public Housing Safety Officers.
Yeah, right. And now who’s being naive?

Recent Comments by Hal Duell

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?


Gallery: no deal yet on land swap
Matters are kept in confidential when they don’t want us to know what they are talking about.
Only Melky and Banks seem willing to bring this issue into open. And yet, all were elected on promises of transparency.
Confidential is where a “prefered option” is decided. Then they stage a public consultation. Then they enact the prefered option.
This backfired on the Anzac Oval. I expect them to be more careful next time.
And I wonder what the sweetener will be to induce the ACTC into forfeiting the best block in Alice Springs.


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