Janet, even if the guidelines for the grant were such …

Comment on Feds say no to Alice Springs CBD project funding by Ian Sharp.

Janet, even if the guidelines for the grant were such that it had to be spent in Alice, rather than out in the communities, I wouldn’t see the CBD project as the priority. I think there are lots of more worthy projects unable to attract private investment, and therefore needing government funds to get them off the ground.

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Feds say no to Alice Springs CBD project funding
With due respect to Damien and Bruce, there might actually be more pressing needs for $15m of Federal funding in the regions than the Alice CBD, which probably should be expected to be capable of generating funding from the private sector.
Infrastructure in some of the communities in Central Australia might have a greater claim on scarce Federal resources.


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@ Surprised! “It has been allowed to become sensitive. People are way too sensitive these days.”
It has become sensitive to some because people have deliberately used it to cause offence, likening coloured people to monkeys.
Heard it myself used in that ways by teenagers in Alice schools. As for people being too sensitive, well that’s a matter of opinion.
Perhaps people are less prepared to put up and shut up these days.
On a whole range of things. Like domestic violence, widely accepted when I was a kid, cops did not take it seriously.
Or groping in the workplace.
Or using words like nigger or coon, people call that out these days.
Toowoomba’s Nigger Brown stand, no longer? Golliwogs? Too sensitive? Perhaps.
Or social progress. Depends on the context, and how it was taken, not how it was intended.
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@ Surprised. It’s often meant as a racial slur. Even if not meant, it is how it is taken that counts.
Certainly has caused some hurt and complaint in places, check it out on the web. Monkey chants are widely used by some East European soccer fans against black players in visiting team.
Monkey references used by some in a derogatory sense against coloured people in many societies. In the context that “Liberal” used it, it could easily cause offence.
Some would call this political correctness, others would call it common decency.
Your comments re behaviours were fair enough, you just didn’t get what Ninta was referring to as racism.
You two were talking about different things. Hope this helps.


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