Warren Snowdon will now become the longest-serving politician in the …

Comment on Snowdon keeps Lingiari despite a drop in his vote by Alex Nelson.

Warren Snowdon will now become the longest-serving politician in the history of the Northern Territory, and I understand he will also become the most senior Federal parliamentarian in the nation in terms of his longevity as a Member.
Who would have thought so back in 1987 when he first won the seat of the Northern Territory? Certainly the CLP didn’t, that result was considered aberrant and most members believed Snowdon would be defeated after one term.
As history now shows, the only aberration in Snowdon’s record was 1996-98 when he was defeated by the CLP’s Nick Dondas for one term.
It begs the question why Snowdon has managed to do this, yet this seems never to have been considered by the commentariat.
A brief perusal of the record of Federal representation for the NT reveals two previous distinct patterns; the first four members served in office for comparably long terms (H G Nelson 12 years, Adair “Chill” Blain 15 years, Jock Nelson 17 years, and Sam Calder 14 years).
The pattern then abruptly changed, as the next three members (Grant Tambling, John Reeves and Paul Everingham) each served one term in office, and the seat swung from one major party to the other in successive elections.
And then came Warren Snowdon, whose success at the polls demonstrates a high level of political acumen that consistently confounds political and media pundits who regularly predict his imminent political demise from one election to the next.
So what has changed in the NT to enable this extraordinary track record in politics to emerge over time in front of our faces without apparent recognition of what has occurred?

Recent Comments by Alex Nelson

Convention ignored in vote on Opposition
I’m instantly reminded of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four in which the state determines what we can believe, giving the example that 2+2=5. When the Party controls all perceptions, whatever it chooses to be the rule becomes a fact.
In 2011 I wrote this limerick:
In 1948 Eric Blair wrote his finest final story
About a regime of deception, so premonitory
Better known as George Orwell
His “1984” did foretell
The contemporary history of the Northern Territory.

Gunner government to hide fiscal facts
It’s difficult to see that the Gunner Government’s behaviour will afford it any advantage when the NT election campaign is underway.

Does non-citizen travel ban apply to US personnel at Pine Gap?
Hmm – in defence of the nation, or simply in defence of Defence? Whatever fence Defence is straddling, one hopes it isn’t topped with security mesh or barbed wire.

Work on six storey accommodation complex to start in May
@ Charlie Carter (Posted March 20, 2020 at 5:27 pm): Regardless of whether due process and opportunity for public input has occurred, recent history shows such development applications are invariably a fait accompli irrespective of which political party holds office.
It’s only changing circumstances that catch government and developers out; for example, the vacant lots of Melanka, the Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre (next door to KFC), and – for a time – Lizzie Milnes’s home in Bath Street which was an empty lot for several years until the Green Well office complex was built.
This was only after the NT Government guaranteed renting the new building (leaving vacant other office space across town).
The latest example is the demolition of the former Anzac Hill High School; given current circumstances, don’t hold our collective breath over anything being developed on this site for many years (if at all) and long after the current miserable excuse posing as a Northern Territory Government has been consigned to the rubbish dump of history.

Work on six storey accommodation complex to start in May
For several years I’ve pointed out the apparent correlation between privately funded proposals or construction of high rise developments above three storeys in Alice Springs and the onset of major economic downturns.
I did so in 2015 (see my two comments), noted it again in 2017 (see my early comment), and yet again last year.
I’ve also stated my observations a number of times on local ABC radio.
Given current circumstances it appears to me that Alice Springs remains as strong a barometer for economic turmoil as it has demonstrated on several occasions for nearly half a century.
However, confirmation of the go-ahead for a major six-storey development seems to herald a far worse situation unfolding around the world.
The ABC’s business editor, Ian Verrender, has posted a stark warning of a far more worrying development that has been masked by our pre-occupation with the coronavirus emergency and sharp decline of stock markets.
If this warning holds true, we don’t just face the prospect of an economic recession; rather it is an economic depression that now looms ahead of us.
It looks to me that we are confronted with an epochal turning point of history, the like of which hasn’t been experienced since the commencement of the Great Depression 90 years ago.

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