@ Evelynne: Nice quotes. Pity our democracy is so dysfunctional. …

Comment on Will NT fill nature tourism void when reef dies? by Russell Guy.

@ Evelynne: Nice quotes. Pity our democracy is so dysfunctional. All Aged Care Homes should have a dance floor. Live musicians could audition and disco should be Friday night.
Murals of the Barrier Reef and other natural wonders of Australia could be painted around the walls.
Instead of sitting down listening to people talking all the time, we could be dancing – cutting shapes.
This should be mandatory for all existing aged care homes and future ones.
It may ease the anti-depressant medication that many senior citizens are prescribed after admission.

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Will NT fill nature tourism void when reef dies?
For those not afraid to see life as a circle, from the cradle to the grave, as it were, this link adds to what is said in posts to this tourism article about Aged Care, including the Dementia Wards and the Uni of the Third Age.
This link shows how a Pre-School Centre combined with an Aged Care Home to produce some magic and it also contains the stat. which estimates that the number of persons over 65 will “double” within 25 years.

A preschool was placed into a Seattle nursing home: The results were magical

An idea worth trying to better our world?

Will NT fill nature tourism void when reef dies?
Starting at the controversy surrounding climate change and transiting through to aged care is not so much going off topic as exposing the monolithic focus of society on the rational mind, rather than the intuitive mind.
We rationalise climate change and ignore the fate of the elderly.

Will NT fill nature tourism void when reef dies?
@ Evelyne: I happened to pick up a copy of the Aug/Sept edition of Insights, published by the Uniting Church, whose Frontier Services social welfare arm has been involved in Aged Care in the inland for 100 years.
Insighs notes: “Achieving adequate retirement incomes while managing the fiscal cost of providing services to Australians as they live longer is one of Australia’s greatest challenges.
“Uniting Care Australia is pleased the Government and the Greens have responded to ours and the calls of COTA and ACOSS to change the pension asset rules. These changes increase the amount of assets a person can hold before their pension is reduced.
“They also reinstate the taper rate that was in place until 2007.
“The changes will primarily affect people with assets worth over a million dollars (excluding their home), but will support increases to those who have less.
“Further reforms are needed to both tax and income support systems in particular to superannuation. The status quo is wasteful, and does not target scarce public funds to those in need.”
Obviously, aged care is one of our greatest challenges, financially and structurally. We rock ‘n’ roll, baby boomers need to wake up to it and we shouldn’t just bash or leave it to Governments to solve by magical decree.

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Alcohol floor price may breach Australian Constitution
The fact that no action is being taken by the Winemakers Federation, preferring instead to work with the NT Government; that there have been no casks larger than two litres in the NT for several years and in Alice Springs for several more, because they are banned, we should be encouraged by their example, along with other retailers who have shown similar intent.
Tourist tipple and alcohol problems in the NT are interrelated. In a recent post, I pointed out the illogic of sacrificing current levels of visible alcohol-related harm to the tourist economy, which will only cause further decline.
The Mandatory Treatment Act (2013), since repealed, highlighted how harmful and disempowering alcohol restrictions can be, particularly where Indigenous communities have not been involved in their development.
While Steve Brown appears to consider it a “do gooder” issue and appeals for ice containment, he ignores the need for alcohol supply restriction in the general community, a product, it could be argued, of laissez faire capitalism over 50 years, culminating in corner stores trading in takeaway alcohol seven days a week.
Mr Brown compounds his approach by wishing that crystal methamphetamine (ice) was not a problem, allegedly within Indigenous communities.
It would be better if he, and others of a similar opinion, evinced the same desire for alcohol management through community coalitions backed by government regulation or government‐initiated community partnerships, which according to a recent article in the Australian and New Zealand Public Health Journal, “have been successful in harnessing local knowledge and Indigenous social systems to curb the unintended impacts of alcohol regulation”.
The article revealed that improved health and social outcomes, for example, by tethering demand reduction programs to supply restrictions had been achieved.
Outrage over the disempowerment of Grey Nomads to purchase a cask of cheap wine, while the harmful use of alcohol among Territorians continues at levels in excess of the national average, ignores the possibility of a community-led solution, even when governments repeal poorly consulted legislation such as the MTA.
In the mid-1980s, Territorians died from being stabbed by glass flagons. Casks were introduced by governments working with the winemakers and less harm eventuated.
It didn’t curtail harmful levels of consumption, nor the granting of takeaway licenses, but the NT Government, acting on recommendations from Justice Riley’s Report, is facing up to the cost of those unacceptable levels and investigating ways of working with the underlying cultural problems.
Learning from history on which evidence-based legislation like soft packaging and a demand reduction floor price is based seems more appropriate than sticking one’s head in the sand.

Ice Age in Alice
Four balls coming back over the net. Policy on the run.
@ Local 1: Comparing Queensland with the NT is apples and oranges. Been crossing the border all my life, not just for a week.
@ Steve Brown: I want to see evidence for your claims, not just anecdotal. Been there.
@ John Bell: Commonsense has been missing in action and @ Paul Parker, same thing.
Tolerance, common sense and reason were the founding values of the European Enlightenment. Not going well.
Finally, to all, I speak for myself, not for PAAC, whose evidence-based campaign assisted the NT Government in micro-managing the issue of liberal alcohol supply with a floor price. The claim that it makes all alcohol more expensive is incorrect.

Ice Age in Alice
The floor price is not a “silver bullet.”
There is none. There are only a suite of measures to reduce levels of supply, including the BDR.
A floor price targets the cheapest alcohol sold, mostly cask wine, consumed by the most desperate addicts, including pregnant women.
Canada and Scotland have a floor price.
It was introduced this week in the NT after a long evidence-based campaign.
Cynicism is an easy choice, but I’ve been involved in reducing alcohol-related harm in the NT since 1986 when I produced four songs with Indigenous band, Coloured Stone for the NT Road Safety Board.
If you allow yourself to get cynical and negative about drugs, of which alcohol is one of the most prevalent, then you might as well accept the carnage as inevitable.
Take the opposition over the recent Master’s Games request by the police for light and midstrength beer.
One of your readers posted anonymously, calling those who lobby to turn the tap down a “mob” who are only interested in prohibition. That’s hysteria.
The NT Government is currently looking into the seven days a week take away grog licensing regime.
Australia has a culture of alcoholism, particularly around sport.
Changing that culture, currently costing NT taxpayers $640m p.a. is a positive step towards putting money into ice rehab.

Apex Club ‘fenced out’ of running Masters Games bars
@ “Ray”. My argument for turning the tap down (not off, as you insinuate with your anonymous post), exposes your confusion, but it clarifies one point.
It will be hypocritical for you to point to the Indigenous as being responsible for the town’s social problems again.
While you busy yourself over being “the laughing stock of the country”, the hospital and police records continue to speak for themselves and show no sign of abating, due to what is a culture of alcoholism.
It was the police who requested light and midstrength beer be served at this sporting event.
As an attendee at last Friday’s National Police Remembrance Day, the names of those officers who were killed in the line of duty was sobering, yet they who we appoint to serve and protect are fobbed off.
Justifying the capitulation on the economy and giving back to the “community” is evidence of your confusion, but as cultural tourism is the vogue, it will be interesting to see how long before you start referring to “the section of the community that has the issue” again.

Apex Club ‘fenced out’ of running Masters Games bars
Why such despondency, “Ray”?
The streets of Alice Springs are paved with gold if you have eyes to see.
They need not be awash with the consequences of alcoholism.
Turn the tap down (not off) and you will see how a great town can come back from fifty years of an uncapped flow.

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