Whether or not exceptionalism fostered over the past half century …

Comment on Another day in the bush on the grog by Bob Taylor.

Whether or not exceptionalism fostered over the past half century has worked or not I wouldn’t know. However the half century before with minimal access to alcohol and under the stewardship of various religions did add structure, purpose and a basic education to the people under the control of these religious organisations. Call it paternalistic, pastoral care or any other involvement, it did produce results and a generation of Australians capable of participating in the main stream of Australian society.

Recent Comments by Bob Taylor

Cops at bottle shops: expensive bluff?
At no cost to the tax payer I assume, I was asked similar questions by an employee of a bottle shop in Port Augusta who entered the details of our purchase in a note book and was obviously enforcing the SA legislation.
No need for a POSI there, it would appear that the responsibility and cost of enforcing the SA Liquor Act is absorbed by the licensee.


The tree or the bench?
Keep both; they obviously offer some lovely shade and respite after a tiring day out and about in fierce Centralian sun.


Make Oz Day a celebration of the future, not the past
Hal: I agree Australia Day should be about the future, however most of the protesters would appear to be focused on the past.
Also on a positive note, a lot of our new Australians start their future as Australian citizens on Australia Day.
As far as the date is concerned we need to do more to include our children; our future.
We can do that by holding Australia Day during the school term, then the children can be more involved formally and informally in any community celebration.


The financial crisis in the Northern Territory
What an interest opinion piece and factual set of numbers. Dr Hans Rosling (RIP) author of “Factfulness” would love the work done here in compiling the information, facts and figures supporting Bob’s article. I can only wonder what Dr Rosling or maybe his co-authors would make of it all.
“The Treasurer’s response to the Productivity Commission’s Report on the GST confirmed our worst fears” and would appear to be the nail in the coffin for business as usual for this and any future NT Governments and the minor states whether or not the people elect Labor or Liberal governments.
The present NT Treasurer or future treasurers will need to improve their lobbying skills, reduce spending and/or improve the economy so the NT and the smaller states have a more sustainable tax base.
On the increase in growth of the Indigenous population overall: On the figures stated and if immigration remains at its present number, will Australia reach a point in the near future where 51% or more of the population self identify as Indigenous or are born to one parent of Indigenous descent?
If so, what will be the implications for future budgets? And, will Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation and the Indigeneity factor still be needed?
I am sure some mathematically gifted person out there will be able to give us an answer and/or prove me wrong.


Alice in thrall of week-long sports extravaganza
Yes, John Bell, you are so spot on with your comments here.
I was fortunate to witness Dick’s effort on Rhonda Diano Oval yesterday.
Dick was supported by Emma Kraft (Sport Medicine) and an enthusiastic crowd of fellow athletes and supporters. Well done, Dick Kimber.


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