Is it possible to have a clearer message that the …

Comment on Another day in the bush on the grog by Hal Duell.

Is it possible to have a clearer message that the exceptionalism fostered over the past half century is not working? Those in the group targeted as exceptional are dropping like flies. It doesn’t get much clearer than that.
There is nothing very exceptional about being human. And we are all Australians here. If we established those two layers first, and then added our many differences, how much of our societal malaise would disappear?
Which isn’t to say that the grog barons should continue to enjoy unrestricted access to the general market. Theirs is also an attitude of exceptionalism. For some reason they, like most corporations, think the public at large should support the profitability of their shareholders even to the public’s own detriment. The container deposit scheme comes to mind, it being the most recent corporate disdain of the public good.
And the Banned Drinkers Register was clearly a good idea, especially seen in hindsight, but cut short for political reasons. It would be good to think it might come back, but how many governments do you know who are willing to admit a mistake?

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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